JOHNNY DEVLIN & THE DEVILS Stayin' Up Late (Johnny Brandon - Jimmy Williams)
Australia 1962 #20 Sydney #32 Brisbane
Single on Festival label.
Also released in USA on Coral #62335 with Hey Little Angel (an original written by Johnny Devlin & Nat Kipner).
Johnny Devlin (b. 1938 in Raetihi) was a New Zealander who had been a pioneering rock'n'roll star in his home country. Devlin's New Zealand success was in covering American rock'n'roll, and his repertoire included a range of astutely chosen covers, many away from the mainstream. However, most of his charting Australian records were originals, usually written or co-written by himself. Johnny Devlin had sixteen songs on the Sydney charts alone 1959-1965. His biggest hits were:
Turn The Lights Out Johnny (1959, #3 Sydney, #27 Melbourne, #2 Adelaide), an original rocker by Devlin;
the novelty Got A Zack In The Back Of My Pocket (1960, #7 Sydney, #19 Brisbane, #8 Adelaide), written by Nat Kipner, (a zack was a sixpenny piece); and
Stomp The Tumbarumba (1963, #5 Sydney, #5 Brisbane), by Devlin, a surf craze song that seems to refer to an inland New South Wales town.
As a songwriter, Johnny Devlin's credits also include:
Patsy Ann Noble - Good Looking Boy (1961, #16 Sydney #6 Melbourne #13 Brisbane #8 Adelaide);
Digger Revell & The Denvermen - My Little Rocker's Turned Surfie (1964, #9 Sydney, #16 Brisbane); and
Digger Revell's Denvermen - Surfside, an instrumental written with Nat Kipner(1963, #1 Sydney, #6 Melbourne).
KRIS JENSEN Staying Up Late (Johnny Brandon - Jimmy Williams)
Single on New York label Colpix, owned by Columbia Pictures.
Kris Jensen was a singer from Connecticut (b. 1942). He recorded for a number of labels 1959-65, notably Hickory in Nashville, with whom he had his only national hit with John D. Loudermilk'sTorture (1962, #20 USA). See the Kris Jensen biography at Black Cat Rockabilly.