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Friday, 31 July 2009

Post 136 - Bill & Boyd - Aussie / Schwabadaba Ding Ding

Bill Cate and Boyd Robertson were from the Hutt Valley near Wellington New Zealand. They were school mates at Wellington's Naenae College. In 1964 Bill and Boyd moved to Australia on the strength of their first Australian hit "Chulu Chululu". It was a bright, sing-along song recorded live at the Rotorua Sound Shell in New Zealand. Appearing regularly on Bandstand, and working the clubs around Australia, they left for America early in 1968. They toured with the Supremes and Herb Alpert. On their return to Australia, they established themselves as a top club act. In 1970, they joined Ron Tudor's newly formed Fable label. It wasn't until 1975 that they had their most success, after recording a song called "Santa Never Made It Into Darwin". The song documented the events of Cyclone Tracy that devastated the city of Darwin on Christmas eve. Another single called "Put Another Log On The Fire" was released and Bill and Boyd were a household name. Here to download is a single out of 1974 "Aussie" b/w "Schwabadaba Ding Ding" (FB-213). The A side was recorded in London and the B side in Melbourne, the B side was also the B side of their 1973 hit "Someone To Love" and it was also released as an A side in 1971 with "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" as the B side.

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