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The Gremlins - The Coming Generation (1966)

(Annette Tucker - Nancie Mantz - Jill Jones)
New Zealand New Zealand
#2 New Zealand

Single on Viscount, an independent label owned by Gary Daverne who had been in The Embers with Gremlins vocalist Glyn Conway (stage name of Glyn Tucker).

Auckland band The Gremlins were formed in 1965 as The Adventurers. They released a number of singles 1965-1968 but broke up in 1969 with The Coming Generation as their only hit single.

Glyn Tucker was later co-owner of major NZ recording studio Mandrill and the Mandrill label.

Further reading: Gremlins pages at Bruce Sergeant’s NZ music site and at AudioCulture.

The Rising Sons - The Coming Generation (1966)

(Annette Tucker - Nancie Mantz - Jill Jones)
South Africa South Africa

Single on Mirror by South African band from Pietermaritzburg in Natal (now in KwaZulu-Natal), active 1966-1974.

Source, further reading: 1. Rising Sons at SA Singles Chart: brief biography and chart data. 2. The Rising Sons at Discogs.com has chart highlights and personnel.

The Knickerbockers - The Coming Generation (1965)

(Annette Tucker - Nancie Mantz - Jill Jones)
Original version

Single on Challenge November 1965, B-side of Lies, by band from Bergenfield, New Jersey, formed 1964.

The writers:
Annette Tucker, Nancie Mantz and Jill Jones supplied a number of songs for US band The Electric Prunes including their two charting singles I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (Tucker-Mantz 1967, #11 USA) and Get Me To The World On Time (Tucker-Jones 1967, #27 USA, #42 UK). Eight of the twelve songs on the Prunes’ first album were either Tucker-Mantz or Tucker-Jones compositions.

Freddy Cannon’s single She’s Somethin’ Else (1965) is a Tucker-Mantz-Jones composition.

Lies, the A-side of the Knickerbockers’ single, was their only US Top 40 hit (#20 USA, #10 Australia). Their next single One Track Mind (1966, #46 USA, #77 Australia) was their second most successful, written by Linda and Keith Colley (see also here and here).

… [N]o one sounded quite so much like the Fab Four as the Knickerbockers on their biggest hit, 1965’s “Lies,” which brilliantly captured the sound of the Beatles’ early period with its enthusiastic harmonies and tough but melodic guitar lines. 

Mark Deming at All Music

Further reading: 1. Knickerbockers biography by Mark Deming at All Music. 2. Annette Tucker at Spectropop. 3. Jill Jones at Discogs.com.