Club Tropicana is a LA west-coast sounding hit from the 1980s designed to crack the American market. There was no official extended version of Club Tropicana by Wham so by combining a few different mixes I have created an extended version in the style of a 12" record of the day. The track was made for my blog for actor Charlie Condou and contains visuals from his personal and professional collection.
Tom Mix Music
AN OLD SONG I'VE REMASTERED:
The regular version of this song was uploaded previously. Please use search facility (top left) to locate the post and charting information.
Press play for visuals of Charlie Condou's family and friends set to a recently restored track performed by Max Merritt which has never been officially released on CD.
Max's biggest hit which preceded this track was another break-up song called 'Slipping Away.'
Restoration and remastering by Tom Mix Studios Newcastle Oz.
WHILE MARCUS AND MARIA HEAD TOWARDS TROUBLE
This is an alternate version of the Sweet Megamix track which should play in most parts of the world unlike the YouTube clip which was blocked in Germany and other European countries due to copyright issues.
NB. This video may not work on some Apple products.
THE SWEET MEGAMIX
And what do you do in the middle of the night in Oz? You make and upload a pop of the 1970's megamix obviously!
Nice to know that rare and obscure Ozzie hits are getting a bit of a revival.
The dance craze songs of the era included The Bump, The Hustle, The Bus-Stop and this one, Ooh Ja Ja.
Wazza was born in Newcastle NSW (according to one of my sources) and spent most of his life at the piano. Warren played with John Konrad's Kaydets (1960) and in Johnny O'Keefe's backing band. Warren made many recordings for the Leedon label from 1961 to 1964, they are mostly in what has been described as "honky tonk" style. He went from backing and session work, to early appearances on Bandstand and Six O'Clock Rock, then to a long running gig on ABC TV Playschool as "Mr Music". His sons Darren and Mark have careers in country music nowadays. Warren's wife was also a performer.
"Li'l' Ole Me & My Piano"
"Party Time Piano"
"50 Years of Evergreens"
"36 Hollywood Hits"
"Warren Carr Plays Twin Honky Tonk Pianos"
"40 All Time Honky Tonk Hits"
"Li'l' Ole Mr Sunshine" 1961
"Warren Carr Plays Johnny O'Keefe" 1961
"Warren Carr Plays Rondo" 1962
"Toy Piano" 1963
"12 All Time Favourites" 1965
"You Are My Sunshine" / "Middle 8" 1961
"Li'l Old Me" / "Intro" 1961
"Rondo" / "Chopsticks" 1962
"Harry Lime Theme" / "My Colouring Book" 1963
"The Mexican Bug" / "Tokyo" circa 1965
"Life Is What You Make Of It" / "Ramblin'" 1972
Some of his singles have previously appeared on CD but are long deleted.
For download is the album "Party Time Piano With Warren Carr". Both of Warren's 1961 hits "You Are My Sunshine" and "Li'l' Ole Me" appear on this album but are in mono although the album is supposedly "stereo".
In The Good Old Summer Time
That Happy Feeling
Li'L' Ole Me
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
She's My baby
You Are Mys Sunshine
Both sides of this album are in a zip file which has the regular password found elsewhere on this blog:
His early singles include: "And They Call It Dixieland", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", "Mule Train", "Pacific Boogie-Woogie", "I Didn't Know The Gun Was Loaded", "Get Up Offa That Floor Hannah", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Hucklebuck", "Caravan" "Lover's Gold", "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", "Music, Music, Music", "If I Knew You Were Coming", "Candy And Cake", "Grose Grobe Mama", "Rosetta", "Mona Lisa's Daughter" which was the flip of "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine", "Les' Yancey Beat", "Count Every Star", "Hand Out Song" "Chug A Lug", "Here You Are", "The Thing", "Hold On"...This list is is just some of the more than 100 singles he released!
He was still working in the 1960s and often backed other artists. One of his 1960s hits was "A Man Called Peter" with singer Daryl Stewart. In fact, there were many artists that had top 40 hits using Mr Welch's arrangements or his band in an uncredited role.
The vinyl album here for download has never been transferred to CD. It contains a few stereo remakes that were coupled with mono original hits from the 1940s and 50s.
I've Got A Luverly Bunch of Coconuts (stereo remake).
Birth Of The Blues.
Elevator Boogie Blues.
In The Book.
Pacific Boogie-Woogie (mono hit mix)
Cigarettes, Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women.
Bucket's Got A Hole In It.
And They Called It Dixieland (original hit mix).
Round The Clock Momma.
Outskirts Of Town.
Saturday Night Fish Fry (stereo remake).
Blues For Yancey.
Basin Street Blues.
You're Driving Me Crazy.
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate.
The files are in a zip with the usual password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/
After touring the UK circuit Doug was asked to top the bill on the P & O Empress Cruiser, with the Eric Winstone orchestra, and it was on one of his cruises to Canada that he changed his stage name to Jason Darnell.
