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Peter Doyle

These pages are presented as a tribute to the late, great Peter Doyle, a member of the New Seekers from 1970-73 and once described by Lyn Paul as: "the best musician in the group and probably the most creative."

Biography
Discography
Fans' Favourites
In Memoriam
Photo Album
Further Reading
Heroes and Hand-me-downs
This and That

YouTube

Discography

Solo recordings
Singles / EPs
Albums
Compilations
DVD

Grandma's Tonic
Laceybuttonpoppers
The Video Kids
Virgil Brothers


Stupidity (single cover).

Peter Doyle
Stupidity / Speechless
(EP cover).



Great Pretender (EP cover).

Peter Doyle
Great Pretender
(EP cover).



Skin Deep (album cover).

Peter Doyle
Skin Deep
(album cover).


Peter Doyle

Singles / EPs

Speechless (The Pick Up) / Like I Love You
(Sunshine QK-902) March 1965
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 32
The Book: Top 40 Research highest chart position: 41

Stupidity / Heigh-Ho
(Sunshine QK-1001) June 1965
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 34
The Book: Top 40 Research highest chart position: 41

Stupidity EP
Side 1: Stupidity / Heigh Ho
Side 2: Like I Love You / Speechless (The Pick Up)
(Sunshine QX-11060) September 1965

Watcha Gonna Do About It? / Do It Zula Style
(Sunshine QK-1137) November 1965
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 61

Great Pretender / Everybody Loves A Lover
(Sunshine QK-1207) February 1966
The Book: Top 40 Research highest chart position: 47

Something You Got Baby / Go Away
(Sunshine QK-1317) May 1966

Great Pretender EP
Side 1: The Great Pretender / Everybody Loves A Lover
Side 2: Something About You / Is This The Dream
(Sunshine QX-11151) July 1966

Tweedle Dee / Mr. Good Time
(Sunshine QK-1531) November 1966
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 98

If You Can Put That In A Bottle / I'm Not The Boy You're After
(Astor A-7078) April 1967

Plastic Dreams And Toy Balloons / You're My Remedy
(Astor A-7082) June 1967
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 56
The Book: Top 40 Research highest chart position: 47

Rusty Hands Of Time / And So In Life
(Polydor 2058 384 / USA: MGM K 14594) 20th July 1973

Friday On My Mind / We Believe In Lovin'
(RCA 2730 / South Africa: RCA 42-731) 13th August 1976

Skin Deep / We Believe In Lovin'
(RCA PB 5051) September 1976

Do You Wanna Make Love / Wake Up With Me
(Limelight BULB 1) June 1980

This And That / It's All Over
(Limelight BULB 2) October 1980


Albums

Peter's 1st Album
(Sunshine QL 31863) August 1966

Side 1: Stupidity | Watcha Gonna Do About It | Everybody Loves A Lover | Lovey Dovey | Heigh-Ho | The Great Pretender
Side 2: High Time Baby | Like I Love You | Speechless (The Pick Up) | Do It Zula Style | Something About You | Is This The Dream

Skin Deep
(RCA LP PL25113) 1977

Side 1: Skin Deep | Harlem Dream | Sailor Man | Reel Back
Side 2: The Way It Goes | Heart Filled Up | Rocky Lady | One More River | Shangri La

The Festival File
(Festival L 19209) 1989

An Australian album featuring the tracks from Peter Doyle's début album plus the A and B-sides of his last two singles for the Sunshine label. The album is credited to Peter Doyle & the Phantoms.

Side 1: Speechless | Stupidity | What'cha Gonna Do About It | Do it Zula Style | High Time Baby | Like I Love You | Heigh-Ho | Something About You
Side 2: The Great Pretender | Everybody Loves A Lover | Tweedlee Dee | Mr. Goodtime | Lovey Dovey | Something You Got | Go Away | Is This The Dream?

Speechless
(Festival L 19209) August 1991

The Festival File in a new cover - another compilation LP of Peter's recordings from the 1960s.

Rarities
29th May 2004

A compilation of previously unavailable recordings released on 29th May 2004. The CD includes a tribute song to Peter written and performed by John Cartwright.

Proceeds from the sale of this CD are being donated to the Alfred Hospital Hyperbaric Unit, Melbourne, Australia. It is available by mail order from: 31 Fuller Road, Wonthaggi 3995, Victoria, Australia. For full details visit the Peter Doyle website.

Tracks: Don't Mess With Me | China Doll | Heaven Help The Poor Man | Mona Lisa | Lady You Got Me | Six Days On The Road | State Of The Heart | Jenny Do You Like | Take The Right Train | Will We Find Heaven | My Friend | Irish Eyes


Peter's First Album (album cover).

Peter Doyle
Peter's 1st Album

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.


The Real Thing (CD cover).

Australian Pop
of the 60s,
Volume 3:
The Real Thing



Age Of Consent (CD cover).

Australian Pop
of the 60s,
Volume 5:
Age Of Consent



The Breaking Point (CD cover).

Australian Pop
of the 60s,
Volume 6:
The Breaking Point



Before Birdmen Flew
Volume 1

includes Lost Girl by
Grandma's Tonic
(featuring Peter Doyle).



Buried But Not Dead (CD cover).

Buried But Not Dead
includes
Peter Doyle's
Plastic Dreams And Toy Balloons.



Devil's Children Volume 3 (CD cover).

Devil's Children
Volume 3

includes
Peter Doyle's
version of
Tweedle Dee.



Hot Generation (CD cover).

Hot Generation
includes
Peter Doyle's
High Time Baby.



Sixties Downunder, Vol. 3 (CD cover).

Sixties Downunder
Vol. 3

includes
Peter Doyle's
1965 single
Stupidity.



Sixties Downunder, Vol. 4 (CD cover).

Sixties Downunder
Vol. 4

includes the
Virgil Brother's
1968 single
Temptation
'Bout To Get Me.



Mr. Peter Doyle: A Captured Performance 1992 (DVD cover).

Peter Doyle
Mr. Peter Doyle:
A Captured
Performance 1992

(DVD cover).




Compilation Albums (LPs and CDs)

Australian Pop of the 60s, Volume 3: The Real Thing
Various Artists
(Sony Music 88 697 653972) 13th July 2010

Disc 1: Russell Morris, The Real Thing | The Purple Hearts, Of Hopes And Dreams And Tombstones | The Delltones, Hangin’ Five | |Lynne Randell, Heart | The Twilights, What’s Wrong With The Way I Live | The Executives, It’s A Happening World | Mike Furber and The Bowery Boys, Just A Poor Boy | The Love Machine, Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands | Dinah Lee, Don’t You Know Yokomo | Marty Rhone, Village Tapestry | Axiom, Arkansas Grass | Marty Kristian, I’ll Give You Love | The Seekers, A World Of Our Own | The Easybeats, Wedding Ring | Tony Worsley and The Blue Jays, Missing You | Johnny Young, Craise Finton Kirk | The Cherokees, A Woman With Soul | Ronnie Burns, Coalman | Maria Dallas, Ambush | The Groop, The Best In Africa

Disc 2: The Groove, Soothe Me | Peter Doyle, Stupidity | Pastoral Symphony, Love Machine | Jon Blanchfield, Baby, Get In The Groove | Masters Apprentices, Living In A Child’s Dream | Bobby and Laurie, High Noon | Flying Circus, Run, Run, Run | Johnny O’Keefe, She Wears My Ring | Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, My Girl Josephine | Ray Brown and The Whispers, 20 Miles | M.P.D. Ltd, (Remember) Walkin’ In The Sand | The Loved Ones, Everlovin’ Man | Johnny Farnham, Friday Kind Of Monday | Python Lee Jackson, Um, Um, Um, Um | Steve and The Board, Giggle Eyed Goo | Tony Barber, Someday | The Valentines, Knick Knack Paddy Whack | Normie Rowe, It’s Not Easy | The Questions, Sally Go ‘Round The Roses | Digger Revell and The Denvermen, My Little Rocker’s Turned Surfie


Australian Pop of the 60s, Volume 5: Age Of Consent
Various Artists
(Sony Music 88 843 053162) 15th August 2014

Disc 1: Ronnie Burns, Age Of Consent | The Delltones, Walkin' Along | Allison Durbin, Don't Come Any Closer | Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Don't Cha Know | Lynne Randell, That's A Hoe Down | Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays, Just A Little Bit | The Throb, Believe In Me | Barry Gibb & The Bee Gees, Wine And Women | Grandma's Tonic, Lost Girl | Grantley Dee, Let The Little Girl Dance | Python Lee Jackson, Hold On I'm Coming | The Pacifics, Barracuda | Johnny Devlin, Stomp The Tumberumba | Jonne Sands, Change Of Mind | Bill & Boyd, Chulu Chlulu | The Cicadas, I'll Prove It | Ross D Wyllie & The Escorts, Short Skirts | Little Pattie, Dance Puppet Dance | Marty Kristian, We Didn't Ask To Be Brought Here | The Insect, More Than I Can Say | The Iguana, Good News

Disc 2: The Easybeats, Come And See Her | Steve & The Board - Rosalyn | Peter Doyle, Plastic Dreams And Toy Balloons | Dinah Lee, Reet Petite | Tony Barber, No No No | The Seekers, The Carnival Is Over | The Strangers, Lady Scorpio | Johnny O'keefe, Ooh Poo Pah Doo Pts 1 & 2 (67 Version) | The Atlantics, The Crusher | Bobby And Laurie, You'll Come Around | Normie Rowe, Ooh La La | Nineteen 87, Engagement Party | Masters Apprentices, Brigette | Somebody's Image, Hide And Seek | The Groop, Lovin' Tree | Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys, That's When Happiness Begins | The Loved Ones, A Love Like Ours | Anne Hawker, Timothy | Ray Brown & The Whispers, (Ain't It) Strange | The Purple Hearts, You Can't Sit Down


Australian Pop of the 60s, Volume 6: The Breaking Point
Various Artists
(Sony Music 88 985 414622) 18th August 2017

Disc 1: Normie Rowe, The Breaking Point | The Cherokees, The Angels Listened In | The Dave Bridge Trio, Bondi Stomp | The Groove, What Is Soul | Johnny Young, Lady | Jon Blanchfield, She’s My Baby | The Kinetics, Excuses | New World, Try To Remember | Buddy England, Movin’ Man | Ronnie Burns, How’d We Ever Get This Way | Laurie Allen & Bobby Bright, Judy Green | Dinah Lee, I Can’t Believe What You Say | The Virgil Brothers, Here I Am | Jimmy Hannan, Beach Ball | 18th Century Quartet, Am I A Lover | Ann & Johnny Hawker, Cinderella Rockefella | The Cicadas, I Need You | Ray Brown & The Whispers, Tennessee Waltz Song | Levi Smith’s Clefs, Road Runner | Robbie Snowden, No One Really Loves A Clown | Cam-Pact, Zoom Zoom Zoom | The Imagination, Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You | Johnny O’Keefe, I Thank You | The Feel Goods, What Will It Be Like?

Disc 2: Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Mashed Potato | The Avengers, Twiddle-E-Dee | Bobby Bright, Would You Believe, Love | Bill & Boyd, Cloudy Summer Afternoon | The Strangers, Western Union | Ross D. Wyllie, Smile | The Groop, Annabelle Lee | Judy Stone, Born A Woman | Glen Ingram with The Hi-Five, Skye Boat Song | The Prilgrims Five, Barbara Allen | Peter Doyle, Speechless (The Pick Up) | Terry Dean, It's You | The Seekers, Love Is Kind, Love Is Wine | The Henchmen, Can’t You Hear Me Callin' | The Easybeats, St. Louis | The In-Sect, Let This Be A Lesson | The Bay City Union, Mo’reen | The Atlantics, War Of The Worlds | Ronnie Charles, Katy Jane | The Throb, Black | Marcie Jones, That’s The Way It Is | Tony Worsley,  Talking About You | Doug Ashdown, The Day They Freed The Noise


Australian Rock Heritage Volume 1
Various Artists
(Astor ALPS 1063)

This compilation LP includes Peter's second (and last) single for Astor, Plastic Dreams And Toy Balloons.


The Big Four
Tony Worsley / Ray Brown / Normie Rowe / Peter Doyle
(Sunshine QL 31 760) 1965

A compilation LP (mono) featuring four of Peter's recordings from the 1960s - Like I Love You, Stupidity, Speechless (The Pick Up) and Heigh Ho.

Side 1: Ray Brown & The Whispers, Fool Fool Fool, Go To Him, Woman, Sticks And Stones | Peter Doyle Speechless (The Pick Up), Stupidity, Like I Love You, Heigh Ho
Side 2: Normie Rowe & The Playboys, Que Sera Sera, Tell Him I'm Not Home | Normie Rowe, Gonna Leave This Town | Normie Rowe & The Playboys, It Ain't Necessarily So | Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays, Velvet Waters, Rock-A-Billy, Missing You, All Over You


The Big Parade
Various Artists

A compilation LP that includes Peter's second single Stupidity.

Side 1: Ray Brown & The Whispers, Fool Fool Fool | Normie Rowe, I (Who Have Nothing) | Righteous Brothers, Justine | Tony Worsley & The Bluejays, Velvet Waters | Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Poison Ivy | The Playboys, Exodus
Side 2: Peter Doyle, Stupidity | Buddy England, I've Come Of Age | We Five, You Were On My Mind | The Who, Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere | Turtles, It Ain't Me Babe


Bowlshow
Various Artists

A compilation LP featuring two of Peter's singles, Heigh-Ho and Stupidity

Side 1: Tony Worsley, Talkin' About You, I Dream Of You | Peter Doyle, Heigh-Ho, Stupidity | The Playboys, Desperado, The Mean One | Toni McCann & The Blue Jays, My Baby, No
Side 2: Normie Rowe, It Ain't Necessarily So, Gonna Leave This Town | Ricky & Tammy, Won't You Tell Me Where, Little Girl | The Blue Jays, Beat Out That Rhythm On A Drum, I'll Make You Cry Too | Marcie Jones, Quiet, I Wanna Know


Buried, But Not Dead: Aussie Rarities - The Melbourne Sound of the 60's
Various Artists
(Red Rock Music Inc.) 2001

An Aussie compilation CD covering the period 1966-71. It includes Peter's recording of Plastic Dreams and Toy Balloons, which is described in the sleeve notes as a "great single ... under rated throughout Australia."

Tracks: The Avengers, Tweedle-e-Dee | The Vibrants, I've Got To Go | Jeff Phillips, Everything I Touch Turns To Tears | The Party Machine, You've All Gotta Go | The Clik, La-De-Da | The Colours, Plenty Of Room Up Top | Buddy England, If I Never Get To Love You | The Valentines, Love Makes Sweet Music | Town Criers, Laughing Man | The Sect, St. John's Wood | Peter Doyle, Plastic Dreams and Toy Balloons | The Groop, You Gotta Live Love | Perfection, Pretty Girl | The Iguana, Good News | Motion, Nice Girl | Marcie Jones, That's The Way It Is | The Procession, One Day in Every Week | The Dream, Who Could Be Lovin' You | Norman Willison, Please Do Something | The Cherokees, Sally


Devil's Children Volume 3
Various Artists
(Rum & Beer Records Pty. Limited for Moonshine Records)

This limited edition Australian CD contains 32 tracks, among them recordings by Colin Cook, the Mixtures and the Wild Colonials. One of the highlights of the CD is Peter Doyle's version of Tweedle Dee. Originally recorded by Laverne Baker in 1955, Tweedle Dee became a UK hit for Little Jimmy Osmond in 1973. Peter's version of the song, which is described in the sleeve notes by Gordon B. Finkley as "punkish," couldn't be more different.

