Monday, 10 March 2014

Warren Williams - The Shy Guy

What's A Happenin' Baby/Kath A Leen/Where My Baby Goes (She Goes With Me)/My Teenage Love

Warren Williams is a rock musician from Australia. In the 1950s, he was a pioneer of Australian rock music, forming the group Warren Williams and the Squares. Williams was a prolific songwriter. 

A former child soprano, Williams formed Warren Williams and the Squares in January 1958, after the tradition of Bill Haley and His Comets. The group released their debut single "My Teenage Love" in December 1959 and "Kath-a-Leen" in April 1960. By the end of 1960, Williams left the Squares. His first single of his solo career was "My Little Girl", released at the end of 1960.

Warren Williams and the Squares made their first television appearance on Six O'Clock Rock the Johnny O'Keefe-hosted television show in July 1959. He was voted the sixth most popular artist on Six O'Clock Rock. He starred on the popular music TV show Bandstand in the 1950s and 1960s.

Williams signed with the Leedon label in 1961 and released several singles. He went on to form his own publishing company, Williams-Conde Music Pty Ltd., with Franz Conde. Williams joined the Courtmen in March 1964. The Courtmen backed him on his song "It's Party Time".

In 1964, Beatlemania swept Australia. Williams' popularity began to lag with the rise of pop music. Williams took to performing in clubs and cabaret shows, and then the nostalgia circuit

1 comment:

  1. Has the later re-recorded version of "Where My Baby Goes" - the so-called 'whistling' version which was the (B) side to "Just Like A Child". I would assume the first released EPs would have the 'original", maybe swapped across on re-issue. The old Festival File LP also used the re-recording JohnG