Current Traffic

Monday, 29 December 2008

Post 3 - Maple Lace - Gimme Dat Ding / Comes A Time

The very short lived Caesar's International record label was established during 1970 by the proprietors of the Caesar's discotheque in Sydney. The third Caesar's International 7" single was the Maple Lace cover version of the novelty song "Gimme Dat Ding", "Gimme Dat Ding" reached #6 in NSW. In other states "Gimme Dat Ding" was beaten by the rival version recorded by Frankie Davidson on Fable records. The original Pipkin's version didn't do much business in Australia. The management of Caesar's Disco drafted their in house band, who recorded the song live, direct to a mono tape recorder (hence the poor quality of the recording). John A. Bird played piano on the single, which featured vocals by Gerry Anderson and George Blanche. In early 1971 Caesar's Disco was destroyed by a fire. This probably explains why the song masters have never surfaced.Maple Lace was not the same band as Caesar's residents The R.J. Taylor Band (as some have speculated), but a busy live band in its own right at major Sydney venues, including regular gigs backing Johnny Farnham.

No comments: