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Monday, 9 June 2014

Post 514 - Silver Studs - Singles Collection

Lance Reynolds formed Australian Rock 'n' Roll revival act Silver Studs in Brisbane during 1975. International blues recording artist Will Scarlet was an original member of the Silver Studs and in fact wrote their first single My Teenage Queen. Will was with the Studs from its earliest conception right up to, the and just before, the recording of Happy Days. Will was an integral part of the success of the Silver Studs and should not be forgotten for his contribution in paving the way for them. The trio's act included singing, dancing and comedy. They signed to the Philips label and issued the single My Teenage Dream. In February 1976 they supported UK visitors The Hollies on their national tour. A month later, Keith Reed left to be replaced, initially by Vivien Grayson and then Paul Stevens. Silver Studs scored their biggest hit single with a rendition of Happy Days, the theme song to the US TV comedy of the same name. The single reached number four in June 1976 and was followed by their second hit, Dance With A Dolly, which made number 11 in September. The trio's debut album (also called Happy Days) sold 50,000 copies. At the start of 1977, Stevens left to replace Frankie J Holden in Ol' 55, where he performed under the pseudonym Mike Raffone, Reynolds and Latorre continued as a duo, renaming themselves simply The Studs (and recruiting a new backing band). The debut single from The Studs was Funky Feet which reached Number 13 in October 1977. The duo completed an album which did not see the light of day until November 1978 and followed two more singles, Today I Met The Girl I'm Gonna Marry and Dr Bop. Here to download is their entire seven singles for Philips and Wizard Records including the B sides. Five of these were non LP tracks. 

6 comments:

nigelclark@me.com said...

I have a memory of Silver Studs doing a version of 'Looking for an echo', and it being on the flip side of the 'Happy Days' single. Can anyone confirm this, or is my memory starting to fail? [I admit that if I can remember the Silver Studs, then the latter is quite possible.] Dis they ever record a version of this classic?

Ozzie Music Man said...

Hi Nigel,

The B side of Happy Days is I Only Have Eyes For You. Looking For an Echo was recorded by OL'55 here in Oz I'm not saying the Studs didn't sing it live or so, but I have all there records and it's not on any.

Ozzie

Al123 said...

I was wondering if their third single from the Happy Days Lp , Way Back In The Fifties / Lean Baby charted in the top 100.
Cheers

Ozzie Music Man said...

Hi Al123 Only Happy Days & Dance With A Dolly charted from the Happy Days LP nationally or in any of the capital cities.

Al123 said...

Thanks. 50,000 copies of the Lp sold. There appears to be two releases one on Phillips and then issued on the Summit label with a gold sticker. Do you have a national chart entry for the Lp,
Cheers

Al123 said...

Ozzie found copy of Kent Music charts. Lp entered the top hundred on the 04/10/1976. Peaked at number 26 on the charts and remained in the top 100 for 13 weeks.
Cheers