Song of the day: Ray Brown & The Whispers – "Pride"

October 14, 2011

The last few posts have been getting away from this blog’s raison d’être – and the possible reason why you’re here – which is to play you Australian power pop. So, I’ll rummage around in my music bag, see what I can find, and…

Found something.

It’s not power pop, but it is Australian (sort of).

Here’s Australian Merseybeat* group Ray Brown & The Whispers with a song that I can only describe as “dinky” (I really can’t think of another word to describe it):

Ray Brown & The Whispers – “Pride (1965)


Here’s the original:

Brent Edwards – “Pride (1963)


And here’s the 1963 cover of the original that “inspired” Ray’s version (i.e., the version that Ray & co. ripped off):

Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas – “Pride (1963)


(*I have a feeling that when The Beatles invaded every country that was able to hear them, every other group became a Merseybeat group.)