Do What You Gotta Do
(Jimmy Webb)
New Zealand 1968
#6 NZ

Single on Impact.

Popular band, from Ponsonby in Auckland, often in the New Zealand Top 10 in the late 60s. Vocalist Larry Morris later went solo and had six singles on the NZ charts 1969-1983 including The Hunt (1969, #5 NZ) and The Game (1970, #8 NZ)..

Larry’s Rebels were New Zealand’s Animals. Our Paul Revere and the Raiders. The top notch local pop band with bluesy bite, who released a handful of vital discs, and for a brief few years were all over the media, the charts and the nation’s bedroom walls. They were Auckland’s first great homegrown pop band of the modern pop era; hard working and electrifying live. Their cover versions nipped at the heels of the originals.
      - Andrew Schmidt at Audio Culture.

See also Larry & The Rebels' Mo'reen, Painter Man, It's Not True and I Feel Good; and The Rebels' My Son John

Further reading: 1. The Larry's Rebels page at Bruce Sergent's New Zealand music website. 2. Larry Morris interview with Murray Cammick at NZ music website Audio Culture (January 2016). 3. Larry's Rebels profile at Audio Culture.

Thanks to Larry for correction.

Do What You Gotta Do
(Jimmy Webb)
USA 1968
#12 Melbourne

Single on Soul City.

Soul singer whose best known songs are The Snake (1968) and his biggest hit Show And Tell (1973), a #1 in the United States.

For a little more about this record, see my blogpost Only in Oz (15) Al Wilson - Do What You Gotta Do.

Do What You Gotta Do
(Jimmy Webb)
USA 1967
Original version

On 1967 album Rewind on Imperial label.

See the album discography at the Johnny Rivers website.

Jimmy Webb: prolific writer (and performer) of numerous classics, including Up-Up And Away, MacArthur Park, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix... See the Jimmy Webb Song List at Magic Town and Webb's song catalog at Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Do What You Gotta Do was also recorded by Nina Simone, Bobby Vee, Clarence Carter, Paul Anka, and Ronnie Milsap (all 1968); B.J. Thomas (1970), Roberta Flack (1970), Tom Jones (1971) and Linda Ronstadt (1993).

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Do What You Gotta Do
(Jimmy Webb)
USA 1969
Later version
#11 UK

Motown recording, released in Britain on Tamla-Motown label.

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