|Title:||Those Little Things|
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.
|Composer:||Farrell, Boyce, Hart|
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.
|Title:||What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For|
|Artist:||Emile Ford and the Checkmates|
|Composer:||Monaco, McCarthy, Johnson|
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.
|Title:||Cowboys and Indians|
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.
|Title:||The Old Fashioned Way|
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.
|Artist:||The Nashville Teens|
|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.
|Title:||The Children's Picnic Song|
|Artist:||The Teen Starlets|
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.
|Title:||He'll Be Coming Down the Chimney|
|Artist:||Rosemary Clooney and her Sister Gail|
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.
|Title:||Don't Book Me, Officer|
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.
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.
|Title:||Looking Thru the Eyes of a Beautiful Girl|
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.
|Title:||Fly Away, Peter; Fly Away, Paul|
|Composer:||Stephen Russell, Cliff Howard|
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.
|Composer:||arr: Dr.Percy Jones|
|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.