Tracks: Psychedelia | Robbie Steele, Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice | RJSS, She's So Good To Me | Little Gulliver & The Children, I Apologise | Blues Rags 'n' Hollers, Got Love If You Want It | Blue Beats, Dr. Feelgood | Bobby & Laurie, Fallin' | Vikings, Down The Road Apiece | Groop, Bury My Body | Morluch, Hit The Road, Jack | Peter Doyle, Tweedle Dee | Others, Dancing Girl | ID, Watch Out | Johnny K, I'm Mad | Showmen, Too Much Monkey Business | Laurie Wade's Cavaliers, Say Hey | Colin Buckley, Little Egypt | Wild Colonials, Ain't That Lovin' You Baby | Purple Hearts, Louie Louie | Mixtures, Koko Joe | Blues Syndicate, Baby Please Don't Go | Pacifics, Lost My Baby | Bitter Lemons, Canberra Blues | Syssys, Jump Back | Hergs, Cadillac | Richard Wright Group, Miss Hargraves | Feelgoods, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl | Toni McCann, If You Don't Come Back | Colin Cook, I Ain't Got You | Ward Austin & Python Lee Jackson, Who Do You Love | Elois, I'm A Man | Junior, Newsgirl


Festival "All Star" Parade
Various Artists

A compilation LP featuring a mix of home-grown talent from Australia and artists from abroad.

Side 1: The Who, My Generation | Tony Barber, Someday | Len Barry, Like A Baby | Herb Alpert's The Tijuana Brass, Tijuana Taxi | Young Rascals, I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore | Ray Brown & The Whispers, Tennesee Waltz
Side 2: Tony Worsley, Something's Got A Hold On Me | Chris Montez, Call Me | Peter Doyle, The Great Pretender | Spencer Davis Group, Keep On Running | Sonny & Cher, What Now My Love | Normie Rowe, The Breaking Point


Hot Generation
Various Artists
(CDWIKD216) 5th August 2002

A compilation CD of Australian rock from the mid-1960s. Among the 30 tracks is one by Peter Doyle, which the sleeve notes describe as "an amazing fuzz-filled version of the Spencer Davis Group's High Time Baby complete with divebombing bass runs and a desperate vocal." Pat Aulton describes Peter as "a very gifted and natural singer with a lot of humility and charm."

Tracks: The Sunsets, The Hot Generation | The Soul Agents, I'm Still Mad At You | Tony Worsley, How Can It Be | Johnny Young, Good Evening Girl | Marty Rhone, Every Minute Of You | Steve & The Board, I Call My Woman Hinges 'Cause She's Something To Adore | Russ Kruger, Keep Me Satisfied | Robbie Peters, She Does Everything For Me | Toni McCann & The Blue Jays, No | The Purple Hearts, I'm Gonna Try | The Showmen, Naughty Girl | Jeff St. John & The ID, Watch Out | Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays, All Over You | The Black Diamonds, See The Way | Ray Brown & The Whispers, Go To Him | The Pogs, The Pogs' Theme | The Morloch, I'm Feelin' Sad | Steve & The Board, I Want | The Lost Souls, Peace Of Mind | Toni McCann & The Blue Jays, Saturday Date | The Fabulous Blue Jays, I'll Make You Cry Too | The Southern Gentlemen, Leave Myself To Me | Normie Rowe & The Playboys, With Me | Ray Brown & The Whispers, Ain't It Strange | Tony Cole, Beat It! | Greg Anderson, I Feel Good | Tony Barber, No More Moanin' | The Black Diamonds, Not This Time | Peter Doyle, High Time Baby | The Dave Miller Set, Why Why Why


Oz Rock Classics
Various Artists

Another compilation LP featuring Plastic Dreams And Toy Balloons.


Sixties Downunder, Vol. 3
Various Artists
(Raven Records RVCD 81) 1998

A compilation CD featuring Peter's 1965 single Stupidity.

Tracks: The Easybeats, She's So Fine | Bobby & Laurie, Someone | Peter Doyle & The Phantoms, Stupidity | M.P.D. Limited, Little Boy Sad | The Cicadas, That's What I Want | The Changing Times, Mary Lou | Bobby & Laurie, Judy Green | The Easybeats, Wedding Ring | Normie Rowe, The Breaking Point | Ray Brown & The Whispers, Ain't It Strange | The Allusions, Gypsy Woman | The Purple Hearts, I'm Gonna Try | The Throb, Black | The Running Jumping Standing Still, Diddy Wah Diddy | Phil Jones & The Unknown Blues, If I Had A Ticket | La De Das, Hey Baby | The Twilights, What's Wrong With The Way I Live? | Larry's Rebels, Painter Man | The Wild Cherries, Krome Plated Yabby | James Taylor Move, Magic Eyes | The Playboys, Sad | Procession, Listen | Somebody's Image, Hide And Seek | Terry Britten, 2,000 Weeks | Doug Parkinson In Focus, Dear Prudence | The Master's Apprentices, 5.10 Man | Dave Miller Set, Mr. Guy Fawkes | Russell Morris, The Real Thing


Sunshine All Star Spectacular
Various Artists

This compilation LP includes two tracks from Peter's début album, High Time Baby and Lovey Dovey.

Side 1:
Normie Rowe & The Playboys, Too Bad You Don't Want Me | The Five, I'll Be There | Peter Doyle, High Time Baby | The Purple Hearts, Of Hopes and Dreams and Tombstones | Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays, All Over You | Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys, Just A Poor Boy | The Librettos, She's A Go-Go | The Playboys, Theme From Dr. No
Side 2:
Normie Rowe & The Playboys, Unchain My Heart | The Five, How Can She Know | Peter Doyle, Lovey Dovey | Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays, I Don't Need Nobody | Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys, Mail Man, Bring Me No More Blues | The Librettos, I Cry | The Playboys, Adventures In Paradise | The House Of Nimrod, Slightly Delic


10 Years Of Hits
Various Artists
(Festival)

A compilation LP that includes Peter's version of The Great Pretender.


DVD

Mr. Peter Doyle: A Captured Performance 1992
(P.D.C. Productions) 2011

A 'pub' gig filmed by Paul Cross featuring Peter Doyle and Colin Buckley performing live at the North Star Hotel in North Melbourne on 13th December 1992.

