Rim D. Paul was a NZ lounge singer who was inspired to write a ballad about the victorious title fight of Oz boxer Lionel Rose over Japan's Fighting Harada.

Rim borrowed a known Japanese tune - Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" - wrote new words and with the James Wright Band backing him, he recorded "The Ballad Of Lionel Rose" which got to #11 nationally. This was Rim's only charting Oz single. The overdubbed radio call of the fight was from an uncredited Ron Casey.

Lionel Rose started as a boxer but became a recording artist and had a number one hit in the 1970s with a track called "I Thank You" (found elsewhere on this blog).

Rim D. Paul singles:

1968 "The Ballad Of Lionel Rose" #11

1968 "A Thousand Hours"

1968 "The Child Of Mrs Anthony"

1969 "All God's Children Got Soul"

Many thanks to Jimmy Barnes for supplying this pristine copy for inclusion on my blog:


1 comment:

  1. Tom, Thats an excellent copy, thanks for making it available and thanks to Jimmy Barnes for keeping it in such great condition. I will forward it him. If you have any others of his, drop him a line at rim.d@xtra.co.nz


    Kristian Paul