Sources of Australian Pop Records

from the 50s, 60s and 70s

[plus some Aussie originals and some New Zealanders]

ORIGINALS - COVERS - REMAKES

SONGWRITERS - CHART POSITIONS

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FIND OUT ABOUT:

The surprisingly complicated history of Dinah Lee's 'Do The Blue Beat'.

The Hawaiian singer who released 'She's My Baby' before Johnny O'Keefe.

'Froggy', the British singer-songwriter who wrote Russell Morris's 'Rachel'.

The mystery behind Ray Brown's classic B-side 'Go To Him'.

The British origins of Sherbet's first charting single.

The former Kingston Trio member who wrote Reg Lindsay's 'Armstrong'.

The lyricist who co-wrote both 'You're The Voice' and 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'.

The true story behind the whistle on Normie Rowe's 'Que Sera Sera'.

Hollywood Eight: the real motel that inspired 'Hollywood Seven'.

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WHERE DID THEY GET THESE SONGS?

Johnny Farnham - Friday Kind Of Monday 1968

Col Joye - Oh Yeah Uh Huh 1959

Pastoral Symphony - Love Machine 1968

The Groove - You Are The One I Love 1968

Ray Brown - Pride 1965 

Little Pattie - Dance, Puppet, Dance 1965

The De Kroo Brothers - (And Her Name Is) Scarlet 1963

Johnny Young - Kiss Me Now 1967

The Delltones - Come A Little Bit Closer 1963

Jeff St John & The Id - Big Time Operator 1967

Matt Flinders - Picking Up Pebbles 1968

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'LOOK WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MY SONG' - Melanie Safka

LAST 5 NEW PAGES, LATEST AT THE TOP:

• Johnny Devlin - Hey Little Angel (1961)
• Lynne Fletcher - You Say Pretty Words (1965)
• Tony Shepp - Come To Your Window (1966)
• Jimmie Murphy - Moonlit Night (1963)
   Col Joye - (Making Love On A) Moonlit Night (1960)

• Kelly Green - So What (1963)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

Billy Adams - Dancing In Your Eyes MORE ON WRITERS
John J. Francis - Play Mumma, Sing Me A Song
   Rumour - Play Mama Play
   Jeff Hilder - Play Mama Play ADDED
   Digby Richards - Play Momma Play

Johnny O'Keefe - You Excite Me MORE ON OTHER VERSIONS
Maple Lace - Gimme Dat Ding ORIGINAL VERSION CHANGED
   Frankie Davidson - Gimme Dat Ding

• Debbie Byrne - He's A Rebel MORE ABOUT FIRST VERSIONS

            

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT: SONNY WILLIAMS

Country music artist Sonny Williams was probably little known outside of Wisconsin. The singer-songwriter-guitarist (1933-2008) was a hard-working live performer over many years in Milwaukee and other cities.

In 1958 he released a song by Chicago songwriter Frank McNulty, recorded with an all-star studio band in Nashville. It wasn't a hit for Sonny, although it charted modestly in Milwaukee when he re-recorded it there in 1973.

In Australia Col Joye recorded the song for his first single in 1959. It was one of Col's biggest hits, now a classic Australian oldie.

Find out more at this page.
            

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE:

Johnny Mercer, lyricist and composer: song database
Françoise Hardy: cover versions by her, and her songs covered
Australian 45rpm Revolution: history by Jordie Kilby
• P.F. Sloan & Jeff Barri: a list at 45cat.com
A Trip to Toytown: retrospectively named pop sub-genre

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Development: Lachlan Nuttall. Graphics: Gina Nuttall.
©Lyn Nuttall 2004-2020
Chart positions courtesy of Gavin Ryan's Australian Chart Books and
Dean Scapolo's Complete NZ Music Charts.
Special thanks to Terry Stacey for information, corrections and suggestions.
Thanks also to Tony Watson, Joop Jansen, More...