"I always found Peter to be very humble, and a gentleman... He took pride in getting something as good as he could but never took his talent for granted, always gave 100%, and would say to me 'How did it sound?'... I never saw Peter angry, or frustrated, no matter how average the gig was or the venue... always friendly, happy, easy going, and this is the story I hear from everyone who knew him." Paul Cross

DVD 1: Highlights featuring Peter Doyle on lead vocal
Tracks: Oh! Carol (Neil Sedaka / Howard Greenfield) | A Mess Of Blues (Doc Pomus / Mort Shuman) | Runaway (Max Crook / Del Shannon) | Teddy Bear (Bernie Lowe / Kal Mann) | Stuck On You (Leslie McFarland) | Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (Dan Penn / Chips Moman) | Mona Lisa (Ray Evans / Jay Livingston) | Achy Breaky Heart (Don VonTress) | Suspicious Minds (Mark James) | One Night (Pearl King / Dave Bartholomew) | You Shouldn't Have Left (Joe Josea / Riley King) | I've Got News For You (Ray Alfred / Roy Alfred)

DVD 2: Full show
Tracks: Oh! Carol (Neil Sedaka / Howard Greenfield) | 634-5789 (Soulsville, USA) (Eddie Floyd / Steve Cropper) | A Mess Of Blues (Doc Pomus / Mort Shuman) | Running Scared (Joe Melson / Roy Orbison) | Runaway (Max Crook / Del Shannon) | In The Midnight Hour (Steve Cropper / Wilson Pickett) | Teddy Bear (Bernie Lowe / Kal Mann) | Neutron Dance (Danny Sembello / Allee Willis) | Stuck On You (Leslie McFarland) | Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (Dan Penn / Chips Moman) | The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson) | Mona Lisa (Ray Evans / Jay Livingston) | Achy Breaky Heart (Don VonTress) | Suspicious Minds (Mark James) | One Night (Pearl King / Dave Bartholomew) | Great Balls Of Fire (Otis Blackwell / Jack Hammer) | You Shouldn't Have Left (Joe Josea / Riley King) | I've Got News For You (Ray Alfred / Roy Alfred)



Peter Doyle, 1992.

Top. Up. Down. Bottom.


Temptation 'Bout to Get Me (single cover).

Virgil Brother's
Temptation 'Bout To Get Me / Look Away.
(single cover).



100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The '60s (CD cover).

100 Greatest
Australian Singles
Of The '60s

(CD cover).




Grandma's Tonic

Grandma's Tonic was a Melbourne-based band. The original line-up of Ray Houston (bass), Bob Johnson (drums),Paul Shannon (vocals and bass) and Dennis Whitehead (guitar) released two singles in 1966 and 1967. The band worked closely with Peter Doyle and backed him on his 1967 hit Plastic Dreams And Toy Balloons.

Singles

Hi Hi Hazel
/ Johnny The Hummer
(Astor A-7072) October 1966
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 95

I Know
/ Lost Girl
(Astor A-7074) April 1967


Compilation Albums

Before The Birdmen Flew, Volume 1

Various Artists

An Australian compilation LP featuring 16 tracks from the psychedelic era including Lost Girl by Grandma's Tonic.

Side 1: Elois, By My Side | Black Diamonds, I Want, Need, Love You | Moods, Rum Drunk | Purple Hearts, I'm Gonna Try | Sunsets, I Want Love | Thane Russal, I Need You | The Pogs, The Pogs' Theme | Morloch, Every Night

Side 2: La De Da's, Little Girl | Vacant Lot, Leaving Here | Grandma's Tonic, Lost Girl | Donnie Sutherland & The Titans, No Cheatin' | Jackson Kings, Watch Your Step | Steve & The Board, Rosalyn | Pink Finks, You're Good For Me | D-Coys, You're Against

Lost Tonic: 24 rare Sixties Tracks OZ STYLE
(Red Rock Music Inc.)

A compilation CD featuring two tracks by Grandma's Tonic - Lost Girl and Johnny The Hunter.

Ugly Things #2
Various Artists
(Raven RVLP-13)

Another compilation album featuring Lost Girl by Grandma's Tonic.


Virgil Brothers

Singles

Temptation 'Bout To Get Me
/ I See Her Face
(Parlophone A-8390) June 1968
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 30
The Book: Top 40 Research highest chart position: 46
Go-Set Australian National Charts highest chart position: 26 / weeks on chart: 7 weeks

Temptation 'Bout To Get Me / Look Away
(Parlophone R-5787 / Rare Earth R 5006) 1968

Here I Am / Shake Me, Wake Me
(Parlophone A-8470) September 1968
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 63
The Book: Top 40 Research highest chart position: 59

When You Walk Away / Good Love
(Parlophone A-8886 / R-5802) September 1969
AMR (Australian Music Report) highest chart position: 87
The Book: Top 40 Research highest chart position: 60

Compilation Albums

Fairytales Can Come True

Various Artists
(Forced Exposure)

A compilation CD featuring the Virgil Brothers' track Look Away.

