THE DE KROO BROTHERS
(And Her Name Is) Scarlet
(Steven Howard [Herb Newman])
Australia 1963
#4 Sydney #25 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #8 Adelaide #5 Perth

Single on Festival by Leo and Doug De Kroo, originally from Perth but based in Sydney from 1960, a duo "in the manner of the Everly Brothers" (Ian McFarlane). The De Kroos were often on the top Australian TV pop shows (Bandstand, Six O'Clock Rock) in the first half of the 60s, and Scarlet was their big national hit.

Reference: Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop (1999), p.160
Thanks to Terry Stacey for suggestion and version alerts.

The single has Scarlet with one t, not Scarlett as found elsewhere (see below). See label shot at RateYourMusic.cam.

KEITH COLLEY
(And Her Name Is) Scarlett
(Steven Howard [Herb Newman])
USA 1962

Single on Era label, #3067.

Singer-songwriter Keith Colley was from Washington State. He wrote and recorded with several labels throughout the 60s before moving into the business side of the industry. His songs have been recorded by some distinguished artists, but he is best remembered for his Spanish-language Enamorado (1963, re-recorded 1967), a hit in some US regions in 1963.

Further reading: 1. Keith Colley bio by Steve Leggett at All Music Guide. 2. Keith Colley anthology at Rev-ola Records.

BOB WILSON
(And Her Name Is) Scarlet*
(Steven Howard [Herb Newman])
USA 1960
Original version

Single on Era, #3027.

Bob Wilson was from Pleasant Hill CA, about 20 miles from Oakland. He released three singles on Era, all in 1960. (And Her Name Is) Scarlett was the third, written by Era founder and owner Herb Newman using the pseudonym Steven Howard.

According to the Oakland Tribune (31 January 1960) Bob Wilson was backed on his first single by two fellow students from Pleasant Hill High, Loren Council (who was still at high school) and Len Adams. Both sides were written by Wilson and Adams.

Wilson, Council and Adams had been in the Pleasant Hill High School Big Band, and were all featured as soloists in the Band's debut concert, reviewed by the Oakland Tribune on 1 March 1959. Pleasant Hill High closed in 1980.


Bob Wilson's singles discography at Era, 1960:
Two Little Birds/Imogene #3013
I Went To Your Wedding/Tale Of A Donkey #3023
And Her Name Is Scarlett/Jailer, Jailer #3027

References: 1. BMI repertoire search. 2. ASCAP repertoire search. 3. US Copyright Office: works by Herb Newman.  4. Era discography at GlobalDog. 5. Oakland Tribune, scanned back issues at NewspaperArchive.com.

See also: Bob Wilson (singer) at Wikipedia. I wrote it, so it mirrors this page a fair bit, though there are some extra details and a decent list of references.

Multiple Bob Wilsons: This is not (1) King-Fraternity recording artist and songwriter Bob Wilson, aka Bob Temple or (2) Detroit soul pianist Bob Wilson. For a .pdf page that sorts out these three Bob Wilsons, click here.

Thanks to Red Kelly at The 'B' Side for clarification on one of the Bob Wilsons.

* Is or Was? Discographies often list the title as And Her Name Was Scarlett (or Scarlet). The correct title seems to be (And Her Name Is) Scarlet: US Copyright Office #EU0000696657, 24 November 1961; ASCAP work #310045439.
*  Scarlet or Scarlett? US Copyright Office shows Scarlet (as on the Australian single), ASCAP Scarlett.
* The brackets are omitted at ASCAP and in discographies, possibly a database convention, but they appear at US Copyright Office.

Later versions:

JOHNNY BURNETTE
(And Her Name Is) Scarlett
(Steven Howard [Herb Newman])
USA 1964
Later version

From a February 1964 Capitol session, unreleased at the time but anthologised in the 90s, for example on Bear Family's 9-CD box Train Kept A Rollin' - Memphis to Hollywood: The Complete Recordings 1955-1964.

Johnny Burnette: Singer from Memphis (1934-1964) who formed the rockabilly Johnny Burnette Rock'n'Roll Trio in the wake of Elvis's success recording with a trio at Sun Records.

Johnny Burnette and his brother Dorsey (1932-1979), also a member of the Trio, later wrote songs at Imperial Records, notably for Ricky Nelson (see Gypsy Woman).

At Liberty Records Johnny recorded a number of solo pop hits in the early 60s with producer 'Snuff' Garrett, including Dreamin, Little Boy Sad and You're Sixteen. At the same time, Dorsey established a solo career ([There Was A] Tall Oak Tree, Big Rock Candy Mountain).

Johnny Burnette's son Rocky had a hit in 1980 with Tired Of Toein' The Line.

References: 1. Session details at the Johnny & Dorsey Burnette Discography site. 2. Phil Hardy & Dave Laing, Encyclopedia of Rock Vol. 1: The Age Of Rock'n'Roll, (1975). 

Further reading: The Burnette House website, covering the musical careers of all the Burnettes.

Thanks to Peter Letheby for correction.

THE BROTHERS LEGARD
(And Her Name Is) Scarlett
(Steven Howard [Herb Newman])
USA 1968
Later version

Single on Era #3196, also released on Festival FK-2313.

The Brothers LeGard were Australian country artists The Legarde Twins, Tom and Ted, known as The Yodelling Stockmen. Originally rodeo performers, they first recorded in the early 50s for the Australian labels Rodeo and Regal-Zonophone. From 1957 until 1963 they worked in Hollywood and Nashville and released records on Liberty, Dot and Bel Canto. They appeared on Australian TV, recorded for Columbia, and brought US country acts to Australia before returning to the US in 1965. For their full and extraordinary CV (they even appeared as androids in Star Trek) see LeGardeTwins.com.

The other side of Scarlett, Night Bloomin' Jasmin, was also a Herb Newman composition, as was the LeGards' second Era Single The Land Where Animals Are People.

The Brothers LeGard featured as Discovery of the Week on the TV comedy series Laugh-in on 30 December 1968, and came back the following week, 6 January 1969.

Brothers LeGard singles discography at Era, 1968:
And Her Name Is Scarlet/Night Bloomin' Jasmin #3196
The Land Where Animals Are People/Coo-Ee Call #3199

Coo-Ee Call was a LeGarde original. Songs about the cooee call are not unheard of in Australia: see, for example, this old Aussie song.

References: 1. Laugh-in episode guide at TV.com. 2. Era discography at Global Dog. 3. Herb Newman's composer repertoire at ASCAP. 3. LeGardeTwins.com.

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