Previous Feature 45's — Page 13

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Title:Those Little Things
Artist:Bobby Vinton
Composer:B.Vinton, G.Allen
Label:Epic
Release:June 1963
American singer, songwriter and bandleader, Bobby Vinton rose to popularity as a vocalist in 1962 with his first hit single, Roses Are Red (My Love) and released an album of the same name three months later. He had a string of hits in Australia until 1964 and returned to our charts in the early 1970s. His own composition, Those Little Things was the flipside of Blue on Blue which made No.9 in Sydney on 2nd August 1963.
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Title:Spanish Perfume
Artist:Jimmy Rice
Composer:Farrell, Boyce, Hart
Label:Red Bird
Release:May 1965
A Red Bird recording from Nashville, Tennessee sung by an Elvis 'sound-alike', Jimmy Rice accompanied by a chorus and some Spanish brass. It was one of his two single releases for the label in the first half of 1965. Prior to Spanish Perfume/The Grass Is Always Greener he recorded two sides for Louis Prima's record label in 1964: What's the Reason Why and Just Say Goodbye.
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Title:What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For
Artist:Emile Ford and the Checkmates
Composer:Monaco, McCarthy, Johnson
Label:Pye
Release:January 1960
West Indies born, Emile Ford gained popularity in the U.K in 1959 when he and his group, The Checkmates, recorded an old 1916 composition, What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For as the B side of their Pye Nixa single release, Don't Tell Me Your Troubles. It topped the British charts on 18th December 1959 and stayed at No.1 for 6 weeks. In Sydney, it made No.1 on 12th March 1960.
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Title:Cowboys and Indians
Artist:Ronnie Brent
Composer:Ronnie Brent
Label:W&G
Release:July 1960
Ronnie Brent hailed from Tennessee and in the early 1950s joined a bluegrass group, 'The Holston Valley Ramblers'. In the late 50s, he pursued a solo career in the rockabilly style. After little success with two vocal releases, My Sweet Verlene and Shirley Ann, he tried an instrumental, Cowboys and Indians for Lou Krefetz's 'Colt 45' record label. Still with little success in music, Ronnie became a poultry processor in 1963.
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Title:The Old Fashioned Way
Artist:Charles Aznavour
Composer:Aznavour, Garvarentz
Label:Barclay
Release:February 1973
Charles Aznavour was born in Paris to Armenian immigrants and started performing at age nine. He began songwriting in the late 1940s and in the early 50s was a warm-up act for Edith Piaf who encouraged him to pursue a singing career. His best known composition is arguably Yesterday When I Was Young (Hier encore). Not until the 70s did he chart in Australia: The Old Fashioned Way reached No.26 on 18th November 1973.
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Title:Tobacco Road
Artist:The Nashville Teens
Composer:Loudermilk
Label:Decca
Release:26 August 1964
A quartet from Weybridge, Surrey UK, the Nashville Teens formed in 1962 and like many pop groups at the time, they performed on the continent where they occasionally backed Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. In 1964 Mickie Most became their record producer and they recorded a revival of John D. Loudermilk's song Tobacco Road. It was a Top 10 hit in Britain and a big hit in Australia making No.4 in Sydney on 30th September 1964.
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Title:The Children's Picnic Song
Artist:The Teen Starlets
Composer:Kaper, Farrar
Label:Top Rank
Release:August 1961
The Teen Starlets was a studio group specialising in movie themes of the early 1960s. This song was from the movie Spinster also known as Two Loves, set in New Zealand and starring Shirley MacLaine as a teacher of maori children along with her two lovers played by Laurence Harvey and Jack Hawkins. The song was written by legendary writer Walton Farrar and the Polish composer Bronislaw Kaper.
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Title:He'll Be Coming Down the Chimney
Artist:Rosemary Clooney and her Sister Gail
Composer:A.Silver, Alfred
Label:Coronet
Release:October 1957
Rosemary Clooney started her recording career by singing duet with her younger sister Betty but this was a different sister act. She recorded He'll Be Coming Down the Chimney with her 12 year-old half-sister Gail Stone. The song was adapted from a 19th century negro spiritual by Abner Silver and lyricist Ray Alfred who wrote many big hits including the lyrics for The Rock and Roll Waltz.
