ANNE & JOHNNY HAWKER
Cinderella Rockefella
(Mason Williams - Nancy Ames)
Australia 1968
#7 Sydney #2 Melbourne #4 Brisbane #4 Adelaide

Anne & Johnny Hawker: Melbourne husband and wife duo. See photo at PictureAustralia. Orchestra leader and arranger Johnny Hawker worked on many Australian recordings, including Grantley Dee's Wild One.

Co-charted with the original version by Esther & Abi Ofarim.

Also recorded in Australia by Charade (1969) and The Executives (1969).

See also Anne Hawker's Timothy (1968) and Boom Bang-A-Bang (1969).

MASON WILLIAMS [WITH JENNIFER WARNES]
Cinderella Rockefella
(Mason Williams - Nancy Ames)
USA 1968

From his 1968 album The Mason Williams Ear Show. Duet with album “guest” Jennifer Warnes.

Mason Williams wrote the song in 1966 but he did not release his own version until November 1968, after the Esther & Abi Ofarin version had already become a hit (see Mason Williams’s website)

Some sources spell it as "Rockafella", but it is spelt “Rockefella” in the title registered at BMI .

The composers, Mason Williams and Nancy Ames, sang Cinderella Rockefella on the CBS-TV show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on 26 November 1967. Mason Williams & Nancy Ames also composed the show's theme. (Thanks to Joop Jansen.)

ESTHER & ABI OFARIM
Cinderella Rockefella
(Mason Williams - Nancy Ames)
Germany 1968
Original version
#1 UK #7 Sydney #2 Melbourne #4 Brisbane #4 Adelaide #4 Perth #12 NZ

This is the earliest released version of Cinderella Rockefella, although it had been aired previously on American TV (below).

Israeli husband and wife duo, born Esther Zaied and Abraham Reichstadt, popular in Europe from the mid-60s after moving to Germany. See Esther’s website for biography.

Co-charted in Australia with local cover version by Anne & Johnny Hawker.

Cinderella Rockefella is heard on the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed Israeli film Walk on Water (2004). It was also in Le ciel est à nous (1997).

Recorded by Esther & Abi Ofarim in 1967, but released early in 1968 (see The Guinness Book of 500 #1 Hits). Writer Mason Williams’s version was apparently released later, in November 1968, after the Ofarims' version had already become a hit (see Mason Williams’s website)

Thanks to Shimshon Shalev for additional details.

MASON WILLIAMS AND NANCY AMES
Cinderella Rockefella
(Mason Williams - Nancy Ames)
USA 1967

Early live performance

The composers, Mason Williams and Nancy Ames, sang Cinderella Rockefella on the CBS-TV show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on 26 November 1967. Mason Williams & Nancy Ames also composed the show's theme.

Thanks to Joop Jansen.
ESTHER OFARIM WITH THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS
Cinderella Rockefella
(Mason Williams - Nancy Ames)
USA 1967
Original version: live performance

This is the earliest known public performance of Cinderella Rockefella. Esther Ofarim sang it with the Smothers Brothers on their CBS-TV show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on 12 April 1967.

Thanks to Joop Jansen.

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