RAY COLUMBUS AND THE INVADERS
C'mon And Swim
(Thomas Coman - Sly Stewart)
New Zealand 1965

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Single on Zodiac by New Zealand band best known in Australia for She's A Mod (1964). Their biggest New Zealand hit was Till We Kissed (1965).

Further reading: Bruce Sergent's Ray Columbus & The Invaders history.

Suggestion and versions from Terry Stacey.

LEROY JONES
C'mon And Swim
(Thomas Coman - Sly Stewart)
USA 1964

Single on Hit, the Nashville budget soundalike label. (If you couldn't afford The Beatles' Please Please Me you could have the Hit version by The Boll Weevils for 49 cents.) The name Leroy Jones was frequently seen on Hit singles, for example on their covers of When A Man Loves A Woman and It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World

Reference: Hit label discography [archived page] from The Hit Records Project.

Further reading: My blog posts on budget soundalike labels which include links to further information.

THE LIFEGUARDS
C'mon And Swim
(Thomas Coman - Sly Stewart)
USA 1964

SAME SONG ✓ VERIFIED

Track 1 on C'mon And Swim, album on Philadelphia label Wyncote. The label was a budget arm of Cameo-Parkway that strayed into the budget soundalike territory of Hit (see above), for example with the The Liverpools subbing for The Beatles.

References: 1. Wyncote label history, commentary and discography at BSN. 2. Album details at Discogs.com.

BOBBY FREEMAN
C'mon And Swim
(Thomas Coman - Sly Stewart)
USA 1964
Original version
#5 USA

Single on Autumn. C'mon And Swim - Part 2 was on the B-side.

Co-writer is Sylvester Stewart, better known as Sly Stone of Sly And The family Stone.

Bobby Freeman (1940-2017) wrote and recorded the original of Do You Wanna Dance (1958, also #5 USA), a song that is probably as well known through other versions, including those by Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Del Shannon, The Beach Boys, Bette Midler and Peter Andre.

Further reading: Bobby Freeman biography by Dik de Heer.

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