Pop Archives

The Thunderbirds - Machine Gun (1959)

(Johnny Hudson - Ernie Sawyers - Ross Dietrich)
Australia Australia
#16 Melbourne

Single on W&G by long-lasting rock'n'roll band formed in 1957, popular at dance venues in Melbourne.

Further reading: For a good history and appreciation of The Thunderbirds, see Eddie Leahy's 1998 article from Big Beat of the Fifties [archived page].


Thunderbirds 1997, at the Preston Town Hall. Photo: Peter Robinson.


The Riptides - Machine Gun (1959)

(Johnny Hudson - Ernie Sawyers - Ross Dietrich)
USA USA
Original version

Single on Challenge label, Hollywood.


Californian band, also known as Johnny Hudson and the Riptides.


Machine Gun was not a national hit but seems to have charted locally in California.