Jon Blanchfield

Brisbane, 1966-1972

Record Releases:-
Town Of Tuxley Toymaker Part 1 / Upstairs, Downstairs (Leedon LK-1662) Mar 1967
You’ve Got A Lot Of Livin’ / Time (RCA 101794) Sept 1967
Lavender Girl / Look What I’ve Got (RCA 101811) 1 Mar 1968
Baby Get In The Groove / Reach For The Sun (RCA 101843) Jun 1968
She’s My Baby / I Get So Excited (RCA 101858) Oct 1969
Son Of A Simple Man / Waltzing Matilda(RCA 101874) 1969
Lucy’s Place / Is It True (RCA Victor 102001) 1971
Let The Good Times Roll /Shenandoha (RCA Victor 102058) 29 Mar 72


The Cookies

Brisbane, 1965-1968

Band Members:-
Margaret Cook
Beverley Cook
Wendy Cook

Wendy Reece, “We emigrated to Wynnum Brisbane in 1959 with our brother and our parents, from Portsmouth England. We started singing in and around Brisbane doing tv backings on the “IN SHOW” and “COUNTDOWN” and in 1968 joined up with Marcie and became Marcie and the Cookies from then on.”

Record Releases:-
The Old Crowd, Colour My World – TV’s “Countdown” (Sunshine QL-32, 468 ) 1967

The Fonz Song / The Fonz Song (Instrumental) (Living Sound LS-102780) 1976

with Marcie Jones
I Would If I Could /All Or Nothing (Columbia DO-8527) 1968
White Christmas / You on My Mind (Columbia DO-8603) 1968

The Bits ‘n’ Pieces

Brisbane, 1967-69

Band members:-
Joe Caruso (l.g & v)
Tom “Yogi” Young (r.g & v)
Alan Wilson (b & v)
Terry Alan (d & v)

A group hailing from the Sandgate area.

Terry Alan, “Our early gigs were weddings, parties, anything!

After winning Battle of the Bands we played every Saturday night. First set at The Scene, drive over to The Bowl on the Southside and perform, pack up again and do a final spot at The Scene … then go to The Orb and  hangout with the musos!

Sundays we performed on Shorncliffe Pier (we got the idea from Harry Hamilton and The Pacifics – who we knew well and who played Sutton’s Beach at Redcliffe).  We won a few talent quests on the Gold Coast and we played a few dodgy pubs in Brisbane 🙂  Local Dances at Sandgate Town Hall were always popular then, too.

Because we all sang, our tastes and songs ranged quite a bit from Rolling Stones to The Beatles, lot of Mersey stuff but a lot of US pop too … a bit of blues … a lot of harmony songs … rock, of course and the other blokes let me sing a few ballads … “And I Love Her” was big hit at The Bowl … and we were the first band in Brisbane (at The Scene) to perform – Help! a couple of days after it was released. We usually started off with our signature song – Bits and Pieces … I had an old song list somewhere but can’t locate it right now.”


Many thanks to Terry Alan for providing us with this information.


blue jeans

Photo courtesy of Vance Lendich‎.

Formerly The Rockettes
Brisbane, 29 Nov 1957-1958
Supplice, Chuck (g) 29 Nov 1957-1958
Wilson, D’arby (g) 29 Nov 1957-1958
McKercher, Kenny (l.v) 29 Nov 1957-1958
Lloyd, Jimmy (d) 29 Nov 1957-1958
Penrose, Billy (sax) 29 Nov 1957-1958
Carroll, Ron (pi) 29 Nov 1957-1958
Mengel, Aussie (g) 29 Nov 1957-1958

The Echos


Band members

Dennis Burns (r.g), Alan Campbell (l.g), Billy Burns (v), John Love (b), and John Jurss (d).


Bajjad / Undecided (W&G S-1962) Nov 1964

Thanks to Vance Lendich and Lester Vickary for providing information and photo.