THE THUNDERBIRDS
Teen Scene
(Teddy Randazzo)
Australia 1960

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
(Teddy Randazzo)
UK 1960

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
(Teddy Randazzo)
USA 1960
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).


 

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