|MILESAGO: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975||Groups & Solo Artists|
Graeham Goble (vocals, guitar)
Russ Johnson (vocals, guitar)
John Mower (vocals, guitar)
plus unknown studio musicians
Drummond was one of the most prominent one-hit wonders of the 1970s in Australia. This fictitious studio band was created by Ron Tudor, owner of Melbourne-based indendent label Fable Records. The main musicians who recorded the first two Drummond singles were Graeham Goble, Russ Johnson and John Mower, the members of Alison Gros, the trio which was renamed Mississippi in 1972 (and which evolved into Little River Band in 1975).
Drummond's first single, released in June 1970, was "For You
"The Grasshopper". The A-side is a cover of the George
Harrison track from the Let
This debut single evidently sank without trace, but their
second single became one of the surprise hits of 1971. In a shameless
cash-in on the massive success of Daddy Cool, Drummond recorded a
novelty 'chipmunk' version of the Slay-Crewe standard "Daddy Cool" --
which DC themselves had recorded for their hugely successful debut
album. Remarkably, the Drummond version of "Daddy Cool" became a
national hit, rocketing up the charts and knocking Daddy
Rock" off the top spot. It was at #1 for eight weeks on the Go-Set
national chart and spent a staggering total of 34 weeks on
the Top 40 in the second half of 1971 and into early 1972, becoming one
the biggest selling Australian singles of the year. It is now
rated #87 in the list of the 100 longest-charting #1 singles
the Australian Top 40.
Fable subsequently released three more singles under the
pseudonym, but none of these were successful and it is
that the Goble, Johnson and Mower were not involved in these recordings.
"For You Blue" / "The Grasshopper" (Fable)
"Daddy Cool" / "Hot Mumma" (Fable FB-070)
"You Talk Too Much" / "Scotty" (Fable)
"Singin' The Blues" / "I Have Changed" (Fable)
"The Bump" / "Listen to the Song" (Fable)
"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" / "Shall We Dance" (Fable)
Drummond (Fable FBEP-163)
"Daddy Cool" / "For You Blue" // "You Talk Too Much" / "Singin' The Blues"
AlbumDrummond did not release an LP, but "Daddy Cool" has been included on numerous "Various Artists" hit compilations and anthologies. It is included on the recent 2CD compilation The Fable Years, 1970-1984.
References / Links
Australian Encyclopedia of Rock & Pop (Allen & Unwin, 1999)
Encyclopedia of Australian Rock (Outback Press, 1978)
Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara
& Paul McHenry
Who's Who of Australian Rock (Five Mile Press, 2002)
Dreams, Fantasies & Nightmares: Australia (Borderline Books, 1999)
Rate Your Music
"Most Weeks at #1 on the Australian charts"