31 December 2007

End of Year Mystery Roundup (2) Cold Cases

Having talked up the success rate, here now are some persistent PopArchives mysteries, mentioned in the hope that some emails will come in to clear them up.

If you have an answer, or even a vital clue, please email [link], or leave a comment at the end of this post. The links are to the relevant pages at The Website.

Question:
Just who was William Plunkett, composer of The Megatrons' Velvet Waters? For that matter, who were The Megatrons? And what was the full extent of Haywood Henry's role in all this?
[Link: Tony Worsley - Velvet Waters]

Question:
Did Johnny Curtis, composer of Picking Up Pebbles, record the original version, and who was Johnny Curtis, anyway?
[Link: Matt Flinders - Picking Up Pebbles]

Question:
How did Ray Brown & the Whispers get hold of Go To Him, and while you're there, can you clear up the chronology of this song for once and for all?
[Link: Ray Brown & The Whispers - Go To Him]

Supplementary question:
In which New South Wales town does Leicester-born Bess Coleman, co-writer of Go To Him, now live? (And why hasn't she already stumbled on my site while browsing the Web, and emailed me with deep insights into the story of Go To Him? Has she never tried a vanity search at Google? Come on, Bess, you can do it!)
[Link: Ray Brown & The Whispers - Go To Him]

Question:
How did that disparate group of Keith Reid, Andy Qunta, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson get together to write You're The Voice? I mean, were they all sitting together in a conference room somewhere, or did they mail each other (this was 1985), or was it a Round Robin where one started it off and passed it on, or what..?
[Link: John Farnham - You're The Voice]

Question:
Okay, I give up: who did record the original version of Sounds of Goodbye? I've gone for George Morgan, but there's always been a sneaking sense of doubt.
[Link: Kamahl - Sounds Of Goodbye]

Question:
Was Patricia Dahlquist the first to record the obscure Bertie Higgins composition Waiting For The Rain, or is there an earlier version lurking somewhere?
[Link: Emma Hannah - Waiting For The Rain]

Question:
Which came first: Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees by Saundra Steele or Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees by Dusty Springfield? I'm going for Saundra Steele, but they both seem to be from January 1980, so...
[Link: Marcia Hines - Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees]

Question:
Who recorded the acetate of Happy Without You that Ron Tudor played to The Strangers before Peter Robinson rearranged it and they recorded it?
[Link: The Strangers - Happy Without You]

Question:
Who on earth were Our Patch Of Blue, who recorded the original version of Zoom Zoom Zoom? And who were the writers Bernard de Cesare and Pasquale Zompa?
[Link: Cam-Pact - Zoom Zoom Zoom]

Question:
Graham Gouldman didn't really write Just A Poor Boy, did he? It was an Aussie composition, written by members of The Bowery Boys, right?
[Link: Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys - Just A Poor Boy]

Any answers? Email [link], or leave a comment, please!

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