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Title:Don't Book Me, Officer
Artist:The Tolmen
Composer:Johnny Devlin
Label:RCA
Release:December 1963
Inspired by the Kingston Trio, a Sydney-based folk group, The Tolmen formed in 1961 and became popular on Australian television performing satirical and topical songs. Their only single, Don’t Book Me, Officer was written by Johnny Devlin about the introduction of parking meters in Sydney. Later they released two 7-inch extended plays: Namatjira and Pieces of Folk.
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Title:Barefoot Boy
Artist:Noeline Batley
Composer:Helen Grover
Label:Rex
Release:September 1960
Noeline Batley sang on a number of live radio programs before she started recording. Her debut at age 5 was on 'Youth Parade' (2UE, Sydney) in 1949. Ten years later she was signed to Festival Records for the Rex label. Her first single, Starry Eyed flopped but Barefoot Boy written by a 16 year-old French migrant, Helen Grover became a No.4 hit in Sydney on 12th November, 1960.
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Title:Looking Thru the Eyes of a Beautiful Girl
Artist:Autumn
Composer:Tommy Swarbrigg
Label:Chart
Release:November 1970
An Australian quintet, 'Autumn' formed in 1969 and began recording for EMI. After the failure of their first release they changed to Chart Records, an independent local record label. Their cover version of Yellow River became a No.1 hit in 1970 and the following single release, Looking Thru the Eyes of a Beautiful Girl, an Irish song written by Tommy Swarbrigg, made No.3 on 17th Jan 1971.
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Title:Fly Away, Peter; Fly Away, Paul
Artist:Barry Sisters
Composer:Stephen Russell, Cliff Howard
Label:Pye
Release:February 1961
Barry Sisters was a female duo formed in Sydney in the 1940s. They started recording for the Rodeo label in 1954 and later switched to Pacific Records. They appeared on many radio and television programmes and began recording for Pye in 1960. They joined the Allen Brothers on No Hesitation and followed with their own performance, Fly Away, Peter; Fly Away, Paul.
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Title:Botany Bay
Artist:Lionel Long
Composer:arr: Dr.Percy Jones
Label:Columbia
Release:27th October 1961
Lionel Long was born in Sydney and was a popular folk singer on radio and television in the 50s and 60s. His first singles were released by Columbia in 1958 but he had more success with LP records. Botany Bay was a song about transportation of convicts to Australia; it made prediction no.8 for the 2UE Top 40 on 28th October 1961.
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Title:Too Much Fandango
Artist:Ritzi
Composer:Carroll, Hughes
Label:Warner Bros.
Release:October 1975
Ritzi was a quartet from Lancashire, U.K. consisting of guitarists Phil Free and Pete Hughes and percussionists Mick Carrol and Pete Long. They had one hit in 1975, Too Much Fandango. The recording made No.19 on the Sydney Top 40 chart on 29th January, 1976 and appeared for 14 weeks.
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Title:A Love So Fine
Artist:The Chiffons
Composer:Kerr, Barnes, Tokens
Label:Festival
Release:September 1963
The Chiffons was a female vocal quartet formed in New York in 1960. They recorded as The Chiffons for the Laurie label and as The Four Pennies for the Rust label. Their first release in 1963, He's So Fine (as The Chiffons) sold a million copies prompting them to drop the name Four Pennies. They followed with Lucky Me, One Fine Day and A Love So Fine which made Prediction 8 for the 2UE Top 40 on 4th October 1963.
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Title:Little Miss U.S.A.
Artist:Barry Mann
Composer:B.Mann C.Weil
Label:Ampar
Release:15 December 1961
Barry Mann was better known as a songwriter than a singer. His first hit composition came with the Diamonds 1959 recording of She Say (Oom Dooby Doom). In 1961 he had his own hit Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp). He followed with Little Miss U.S.A. making prediction 19 for the 2UE Top 40 chart of 16th December, 1961.
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Title:The Hula Hoop Song
Artist:Georgia Gibbs
Composer:C.Maduri, D.Kohler
Label:Roulette
Release:October 1958
The American Hula Hoop craze swept the world in 1958, inspired by bamboo hoops used in physical education classes in Australian schools. Carl Maduri and James Testa wrote the song and Georgia Gibbs introduced it on her first Roulette release. Gibbs began recording for Coral in 1950 but a change to Mercury Records delivered her big hit, Kiss of Fire in 1952. The Hula Hoop Song was in the predictions for Sydney's Top 40 chart in November 1958.
