Previous Feature 45's — Page 11

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Title:Walkin' Along
Artist:The Delltones
Writer:Weiss, Willis
Label:Leedon
Release:6 July 1964
The Delltones, recorded their first hit, a remake of The Crows Gee in 1959 and they followed in 1961 with You're the Limit. Just as their version of Get a Little Dirt on Your Hands hit the charts, lead singer, Noel Widerberg was killed in a car accident. Col Loughlin became the new lead singer and they recorded Come a Little Bit Closer in November 1962; it became their biggest selling single. In 1964 they revived the Diamonds hit Walking Along but it failed to make the Top 40. See also--
The White Cliffs of Dover.
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Title:In Our Time
Artist:Nancy Sinatra
Writer:Lee Hazlewood
Label:Reprise
Release:October 1966
Eldest daughter of Frank Sinatra, Nancy, started recording for her father's record label, Reprise, in 1961. Her first release was Cuff Links and a Tie Clip followed by many other single releases, all of which had only mediocre success. She teamed with songwriter, arranger and producer Lee Hazlewood in 1965 and early in the next year released These Boots Are Made for Walkin'. The disc topped the charts in the U.S.A., Great Britain and Australia and started a run of successful recordings.
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Title:Beach Time
Artist:Roger Smith
Writer:Bob and Dick Sherman
Label:Warner Bros.
Release:June 1960
Roger Smith began as a singer and guitarist before signing to Columbia Pictures in 1957. He married Australian model and film actress, Victoria Shaw in 1956 and they had three children. Smith switched to Warner Brothers in 1958, landing a starring role as Jeff Spencer in the TV series 77 Sunset Strip. He recorded Beach Time /Cuddle Up a Little Closer for Warner Bros. in 1959 and a follow-up single, The Love of Two /Tick, Tick, Tick.
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Title:This Ole House
Artist:Hal Mooney and His Orchestra
Writer:Stuart Hamblen
Label:Mercury
Release:March 1962
Hal Mooney was a New York born pianist who played in bands in the 1930s and backed a number of singers with his own orchestra in the 40s and 50s. In 1956 he joined Mercury Records as arranger and A&R man. He arranged and accompanied many recordings by Nina Simone, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. In 1961 he recorded a version of Stuart Hamblen's 1954 hit song This Ole House. In the 70s, Mooney became musical director for television shows including Kojak and Columbo.
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Title:I Had a Mule
Artist:The Limeliters
Writer:Bruce Phillips
Label:RCA
Release:August 1962
A trio formed in 1959 and took their name from a ski lodge, 'The Limelite' in Colorado where they performed. They recorded first for Elektra records, then changing to RCA they released three albums and four singles including A Dollar Down and Just an Honest Mistake. In 1962 they recorded their fourth RCA album, Through Children's Eyes, an album of children's songs and from it they released the single I Had a Mule, recorded live with a choir of 70 elementary school children from Berkeley, California.
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Title:Country Rock Polka
Artist:Jean Jacques Perrey
Writer:Prilly, Bouillon, Breuer
Label:Astor
Release:1970
Frenchman, Jean Jacques Perrey was a pioneer of electronic music, meeting Ondioline inventor George Jenny in 1952 and demonstrating the instrument throughout Europe. Perrey emigrated to America and after meeting Robert Moog in 1966, recorded the first album of Moog synthesiser music. One of the tracks, Baroque Hoedown has been used at Disneyland parades since that time. In 1970, Perrey released the LP Moog Indigo which contained the track, Country Rock Polka.
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Title:Care for Kids
Artist:Kids
Writer:Peter Best
Label:Albert Productions
Release:March 1979
The record label states: "Produced for the children of the world during the International Year of the Child". It was written and produced by South Australian film composer Peter Best with thanks to Phillip Adams, Alex Stitt and the I.Y.C Committees with special thanks to Linda George and Paul Meaney. This recording was accompanied by a radio and television campaign and made No.13 in Sydney in the first two weeks of May 1979.
