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The Birds - I Can’t Let Maggie Go (1969)

(Pete Dello [Peter Blumson])
Australia Australia
#4 Perth

Single on Clarion.

The Birds were formed in Perth by British musicians Terry Clarke and Brian Curtis who had been together in the touring line-up of West London band The Birds. Both had been in The Clockwork Oranges and joined the UK Birds after the departure of founding members Ron Wood (later of The Faces and The Rolling Stones) and Kim Gardner (later of Ashton Gardner & Dyke).

Not exactly the UK Birds transplanted, as some have assumed, but the Perth Birds did cover some tracks by the UK Birds: No Good Without You (the B-side of I Can’t Let Maggie Go) and Say Those Magic Words, also on Clarion

On CD: Three of the Perth Birds’ tracks (though not Maggie) are on The Clarion Call, an anthology of the Perth record label [Amazon]

References: 1. In connection with Clockwork Oranges, Michel Bands mentions Clarke, Curtis and the UK Birds at the Radio London website. 3. UK Birds at British Beat Boom [archived] and All Music Guide. 4. Clarion singles discography at Global Dog Productions.

Suggestion from Andrew at Antipodean Beat.

Los In - I Can’t Let Maggie Go (1969)

(Pete Dello [Peter Blumson])
Argentina Argentina

Track on Conmocion, the band's third LP, on RCA.

Reference: Band history by Mario Antonelli, from The Magic Land: A guide to Beat, Psychedelic and Progressive Rock music between 1966 & 1977 in Argentina and Uruguay [archived page].

Sons Of Ginza - I Can’t Let Maggie Go (1968)

(Pete Dello [Peter Blumson])

Single on Elf, produced by Buzz Cason, the label's co-founder and – more famously – the co-writer of Everlasting Love

For other Australian connections with Elf and Buzz Cason, see Hayride, La La and Groupie.

Further reading: 1. For more on Buzz Cason and his label Elf, owned with Bobby Russell, see my post at PopArchives: The Blog. 2. Elf singles discography at Global Dog.

Honeybus - I Can’t Let Maggie Go (1968)

(Pete Dello [Peter Blumson])
Original version
#8 UK #35 Brisbane

Single on Deram.

Honeybus was a melodic, harmonic band with high production values that never achieved the popularity it deserved. Formed by Pete Dello (born Peter Blumson) and Ray Cane (Raymond Byart), who first played together in Grant Tracey & The Sunsets (see Cry Of The Wild Goose). 

I Can't Let Maggie Go, arranged with oboe, bassoon and cor anglais, was Honeybus's only UK hit. Their song (Do I Figure) In Your Life (1967) is familiar in the version by Joe Cocker. Both of those songs were written by Pete Dello, who left the band during 1968.

For other Australasian records with Honeybus connections, see FlakeUnder The Silent Tree and The SundownersBaby Jane.

Further reading: 1. Honeybus bio by Bruce Eder at All Music Guide 2. The official Honeybus site.