Tuesday, 8 December 2015
The Lion Sleeps Tonight/The Lonely Hearts Club Christmas Party/May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone/Keep Searchin'
Originally Known as the Black Diamonds and formed in 1967 in Lithgow N.S.W. they released 2 singles "See The Way" / "I Want, Need, Love You" and "Outside Lookin' In" / "Not this Time".
By 1968 they had changed their name to Tympiece It was at this time that Pat Aulton approached them to record a version of The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to promote the opening of Stafford Bullen's African Lion Safari at Warragamba, NSW. For the purposes of the single the group worked under the name The Love Machine. The song was a hit, but the band members then returned on to their own music, although Pat continued releasing material under the Love Machine moniker, using different musicians, until 1970.
As tympiece they released three Singles on the Festival label, beginning with "Bird in the Tree" / "I Gotta Know What You're Like" in August 1968, followed by a cover of The Small Faces' "Become Like You" b/w "Give a Little More" in November 1969 and "Won't You Try?" b/w "Down and Out" in October 1970.
Tymepiece then moved to Festival's progressive subsidiary label Infinity for the release of their ultra-rare debut album, Sweet Release (February 1971).