SOMEBODY'S IMAGE
Hush
(Joe South)
Australia 1967
#17 Sydney #2 Melbourne #6 Brisbane #42 Adelaide

Single on the IN label. Perth record fans apparently preferred the original version (see below).

Melbourne band with singer Russell (The Real Thing) Morris who later recorded this with his band The Rubes (see below).

Suggestion from John Yeager and Terry Stacey.

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JOE SOUTH
Hush
(Joe South)
USA 1967

Joe South (born Joe Souter) also wrote Billy Joe Royal's biggest hit, Down In The Boondocks (1965) and Lynn Anderson's hit (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden (1971).

Joe South's own best-known recordings are Games People Play (1969), Don't It Make You Want To Go Home (1969), Walk A Mile In My Shoes (1970) and Children (1970). As a session musician he worked with Bob Dylan (Blonde On Blonde) and Simon & Garfunkel (The Sounds Of Silence).

According to Arnold Rypens in his book The Originals, Joe South has cited an old gospel song Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name as an influence in writing Hush

The Originals also lists versions of Hush by Jimmy Frey (1968), Blue Suede (in 1975 medley), Dan Baird (with Joe South, 1996) and Gotthard (1998).

Thanks to Kees van der Hoeven.

BILLY JOE ROYAL
Hush
(Joe South)
USA 1967
Original version
#20 Perth

Singer from Georgia who started out as a country singer but assimilated many other musical influences and crossed over to the pop charts.

Billy Joe Royal was an associate of the writer of Hush, Joe South, with whom he appeared on the country show Georgia Jubilee.

Later versions:

DEEP PURPLE
Hush
(Joe South)
UK 1968
Later version
#4 USA #12 Sydney #12 Brisbane #7 Adelaide

Double-sided hit with Kentucky Woman.

JOHNNY HALLYDAY
Mal (Hush)
(Joe South - Georges Aber)
France 1968
Later version

French-language version by legendary pop idol and actor, on 1968 Philips album Jeune Homme, also on the EP 4 Chansons.

References: Discography and song details at Hallyday.com.fr. Forum thread at 45 tours de rock francais.
See also: No No No No No and Mashed Potato.
Further reading: Hallyday.com.fr and JohnnyWeb.fr.
RUSSELL MORRIS & THE RUBES
Hush
(Joe South)
Australia 1980
Later version
#14 Melbourne #21 Brisbane #36 Adelaide

Early 80s Melbourne band led by former Somebody's Image member Russell Morris whose solo career had included the legendary The Real Thing (1969).

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