Stars Of ’67 – GGS 832

Astor Pye Marble Arch

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Puppet On A String – Sandie Shaw
Blue Velvet – Vince Hill
Had A Dream Last Night – Sandie Shaw
Baby I Do – Gerry Dorsey
The Theme From The Power Game – Cyril Stapleton

Run To The Door – Clinton Ford
I Can’t Get Back Home To My Baby – Jimmy James And The Vagabonds
Dear Mrs. Applebee – David Garrick
Michael – Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band
Baby It’s Me – Davy Jones

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Astor Melbourne

Melbourne based Astor can be traced back to 1923 and the beginnings of radio in Australia. For all its associations with major British and American labels and a successful local stable of artists. Astor doesn’t seem to have released many compilations. Many early Astor records were local issues of English Pye lable.

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The File Series – The 60’s File – FILD 006

Astor Pye

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Sunday Date – The Flee-Rekkers
A Picture Of You – Joe Brown And The Bruvvers
Dream Lover – The Packabeats
Tip Of My Tongue – Tommy Quickly
Yes – Johnny Sandon And The Remo Four
Country Line Special – Cyril Davies And His Rhythm And Blues All Stars
Wipe Out – The Saints
Preachin The Blues – Cyril Davies And His Rhythm And Blues All Stars

Needles And Pins – The Searchers
Just A Little Bit – The Undertakers
Mockingbird Hill – The Migil 5
Don’t Throw Your Love Away – The Searchers
She’s Mine – The Chants
I Just Wanna Make Love To You – The Soul Agents
Have I The Right? – Honeycombs
You Really Got Me – Kinks

Where Did Our Love Go – Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers
Wild Side Of Life – Tommy Quickly
He’s In Town – Rockin Berries
Lookin For Love – John L. Watson & The Hummelflugs
Boy Meets Girl – Bobby Rio And The Revelles
Poor Mans Son – Rockin Berries
That’s The Way – Honeycombs
I Wanna Know – Paddy, Klaus & Gibson

It’s Alright – The Uglys
Leave It To Me – Band Of Angels
Cry, Cry, Cry – The Riot Squad
(Accept My) Invitation – Band Of Angels
You’d Better Make Up Your Mind – The Koobas
Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks
98.6 – The Bystanders
Pictures Of Matchstick Men – Status Quo

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Astor Melbourne

Melbourne based Astor can be traced back to 1923 and the beginnings of radio in Australia. For all its associations with major British and American labels and a successful local stable of artists. Astor doesn’t seem to have released many compilations. Many early Astor records were local issues of English Pye lable.

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Motown Chartbusters ’80 – ASTLP 2086

Astor Motown

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Upside Down – Diana Ross
Behind The Groove – Teena Marie
It Will Come In Time – Billy Preston & Syreeta
Still – Commodores
Big Time – Rick James
Make Me Yours – High Energy
Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson
It’s My House – Diana Ross

With You I’m Born Again – Billy Preston & Syreeta
Burnin’ Hot – Jermaine Jackson
My Old Piano – Diana Ross
He’s Gone – Syreeta
I Need Your Lovin’ – Teena Marie
Wonderland – Commodores
Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
The Last Song – Lynda Carter

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Astor Melbourne

Melbourne based Astor can be traced back to 1923 and the beginnings of radio in Australia. For all its associations with major British and American labels and a successful local stable of artists. Astor doesn’t seem to have released many compilations. Many early Astor records were local issues of English Pye lable.

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Pye Records presents Ten Years of Golden Hits –

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Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bedpost Overnight? – Lonnie Donegan And His Skiffle Group
Petite Fleur – Chris Barber’s Jazz Band
What Do You Wanna Make Those Eyes At Me For? – Emile Ford
My Old Man’s A Dustman (Ballad Of A Refuse Disposal Officer) – Lonnie Donegan And His Group
Samantha – Kenny Ball And His Jazz Band
Picture Of You – Joe Brown
Midnight In Moscow – Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen

Needles And Pins – The Searchers
Venus In Blue Jeans – Mark Wynter
Don’t Throw Your Love Away – The Searchers
Have I The Right – The Honeycombs
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
When You Walk In The Room – The Searchers
Always Something There To Remind Me – Sandie Shaw

Cast Your Fate To The Wind – Sounds Orchestral
Girl Don’t Come – Sandie Shaw
Where Are You Now – Jackie Trent
Long Live Love – Sandie Shaw
Catch The Wind – Donovan
Michelle – The Overlanders

Universal Soldier – Donovan
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Puppet On A String – Sandie Shaw
Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks
Baby Now That I’ve Found You – The Foundations
Let The Heartaches Begin – Long John Baldry
If The Whole World Stopped Lovin’ – Val Doonican

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Astor Melbourne

Melbourne based Astor can be traced back to 1923 and the beginnings of radio in Australia. For all its associations with major British and American labels and a successful local stable of artists. Astor doesn’t seem to have released many compilations. Many early Astor records were local issues of English Pye lable.

