Australian charts: 1969
My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man peaked at no 23 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in August 1969.
The band was formed in late 1966 with the amalgamation of Perth groups The Spektors and The Winstons. They capitalised on the success of both the former bands, plus the interest created by having two lead singers in Bon Scott and Vince Lovegrove.
In late 1967, The Valentines moved to Melbourne in search of greater success, and soon toured other major cities. With a development towards the popular Bubblegum sound late in 1968, the band became more in demand, particularly among teenage girls. However, as the fashion for bubblegum music wore off, The Valentines struggled to retain their musical credibility despite a turn towards rock music. They decided to disband amicably in August 1970.
In 1967 The Valentines went to the national finals of Hoadleys’ Battle of the Sounds in Melbourne (The Groop won) and moved there later in the year. They eventually became national teenybopper idols after the success of My Old Man’s A Groovy Old Man, written by Harry Vanda and George Young. In a similar vein, Nick Nack Paddy Wack followed later in 1969.
The band featured notable co-lead vocalists: Bon Scott, later famous as AC/DC’s lead singer from 1974, and Vince Lovegrove, journalist, TV presenter, booking agent and film maker.
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