Saturday, 29 November 2014
Born A Woman/I Need You/So Softly/Lost Without You
Judy Stone popular Australian singer, a regular on the long-running TV pop show Bandstand, often on the charts in Australia from the early 60s to to the mid-70s.
Born A Woman was released in Australia 1966 and charted #3 Sydney #2 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #4 Adelaide #1 Perth
Monday, 24 November 2014
Twilight Time/Hello Josephine/Baby Hold Me Close/Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs were an Australian pop and rock group dating from the mid-1960s. The group enjoyed success in the mid-1960s, but split in 1967. They re-emerged in the early 1970s to become one of the most popular Australian hard-rock bands of the period. Thorpe died from a heart attack in Sydney on 28 February 2007. Twilight Time released in Australia in 1965 reaching #3 Sydney #2 Melbourne #3 Brisbane #2 Adelaide #2 Perth. In Sydney, Brisbane and Perth this was a double-sided hit with My Girl Josephine.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
A Life In The Sun/ Windansea/When I Found You/ Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Starting out life as a Newcastle (Australia) instrumental band called The Four Strangers.
The group released one well-regarded surf instrumental single -The Rip b/w Pearl Diver – for Astor in 1964, after which their original guitarist (Gary Johns) left the band and was replaced by singer/guitarist Lindsay Bjerre.
Under Bjerre’s guidance the band – now renamed The Sunsets – moved to a more up-to-date beat/R&B style and scored a five-year recording deal with the Australian Festival label.
They met filmmaker Paul Witzig via a mutual friend who ran surf film screenings in the city. The band initially provided a theme song for Witzig's 1966 film "A Life In The Sun" which met with some minor success around Sydney and was modelled around the Sandals theme for the Bruce Browne film Endless Summer. Hot Generation was the theme for his next film and saw a more exciting original sound from the band.
Becoming Tamam Shud in 1968, the band became one of the first local groups to embrace the late 60s psychedelic sounds, translating the acid-rock into a uniquely Australian context.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do/It's A Hard Life/I Put A Spell On You/By The Glow Of A Candle
By all accounts Sydney's Atlantics, formed 1961, could turn their hand to any style of pop music, from surf to garage. Their biggest hits were two original surf instrumentals that rank among the world's best of the era: Bombora and The Crusher (both 1963).
Vocals on I Put a Spell On You are by Johnny Rebb of Hey, Sheriff fame, who had joined the Atlantics at this time, following the trend of instrumental bands acquiring a vocalist in the wake of the British Invasion. Released in Australia in 1966, this single reached #29 in Sydney.