SHANE
Saint Paul
(Terry Knight)
New Zealand 1969
#1 New Zealand

Single on HMV (NZ), produced by Peter Dawkins, arranged by Don Richardson.

British-born NZ singer and songwriter Shane (b. Trevor Hales, known as Shane Hales) had been in bands including The Pleazers and Shane Group before going solo. He became better known when he took over as host of TV's C'mon after Mr Lee Grant left for England.

Shane had had some minor chart success before covering Terry Knight's Saint Paul which became one of the biggest selling New Zealand singles of its time. Its follow-up, the Elton John-Bernie Taupin song Lady Samantha, was a #3 hit. Further releases included four albums 1969-1973 and a single with a band as Zonk (Heya/Along Life's Road, 1970).

Shane continued to perform and record beyond the 60s: he had a long stint in the UK in the 70s, including time with his heavy rock/punk bands Midnite Wolf and Killa-Hz. Back in NZ he played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, and in the 90s he was a breakfast host at Auckland station Kool 93 (now The Sound).

Shane's album Full Circle was released in 2011.

Further reading: My capsule biography above barely covers Shane's long and varied career. I recommend these longer sources: 1. Shane himself gives a detailed and entertaining account of his career in this long 2011 interview with Trevor Reekie.  2. Shane's own website has a chronology of his career [offline March 2014: see archived page here]. 3. Bruce Sergent's page on Shane covers his career from the early days, along with several sleeve shots. See also Bruce's pages on Pleazers and Shane Group.

TERRY KNIGHT
Saint Paul
(Terry Knight)
USA 1969
Original version

Single on Capitol.

Terry Knight (1943-2004, b. Richard Terrance Knapp) had been a disc jockey (WTAC Flint, WJBK Detroit, CKLW Windsor), and singer with Michigan band Terry Knight & The Pack (I [Who Have Nothing], 1966, #46 USA).

He moved to New York as a songwriter, producer and artist at Cameo-Parkway and later at Capitol Records where he recorded Saint Paul. Also at Capitol, he formed, managed and produced Grand Funk Railroad with two members of his old band The Pack.

Saint Paul, released in May 1969, seems to have been inspired by Terry Knight's frustrated attempts to collaborate with Paul McCartney, but it was taken to carry clues in the "Paul is dead" conspiracy theory that emerged a few months later.

Shane (NZ) on Terry Knight: I managed to meet him in London when he was the manager of Grand Funk Railroad. Lovely little guy with shades on. [source]

Further reading: 1. Terry Knight biography by Richie Unterberger at All Music. 2. Terry Knight obituary in The Independent. 3. Terry Knight at WJBK Detroit (audio requires paid sub). 

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