They appeared on Bandstand and other shows of the era as pop singers but in their later career they concentrated on singing two types of music: country and western!
Their first single presented for download has the backing of the group known as The Blue Jays who were Tony Worsley’s backing band. This backing group are also known as The Fabulous Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays had their own successful singles and they have a number of singles issued where they acted as the house band for the Sunshine label. Sunshine was a subsidiary of Festival.
Ricky & Tammy's singles include:
1965 "Won't You Tell Me" / "Little Girl"
1965 “Island Skipper” / “I Wish”
1966 "Summers Long" / "All Around"
1966 "Through My Fingers" / "Can I"
1967 "We Don't Do That Anymore" / "Paradise"
Here for download is Ricky and Tammy's "Won't You Tell Me" / "Little Girl" in a zip file. No password.
“Send Me An Angel” (1983) charted in about nine countries: #6 Australia, #18 New Zealand, #1 Germany, #2 Switzerland, #19 Canada, #29 USA, #9 Austria, #4 Sweden and #19 Spain.
“Openhearted” (1983) got to #32 Australia.
“Catch Me I’m Falling” (1984) charted in about four countries: #8 Australia, #40 USA, #9 Germany and #12 Switzerland.
“Master Mix E.P.” (1984) got to #45 Australia.
“Face To Face” (1985) charted in two countries: #32 Australia and #52 Germany.
“Send Me An Angel ‘89” (1989) charted in three countries: #51 Australia, #22 New Zealand, #26 USA.
“Let’s Fall In Love” (1989) got to #22 USA.
“Good Tonight” (1990) charted in three countries: #47 Australia, #15 Sweden and #9 USA.
“Kiss The Ground” (1991) got to #27 USA.
The 1984 Master Mix E.P. was on coloured vinyl and consisted of 5 remixes of the songs: “Send Me An Angel”, “Openhearted”, “Catch Me I’m Falling”, “Always” and “Exploding Bullets”. These are rare mixes which have not yet made it to mainstream CDs.
NB. Coloured vinyl is not the best type of media for reproducing good quality sound but my transfer is pretty good, considering...
Secondly, here is a copy of "Send Me An Angel ‘89" (Extended Version):
Happy Australia Day 2010!
Billy Thorpe - "Sunshine Friends (Australia Day)"
Angie Pepper - "Frozen World"
Chullora Junction - "3801"
Colin Cook - "Brylcreem & Blue Suede Shoes"
Digi.Tal - "Say So"
Pam & The Pashions - "Summertime (All Around The World)"
Peter Wells - "Between The Saddle & The Ground"
Allan Caswell - "The Australia's Cup"
Albie Wilde & The Dayglos - "Hey Ciao"
XL Capris - "World War 3"
XL Capris - "Igloos"
Vixen - "Cover Up Story"
D Generation - "Theme To D Generation"
Clayton Davis - "The Cricket Song"
Cobbers - "The Endangered Species"
Adrian Campbell - "Listen To The Radio"
Johnny Devlin - "Panel Van"
Maryanne 'Mouse' Davidson - "R2 D2 I Love You"
Finch - "One More Time"
Tim & Debbie - "Australia You're Standing In It"
Colin Cook had numerous hits in the 1960s. But this 1980s rocker got ignored. The flip side has an extended version of the track called "Be Bop & Blue Suede Shoes".
The Adrian Campbell song "Listen To The Radio" is a Peter Best number.
The D Generation and Tim & Debbie tracks are TV themes.
Vixen was a loud all girl Oz group recorded by Festival records, not to be confused with another group from America.
XL Capris had a goodly sized Sydney hit with "WW3" but none of their other 4 single charted.
Johnny Devlin's track "Panel Van" is on RCA and as we all know RCA have closed their vaults to many old Oz tracks. The flip side is called "I Can't Go - I Can't Stay" and was issued as the b-side on an ATA single called "Heartbreak Hotel". It is the exact same recording so does this mean ATA and RCA own an identical song?
