Sources of Australian Pop Records

from the 50s, 60s and 70s

[plus some Aussie originals and some New Zealanders]

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The classic instrumental by Melbourne's Thunderbirds that came from a jingle on WKBW, Buffalo NY.

The Delltones hit co-written by a future NSW District Court Judge.

The Purple Hearts track first recorded for a US Government education campaign.

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

The Aussie version of 'Konnichiwa Akachan', co-written by the composer of 'Sukiyaki'.

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

The Johnny Chester hit first heard in the 1943 film I Walked with a Zombie.

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WHERE DID THEY GET THESE SONGS?

Ray Brown - Pride 1965 

Judy Stone - 4,003,221 Tears From Now 1964

Heart'n'Soul - Lazy Life 1969

Johnny O'Keefe - She's My Baby 1959

The Groove - You Are The One I Love 1968

Little Pattie - Dance, Puppet, Dance 1965

The De Kroo Brothers - (And Her Name Is) Scarlet 1959

Johnny Young - Cara-Lyn 1966

The Delltones - Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands 1962

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:

• Robert Helpmann - Surfer Doll (1964) + UPDATED
• Yvonne Barrett - Send Her Away (1966)
• The Iguana - Good News (1969)
   • Multiple Balloon - Good News (1970)

• The Iguana - Requiem: 820 Latham (1969)
   • The Executives - Requiem: 820 Latham (1968)

• Maria Dallas - Ambush (1967) + UPDATED

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• Yvonne Barrett - Little People
• The Hergs - Cadillac
• Johnny Rebb - Hey Sheriff + FURTHER UPDATE
• The La De Das - Hey Baby
   • Richard Wright & The Vikings - Hey Baby

• Jeff St John & The Id - Big Time Operator

 

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT

In 1959 this Hawaiian singer, little-known outside his home state, recorded the original version of a song that became one of Johnny O'Keefe's biggest hits and best remembered oldies.

JO'K heard the song from one of its co-writers, an American who was touring Australia in the band of Tommy Sands. It had been written in Hawaii, en route to Australia.

What was the Australian hit song that this singer from Hawaii originated? More here.

 

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE

100 songs that changed history, from Time Out magazine
• The Listener-In: my new blog on Aussie radio airchecks.
• MMONE: The Music Museum of New England [USA] 
• Stage musicals: data at Ovrtur
• Aussie pirate DJ Ian Damon (Davidson) 

 

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Development: Lachlan Nuttall. Graphics: Gina Nuttall.
© Lyn Nuttall 2004-2018
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...