CLAPHAM JUNCTION Good Time Music (Jeff Katz - Jerry Kasenetz - Richard Berardi)
Single on du Monde by Sydney pop band, active 1968-1970, with historical connections to top Australian 70s band Sherbet.
Personnel at the time of this session appear to have been William Mahoney (vocals), Jim Willebrandt (vocals), Derek Lewis (guitar), Peter Noble (bass), and David Mills (drums). Mahoney and Willebrandt had joined to replace foundation members Dennis Laughlin (vocals), and Sam See (guitars & organ). Also in the band at some stage were John Foley (guitar) and Barbie Jones (organ).
The Who-influenced band original on the B-side, Emily On Sunday, has attained some longevity through being included on Peculiar Hole In The Sky: Pop-Psych From Down Under, a 2002 collection on Ace Records' Big Beat Label. In the liner notes, Alex Palao repeats a rumour that the band members were all British. Their name certainly sounds British, and they were associated with Sydney club The Union Jack. Bassist Peter Noble clarifies this by pointing out that he was "the only Aussie in an all-Brit band (quoted at the History of Australian Music blog).
After Clapham Junction, Dennis Laughlin and Sam See [Ruthven] became foundation members of Sherbet in 1969.
Laughlin was Sherbet's original lead singer, heard on their first single Crimson Ships, but left after a few months. Later he was in Toby Jugg. (Clapham Junction'sJohn Foley, Jim Willebrandt and Bill Mahoney also passed through Toby Jugg, as did Garth Porter, later in Sherbet.)
Kasenetz & Katz's Super K Productions for the Buddah label popularised the bubblegum genre . Their charting releases included Yummy Yummy Yummy (1968) by Ohio Express; and Simon Says (1967), 1, 2, 3, Red Light (1968) and Indian Giver (1969) by 1910 Fruit Gum Company, all Top 5 USA hits. Quick Joey Small (1968, #25 USA, #19 UK) by purported house supergroup Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus was popular in parts of Australia (#9 Melbourne, #12 Perth).
References, further reading: 1. Tricycle (album) at RateYour Music: release details and commentary. 2. Bubblegum Pop at Wikipedia. 3.Facebook page of Kasenetz and Katz Productions.