DIGBY RICHARDS HAD AN OZ HIT IN 1974 WITH "DO THE SPUNKY MONKEY" WHICH WAS A NOVELTY SONG...IT WAS ALMOST LIKE THE SONG "GUITARZAN", BUT BETTER!
DIGBY WAS NOT AFRAID OF CHANGING STYLES MID ALBUM, GOING FROM SERIOUS LOVE SONGS TO NOVELTY SONGS.
HIS MUSICIANSHIP WAS UNQUESTIONABLE EVEN ON SONGS WHICH SOUND AS IF THEY WERE PRETTY MUCH DISPOSABLE ALBUM FILLER. HE HAS LEFT A LASTING LEGACY BUT SADLY THE R.C.A. YEARS HAVE NOT MADE IT TO C.D.
ENJOY "DO THE SPUNKY MONKEY":
HIS HIT SINGLE CLIMBED THE CHARTS TO #24 IN 1965 ON RCA RECORDS. HE HAD A SHORT RUN WITH ADDITIONAL SINGLES THEREAFTER.
THE CLINGS THE THING / DO THE CLING
CRAZY TALK / FOR NO ONE
LET'S KISS / HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
HERE FOR DOWNLOAD IS "THE CLING'S THE THING":
HERE FOR DOWNLOAD IS "DO THE CLING":
Sales started to climb and they climbed and climbed, mostly in city record shops. When the national tally reached 50,000 it became EMI's highest selling hit to date. It stayed on the charts a full six months. It did much more than that, this song that, as Slim put it, "appealed to almost all Australians". It was a No.1 hit in Australia (something beyond even foreign-recorded country songs), it was Australia's first gold record (now defined as 35,000 copies shipped, but vaguer then), its only gold 78rpm and it enjoyed substantial global success when few in the top half of the world knew that there was such a thing as an Australian recording. It entered the British top three in January 1959 and also sold well in parts of Europe and Canada. Slim rode it for all it was worth. A touted British tour might not have come to pass because of nefarious promoter deeds, but at home he was king of the castle, with TV appearances on Bandstand and Six O'Clock Rock. In 1958 there was not just one Dusty hit about the beer-dry pub but three. A Pub With No Beer reached No.1, The Answer to the Pub With No Beer was No.10 and "Sequel To A Pub With No Beer" No.11. As a subject it was to prove durable.Here for download is "Sequel To A Pub With No Beer":
PATTY HAD HER BIGGEST HIT "BLUE STAR" (THEME FROM MEDIC) IN 1961 ON THE FESTIVAL LABEL. IT CLIMBED THE SYDNEY CHARTS TO #28. THE SONG HAS A VERY CONTINENTAL SOUND SIMILAR TO PETULA CLARK'S SONGS.
ENJOY "BLUE STAR" ANOTHER RARE OZ DOWNLOAD:
For download is the ultra rare “Losing You” :
The group's first 7" outing was an attempt at the popular "Limbo Rock" backed by "Wonderful Land" in 1963. "Wonderful Land" being a copy of the hit recorded by The Shadows.
The Renegades were in residency 1963-4 at the Cronulla Surf Club. They continued up to about 1966 as a group but had little chart success even with a change of labels.
1963 Limbo Rock / Wonderful Land (Prestolympic)
1964 Kahuna / Hot Sands (RCA 101539)
1966 Cadillac / Do The Shake (Festival FK-1329)Their line up was: Paul Baker - lead guitar, Peter Van Der Voorde - guitar/sax, Murray Chenery - rhythm guitar, Trevor Miller - bass & Des Thompson - drums.
Download "Kahuna" and enjoy another surf rock OZ oldie:
ALSO SOME VISION AT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ois9wgw_o
BETWEEN HIS TWO MAJOR PHASES PETER HAD A QUIET SPELL WHICH HE SPENT HONING HIS SONG WRITING SKILLS. "I HONESTLY LOVE YOU" SUNG BY OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN WAS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN SONGS WHICH EMERGED FROM THIS QUIET PERIOD.
PETER'S CAREER IGNITED AGAIN AFTER THE RELEASE OF "I GO TO RIO" WHICH USED A DRIVING CHROMATIC PIANO RIFF USING A LATIN RHYTHM SECTION COMPLETE WITH WHISTLES AND MARACAS. PETER'S HIGH-ENERGY LIMBER PERFORMANCE IN THE POP FILM CLIP AND HIS 1977 APPEARANCES ON THE AUSSIE T.V. SHOW "COUNTDOWN" ENSURED CHART SUCCESS.
"I GO TO RIO" HIT NUMBER ONE IN 1977. AT THE TIME THE SINGLE VERSION WAS ONLY 3 MINUTES LONG WHICH DIDN'T REALLY ALLOW THE DANCE FLOOR CROWD MUCH TIME TO SHOW OFF THEIR MOVES.
