and groups associated with Peter Doyle and the songs he
performed as well as other artists and groups mentioned on the site.
in italics lead to links lists on this page or other information
on the site,
all other links are to external sites.
Safka's - half-hearted attempts to follow an acting
career one day led her into the office of a music publisher whilst
she was trying to find an address to attend an acting audition. Instead,
she found herself invited to give a singing audition which led to
the start of her musical career and an introduction to Peter Schekeryk,
the man who was to become both a key player in her musical future
and her husband. Early successes for Melanie both as a writer
and performer included Ruby Tuesday, Brand New Key and three
songs also recorded by the New Seekers Beautiful
Have They Done to My Song Ma and Nickel
Space Age Pop Website
(with Bendall): Out On the Edge of Beyond
J. Schwartz -
(with P. Yellowstone): Feeling
Schwartz also at Music
Schwartz - songwriter: Day
Joe E. Scott
- songwriter: Like
I Love You
Scott at Elvis Australia - songwriter: Tweedlee Dee
at Glitter Boots and Platform Boots - cowriter (with Mike Leander): One By One
- cowriter (with Walters):
Sedaka - songwriter: Plastic Dreams & Toy Balloons
- were a highly successful folksy Australian group who saw international
success. After the group split, original member Keith Potger
got together with David Joseph and formed the New Seekers, the rest,
as they say is history! The New Seekers incorporated very few
of the Seekers songs in their repertoire and even when they did, Blowin'
in the Wind was given a very different treatment and Georgy
Girl was combined with the Beatles' Ticket to Ride.
- songwriter: When I Was Small
Shepherd - Musical Arranger on early New Seeker recordings
had a hit with Everybody Loves a Lover four years after Doris
Day's hit and four years before Peter recorded it. A four-girl
group, the Shirelles began their singing career in 1958 and though
no longer together, some of them are still singing under that name.
Simon - songwriter: Mrs Robinson
Spencer at Wikipedia (see also Alan
Sessions musician for the New Seekers, coproducer and performer
on Peter Doyle's RCA recordings and cowrote: For You We Sing,
Harlem Dream and My Shangri-la.
Pratt's Webpage - cowriter (with Jim Dale)
- Georgy Girl
Room Only -
an Australian group Peter worked
with briefly in 1981
Stevens - songwriter: Changes IV and arranger
of Morning Has Broken
at Bite My Foot
Cellar - songwriter: Friend of Jesus
Stokes - vocalist: Skin Deep LP
Gary Sulsh -
cowriter (with Stuart Leathwood: Good Old Fashioned Music
long and distinguished career started in local bands in Adelaide,
eventually joining James Taylor Move whose line-up also included Trevor
Spencer and Kevin Peek. Later, the three worked together again
as the Kevin Peek Trio, moving to the UK where Terry Britten joined
their line-up and they changed their name to Quartet. Quartet
were employed as sessions artists for a whole catalogue of artists
including the New Seekers, Cliff Richard and Olivia Newton John as
well as backing various acts on stage. Alan also spent a few years
with the Shadows in the mid 70's. Often, but not exclusively,
working in partnership with old mate Trevor Spencer,
with whom he made 3 albums in the late 70s.
Alan's credits also include writer and producer and in this capacity
as well as that of musicians, Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer co-produced
Peter Doyle's RCA recordings as well as providing songs for and performing
on them. They were cowriters on For You We Sing, Harlem
Dream and My Shangri-la and additionally Alan Tarney
wrote We Believe in Lovin' (also known as Take the Right
- Angel of the Morning
is only one of a number of classics credited to Chip Taylor.
Others include Wild Thing and Anyway That You Want Me
both hits in the UK for The Troggs and The Hollies hit I Can't
Let Go. The younger brother of John Voight, Chip (born
James Wesley Voight) followed his father footsteps into the world
of professional golf until an injury sparked a career change into
the music business. Chip was both songwriter and performer but
turned his back on music in the 80's to become a professional gambler.
He returned to the world of music in 1993 as part of a songwriter's
tour and found the inspiration to resume writing, performing and recording.
