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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Post 242 - Jimmy Hannan - Curly / Sheila Ann


Ron Tudor's Fable Records was the most successful Australian independent recording company of the early 1970s. It was also one of the most productive 'indie' labels of the period, issuing over 300 singles and dozens of EPs and LPs. Fable released a wide variety of music from rock groups to mainstream vocalists; its catalogue also included Christian gospel music by singing group The Proclaimers, comedy recordings by Frankie Davidson, and novelty items like Drummond's 'chipmunk' version of "Daddy Cool" and the quaint piano version of The Mixtures "In The Summertime." Here to download is the very first single Fable released in April 1970 for Jimmy Hannan "Curly" b/w "Sheila Ann" (FB-001), #35 / 2 weeks. Fable was officially launched in April 1970 with a batch of five singles (all by Australian artists) and the success it enjoyed over its first nine months was nothing short of spectacular, seven of its first twelve singles made the national Top 40, and of the forty-one singles Fable released between April and December 1970, seventeen became hits, including two national #1s by The Mixtures' "In The Summertime" and "The Pushbike Song" and four other Top 10 hits by Hans Poulsen, Liv Maessen, Jigsaw and John Williamson. Fable won many industry awards during its fifteen year life.

1 comment:

Philip Israel said...

Does anyone know who controls the Fable label - our company Possum Records has been getting requests for some of the tracks to be used on compilation albums, but I am unable to track down the owners of the label. If you can help, email me at philip@possumrecords.com.au - thanks!