|LES STACPOOLE||sax, gtr||A|
|1(A)||THE CHESSMEN PLAY AND SING DANCE FAVOURITES||(W&G 1915)||1964|
|1||The Rebel/Outer Sanctum||(W&G S 1508)||1962|
|2||Nick Nack Paddy Whack/Butterflies||(W&G S 1609)||1963|
|3||Like, Long Hair/Rock 'n' Roll Music||(W&G S 1863)||1964|
|4||Wild Wild Willie/Twistified||(W&G S 1940)||1965|
|5||Hound Dog/Bop-A-Lena||(In IN-S 2473)||1966|
NB: (2) with Johnny Chester.
An early sixties group from Melbourne. Forming in 1960, they were originally known as Johnny Chester and The Chessmen.
Two of their cuts, Like, Long Hair and The Rebel, can also be found on W&G Instrumental Story, whilst Hound Dog got a further airing on Discotheque... Wild Weekend and you'll also find Wild Little Willie on Australian Rock Heritage.
|1||WILD AND WARM||(W&G WGB 1545)||1963|
|2||BEST OF CHES||(W&G WGB 1746)||1964|
|3||TEEN SCENE||(W&G B 2395)||1965|
|4||JOHNNY CHESTER'S GREATEST HITS||(W&G 25/2340)||1965|
NB: (2) and (3) with The Chessmen.
|1||MY BLUES AND I||(W&G E 1661)||1963|
|2||WHAT A NIGHT||(W&G )||196?|
|3||SUMMERTIME BLUES||(In S 2515)||1965|
|4||HOKEY POKEY||(W&G )||1968|
|1||Shy Away/A Funny Little Feeling||(W&G 1453)||1962 -|
|2||Let's Dance/Forty Days||(W&G 1507)||1962 -|
|3||I Love Mary/Summertime Blues||(W&G 1537)||196? -|
|4||Butterflies/Nick Nack Paddy Whack||(W&G 1609)||1963 -|
|5||Come On Everybody/The Old Copper Kettle||(W&G 1688)||1963 -|
|6||Teeny/Do The Stomp||(W&G 1803)||1964 -|
|7||Bye Bye Johnny/Miss Ann||(W&G 1869)||1964 -|
|8||Unless You Care/You're So Square, Baby I Don't Care||(W&G 1999)||1964 -|
|9||Adias My Darling/Your Cheating Heart||(W&G S 2363)||1965 -|
|10||When Will I Be Loved/Shop Around||(In IN-S 2425)||1965 -|
|11||It's Too Late/Something's Got A Hold Of Me||(In IN-S 2483)||1965 -|
|12||California Sun; Goodnight Irene/Summertime Blues; Over You||(In IN-S 2515)||196? -|
|13||Steppin' Out/I Feel Good All Over||(In IN-S 2563)||196? -|
|14||I'm Gonna Have A Real Good Time/Heaven Help The Man||(Astor A 7101)||1968 -|
|15||Highway 31/||(Philips BF 456)||1969 57|
|16||Glory Glory (I'll Be Back To See The Storey Bridge)/||(Fable FB 052)||1971 47|
|17||Gwen (Congratulations)/||(Fable FB 076)||1971 19|
|18||Shame And Scandal (In The Family)/||(Fable FB 099)||1971 13|
|19||Readymix Revenge/||(Fable FB 125)||1972 37|
|20||Midnight Bus/||(Fable FB 140)||1972 31|
|21||The World's Greatest Mum/||(Fable FB 180)||1973 8|
|22||Let's Build A Love Together/||(Fable FB 200)||1973 43|
|23||She's My Kind Of Woman/||(Fable FB 211)||1974 14|
|24||My Special Angel/||(Fable FB 226)||1975 76|
|25||Sally On Sunday/||(Fable FB 239)||1975 88|
NB: (2), (3), (4), (7) and (8) with The Chessmen. (5) with Bonnie Owens.
Melbourne's premier early sixties teen idol. He started out in The Jaywoods in 1959 and used The Chessmen as his backing band between 1960-1966.
He later had his own T.V. show and became a regular DJ on 3UZ. In the late sixties he veered towards country and western music fronting Jigsaw (1968-75) and then joining the Blue Denim (Country) Band (1976-78).
Several of his recordings also figured on the Image Music Demos series, which were samplers produced by the Image record group. #1 included I'd Forgotten, She's Another Man's Woman (and a different version of this song also appears on Vol. 3) and She's My Kind Of Woman (which can also be found on Rock 'n' Roll Gold). Vol. 2 of the same series features All I Want For Xmas, Anything At All, Feelings Like I Never Felt Before, Roll Trucker Roll, Simple Kind Of Fella and World's Greatest Mum (which is also on Rock 'n' Roll Gold). His other songs compiled are California Sun on Australia's Best, Highway 31 on From The Beginning and Rock 'n' Roll Gold; Let's Build A Love Together and Midnight Bus on 20 Great Australian Hits, Vol. 3, Steppin' Out on Discotheque... Wild Weekend and Our Generation, Summertime Blues on Australia's Best and Teeny on Australian Rock Heritage.
|PAUL LEVER||vcls, hrmnca||A|
|JOHN REES||bs, violin||A|
|ANDREW VANCE||keyb'ds, vcls||A|
|1(A)||CHETARCA||(WEA/Atlantic 600020)||1975 R1|
|1||Another Day/Fisherman's Nightmare||(Atlantic 100038)||1975 75|
Operating out of Melbourne in the mid-seventies, this band were a sort of Aussie equivalent to Emerson, Lake and Palmer. They only released one 45, Another Day, but it spent three weeks in the Top 100 peaking at No. 75 in September 1975. No other Australian progressive album sounded like this one (which many now consider to be underrated). Musically, it is notable for no guitars - a dual keyboard assault of Andrew Vance (piano, organ) and Bruce Bryan (synthesiser) and Paul Lever's wailing harp and bluesy vocals. Side two is taken up with just one long track Oceanic Suite.
|1||Secret Love/||(Astor )||1970|
A teenage female trio who formed in Melbourne in 1968. They were managed by Daryl Sambell and toured Vietnam with The Gallery.
|1||I'm An Animal/It's Been A Long Time Coming||(Festival FK 2933)||1969|
This was a later version of the Sydney-based heavy psychedelic band The Creatures. The 'A' side was the Eric Burdon song and can be found on Datura Dreamtime (CD).
|1||Cold Feet/Tables Turn||(Havoc H.1005)||1971|
A heavy rock combo from Melbourne. The songs are not that strong, but the music is dark and heavy - an Aussie Steppenwolf. You can also check out Cold Feet on Australian Rock 71/72.
The Chosen Few
|MIKE SIEGELE||vcls, keyb'ds||A|
|BOB VAN AMSTEL||gtr||A|
|1||Is This A Dream/Let Me Down Easy||(Go!! GO-5044)||1966|
|2||Maybe The Rain Will Fall/Deeper In||(RCA )||1969|
Originally from Nuriootpa, a small rural town, where they were known as The Outcasts, they migrated to Adelaide for a while. They specialised in playing rather obscure cover versions, usually in a pop/soul mould.
They later toured Melbourne and changed name to The Fence.
Two of their songs, I'll Go Crazy and Just A Little Bit can also be found on Live At Big Daddy's, which was issued by Raven to mark South Australia's Jubilee, although the album was originally scheduled for release in 1967 but plans were shelved when a couple of the groups broke up.