Cruises to Australia were Jason’s favourite – he met his future manager and producer Ian McCallum on one of these trips, and he was invited to appear on the TV show New Faces, which he won first place representing Sydney. Later on another visit to Australia he represented Melbourne, and once again won first place.
He was then engaged to perform throughout the Federal Hotel Circuit which was a major chain in Australia at the time. He gained a lot of fans and good friends on this tour, and Jason was then signed by Festival Records and released his first record for them. The song was the ballad “Love Is All” in 1973 - his recording was requested and played regularly on all the popular radio shows. The “B” side of the record was “Sail Along Silv'ry Moon” it went into some Oz charts, and was particularly popular with listening audiences in Tasmania. So popular was Jason in Tasmania, and he was so taken with the people and scenery, he left Melbourne and moved to his new home in Hobart.
After a few enjoyable years in Hobart, which included hosting his own weekly TV and Radio shows, he returned to Sydney where he appeared on all the big Saturday night Television shows. Next, Jason went onto star in various touring musical theatre groups and played the role of “Prince Charming” for more than 3 years with a travelling company that swept across Australia and New Zealand. Doug is still going strong as of 2009 and still doing cabaret.
For download are both sides of his 1973 single. My personal favourites is "Sail Along Silv'ry Moon". Enjoy!
In November 1970, brothers Rick and John Brewster formed The Moonshine Jug and String Band. In 1971 the band was joined by Doc Neeson, an arts student and former Army sergeant and already a prominent figure on the Adelaide music scene. The band performed at university campuses and in 1973 released their debut E.P. "Keep You on the Move", which made the top 5 in Adelaide. This was followed in 1974 by the single "That's All Right With Me". Both these releases were on John Woodruff's Sphere label. Woodruff went on to become the band's manager for most of its career.
In 1974 they changed their name to The Keystone Angels, switched to electric instruments and began playing 1950s rock and roll on the pub circuit. On 3 August 1974, just before Go-Set magazine, a number of small ads started appearing weekly announcing "The KEYSTONE ANGELS are coming", possibly the first mention of the band in an Australian national rock music publication.
In 1975 the band supported AC/DC during a tour, and later performed as the backing band for Chuck Berry. They dropped "Keystone" from their name and became simply "The Angels". At this point the band was a four-piece with Neeson on bass guitar, Charlie King (Peter Christopolous) on drums, Rick Brewster on lead guitars and John Brewster on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
The Angels' first single, "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again", was released in April 1976. From this point there was no stopping the band who have been in and out of the charts since.
This download is the vinyl E.P. which has four songs: "Keep You On The Move", "On The Road Again", "Tell My Friends" and "Mad Mandy" plus as a bonus the track "Keep You On The Move" taken from CD.
Thanks again to Jimmy Barnes for these vinyl oldies.
Aunty was ably assisted by Thin Arthur aka Rory O'Donoghue who always acted as the voice of reason and prevented many a person from having their arms ripped off by Aunty.
Garry McDonald also made appearances in the show and played two memorable characters, roving reporter Norman Gunston and Kid Eager. Gunston was there at Parliament House when Gough Whitlam was sacked...one of the most memorable moments of the whole incident!
The TV show was at the forefront of comedy around the mid-1970s and is fondly remembered.
Most of their lunacy is on DVD and there is a double CD of their music called "Aunty Jack Sings Wollongong".
"Teenage Butcher" and "Doin' The Kev" came out in 1975 on the Polydor label. Both tracks are in a zip file - no password - courtesy of regular contributor Jimmy Barnes, who as you can see, has a rare signed copy of the single!
Laurel's parents owned a travelling rock 'n' roll tent show. In the 60s, she travelled with them around Australia doing rock shows in local halls, and in the mid-1970s, she joined back up with Johnny O'Keefe and a few others from the earlier rock years, appearing in clubs together in the "Good Old Days of Rock 'n' Roll" show. Laurel made several records, but had little chart success. Her biggest hit was "Treasure Of Your Love". She also had a band in the 80s called "Chockarock," which toured the pub/club circuit and played old time rock and roll. Laurel died on January 31 sadly two weeks before her son's wedding , 1992 of Leukaemia.
The Canetoad CD company in Sydney NSW has more Laurel tracks for sale, if you are a fan!
The poster above has a great list of Oz performers including Billy Thorpe, Aztecs, Digger Revell, Kevin Todd, Barry Stanton, Dave Bridge Trio, Kelly Green and Laurel Lea (click to enlarge). NB. Kelly Green was married to Barry Stanton and they had 2 children before divorcing.
The Laurel Lea zip file has a password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/
The band's first singles were:
- "I Want a Leather Jacket"
- "Through With Her"
- "Bingo Bango" (June 1981)
- "Used To Be"
- "She Goes On And On" (August)
- "Empty Heart"
- "Apartment #9" (October)
- "Shake Jump And Shout"
- "Last Night"
- "Empty Heart" (November 1982)
- "See You In Spain"
- "I've Been Thinking About You" (June 1984)
- "My Whole World's Fallin' Down" (1985)
- "Groovin’ In The Graveyard" (June 1985)
- "Another Night Alone My Type Of Girl" (December 1985)
The band's first single on Regular, "Wait Up" (September 1986), became a national Top 40 hit and #13 in Sydney.
The band's debut album, The Cockroaches (March 1987) produced three further singles, "She's The One" (January), "Some Kind of Girl" (May) and "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" (August). The Cockroaches reached #9 on the national chart, on its way to selling over 100,000 copies and "She's the One" became the band's biggest hit when it peaked at #7 during April 1987. "Some Kind of Girl" and "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" also made the Top 30.
Peter Mackie replaced Phil Robinson before the band recorded its second album, Fingertips. In early 1989, The Cockroaches undertook a national tour. The band's third album, Positive (June 1991), included a cover of Brenda Lee's "Here Comes The Feeling" (August), which also appeared on the soundtrack to the feature film The Crossing, however, The Cockroaches as a band concept had run its course.
John Field [alongside Sean Sennett] joined The Honeymen. The pair released two singles "Felt Like A Kiss" and "Motorbike Of Love". John Field went on to write the musical "Evie And The Birdman" and fronts The John Field Band.
Here for download courtesy of Jimmy Barnes is one of The Cockroache's early singles "My Whole World's Fallin' Down":
...The Australian Country Music scene has never been so strong with many great artists touring continually and attracting full houses with their great songs, many being their own compositions, and great voices. Here on this album we have collected but a few, but each and every artists is a true Australian Country Great...
Reg Lindsay - King Of The Road
Mike McLellan - Some Other Sunrise
Webb Bros - The Reuben James
John Ashe - Come In Spinner
Judy Stone - Gentle On My Mind
Johnny Mac - Right Or Left At Oak Street
Jimmy Weston Band - The Year That Clayton Delaney Died
Col Joye - There Goes My Everything
Tex Morton - Hallelujah I'm A Bum
Country Radio - Bound For South Australia
Tex Williams - China Doll
Heather McKean - I Fall To Pieces
Lionel Rose - Ballad Of Forty Dollars
The songs are in a zip file with the usual password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/
In the late 1970s when D.V.8 front man, guitarist Greg Bryce was barely out of school he formed a power trio called Meccalissa with friends Mark Middleton (bass) and Darrell Mepham (drums) which went on to play to packed audiences at the legendary Star Hotel. (Darrell is another of my distant cousins from the Hunter Valley). This was the essential line up of DV8 - an original band of hard-driving, no frills blues-rockers who released 4 charting albums and many singles during the eighties when they ruled the local live rock scene.
The D.V.8 were very popular locally but didn't make it on a national level. Their song "She Goes" was released in 1980 and is a rare collector's item.
James Freud started as their vocalist in 1982, after a couple of non-charting singles with their original line-up. In time, the band crafted a slick sound and had massive hits here and in the USA. James also had a solo career in-between group success.
Early Morning Brain 1979 (non-album shared single)
Owe You Nothing 1980 (non-album single)
Cut Lunch (EP) 1981 #14 AUS
Local &/or General 1981
Unhappy 1982 (non-album single)
I Hear Motion 1983 #12 AUS
No Shoulders No Head 1983
God Bless America 1984 #60 (charted NSW only)
Tropic of Cancer 1984 (non-album single)
Big on Love 1984 #21 AUS
Barbados 1985 #8 AUS
Out of Mind Out of Sight 1985 #1 AUS #22 USA
Cold Fever 1985 #28 AUS #29 USA
King of Kings 1986 #55 AUS (charted NSW only)
Evolution 1986 #22 AUS
Let's Kiss 1986 #26 AUS
Hold On 1987 #17 AUS
Oh Darling 1987 #34 AUS
One of the Model’s lesser known singles “King of Kings” came out for Christmas 1985. All proceeds were donated to the Salvation Army but it only charted in NSW so it probably didn’t make too much cash. The song contains portions of the famous speech spoken by Martin Luther King, “I have a dream”.
As you can see from the pictures above the A-side had a picture of a playing card and all the recording information was on the B-side. The B-side played at 33 1/3 RPM while the A-side was at 45 RPM - a very novel feature. There are not that many 7” releases that can boast different speeds on both sides.
The original single mix was not a dance track but by adding a new rhythm section and some phasing I have created a new Tom Mix extended dance mix of "King of Kings". Enjoy!
Max is ably assisted on "Shout" by Phil Scott. The words to "Shout" were adapted by comedian John Clark and entertainer Phil Scott. Phil often works with another partner nowadays, Jonathan Biggins, who hails from Newcastle NSW - my wife went through school with his sister Felicity Biggins who amongst others, plays piano for the touring edition of "Playschool", another ABC show.
Many thanks Jimmy Barnes for this item.
The single version has been on CD but the little known "dance mix" has not.
This one is courtesy of Jimmy Barnes.