Pop Archives

The Thunderbirds - Teen Scene (1960)

(Teddy Randazzo)
Australia Australia

Single on W&G by long-lasting rock'n'roll band formed in 1957, popular at Melbourne dance venues and as a studio band with many top Australian artists. See, for example, their well-known track Wild Weekend (1960) which charted in Melbourne twice, three years apart.  

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].

Melbourne singer Johnny Chester hosted a TV show on ABC-TV called Teen Scene 1964-65, and released an album with that title (1965): see under So Much In Love.

 

The Hunters - Teen Scene (1960)

(Teddy Randazzo)
UK UK

Single on Fontana by British band who backed singer Dave Sampson. The original version of Col Joye's Sweet Dreams (1961, #25 Brisbane) was by Dave Sampson & The Hunters (1960).

 

Dicky Doo & The Don’ts - Teen Scene (1960)

(Teddy Randazzo)
USA USA
Original version

Single on United Artists by band that had charted in 1958 with Click-Clack (#28 USA) and Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu (#40). The main man behind the records was the singer-songwriter and disc jockey Gerry Granahan.


The composer of Teen Beat, New Yorker Teddy Randazzo, had a long career in pop music going back to his membership of vocal trio The Three Chuckles in the mid-1950s. He and his collaborator Bobby Weinstein wrote, for example, Goin' Out of My Head for Little Anthony & The Imperials whose hit recording was produced by Randazzo (1964, #6 USA, an Australian hit for Lynne Randell).

Randazzo also wrote, arranged and produced for The Royalettes, notably on It's Gonna Take A Miracle (1965, #41 Billboard, #37 Cash Box), written by Randazzo & Weinstein with Lou Stallman, later recorded by Laura Nyro (1971), Deniece Williams (1982, #10 USA), and Manhattan Transfer (1994).