Tracks: The Pyramid, Summer Of Last Year | Los Bravos, Bring A Little Lovin' | Fred Lloyd, You Kissed Him | Lomax Alliance, See The People | Barry Benson, Cousin Jane | Dreams, Boy Needs A Girl, A | Grisbydyke, Mary Ann She | San Francisco Earthquake, Fairy Tales Can Come True | Gallagher & Lyle, Trees | Searchers, Umbrella Man | Dave Christie, Penelope Breedlove | Promise, Nine To Five | Peppermint Circus, Keeping My Head Above Water | Virgil Brothers, Look Away | Snappers, Upside Down Inside Out | Katch 22, Pumpkin Mini | Brian Connell & The Roundsound, Just Another Wedding Day | The Darlings, Saturday Town | Hedgehoppers Anonymous, Daytime | Roulettes, Help Me To Help Myself

Kicks
Various Artists
(Raven RVLP-12) 1984

A compilation LP featuring the Virgil Brothers' single Temptation 'Bout To Get Me.

Side 1: The Librettos, Kicks | Pastoral Symphony, Love Machine | Somebody's Image, Hide & Seek | Nineteen 87, Engagement Party | The News, S.O.S. (Stop Her On Sight) | The Executives, Bad Reputation | The D-Coys, You're Against | Town Criers, Everlasting Love | The Strangers, Western Union / Coke Ad

Side 2: Procession, One Day In Every Week | The Virgil Brothers, Temptation's 'Bout To Get Me | Ronnie Charles, Katy Jane | The Iguana, California My Way | The Avengers, Tweedle Dee | Wickedy Wak, Billy's Bikie Boys | The Playboys, Sad | The Brigade, As A Boy | The Black Diamonds, Not This Time | The Familiars, Go Go Hula Hoop

100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The '60s
Various Artists
(Warner Music Australia FEST601041) 23rd October 2015

A 4-CD compliation featuring 100 hits from the 1960s, among them Temptation 'Bout To Get Me. The compilation was released to coincide with a new book of the same name by David ’Doctor Pepper’ Pepperell and Colin Talbot.

CD 1: Zoot, 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 | Rob E.G., 55 Days At Peking | Terry Britten, 2,000 Weeks | Judy Stone, 4,003,221 Tears From Now | The Procession, Anthem | Axiom, Arkansas Grass | The Seekers, A World Of Our Own | Merv Benton, Baby, Let's Play House | The Twilights, Bad Boy | Noeleen Batley, Barefoot Boy | Jeff St. John & The Id, Big Time Operator | The Atlantics, Bombora | Digger Revell, I'm Building Castles In The Air | The Iguana, California My Way | Lynne Randell, Ciao Baby | Ronnie Burns, Coalman | The Easybeats, Come And See Her | Doug Parkinson In Focus, Dear Prudence | The Running Jumping Standing Still, Diddy Wah Diddy | The Purple Hearts, Early In The Morning | The Master's Apprentices, Elevator Driver | The Town Criers, Everlasting Love | The Loved Ones, Everlovin' Man | Ronnie Burns, Exit Stage Right | Johnny Cooper, Farmer John

CD 2: Ray Brown & Whispers, Fool, Fool, Fool | The Easybeats, For My Woman | The Throb, Fortune Teller | The Easybeats, Friday On My Mind | The Seekers, Georgy Girl | The Delltones, Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands | Steve & The Board, Giggle Eyed Goo | The Delltones, Hangin' Five | Frankie Davidson, Have You Ever Been To See Kings Cross? | The Flying Circus, Hayride | Little Pattie, He's My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy | Somebody's Image, Hide & Seek | Somebody's Image, Hush | Bobby & Laurie, I Belong With You | Phil Jones & Unknown Blues, If I Had A Ticket | Lonnie Lee, I Found A New Love | Blues Rags'n'Hollers, I Just Wanna Make Love To You | The Seekers, I'll Never Find Another You | The Cam-Pact, I'm Your Puppet | Frank Ifield, I Remember You | Normie Rowe & The Playboys, It Ain't Necessarily So | Lionel Ros, I Thank You | Normie Rowe, It's Not Easy | Lucky Starr, I've Been Everywhere | The Wild Cherries, Krome Plated Yabbie

CD 3: Johnny Ashcroft, Little Boy Lost | M.P.D Limited, Little Boy Sad | The Master's Apprentices, Living In A Child's Dream | The Pink Finks, Louie Louie | Pastoral Symphony, Love Machine | James Taylor Move, Magic Eyes | Betty McQuade, Midnight Bus | The Cherokees, Minnie The Moocher | Johnny O'Keefe, Move Baby Move | Buddy England, Movin' Man | The Valentines, My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man | The Twilights, Needle In A Haystack | The Purple Hearts, Of Hopes And Dreams And Tombstones | The Cherokees, Oh, Monah | Normie Rowe, Ooh La La | Johnny Farnham, One | Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Over The Rainbow | Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Poison Ivy | Ray Brown & The Whispers, Pride | Normie Rowe & The Playboys, Que Sera Sera | 18th Century Quartet, Rachael | Jimmy Little, Royal Telephone | Johnny Farnham, Sadie The Cleaning Lady | Normie Rowe & The Playboys, Shakin' All Over | The Easybeats, She's So Fine

CD 4: Johnny O'Keefe, Sing | Ronnie Burns, Smiley | Tony Barber, Someday | The Vibrants, Something About You, Baby | The Groove, Soothe Me | The News, S.O.S. (Stop Her On Sight) | Bee Gees, Spicks & Specks | Johnny Young, Step Back | The Denvermen, Surfside | The Virgil Brothers, Temptation 'Bout To Get Me | The Seekers, The Carnival Is Over | The Loved Ones, The Loved One | Russell Morris, The Real Thing | Ross D. Wylie, The Star | Python Lee Jackson, Um, Um, Um | The Master's Apprentices, Undecided | Tony Worsley, Velvet Waters | The Easybeats, Wedding Ring | Bev Harrell, What Am I Doing Here With You? | The Twilights, What's Wrong With The Way I Live? | The Thunderbirds, Wild Weekend | The Groop, Woman You're Breaking Me | The Missing Links, You're Driving Me Insane | Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys, You Stole My Love | The Party Machine, You've All Got To Go

Sixties Downunder, Vol. 4
Various Artists
(Raven Records RVCD 82) 2000

A compilation CD which also features the single Temptation 'Bout To Get Me.

Tracks: Dinah Lee, Don't You Know Yokomo | Merv Benton & The Tamlas, Yield Not To Temptation | M.P.D. Limited, Lonely Boy | Grantley Dee, Let The Little Girl Dance | Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Over The Rainbow | Bev Harrell, What Am I Doing Here With You? | Johnny Young & Kompany, Step Back | The Easybeats, Come And See Her | Bobby & Laurie, Hitchhiker | Normie Rowe, Ooh La La | The Executives, My Aim Is To Please You | The Cherokees, Minnie The Moocher | The Loved Ones, Sad Dark Eyes | The Twilights, Young Girl | The Groove, Simon Says | The Iguana, California, My Way | The Virgil Brothers, Temptation's 'Bout To Get Me | Pastoral Symphony, Love Machine | The Strangers, Happy Without You | Ronnie Burns, Age Of Consent | The Zoot, 1x2x3x4 | New Dream, Groupie | The Flying Circus, Hayride | Russell Morris, The Girl That I Love | Ronnie Charles, Katy Jane | The Easybeats, St. Louis | Axiom, Arkansas Grass | King Fox, Unforgotten Dreams


Laceybuttonpoppers

Single

Jungle Ted and the Laceybuttonpoppers
/ It's Possible With Bert The Bear
(EMI 2213) 1974


The Video Kids

Album

You're Never Too Young To Dance
(ECCR VK001) 1981

A dance album aimed at children featuring five characters - CB, Cutic, Pink, Toots and Holly Day - each of whom represents a different musical style.

Musicians playing on the album included Peter Doyle, Herbie Flowers, Davey Jones and Frank Ricotti.

Side 1: Jimmy T and Ricky D, Everybody Boogie! | Jimmy T, Happy Birthday | Peter Doyle, Space Talkin´ | Bob Saker, Let´s Have A Party | Davey Jones, Can You Whistle? | Mark Middler, Together
Side 2: Jimmy T and Ricky D, C´Mon ´n´ Clap! | Jimmy T and Ricky D, Never Too Young To Dance | Peter Doyle, We´re Havin´A Party | All The Gang, Fairytale Medley


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Fans' Favourites


On 28th July 2005 Peter Doyle would have been 56 years old. To mark the occasion, the Peter Doyle website invited fans to choose up to fifteen favourite tracks from any of Peter's recordings.  T
o see the results of the poll, visit the Peter Doyle website.

As part of our tribute to Peter Doyle in 2001, we asked visitors to the Lyn Paul website to name their five favourite songs by Peter Doyle - songs which were either written by Peter or songs featuring him on lead vocal. By May 2002, when the poll closed, the fans' favourites were:

  1. I Can Say You're Beautiful
  2. Goin' Back
  3. Unwithered Rose
  4. Rusty Hands Of Time
  5. Lay Me Down /
  6. (joint) Reap What You Sow /
    Sweet Louise

  7. Child Of Mine
  8. (joint) And So In Life /
    Beg, Steal Or Borrow /
    Blowin' In The Wind /

  9. Circles
  10. One
  11. (joint) Blackberry Way /
    Move Me Lord

  12. (joint) Boom Town /
    Dance, Dance, Dance /
    Friend Of Jesus /
    I'll Be Your Song /
    Sailor Man

  13. Somebody Somewhere
  14. (joint) Cincinnati /
    Friday On My Mind /
    When I Was Small

  15. (joint) Pinball Wizard / See Me, Feel Me /
    Rocky Lady /
    Songs Of Praise


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Encyclopedia Of Australian Rock And Pop (book cover).

Encyclopedia Of
Australian
Rock and Pop



Who's Who of Australian Rock (book cover).

Who's Who Of
Australian Rock!


Further Reading


For more information about Peter Doyle try the following books and newspaper articles.

Australian Chart Book 1940-1969
David Kent
ISBN: 0 646 44439 5

Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares from Far Away Lands: Canadian, Australasian and Latin American Rock and Pop, 1963-75
Vernon Joynson
ISBN: 1 899855 10 6

The Encyclopedia Of Australian Rock and Pop
Ian McFarlane
ISBN: 1 86508 072 1 (hardback) / 1 86449 768 2 (paperback)

Peter Doyle biography, page 181.

Knocking On Heaven's Door
Nick Talevski
ISBN: 1 84609 091 1 / ISBN 13: 978 1 84609 091 2 (paperback)

Peter Doyle obituary, page 142.

Number One In Heaven
Jeremy Simmonds
ISBN: 0 141 02287 6 / ISBN 13: 978 0 141 02287 1 (paperback)

Peter Doyle obituary, page 456.

100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The '60s
David N. Pepperell and Colin Talbot
ISBN 13: 978 1 922129 52 9 (hardback)

Includes commentary on Temptation 'Bout To Get Me (page 178) with a photo of the Virgil Brothers on the facing page.

Who's Who Of Australian Rock!
5th edition
Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara and Paul McHenry
ISBN: 1 86503 891 1

Peter Doyle discography, page 111.
Virgil Brothers discography, page 426.