In 1973 they were Stillwater, by 1974 they were Finch and they had a moderate career in Oz, then they changed their name to Contraband in 1978 when they went off to conquer America. They folded in 1979. Mark Evans who was bass player in this band was one of the original members of AC/DC 1975-77. Mark came from Melbourne. Newcastle's Dave Evans was also a founding member of AC/DC and is not a relation.
All songs courtesy of Jimmy Barnes, one of my regular contributors.
Happy Australia Day, one and all!
If you want to read more use Wikipedia for a full rundown of his work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Borich
Kevin runs his own site at: http://www.kevinborich.com/
Kevin has a Greatest Hits Collection but some of Kevin's single mixes have not made it to CD.
I have packaged 4 of them in a zip file for this download:
Many thanks to Jimmy Barnes for supplying this stash of Kevin's original 7" records.
Lord Mayor’s Cup 1975
Inter Dominion Pacing Championship 1974
Inter Dominion Pacing Championship 1973
Miracle Mile 1972
New South Wales Sires Produce Stakes 1971
Johnny Tapp, a very well known race caller, was such a fan he got his mates together and recorded a track called “Little Hondo” which hit the charts and got to #35 in June 1974 in NSW. It shared the top 40 with a competing version by Ed Mackie.
The flip side of "Little Hondo" is available for download off my friend Ozzie at http://www.ozziemusicman.com/
In 1984 GANGgajang hit the top 40 with a track called "Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia)". It has gone on to be used on a number of occasions at important ceremonies and functions and is a perennial Oz favourite. I think the group should have called the track "This Is Australia" as nobody actually remembers it by its proper title...when it was first released it was just called "Sounds Of Then" without the bracketed after part.
There has never been an official 12" of the song but various mixes of the single were issued. By combining these various alternate mixes I have made a new 8 minute mix. All the alternate mixes were from CD so the quality of my new mix is amazingly good. My new version is called: "This Is Australia (Sounds Of Then Ext Tom Mix)"
The group have their own web page at http://www.ganggajang.com/
Play it loud on Australia Day.
Some of the Dee Jay's instrumental work has made it to CD, on a release called "Brian Henderson's Band Stand" but it has been out of print ever since the multinationals took over the Festival vaults...the singles "Twistin' Drums" and "Hoots, Mon" are found on this CD.
In late 1961 they put out a double sided record called "Off Shore" backed by "Toy Balloons", a song which had previously been a hit in some parts of the world for Russ Conway. As usual the radio stations ended up playing the b-side and in January 1962 it charted really well in Sydney where it got to #28.
Straight Flush / When The Saints Go Marching In 1960
Steppin' Out / Straighten Up 1960
Twistin' Drums / Shake 1962
Off Shore / Toy Balloons 1962 #28
Big Daddy / Lost Love 1963
Hoots, Mon / Auf Wiederseh'n, My Dear 1963
Sunday Patrol / Barbeque 1964
It Must Be Love / Tell Me How You Feel 1964 (as "Catfish" and The Dee Jays - "Catfish" is the pet name of the drummer).
If you look at the label pictures above you will note the band member's names are included and that the combination of musos change on either track. On the a-side you will also see that the song is billed as "The Dee Jays with Strings".
This record is courtesy of Jimmy Barnes. The sound is superb as the tracks are pristine. The transfer on both sides is almost CD quality...and because they are both excruciatingly short I have extended both sides out to the 3 minute mark.
They are in a zip file with pictures of the labels included. No password.
For those who don't know what the difference is between the "album version" and "single mix" of a song I have included 2 different mp3 files in a zip for your comparison. The 2 versions of "Steel City Song" sound very different but come from the same recording session, it is amazing what a studio producer and engineer can achieve from the same raw material.
With both Johns men having a strong connection to Newcastle I expected "Steel City Song" to be about my hometown of Newcastle but no, this song is about Wollongong.
The single version is courtesy of Jimmy Barnes, one of my regular contributors, and the album version is courtesy of Dave from Midoztouch.
