My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man: THE VALENTINES

Australian singles chart:
My Old Man’s a Groovy Old Man entered the Kent charts on 10 May 1969 and peaked at #22.

Harry Vanda, George Young

June Productions

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The Valentines on ABC TV’s Hit Scene including Dick Williams chatting with Vince (poor quality video and audio).

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.
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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 of Fraternity then AC/DC, and Vince Lovegrove, journalist, TV presenter, booking agent and film maker.
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