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 

Dinah Lee - Do The Blue Beat 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 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:

• Dig Richards - Love Express (1963)
• The Virgil Brothers - Here I Am (1968)
• Dove - Magic To Do (1974)
• Judy Stone - Danger! Heartbreak Ahead (1961)
• Little Pattie - I Just Need Your Love (1965)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• Cam-Pact - Zoom Zoom Zoom
• The Strangers - Happy Without You
• Johnny O'Keefe & Margaret McLaren - Mockingbird
• Tony Worsley > Bruce Gillespie - Velvet Waters + FURTHER UPDATES
• Judy Stone - House For Sale

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT

In 1964 he recorded a song that would become a #1 hit for a major Australian pop star of the 60s.

He might be obscure to many Australians, but in America he is known as a football star of the 50s and 60s.

He has acted in many TV series, and is known well enough to have appeared as himself in an episode of The Simpsons

As a bodyguard for Robert Kennedy, he subdued and disarmed Kennedy's assassin in 1968. 

You might not know him, but you probably know the song if you were listening to Australian pop music in 1965. More here.

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE:

• Chart data 1900-2007 at tsort.info
• SACEM: repertoire search at French copyright organisation 
• Jordie Kilby's Sonic Archaeology: cultural & social history through recorded sound.
Annotated Index of American Popular Songs (digital loans)
Label discographies at Fonorama: huge database

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Development: Lachlan Nuttall. Graphics: Gina Nuttall.
©Lyn Nuttall 2004-2019
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...