Recently, on another Oz music forum called Midoztouch, a note was posted saying that we here in Oz had very few 12" mixes made during the 1970s...I agree that we had few, but in the good old days we did have some extended mixes of songs posted on 7" singles before the vinyl presses and machines were shipped to Oz to make the longer 12" records.
Here is one such example, Donnie Sutherland had the longer disco version of his track "Dancin' Man" placed on the back of the regular 7". The a-side is short about 3.30 mins but the flip is 5:38 mins.
An issue I faced when ripping this track was that the longer b-side version was almost half the volume of the a-side. This was often the case when longer songs were issued on vinyl 7" singles, when songs were half-volume they took up less space in the grooves of the record....this is why when you listen to old K-Tel albums you notice that the volumes are softer (compressed), so as to get ten songs on each side of their albums.
Tony Hatch, who wrote so many songs with his then wife Jackie Trent, was responsible for "Dancin' Man (Disco Version)" not only did he write it but was the record producer as well.
The record is courtesy of regular contributor Jimmy Barnes. Many thanks Jim, when I get the time there will be more old rare songs to come. He has left a parcel of Oz songs for me to upload and share...
For the avid collector of Col Joye this may be the first time his version of "Honey" has appeared since the 1970s. Some of the others too, are lost gems.
Why American singer Neil Sedaka's, "Wheeling West Virginia" was included, I'll never know! Yes, I know it was recorded in Oz but he is not from hereabouts! Luckily it is added though, as it it the first time I've been able to get a copy of the original mono single mix which has not been on CD to date.
Barry Crocker - "Neither One Of Us"
Col Joye - "Honey"
Graeme Bell All Stars - "Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose"
Don Lane - "And I Love You So"
Glenn Cardier - "Ulysses"
Greg Anderson - "Beautiful People"
Ernie Sigley - "When Morning Has Come"
J.O'K. - "(You've Got Me) Danglin' On A String"
Sandy Scott - "Thunderball" (live)
Neil Sedaka - "Wheeling West Virginia" (rare mono single mix)
Father John Cootes - "Never Ending Song Of Love"
Ronnie Burns - "We've Only Just Begun"
Darryl Stewart - "A Man Called Peter"
The songs and album artwork are in a zip file with the password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/
Here for download is the album "Australian Club Show":
Stephen hit his straps in 1976 working as vocalist for the Oz group The Sports but before then he was in the Pelaco Brothers formed in 1974.
His solo career started with 4 charting singles and then he slowly became less interested in top 40 hits and spent more time crafting his own style.
1982 "We All Make Mistakes" #89
1983 "Stuck on Love" #76
1983 "Backstabbers" #40
1984 "Gymnasium" #27
1984 "Another Kick in the Head"
1985 "What Am I Going to Do?" #80
1986 "This Wonderful Life"
1986 "Speak with Frankness" #83
1986 "Love Is Crucial but Money, that's Everything"
1988 "Some Prayers Are Answered"
1988 "My Willingness"
1988 "A Life Is a Life" #89
1989 "Your House Is Falling" #67
1989 "When the Day Is Done"
1990 "Family Affair"
1990 "Hell (You've Put Me Through)" #33
1990 "Stand Up (Love Is the Greatest)"
1992 "I've got a Lot of Faith in You"
1992 "If I Had some Money I'd Go away Tonight"
1992 "Keep the Ball Rolling"
He also sang the ultra catchy jingle “I Feel Better Now” for Medicare.
In the days of vinyl his first 2 singles were given 12" treatments - nothing too startling but different enough to charge the punters a couple of dollars more.
Here for download is his original 12" version of "Stuck On Love":
All their hits have been released on a commercial CD but the majority of tracks on the CD were mastered from vinyl pressings. The company responsible for their recordings "Deluxe" is nowadays defunct.
Lynda Nutter - Vocals & Percussion
"Hit Single" / "Bruce" (1979)
Here for download is a 12" extra-mileage-mix of "In Your Car":
Joe Camilleri is an icon of Australian music and without doubt one of Melbourne’s finest musical exports. You might know him as Jo Jo Zep, Joey Vincent, Camo, The Maltese Falcon or simply as Joe.
