DEBBIE BYRNE
He's A Rebel
(Gene Pitney)
Australia 1974
#41 Sydney #1 Melbourne #3 Adelaide #2 Perth

Debut single by Debra Byrne, a graduate of Johnny Young's variety TV show Young Talent Time who went on to a long, successful and sometimes troubled career as a singer and stage actor.

Reference: Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop.
Further reading: Wikipedia article on Debra Byrne; Debra Byrne's filmography at Internet Movie Database.
PAT CARROLL
He's A Rebel
(Gene Pitney)
Australia 1966

Single on W&G.

Pat Carroll was a popular Melbourne singer often seen on pop TV shows in the late 60s. For a while she performed with Olivia Newton-John as Pat & Olivia, and she married John Farrar, the ex-Strangers guitarist and vocalist who wrote and produced for Olivia.

See also: All Kinds Of Everything.

Reference: Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop.
Thanks to Terry Stacey for version alert.

THE BREAKAWAYS
He's A Rebel
(Gene Pitney)
UK 1963

Single on Pye label by three graduates of The Vernon Girls, a professional offshoot of the Vernon Football Pools company choir from Liverpool. Samantha Jones (Don't Come Any Closer) and Vicki Brown (From The Inside) were also former Vernon Girls.

Thanks to Phil Chapman.

THE CRYSTALS
He's A Rebel
(Gene Pitney)
USA 1962
#1 USA #19 UK #6 Melbourne #9 Brisbane #6 Adelaide #1 Perth

Brooklyn girl group The Crystals were regulars on Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound' productions for his label Philles, formed with independent producer Lester Sill in 1961 but bought out by Spector the following year. He's A Rebel was the biggest of The Crystals' six Billboard Top 20 hits 1961-63 which also included Da Doo Ron Ron (1963, #3 USA) and Then He Kissed Me (1063, #6 USA).

Co-charted in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with the original version by Vikki Carr.

Further reading: Follow the links from The Crystals at Spectropop.

 
VIKKI CARR
He's A Rebel
(Gene Pitney)
USA 1962
Original version
#3 Sydney #9 Brisbane #6 Adelaide #1 Perth

Co-charted in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with the version by The Crystals.

Single on Liberty label by El Paso-born singer whose biggest pop hit was It Must Be Him (1967, #3 USA). Since the 80s she has become a highly regarded Latin-style artist.

'Wall of Sound' producer Phil Spector recorded the Crystals' version after hearing the Vikki Carr session in progress at Liberty. The two versions were issued more or less simultaneously, but the Vikki Carr version seems to have the edge as the original.

Further reading: Vicki Carr at All Music Guide.
Thank you to Tony Watson for clarification and background.

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