THERE WAS A 12" DISCO VERSION RELEASED IN FOREIGN LANDS WHICH I ORDERED HOPING TO BE ABLE TO USE IN MY MOBILE DISCO COMPANY BUT SADLY IT WAS NOT ANY LONGER THAN THE ORIGINAL VERSION - IN FACT ITS ONLY DIFFERENCE WAS THAT IT WAS A LIVE STAGE VERSION WHICH CAPTURED PETER'S ENERGETIC PERFORMANCE ALL OVER AGAIN.
TO RECTIFY THIS SITUATION I DECIDED TO RE-EDIT THE ORIGINAL 7" SINGLE AND WITH A FEW DRUM OVERDUBS EXTEND THE 3 MINUTE SINGLE TO 5 MINS.
HERE FOR DOWNLOAD IS THE TOM MIX 12" OF "I GO TO RIO":
1. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
2. Shannon Noll & Natalie Bassingthwaighte - Don’t Give Up
3. Billy Joel - Honesty
4. Beyonce - Halo
5. Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
6. Midnight Oil - One Country
7. Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Bush
8. Vanessa Amorosi - Shine
9. Hoodoo Gurus - Castles In The Air
10. John Butler Trio - Better Than
11. Jessica Mauboy - Time After Time
12. Justin Timberlake - Losing My Way
13. Eurythmics - Miracle Of Love
14. John Williamson - True Blue
15. Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail
16. Wes Car - You
17. Bill Withers - Lean On Me
18. Icehouse - Great Southern Land
1. Living End - White Noise
2. Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
3. Powderfinger - These Days
4. Rose Tattoo - We Can't Be Beaten
5. Pete Murray - Saving Grace
6. John Farnham - You're The Voice
7. Men At Work - Down Under
8. Kasey Chambers - This Flower
9. Paul Kelly - Leaps & Bounds
10. Delta Goodrem - Believe Again
11. Anthony Callea - The Prayer
12. Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All
13. Dido - Here With Me
14. Westlife - You Raise Me Up
15. Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love
16. Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
17. Noiseworks - Touch
NB Cover and photo above of fire-fighter Dave Tree re-hydrating Sam (Samantha) the koala taken on a mobile phone by Mark Pardew.
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Dave wasted no time in achieving chart success with “Skip To My Lou” in July of that year. The Quartet became a highly acclaimed stage act and Dave became a regular on Bandstand and the Johnny 0’Keefe Show. By January 1963, he had again made the charts with his own composition, “Tornado”, and had reformed his band as a trio. The group included Terry Hearne (bass); Bruce Janson (drums); and Dave on guitar. Terry Hearne later went onto become part of the pop group The Allusions. The next single was Dave’s rocked up version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet simply entitled “The Swan”. The record sold steadily in all capital cities (with the exception of Melbourne) and the trio embarked on a national promotion tour. The year saw two more hits for the group: “Trail Blazer” and “Bondi Stomp“, before Dave began concentrating on session work. He went behind the scenes and became a music producer and arranger. He also kept busy as Musical Director at Sydney’s Western Suburbs Leagues Club.
1961 SKIP TO MY LOU No. 4 13 weeks - HMV
1962 TOWN HALL SHUFFLE / SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - HMV
1963 TORNADO No.28 4 weeks - HMV
1963 THE SWAN No.22 6 weeks - HMV
1963 TRAIL BLAZER No.32 3 weeks - HMV
1963 BONDI STOMP No.25 6 weeks - HMV
1964 CAT BAY / GOLD COAST STOMP - HMV
1964 COTTESLOE STOMP / RAINBOW BAY - HMV
1964 RIDIN’ THE BOWER / BOOMER BEACH - HMV
1965 THE TIDE / WINKIEPOP - HMV
For download is "The Swan" one of Dave's biggest hits:http://rapidshare.com/files/196065594/Dave_Bridge_-_The_Swan.mp3
Their first Festival release in 1965 was a gritty single “Sad And Lonely” (still billed as The Four Strangers), which sold in respectable numbers in hometown Newcastle. At the end of 1965 they changed their name to The Sunsets. During 1966, as they became one of the top bands in Newcastle, they began making forays into Sydney. Under Bjerre's guidance The Sunsets, were steered into a more up-to-date beat style and snared a five-year deal with the Festival. Their recordings are highly prized by 1960s beat fans, and no less than five tracks: “Sad And Lonely”, “When I Found You”, “I Want Love”, “Windansea” and “Hot Generation” have been anthologised on various C.D. compilations. “When I Found You” was available on CD on the essential Festival 3-disc compilation So You Wanna Be A Rock'n'Roll Star?
During this period they also recorded the music for the soundtracks for Paul Witzig's surf-films A Life In The Sun. The single “Theme From A Life In The Sun” was a very big hit in many parts of Oz. While very successful, this link contributed to them being pigeonholed, quite inaccurately, as a "surf band". When The Sunsets shifted to Sydney's eastern suburbs in 1966 they hooked up with the Harrigan Agency, playing at their venues Surf City, The Star Club and Sunset Disco, and touring with other Harrigan Agency acts. The big turning point came at the end of 1966 when The Sunsets were invited to play a three-month residency at a Surfer's Paradise nightclub owned by TV celebrity Digby Wolfe. Their next phase was to have a new name: Tamam Shud!
