BARRY CROCKER
Susie Darlin'
(Robin Luke)
Australia 1973
#25 Sydney #7 Melbourne #3 Brisbane #3 Adelaide

Updated arrangement recorded by lanky singer, actor and variety entertainer from Geelong in Victoria.

In the 70s he famously appeared as Barry McKenzie, the gormless Aussie youth abroad, in two films based on the Private Eye comic strip written by Barry Humphreys.
TOMMY ROE
Susie Darlin'
(Robin Luke)
USA 1962
#35 USA #37 UK #12 Sydney #6 Melbourne #12 Brisbane #7 Adelaide

Pop singer from Atlanta whose first hit was his own composition, the Buddy Holly-inspired Sheila (1962). His hits tended towards bubblegum, as the titles suggest: Sweet Pea, Dizzy, Jam Up And Jelly Tight.

TOMMY KENT
Susie Darlin'
(Robin Luke)
Germany 1959

A hit in Germany: #20 for the year. See oldiehitparade.de.

German pop singer Tommy Kent heard Tony Sheridan and The Beatles at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg in 1961 and told his producer Bert Kaempfert about them. Kaempfert went on to produce the Beatles’ first releases, with Tony Sheridan, on Polydor. See the account, citing both Kent and Kaempfert, in From The Mersey to the Elbe 1960-1966, which includes a Tommy Kent discography.

JOHN LAWS
Susie Darlin'
(Robin Luke)
Australia 1958

Single on Festival by high-rating Sydney disc jockey, now a nationally syndicated radio talk show host.

Thanks to Tony Watson.
CHRIS HOWLAND
Susie Darlin'
(Robin Luke)
Germany 1958

Popular British deejay who has lived and worked in Germany since 1948 when he joined British Forces Network Radio in Hamburg. Known as Mr Pumpernickel, he was also a successful comedian, singer and actor. Jeff Martin, at Mersey Beat, recalls: He was on a German radio station playing records and speaking in the most appalling German, but the Germans loved him. See the Chris Howland biography at Goldsmith College's Radio School site.

CLYDE BEAVERS
Susie Darlin'
USA 1958

Single on Wonder label, Atlanta GA, B-side of Black Knee Socks. Same song? Seems likely.
BOBBY RETT
Susie Darlin'
(Robin Luke)
USA 1958

Single on Bell, New York budget label. See the Bell Records website and the label shot at Rockin' Country Style.
ROBIN LUKE
Susie Darlin'
(Robin Luke)
USA 1958
Original version
#5 USA #23 UK #6 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Brisbane

Single on International, also known as Bertram International, a small Hawaii label run by Bob Bertram, credited as arranger on the 45. It was also released soon after on Dot.

Robin Luke (b. Los Angeles 1942) was in his mid-teens when he wrote Susie Darling, his only hit (1959 #5 USA), dedicated to his younger sister and recorded in Hawaii where his family was stationed at the time. He co

After music, Luke followed a career as an academic in Business Administration, eventually becoming head of Marketing and Quantitative Analysis at Missouri State University.

See also his Well Oh, Well Oh (Don't You Know) (1960).

References: 1. Biography at RobinLuke.com. 2. Story on Dr Robin Luke (2006) at Missouri State University's website.

 

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