For a number of years The Blue Echoes had provided an ongoing party atmosphere at pubs and clubs in Melbourne and then recorded an album of party standards and favourites just before they went their separate ways. The album "Dancing In The Streets" was used as a staple by Mobile DJs in the late 1970s early 1980s. I know here in Newcastle it was used at pubs up until 1985. The old album still shows up at second hand music places like Rice's Secondhand Records And Bookshop here in the Hunter Valley.

They were the resident band at Tottenham Hotel for numerous years. The Blue Echoes are credited as a cabaret act playing covers but had a wealth of experience. Members had been playing and recording with bands such as the Checkmates, Blue Jays, Jigsaw, and Fantasy.

Phil Golotta did lead vocals
, Ray Eames was lead guitarist and the saxophonist was Ken "Sam" Semple. Ken's resume is lengthy with bands like the Fairlanes, The Allstar Band, Bobby James Syndicate and The Cadillacs.

One interesting side fact is that Phil
Golotta wrote "Hitch A Ride On A Smile" for Jamie Redfern who had a big hit with it in 1974. This song is is available on CD as of 2009 but is also available for download on this blog - please use search facility to locate the track.

The Blue Echoes had a few local hits in Melbourne one of which was "Going To A Party". The first singles were on the Image label.


"Going To A Party" / "Don't You Want Me" - got to #4 Melbourne
1973 "Please Daddy" / "Back Out On The Road Again"
1974 "Don't Play Around With Love" / "In The Country"
1974 "High Heeled Rock'n'Roll Shoes" / "When I Get You Again"
1975 "Mary Anne" / DC9"

Thanks to the folk at Midoz and Ozburn for chart placings and band info.

Here for download is Tom Mix remix of "
Going To A Party":


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