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Title:When a Child Is Born
(Soleado)
Artist:Johnny Mathis
Writer:F.Jay, Zacar
Label:CBS
Release:October 1976
Fred Jay wrote the lyrics to Zacar Dammicco's composition Soleado. There were many recordings of the song but the best known was the Jack Gold production for Johnny Mathis, first appearing on his album I Only Have Eyes for You. Mathis was one of the most popular singers of the fifties, best known for his singles Wonderful! Wonderful! and The Twelfth of Never.
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Title:The Wayward Wind
Artist:Frank Ifield
Writer:Newman, Lebowsky
Label:Columbia
Release:February 1963
Frank Ifield was born in England, but grew up in Sydney, Australia. His appearance on 2GB's Amateur Hour led to a recording contract with EMI's Regal Zonophone label and a television show Campfire Favourites. In 1959 Frank flew to London and appeared on BBC TV. He gained a contract with Norrie Paramor of Columbia Records and was the first artist to have three consecutive No.1 songs in Britain. The Wayward Wind, a revival of Gogi Grant's 1956 hit was his third No.1 hit.
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Title:Yellow River
Artist:Christie
Writer:J. Christie
Label:CBS
Release:July 1970
Englishman, Jeff Christie wrote Yellow River for 'The Tremeloes' but they decided not to release their version. Instead they asked Christie to record it with Michael Blakely, younger brother of a Tremeloes member, using the Tremeloes backing track. In Australia, Christie's version was subject to the 1970 commercial radio ban but the song made No.1 in Sydney (16th October 1970) sharing honours with versions by the local bands 'Autumn' and 'Jigsaw'.
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Title:The American Dance
Artist:The Belmonts
Writer:The Belmonts
Label:Viking
Release:May 1962
As a quartet with Dion as lead singer, The Belmonts had a number of hits in the late 1950s, including their smash hit of 1959, A Teenager in Love. In 1960, Dion decided to go solo and The Belmonts changed from Laurie to the Sabina label. In 1961, they recorded The American Dance, a tribute to 'The Twist', a dance popularised earlier that year by Chubby Checker. The single made the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No.75 on 20th January, 1962.
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Title:The Bully of the Beach
Artist:Sammy Salvo
Writer:John D Loudermilk
Label:Hickory
Release:September 1961
Sammy Salvo recorded two sides for an RCA Custom label in 1957. The release sold 10,000 copies, enough for a contract with RCA. His first RCA recording, released in November 1957, was a cover of Oh Julie. originally recorded by The Crescendos. Later Sammy recorded for Imperial, Dot and Hickory Records, releasing 5 singles on the latter label over three years. His release, The Bully of the Beach was one of the earliest Hickory releases in Australia.
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Title:The Swan
Artist:Dave Bridge
Writer:Pyotr Tchaikovsky
arr. Joe Halford, Dave Bridge
Label:His Master's Voice
Release:February 1963
Dave Bridge (1937-2017) was an Australian guitarist who had four Top 40 singles in Sydney in the early sixties. His first Skip to My Lou was the biggest but a close second was The Swan, a pop adaptation of the swan's theme, Scène from Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake (Opus 20). It made No.7 in Sydney, 6th April 1963.
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Title:Judy, Judy, Judy
Artist:Johnny Tillotson
Writer:Pomus, Shuman
Label:London
Release:August 1963
Johnny Tillotson signed a contract with Cadence Records in 1957 and stayed with the label until late 1963 when he switched to MGM. His first U.S. release was Dreamy Eyes/Well I'm Your Man in 1958. His biggest hit came in 1960 with Poetry in Motion which made No.1 in the U.K. and in Australia. Tillotson had four singles on the Sudney Top 40, Judy, Judy, Judy being his last; it made No.11 on 4th October 1963.
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Title:The Nights Are Getting
Brighter
Artist:Sunshine
Writer:Cash Backman
Label:Image
Release:December 1974
Sunshine was a group formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1968. They specialised in blues and progressive music and released Luke McCoy on RCA Victor after they appeared at the Myponga Music Festival in January 1971. Late in 1974 they recorded the Cash Backman composition The Nights Are Getting Brighter for the Image label. It was produced and arranged by Doug Trevor.
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Title:Tell All the World About You
Artist:Peggy Lee
Writer:Ray Charles, P.Mayfield
Label:Capitol
Release:August 1962
Singer and lyricist, Peggy Lee was born in North Dakota, U.S.A to Scandinavian parents. She joined Benny Goodman's Band in 1941 but left two years later to marry. Her 1948 release, Mañana sold 2 million copies and forced her out of retirement. She continued with Capitol Records and had hits Lover, Mr. Wonderful and Fever in the 1950s. In 1962 she recorded a version of Ray Charles' Tell All The World About You.
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Title:Nick-Nack Paddy Whack
Artist:Johnny Chester
Writer:arr. J Chester
Label:W&G
Release:April 1963
Melbourne's first rockstar, Johnny Chester began in 1959 with The Jaywoods, later known as The Chessmen. In 1961 he began recording for the W&G label, and the children's old favourite, Nick-Nack Paddy Whack was his eighth single release. He was a support act for overseas artists including The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and The Beatles. Later he moved towards country music and gained popularity across Australia with his best selling hit The World's Greatest Mum in 1973.
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Title:Handsome Guy
Artist:Dick Lory
Writer:Smith
Label:Liberty
Release:March 1962
American singer songwriter, Dick Lory recorded for the Dot, Argo and Columbia record labels before moving to Liberty records in 1960. His first recording was Angels in the Sky in 1954 and a cover version by The Crew-Cuts became a million seller, launching Lory as a successful songwriter. In 1962 he recorded a song written by James Marcus Smith (also known as P. J. Proby), entitled Handsome Guy which was a Top 40 hit in Australia, making No.8 in Sydney on 19th May 1962.
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Title:Blue Moon
Artist:The Marcels
Writer:Rodgers, Hart
Label:Pye
Release:March 1961
Blue Moon was a single lifted from the initial Marcels album. The Marcels who formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, PA recorded it with a doo-wop style. The single release sold a million copies earning the group a gold record. It made No.4 in Sydney on 29th April 1961. Originally the song was popular in the mid thirties recorded by Connee Boswell with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart claiming composer credit.

See also---I Wanna Be The Leader.
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Title:I Can Help
Artist:Billy Swan
Writer:Billy Swan
Label:Monument
Release:November 1974
In 1958, American singer and songwriter, Billy Swan wrote and recorded his composition Lover Please; three years later it was a hit for Clyde McPhatter. In 1968 he produced Polk Salad Annie for Tony Joe White but still he had not had a hit himself. That changed in 1974 when he recorded I Can Help which took him only 20 minutes to write. It went to No.1 in the U.S, Canada and Germany and it made No.6 in Sydney on 2nd February 1975.
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Title:Hey, Betty Martin
Artist:Mitch Miller and the Gang
Writer:Lomax, Cavanaugh
Label:CBS Coronet
Release:September 1959
Mitch Miller was an accomplished oboeist before he began as A&R man of Mercury Records in 1949 producing his first major hit, Mule Train with vocalist, Frankie Laine. In 1950 he took up with Columbia Records and worked with Guy Mitchell, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Johnnie Ray and others. He had a number of hits of his own including the best-selling Yellow Rose of Texas in 1955. Later he recorded Hey, Betty Martin, a song written by Alan Lomax and Jessie Cavanaugh based on a children's folk song.
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Title:Ginny Come Lately
Artist:Brian Hyland
Writer:Peter Udell, Gary Geld
Label:Ampar
Release:29 March 1962
Brian Hyland began recording with Kapp Records in 1959 and his biggest hit came in the following year with Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. In 1961 he signed with ABC Paramount and turned out a number of singles including Sealed With a Kiss, Warmed Over Kisses and Ginny Come Lately which made No.21 in Sydney on 2nd June 1962. Later he had a hit on Philips with Bobby Russell's composition, The Joker Went Wild.
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Title:One More Cup
Artist:Billy Joe and the Checkmates
Writer:M Gordon
Label:London
Release:July 1963
The group was the brainchild of Lew Bedell, a Texas-born son of Ukraine immigrants who founded Era and Doré Records in the 1950s. He convinced Ernie Freeman and his band to record Percolator (Twist) under the name Billy Joe and the Checkmates. It was a smash hit and it was followed by many releases under the same pseudonym by various studio musicians. Later One More Cup was released with staccato marimba similar to Percolator.