Australia is hiding one of the most talented young singers of today
Go-Set, Wednesday, 20th March 1968, page 6.
A collection of comments about Peter from Australian television and music industry professionals, among them Mac Irvine, producer of Swallows Juniors; Brian Naylor, compère of Sallows Juniors; Bill Duff, from Festival Records; Ronnie Burns; Johnny Farnham; David Joseph; Malcolm McGee; Stan Rofe; Rod Stone and Brian Peacock.

Hit Single: Temptation's 'Bout To Get Me
Go-Set, Vol. 3 No. 24, Wednesday, 12th June 1968, pages 10-11.
A record review (page 10) and a full-page advert for Temptation 'Bout To Get Me (page 11).

Peter Doyle, seeking the real thing
Disc, 5th February 1972, pages 10-11.

A New Seeker discovers a hot lick
Beat Instrumental, Issue 115, December 1972, page 50.

Peter Doyle: out of the pop world into music
Disc, 19th May 1973, page 11.

Peter's seeking a come-back
by Jan Iles
Record Mirror & Disc, 7th August 1976.

Titbits, 7th October 1976

Video Kids débuts Album With Five Musical Styles
by Peter Jones
Billboard, Vol. 93, No. 41, 17th October 1981, page 64.

Obituaries: Peter Doyle
The Times, 17th October 2001, page 19.

Obituaries: Peter Doyle
by Spencer Leigh
Independent (Thursday Review), 18th October 2001, page 6.

Obituary of Peter Doyle, singer and lyricist who performed with the New Seekers at their height but later tired of pop-stardom
Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2001, page 23.

Obituary: New Seekers singer dies, 52
Birmingham Evening Mail, 22nd October 2001, page 40.

New Seeker found joy in obscurity
by Larry Schwartz
Melbourne Age, 28th October 2001.

New Seeker Doyle dies
by Steve Liddle
Record Buyer and Music Collector, December 2001, page 27.

Peter Doyle 1949-2001
by Steve Liddle
EuroSong News No. 77, February 2002, page 29.

New Seekers drug secret is revealed
Daily Express, 28th November 2005


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YouTube






Baby I Need
Your Loving
,
The Virgil Brothers




Temptation
'Bout To Get Me
,
The Virgil Brothers



Peter Doyle.

Shout /
Johnny B. Goode /
What'd I Say
,
Peter Doyle
with Australian
rock 'n' roll stars
of the 1960s.


Peter Doyle on stage with the Ram Band.

I Think I Love You
Too Much
,
Ram Band featuring
Peter Doyle (lead vocal)
Living Legends Live
at the
The Palace, St.Kilda,
Melbourne,
May 1992.


Peter Doyle on stage with the Ram Band.

Honey
What's Wrong With You
,
Ram Band featuring
Peter Doyle (lead vocal)
Living Legends Live
at the
The Palace, St.Kilda,
Melbourne,
May 1992.


Peter Doyle on stage with the Ram Band.

Gloria
Ram Band featuring
Peter Doyle (bass guitar)
Living Legends Live
at the
The Palace, St.Kilda,
Melbourne,
May 1992.


Peter Doyle on stage with the Ram Band.

Promised Land,
Ram Band featuring
Peter Doyle (bass guitar)
Living Legends Live
at the
The Palace, St.Kilda,
Melbourne,
May 1992.


Peter Doyle on stage with the Ram Band.

Walking The Dog,
Ram Band featuring
Peter Doyle (bass guitar / vocal)
Living Legends Live
at the
The Palace, St.Kilda,
Melbourne,
May 1992.


Peter Doyle.

One Night,
Peter Doyle

Live at the
North Star Hotel,
Yarraville,
13th December 1992.


Peter Doyle.

Do Right Woman,
Do Right Man
,
Peter Doyle
Live at the
North Star Hotel,
Yarraville,
13th December 1992.


Peter Doyle.

Achy Breaky Heart,
Peter Doyle with Trilogy

Live at the
Commercial Hotel,
20th March 1993.



Peter Doyle.

Dear One,
Peter Doyle with Trilogy

Live at the
Commercial Hotel,
20th March 1993.



Peter Doyle.

I'm Down,
Peter Doyle with Trilogy

Live at the
Commercial Hotel,
20th March 1993.



Peter Doyle.

Mess Of Blues,
Peter Doyle with Trilogy

Live at th
Commercial Hotel,
20th March 1993.


Peter Doyle.

Purple
People Eater
,
Peter Doyle with Trilogy

Live at the
Commercial Hotel,
20th March 1993.


Peter Doyle.

You've Lost|
That Lovin' Feelin'
,
Peter Doyle with Trilogy

Live at the
Commercial Hotel,
20th March 1993.


Peter Doyle on stage.

Shadows Medley /
You've Lost
That Lovin' Feelin' /
I'm Walking
,
Peter Doyle
with Ray Davies
and Clive Geech
performing on New Year's Eve, 31st December 1994.


Peter Doyle with Trilogy featured:
Peter Doyle, lead guitar; John Cartwright, bass; Ronnie Davenport, drums; Billy Pearce, guitar.

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Song By Song

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Fan Clubs
Television
Top Of The Pops
Videos / DVDs


Biographies

Vivien Banks
Chris Barrington
Peter Doyle
Brian Engel
Danny Finn
Mick Flinn
Eve Graham
Sally Graham
Mark Hankins
Laurie Heath

Vikki James
Donna Jones
Nicola Kerr
Marty Kristian
Paul Layton
Peter Oliver
Keith Potger
Kathy Ann Rae
Francine Rees
Caitriona Walsh




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