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Title:Tears on My Pillow
Artist:The Imperials
Composer:Bradford, Lewis
Label:Leedon
Release:1958
Beginning in 1957 as 'The Chesters' their initial release in America was Lift Up Your Head for the Apollo label. Their first record as 'The Imperials' was Tears On My Pillow with lead singer "Little Anthony"; it sold a million copies. In Sydney it made No.34 on the 2UE Top 40 on 24th October 1958. Singles also popular here, yet uncharted, were Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop (1960) and Goin' Out of My Head (1964).
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Title:Frogg
Artist:The Brothers Four
Composer:arr: Bob Fick, Dick Foley, Mike Kirkland, John Paine
Label:Coronet
Release:25 May 1961
Students from the same fraternity house of the University of Washington, Seattle formed a quartet in 1957, 'The Brothers Four'. They landed a contract with Columbia in 1959. Their first release Chicka Mucka Hi Di had only moderate success but the second, Greenfields sold a million copies. In 1961 they arranged Frog Went a-Courtin', a 16th century British folk song, calling it Frogg. It made No.25 in Sydney on 8th July 1961.
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Title:What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)
Artist:Timi Yuro
Composer:Clyde Otis, Joy Byers
Label:Liberty
Release:August 1962
American soul singer, Timi Yuro was signed to Liberty Records in 1959 and in 1961 she recorded a remake of Roy Hamilton's Hurt. In December 1961 she toured Australia at the request of Frank Sinatra as his support artist and her single Smile was released to coincide with her visit. In 1962 she recorded the Clyde Otis composition What's a Matter Baby which was mixed by Phil Spector.
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Title:Sea Cruise
Artist:Johnny Rivers
Composer:H.Smith, J.Vincent
Label:United Artists
Release:May 1971
The song was written by Huey Smith and Johnny Vincent and was first released by Frankie Ford in 1958 with Smith's backing track. Many versions of Sea Cruise were recorded including those by Cliff Richard, Herman's Hermits, Dion, The Hondells, The Beach Boys, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The Johnny Rivers version was a mild hit in the U.S.A. and Canada. Two years later Rivers recorded a live version on his Last Boogie in Paris album.
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Title:Theme from Dixie
Artist:Duane Eddy
Composer:arr. Duane Eddy
Label:London
Release:4 May 1961
Guitarist, Duane Eddy began recording in 1955 after meeting record producer Lee Hazlewood. In 1958 Rebel-'Rouser was a hit, the first of three Billboard hits to make the Top 10. Theme from Dixie was Duane Eddy's instrumental arrangement of Dan Emmett's famous minstrel song of the 1850s, about the southern states of the U.S.A. It made Prediction No.7 for Sydney's 2UE Top 40 Chart dated 13th May 1961.
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Title:Rama Lama Ding Dong
Artist:The Edsels
Composer:Jones
Label:Pye
Release:15 June 1961
The Edsels had already disbanded when New York disc jockeys, inspired by The Marcel's similar-sounding hit revival of Blue Moon, started playing Rama Lama Ding Dong. The disc was originally issued in 1958 and was largely ignored. As a result of airplay three years later, the record made No.21 on Billboard in June 1961. One radio station in Sydney gave it a chance; it peaked at No.28 on the '2GB Big 60' dated 1 July 1961.
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Title:Stick Shift
Artist:The Duals
Composer:Henry Bellinger
Label:Sue
Release:October 1961
Lead guitarist Henry Bellinger and rhythm guitarist Johnny Lageman formed the surf-rock duo, The Duals in Los Angeles in 1961. They had a hit with Stick Shift; leased to New York's Sue label it made No.25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1961. It would be almost 43 years before any royalty payment was received, coming through after Bellinger's death.
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Title:She's Not There
Artist:The Zombies
Composer:Argent
Label:Decca
Release:1 October 1964
The Zombies was a British band formed in 1961 in Hertfordshire. Their only Top 40 hit in England was their first single, She's Not There which the band's keyboard player, Rod Argent composed in less than one week. It made No.1 on Cashbox, No.12 in Britain, and No.7 in Sydney on 18th Nov 1964. In 1969 they had another hit in Australia, viz. Time of the Season. The Zombies were inducted into 'The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' in 2019.