Today’s song is weird. It’s by Barry Crocker, an all-round performer who’s done pretty much everything in the Australian entertainment industry: acting; singing; hosting his own TV variety shows etc.
The weird thing is that Barry, a man firmly established in Australia as a well-known actor and cabaret performer par excellence, recorded a reworked version of a 50’s song, “Susie Darlin'”, in 1973. Instead of releasing a big belting ballad or a jazz standard that reflected the work he was doing at the time in cabaret (think Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett in a Las Vegas lounge), Barry released a single that sounded like Alvin Stardust singing a George Harrison song. It was weird:
Barry Crocker – “Susie Darlin'” (1973)
It was weird when I was 12 (when I first heard it), and it’s still weird.
Sorry about overusing the word “weird” in this post (as I did the other day with “magnificent”), but that’s what today’s song is: weird.
I’ll stop using the word “weird” now.
Here’s the original version:
Robin Luke – “Susie Darlin'” (1958)
And here’s a version by 50’s heart-throb Tommy Roe:
Tommy Roe – “Susie Darlin'” (1962)
Were you yearning to hear “Susie Darlin'” in German? No problem – here’s Tommy Kent to satisfy your Wunsch:
Tommy Kent – “Susie Darlin'” (1958)
And popular Hong Kong performer Joe Junior has also recorded it – but not in German:
Joe Junior – “Susie Darlin'” (1974)