Australian singles charts:
She’s My Baby first entered the Kent charts on 9 January 1960 and was a #1 hit.
A re-issue entered the Kent charts on 30 August 1969 and peaked at #12.
The song was #13 on the Top 100 of 1960, and was #89 on the Top 100 of 1969.
Earl Finch, Graham Turnbull, Tom Moffatt
Record label of Australian release:
Broadly speaking, the so-called ‘first wave’ of Australian rock and pop music in the ’50s and early ’60s stayed fairly close to its American roots. But there were some notable exceptions. Leading the charge in the late ’50s was Aussie rock’n’roll pioneer Johnny O’Keefe. Inspired by the original rockers like Elvis Presley and Little Richard, he carved out a unique career and became a legend of Australian music. O’Keefe could, and should, have been an international star. No less a figure than Iggy Pop acknowledged JOK’s importance when he recorded a version of Real Wild Child.
Read more: www.milesago.com/Overview.htm
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia:
Johnny O’Keefe first visited America in November 1959, convinced he could make it in the birthplace of rock & roll. Almost by chance, he managed to arrange a meeting at Liberty Records where he signed a five-year recording contract.
He recorded She’s My Baby in Los Angeles in late 1959 with producer Snuff Garrett and the best session musicians Liberty could find, including drummer Earl Palmer and guitarists Barney Kessel and Scotty Turner.
Read more: www.nfsa.gov.au/collection/curated/shes-my-baby-johnny-okeefe
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