Here for download is The Sunsets single, “Theme From A Life In The Sun”, courtesy of Alan K. from Sydney. Alan sent me the basic vinyl recording which I have scraped clean and improved sonically.http://rapidshare.com/files/195366258/The_Sunsets_-_Theme_From_A_Life_In_The_Sun.mp3
In February 1972 the group was in EMI's Sydney Studios to record the all important follow-up single. They were now under the direction of New Zealander Rod Coe to do the recording. Rod had been bass player for Revival and later was also a member of Freshwater. This time the single was Phil Key's "Morning Good Morning". It was certainly one of Phil's finest works, but for some reason it failed to replicate the success of the previous single on the charts.
I purchased the "Morning Good Morning" 45 r.p.m. cheaply while working part time at a Taylor's record shop in Cessnock N.S.W. The reason being, that it didn’t sell, so the manger let me have it for ten cents rather than it sit on the shelves any longer…until I got it home I had never heard it. What a serendipitous find!
Some of the La De Das who had solo careers have tracks located at Ozzie The Music Man's blog (click link):
The mono 7' single of “Morning Good Morning” has appeared on C.D. but the stereo album version has not.
Here for download is an extended Tom Mix 12” version of “Morning Good Morning” running almost 5 minutes:
Carson had formed in January 1970 and was a blues-boogie band influenced by US group Canned Heat, during 1971 Smith replaced founder John Capek, providing vocals and harmonica. After they released a single "Travelling South" in August 1971, Carson performed at the first Sunbury Rock Festival in January, 1972. Smith spent part of 1972 recording two solo singles: "Goin' on Down to the End of the World" released in May 1972 and "Yesterday it Rained" released in February 1973. He also kept up with Carson to record "Boogie, Part 1" / "Boogie, Part 2" which reached #30 on the National charts in September 1972. Carson performed at the 1973 Sunbury Rock Festival, on the Australia Day long weekend. A live recording of their Sunbury set On the Air was released in April 1973.
1973-1978: The Dingoes
The Dingoes were formed in Melbourne in April 1973 by Smith's old band mate Kerryn Tolhurst. The band was formed to fuse rhythm and blues with Australian Bush music but it was generally described as Country Rock. Their best performed singles were "Way Out West" and "Boy on the Run", their 1974 debut self-titled album The Dingoes peaked at #18. They performed at Sunbury Rock Festivals in 1974 and 1975, making Smith one of the few artists who had performed at all four festivals. The Dingoes relocated to USA from 1976 for their next two albums; The Dingoes finally split in February 1979. Smith had already returned to Australia in late 1978.
After his 1978 return to Australia, Smith fronted various bands with his name featured: Broderick Smith's Hired Hands (1978-1979), Broderick Smith's Big Combo (1979-1982), Broderick Smith Band (1983-?) and Broderick Smith and the Noveltones (1988). Of these Big Combo provided his best known latter releases with the singles "Faded Roses" and "My Father's Hands" and the album Broderick Smith's Big Combo in 1981.
Broderick Smith's Big Combo Album. This album has not made it to CD although the first single "Faded Roses" has. The second successful single "My Father's Hands" has not.
Album Track Listing:
1 Last Train from Mobil Town
2 Faded Roses
4 High Rise
5 Back Off Baby Brother
6 I was Here
7 Fortune Favours the Bold
8 My Father's Hands
9 The Devil Drives
10 Ruby in the Snow
Here for download is a Tom Mix remix of the 2nd single "My Father's Hands":
THE A SIDE "SHE WEARS MY RING" AND THE B SIDE "LET'S LOVE TONIGHT" CHARTED WELL IN ALL STATES IN EARLY 1964. THE 7" SINGLE GOT AS HIGH AS #2 IN MELBOURNE. IT DID VERY WELL IN SYDNEY AND IS FONDLY REMEMBERED BY THOSE AGED 50 AND OVER.
HERE FOR DOWNLOAD IS THE B SIDE "LET'S LOVE TONIGHT":
THERE ARE 2 OTHER DOWNLOADS FOR JOHNNY ON THIS BLOG. IN THE SEARCH BOX (TOP LEFT OF SCREEN) TYPE IN "HIGH ROLLIN' MAN" OR "YOU EXCITE ME" AND YOU SHOULD BE TAKEN TO THE DOWNLOAD LINKS FOR EACH.
Terry and wife Mona Lisa have worked with many artists including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker and appear on the soundtrack for The Lion King II on the tracks “Love Will Find A Way”, “My Lullaby”, “He Lives In You” and “One Of Us”.
Mona Lisa had a solo album in 1983 “Knife” but it was full of covers. It didn’t sell well, and that's regrettable because she had potential as a solo artist. “Knife” has never been reissued on CD. Marcia’s album has been on CD and so has the short single version of “I Wanna Make It With You Tonight”.
Here for download is the extended Tom Mix 12” of “I Wanna Make It With You Tonight”: