THE DREAM
Who Could Be Lovin' You (Other Than Me)
(Willie Hutchinson*)
Australia 1968
#19 Melbourne

* This single adds a writer credit for Marc Gordon, but the song is copyrighted by Hutchinson alone. See ASCAP repertoire, and the label of Al Wilson's original version, wr. Hutchinson, co-produced by Marc Gordon.

Single on Festival by Melbourne band. Also on 1968 EP shared with Cam-Pact (2 tracks each).

Who Could Be Lovin' You (Other Than Me) later appeared on a 1969 EP by The Dream's later incarnation The New Dream, Catching Up On Fun (1969).

See also Groupie (1969) and Candy Love (1971) by The New Dream.


The copyrighted title of the song is Who Could Be Lovin' You Other Than Me, without brackets, but it has been recorded as Who Could Be Lovin' You (Other Than Me), and as Who Could Be Lovin' You or Who Could Be Loving You.


Suggestion from Terry Stacey, thanks.

THE HEART AND SOUL
Who Could Be Loving You
(Willie Hutchinson*)
Australia 1968

* As on the Australian single by The Dream, a writer credit for Marc Gordon is added on the label.

Single on Festival. The Heart And Soul were formed in Sydney in 1967 but later became prominent as the more progressive jazz-rock band Heart'n'Soul, known for Lazy Life (1969).

Who Could Be Loving You was included on Heart'n'Soul's 1969 EP Lazy Life. They later recorded for Festival's progressive label Infinity (1971).

Further reading: Band history at Milesago.

THE FANTASTICS
Who Could Be Loving You
(Willie Hutchinson)
UK 1968

Single on MGM, B-side of Baby Make Your Own Sweet Music, recorded in England.

The Fantastics were New York street-corner vocal group The Velours, formed in Brooklyn in 1956 when the members were in their late teens. After a dozen singles 1956-1961 and some line-up changes, they released one single on MGM in 1967 before trying their luck in the UK with this single and a name change to The Fantastics. They also released singles on UK label Deram and on Bell (UK).

Their first single on Bell, Something Old, Something New (1971, #9 UK) gave them their first real chart success. It was written by top British songwriters Tony Macaulay, Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook, and produced by Macaulay and Greenway.

References: 1. Jay Warner, American Singing Groups (2006): see excerpt in facsimile at Google Books. 2. The Velours and The Fantastics at Discogs.com.

JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS
Who Could Be Loving You
(Willie Hutchinson)
UK 1968

Single on Pye by ska-soul band formed in the mid-60s when established Jamaican band The Vagabonds joined with Jimmy James, US-born Jamaican resident and solo singer who had had some chart hits in Jamaica since the late 50s. As Jimmy James and the Vagabonds they moved to the UK where they became a popular late-60s live act in the clubs and on tour. 

Signed to Pye, they charted in the UK in 1968 with Red Red Wine (#36). In the 70s the Vagabonds disbanded and were re-formed by Jimmy James to chart again in 1976 with I'll Go Where Your Music Takes Me (#23) and Now Is The Time (#5).

References, further reading: 1. Jimmy James (singer) at Wikipedia. 2. Jimmy James biography by Andrew Hamilton at All Music.

AL WILSON
Who Could Be Lovin' You
(Willie Hutchinson)
USA 1967
Original version

Single on Soul City, produced by Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon, arranged by Jim Webb.


Singer-songwriter-guitarist and producer Willie Hutch (born Hutchinson 1946-2005) started releasing his own solo records from the mid-60s, but he also became a notable songwriter and producer for other artists at Soul City and Motown.

He wrote California My Way, the Fifth Dimension song that appeared on their first album Up Up And Away which he co-produced, . Later, at Motown, he worked with The Jackson 5 (their 1970 #1 I'll Be There was a co-write), Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson, while continuing to release his own recordings.


Marc Gordon was Al Wilson's manager. He had been a successful producer at Motown before forming his own management company and signing up The Versatiles, better known later as The Fifth Dimension. They became the stars of Soul City, the new label that Gordon managed for owner Johnny Rivers.

Who Could Be Lovin' You was Al Wilson's first release on Soul City. See also Do What You Gotta Do.

Further reading: 1. Al Wilson Story (.pdf) at thatsmusic.org.  2. Willie Hutch at Discogs.com. 3. Willie Hutch bio by Greg Prato at All Music.

Later versions:

JACKIE ROSS
Who Could Be Loving You
(Willie Hutchinson)
USA 1969
Later version

Single on Chicago label Fountain, B-side of Don't Change Your Mind, by St Louis-born Chicago soul-r&b singer (b.1946) with a gospel upbringing.

Jackie Ross's first record (as Jacki Ross) was on Sam Cooke's SAR label in 1962. She was signed to Chess Records in 1964 and charted with Selfish One (1964, #11 USA). Her version of Take Me For A Little While came out in July 1965, the same month as the original by Evie Sands. Pop success eluded her through some label changes, and she mainly returned to gospel music. She was later taken up by the Northern Soul movement in the UK, and recorded with Wigan Casino DJ and producer Ian Levine.

Further reading: 1. Jackie Ross biography by Jason Ankeny at All Music. 2. Jackie Ross page at AllButForgotten Oldies.net. 3. SAR Records (owned by Sam Cooke) at Wikipedia.

BUNNY WALTERS
Who Could Be Loving You
(Willie Hutchinson*)
New Zealand 1972
Later version

* As on the Australian singles by The Dream, and by The Heart And Soul, a writer credit for Marc Gordon is added on the label.

Single on Impact, B-side of I Won't Be Sorry To See Suzanne Again, by highly-regarded and popular Maori singer-guitarist (1953-2016), originally from the small North Island town of Katikati. Bunny Walters was a star in New Zealand, with five charting records 1970-74 and frequent appearances on TV music shows.

See his biggest hits Take The Money And Run (1972, #2 NZ #27 Melbourne) and Brandy (1974, #4 NZ) for more details.

References, further reading: 1. Bunny Walters obituary, "The Kid from Katikati" at NZ news site Stuff.co.nz. 2. Bunny Walters page at NZ music site Audio Culture.

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