The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Australia 1976
#9 Adelaide


Single on Image by Melbourne group who released at least twelve singles and three albums 1973-76.

After Dove, lead singer Sharyn Cambridge sang on a 1978 EMI single by Cambridge And Thomas, You Take My Breath Away. She later formed her own band which seems to have evolved into The Colin Who Band with her songwriting partner and guitarist Colin Wright YouTube

See Love Machine - The Lion Sleeps Tonight for the history of this much-recorded song.

Other charting singles by Dove:
• It Might As Well Rain Until September 1973 (#31 Melbourne) 1962 Carole King hit, Goffin-King composition;
• Magic To Do 1974 (#36 Melbourne) from Pippin;
• Amazing Grace 1974 (#7 Melbourne, #2 Adelaide) 18th century hymn;
• Long Live Love 1975 (#22 Adelaide) band original (not the 1965 Sandie Shaw hit).

Idle Speculation Dept: The writer credit for the Cambridge & Thomas B-side is W. Thomas. Could the Thomas in Cambridge & Thomas be G. Wayne Thomas, New Zealand singer, songwriter and producer, resident in Australia? He was in the similarly named Thomas And Bailey the following year, but I don't suppose that's much of a clue. He certainly worked with a large number of Australian artists.

Further reading: "Songs from the wings of a Dove", Sharyn Cambridge profile, The Age (Melbourne), 2 November 1978 [may need paid subscription].

Thanks to Mike Robbins.

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