'I MINUTELY EXAMINED THE LABEL AND WONDERED WHAT THOSE WORDS WERE WITHIN THE BRACKETS'
- Glenn A. Baker
The main idea of the site is to trace the original versions of songs recorded by Australian artists, mostly from the 50s, 60s or 70s.
It's about the history of songs: that's why it's called Where Did They Get That Song? It's not a general guide to Australian music, and it doesn't list every Australian band and singer. If that's what you need, try here or here.
There are also some original Australian songs featured but they are exceptions, and there is usually a good reason for making an exception.
The focus is on Australia, but a number of notable New Zealand records are also included.
Each page is about a song recorded by an Australian or New Zealand artist. Versions of the song are listed chronologically, in reverse order, working back from the Australian or NZ record to the original. After that you might find Red Herrings (same title, different song) and Later Versions (recorded after the feature song at the top of the page).
I don't try to list every version of a song ever recorded. For that, try some of the sites listed here
At this site, “original version” means the first time the general public was able to access the song. This could be the first record release, public performance or published manuscript of a song.
Unreleased demo versions don't count, although some demos are mentioned if they are especially interesting or significant in the history of the song.
The words at this site are my own: no cutting and pasting from other sites. If I do quote someone, I make it clear who they are. References are noted or linked to, but not if the information is widely known and easily verified in standard sources.
'I STOLE PIECES OF TWO JOSH WHITE SONGS AND WROTE “SIXTEEN TONS”.'
- Merle Travis
I use contributed information if it is plausible or verifiable.
Many people have emailed me with corrections, suggestions, and answers to my questions: experts, collectors or researchers; people who were there, friends of the band, or sons and daughters of the artist; people who remembered some fact that everyone else had forgotten.
My policy is to credit anyone who contributes anything, but special thanks to Terry Stacey, Tony Watson, Joop Jansen, Kees van der Hoeven, honeydhont, Dunks at Milesago, Phil Chapman, Brian Lee, Mike Robbins, Chris Vening, Rod Stone, Peter Robinson, Ronnie Burns, Davie Gordon, Margaret G. Still, Dave Overett, David Johnston, John Gambrill, Jon Stratton, Dave Monroe, Phil Milstein, Zbigniew Nowara, Ostin Allegro, Artie Kornfeld, David Walker, John Yeager, Ray Rivera, David Neale, Tertius Louw, Artie Wayne, Al Kooper, Geoff Green, Gwyneth at the Peter Doyle website, Bruce R. Gillespie, Jan Baart, Tony Martin, Philippe Edouard, Aaron Betts, Erik Alm...
Thanks to chart compiler Gavin Ryan - his Australian chart books are available here - and to Dean Scapolo whose New Zealand chart book is available through here.
'MADE IN AUSTRALIA FROM AUSTRALIAN AND IMPORTED INGREDIENTS'