Trevor worked as a rock journalist and appeared on TV shows like Melbourne's "Uptight" and "Happening '70".
Buoyed by the sales of his first hit he released "Love Is All Around" in 1971 and it only charted in Melbourne where it got to #32 - it pretty much sank without a ripple in the rest of Oz.
The single "Crying In The Rain" was later released on an album called "Super Sounds Of Happening ’71" which is where this download comes from.
This track is one I fixed up for Alan Katzmann and his audiophile friends who are collecting all the charting top 40 hits heard on Sydney radio station 2UE from 1956 to 1974.
She has a very melodic voice but can certainly belt out some big notes when she needs to. She regularly performs live and and has gigs at Stockton Bowling Club as well as other venues around Newcastle.
Candice has allowed me to share "And I'm Telling You, I'm Not Going" which was one of the tracks from her first CD. She was about age 15 when she recorded this one.
If you want to know more about Candice or make a booking please e-mail me at: tommytop58 (at) yahoo.com.au or write to her care of Email: email@example.com
Here is the link to "And I'm Telling You, I'm Not Going":
The trio, now billed simply as New World, signed with producer Mickie Most to his fledgling RAK Records label. In 1971 they released a version of the Joe South song Rose Garden, beating the Lynn Anderson international hit version in the UK.
Their first big breakthrough in Oz was the 1971 single “Tom Tom Turnaround” - originally penned by Chinn and Chapman for the UK group The Sweet.
In May 1972 they released their biggest selling record, "Sister Jane", which was a Top 10 hit in Britain and Australia.
Their next release, Chinn and Chapman’s "Rooftop Singing" just missed out on the UK Top 50, only getting as high as #51 but in Oz it was #34 in 1973.
Try To Remember 1969 AUS #11
Rose Garden 1970 UK #15
Tom Tom Turnaround 1971 UK #6, GER #10, AUS #11
Kara Kara/Lord Of The Dance 1971 UK #17, GER #31, AUS #39
Sister Jane 1972 UK #9, AUS #4
Living Next Door to of Alice 1973 AUS #13
I'll Catch The Sun 1973
Something's Wrong 1973
Rooftop Singing 1973 UK #50, AUS #34
Old Shep 1974
Do It Again 1974
Sweet Dreams 1974
I'm A Clown 1975
Sitting in The Sun 1976
But Not Afraid To Dream 1976
Homemade Sunshine 1977 AUS #33
So, I thought I would start 2010 with a new extended mix of the old stereo album version of "Turn Up Your Radio" which has left-right interplay that you can't discern in the mono single mix....I consider the opening of this track as one of the most recognisable Oz riffs ever recorded.
Undecided 1967 #6
War Or Hands Of Time 1967 #6
Buried & Dead 1967 #20
She's My Girl 1967 #20
Undecided (EP) ~ Undecided 1967 #10
Undecided (EP) ~ Hot Gully Wind 1967 #10
Undecided (EP) ~ Buried & Dead 1967 #10
Undecided (EP) ~ She's My Girl 1967 #10
Living in a Child's Dream 1967 #10
Elevator Driver 1968 #19
Brigette 1968 #20
Linda Linda 1969 #19
Merry Go Round 1969 #19
5.10 Man 1969 #5
Think About Tomorrow Today 1970 #6
A Dog, A Siren And Memories 1970 #6
Turn Up Your Radio 1970 #11
Because I Love You 1971 #10
I'm Your Satisfier 1971 #10
Future Of Our Nation 1971 #16
Love Is 1972 #21
Because I Love You (Remix) 1988 #20
Turn Up Your Radio (Cake Mix) w/ Hoodoo Gurus 1995 #60
The picture cover shown above was one of the first EPs I ever purchased and is quite rare to find nowadays...it didn't make it to the list of charting singles shown above. It contained the title track and "5:10 Man", "Merry-Go-Round" and "Think About Tomorrow"...
Here for download is an extended Tom Mix version of "Turn Up Your Radio":