He is currently recording and touring with Carrie Rodriguez a young
lady whose talent compliments Chip's perfectly.
Taylor's self-titled first album was also the first one released
on the Beatles' Apple label in 1969 but it was his second
album Sweet Baby James realeased in the following year on
Warner which gave him a real claim to fame when it became
a multi-platinum best seller. His single releases include his
hit version of the Carole King song
You've Got a Friend. In 1972 he married Carly Simon and they released
a few albums together, but they divorced in the early 80s with Taylor's
increasingly punishing touring schedule and drug habit taking the
blame. His recording career also suffered in the 80s but James
Taylor continued to tour extensively and his recording career picked
up again. He continues to record and perform live and is now considered
to be an elder stateman among the classic singer songwriters.
at Wikipedia - creator: Free to Be You and Me
Thompson - Songwriter: No Man's Land
Tontoh at Modern Ghana and at Musician's Olympus - musician: Skin Deep LP
Townsend - songwriter: Pinball Wizard/See Me Feel
- in the
same period Peter and John Cartwright were performing as a duo,
they also worked with drummer-vocalist Billy Pearce under the name
- cowriter with Gretchen Christopher & Barbara Ellis (The
Come Softly To Me
(Doris Payne) Soulful
Kinda Music and Spectropop
Tribute - cowriter
(with Greg Carroll): Watcha Gonna Do About It.
at the Country
Music Hall of Fame - songwriter: Speechless (The Pickup).
Undertakers at 45rpm
British Beat Boom
One of the Merseyside groups to emerge in the early 60s and, who,
like the Beatles honed their skills in Germany at Hamburg's Star
Club, the Undertakers performed together professionally from
1962 to 1964. The group were originally called Bob's Vegas
Five, but following an error advertising a gig in a local paper
they were billed as the Undertakers and decided to adopt the name
for the night. They went out on stage in black tee shirts
and started their show with a few bars of the Death March.
It went down a storm with the audience and so they adopted
the name and image permanently. Their live performances far
outshine their recording career and following a move to America,
the group split up. Their recordings included Everybody Loves
a Lover and Stupidity, both songs were also recorded
by Peter Doyle.
- cowriter (with George Young): Friday on my Mind
(with Sebo): Good
at mann/weil.com - cowriter
(with Barry Mann): Holy Rolling
- cowriter (with Wilkins): Here I Am
Geoff Whitehorn at Procul Harum - musician: Skin Deep LP
Whitman's professional singing career started half a century
ago whilst he was still a mail man, though he had sung for the church
choir as a boy and whilst serving in the US navy during the Second
World War. Known as much for his yodelling as singing, Slim's
career quickly went from strength to strength, he quickly became an
international star, particularly in the UK and Australia and though
passed his 80th birthday he still performs for the public. Slim's
first recording contract was with RCA-Victor and it was one of his
records, China Doll which
was to give Peter Doyle the demo which secured his contract with RCA.
In 1956 Slim Whitman became the first country artist to top
the bill at the London Palladium, a venue where the New Seekers also
topped the bill around 15 years later.
- cowriter (with Weiss):
Here I Am.
Williams - at the Songwriters'
Hall Of Fame
Songwriter: Just An Old Fashioned Love Song and Perfect
Love and co-writer of Brand
New Song with Jeff Barry.
cowriter (with Spencer Davies & Steve Winwood): High Time
Spencer Davies & Muff Winwood): High Time
Steve Wolfe -
cowriter (with Tony Cole & Graeme Hall): Beg,
Steal or Borrow
Wood at Wikipedia - Co-founder and founder of The Move,
ELO, Wizzard and so much more, multi-talented musician, singer
and songwriter, Roy Wood's
compositions include Blackberry
Way, Songs of Praise and Tonight
- former member of the Seekers. Songwriter of Eighteen Carat
Friend and co-writer of Anything
You Might Say with Hans Poulsen
Yates - vocalist: Skin Deep LP.
(with J Schwartz): Feeling
- cowriter (with Rob Lovett):
I See Her Face
Young at the Milarus
Friday On My Mind
Songwriter: Dance, Dance,