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Title:Summertime Blues
Artist:The Sands
Writer:Cochran, Capehart
Label:Polydor International
Release:8 April 1965
The Sands was an Australian group who recorded for the Polydor International label. They released three singles, the first of which was How Blind You Can Be coupled with Summertime Blues followed by another rock and roll oldie, Livin' Lovin' Wreck and finally White Christmas, the Irving Berlin hit of the forties. The Sands' version of Summertime Blues was listed for five weeks on Sydney's Top 100 singles chart, peaking at No.64 on 14th May 1965.
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Title:By the Light of the Silv'ry
Moon
Artist:Jimmy Bowen with the
Rhythm Orchids
Writer:Madden, Edwards
Label:Roulette
Release:October 1958
Jimmy Bowen started the Triple-D label in Texas with Buddy Knox in 1956. They not only shared a backing group, 'The Orchids' but also the first single with Party Doll (Buddy Knox) on the A-side and I'm Sticking With You (Jimmy Bowen) on the B-side. The masters were later bought by Roulette and released as separate singles. Bowen revived the 1909 song By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon in 1958 and he was later hired by Frank Sinatra as a producer for Reprise Records.
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Title:Summer Nights
Artist:Marianne Faithfull
Writer:Henderson, Strike
Label:Decca
Release:August 1965
Marianne Faithfull recorded her first record, a Rolling Stones composition As Tears Go By when she was 17 years old and it made No.9 in Britain. She had three more Top 10 hits within the year: Come and Stay With Me, written by Jackie deShannon, This Little Bird and Summer Nights. Later, she concentrated on recording albums and on a career in movies. She had a few successful LP's in the late 1970s and early 1980s and she received a number of awards in Europe for her roles in films.
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Title:Brenda
Artist:Glen Campbell
Writer:Billy Page
Label:Top Rank
Release:19 January 1962
Glen Campbell formed a band in 1958 and cut a few sides for Ceneco Records. Later he joined 'The Champs' instrumental group, and a large group of session musicians based in Los Angeles, 'The Wrecking Crew'. Campbell released his first solo single for the Crest label, Turn Around, Look at Me / Brenda in 1961; it was listed as high as prediction 14 for Sydney's 2UE Top 40 on 20th January 1962. His biggest hits were to come in the late 60s and 70s.
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Title:Bring Back the Good Times
Artist:Gerry Monroe
Writer:Reed-Stephens
Label:Chapter One
Release:28 September 1972
Probably best known for his revival of the old Gracie Field's hit Sally, Gerry Monroe had four more Top 40 hits in Britain in the early 1970s. He was discovered by songwriter Les Reed on a British TV talent show and was signed to Chapter One Records. In Australia he had two hits, It's a Sin to Tell a Lie which made No.3 and Bring Back the Good Times which made No.28 in Sydney on 11th March 1973, almost six months after its release.
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Title:Oh, Boy!
Artist:The Crickets
Writer:West, Tilghman, Petty
Label:Brunswick
Release:January 1958
Vocalist and lead guitarist Buddy Holly, drummer Jerry Allison, bassist Joe B. Mauldin and rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan formed a quartet which became known as 'The Crickets' in 1957. Their first recording for the Brunswick label was That'll Be the Day and it was followed by Oh, Boy! There were a number of 'Crickets' releases with Buddy Holly vocals, manager and producer Norman Petty keeping them separate from Buddy Holly's solo recordings.
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Title:Sorry (I Ran All the Way
Home)
Artist:The Impalas
Writer:Zwirn, Giosasi
Label:M-G-M
Release:June 1959
Discovered by songwriters Artie Zwirn and Aristides Giosasi in 1958, the Impalas were a quartet from New York. Disc jockey Alan Freed arranged a deal with Cub Records, subsidiary of MGM, they recorded Zwirn and Giosasi's song Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) and the record sold over 1 million copies. An album followed but no further hits and they disbanded in 1961.