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Update

With all the recent changes (they are ongoing) I’ve been informed that the front page is not currently visible. This is something I’ll come back to and rebuild soon. In the meantime please use the links at the bottom of the pages. I update these as each group of pages is updated.

Currently the following are complete:

K-tel early
K-tel All NA, TA, WA

CBS
EMI
Festival
(Calendar)
Kinney

Astor
Fable
Chart
Concept
Go!!
Havoc
Now
Select
W&G

Our next task is to review the links, images, and tags – some artists have multiple spellings. We have also discovered that some of the Next and Previous navigation is skipping pages. The pages are there, but there is an issue in the database. As I’m back to working on other projects these fixes may take time. I’ll then be working on improving the theme so it works better on mobile devices…

There are around 700 pages to update – so please be patient. Refresh pages that you have previously visited.

Enjoy. 11 April 2016

Go!! Hitmakers – Volume 3

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Oh Monah – THE CHEROKEES
Rachael – 18TH CENTURY QUARTER
From The Shadows To The Sun – JOY LEMMON
Crazy Country Hop – BOBBY AND LAURIE
Lonely Boy – M.P.D. LIMITED
Thought Of You (The) – THE CHEROKEES
Little Boy Sad – M.P.D. LIMITED
Send Her Away – YVONNE BARRETT
Dancing In Your Eyes – BILLY ADAMS
Woman With Soul (A) – THE CHEROKEES
You Might As Well Forget Him – M.P.D. LIMITED
Tonight You’re Gonna Fall In Love With Me – THE DEAKINS

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Go!! Hitmakers

Go!! Hitmakers is a series of three albums that compiled many of the 54 singles and 7 EP’s released on the Go!! label. All Go!! artists were part of the famous Go!! Show stable.

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Go!! Hitmakers – Volume 2

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Someone Ain’t Right – BOBBY AND LAURIE
You’re The One – YVONNE BARRETT
Answer to Everything – TERRY DEAN
I’ve Been Trying – THE CHEROKEES
I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself – BILLY ADAMS
Easy Money – THE HENCHMEN
Only If You Care – THE CHEROKEES
Shirley Lee – BILLY ADAMS
Trouble In Mind – BOBBY AND LAURIE
Bring It On Home – PETER BRIGGS
Baby What’s Wrong – THE HENCHMEN
It’s You – TERRY DEAN

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Go!! Hitmakers

Go!! Hitmakers is a series of three albums that compiled many of the 54 singles and 7 EP’s released on the Go!! label. All Go!! artists were part of the famous Go!! Show stable.

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Astor – GG 681

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You Really Got Me – KINKS
(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me – SANDIE SHAW
When You Walk In The Room – SEARCHERS – The
Cast Your Fate To The Wind – SOUNDS ORCHESTRA
That’s The Way – THE HONEYCOMBS
Hello Dolly – KENNY BALL and his JAZZMEN

He’s In Town – ROCKIN’ BERRIES
Girl Don’t Come – SANDIE SHAW
All Day And All Of The Night – KINKS
What Have They Done To The Rain? – SEARCHERS
Have I The Right? – HONEYCOMBS
Tossing and Turning – IVY LEAGUE

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Astor Melbourne

Melbourne based Astor can be traced back to 1923 and the beginnings of radio in Australia. For all its associations with major British and American labels and a successful local stable of artists. Astor doesn’t seem to have released many compilations. Many early Astor records were local issues of English Pye lable.

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Go!!

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Astor - Go - Hitmakers - GLP3002F GLP3002 Go!! Hitmakers Volume 1 Various 1964
Astor - Go - Hitmakers 2 - GLP3003F GLP3003 Go!! Hitmakers Volume 2 Various 1965-
Astor - Go - Hitmakers 3 - GLP3005F GLP3005 Go!! Hitmakers Volume 3 Various 1966-

Go!! Show opening credits on the National Film & Sound Archive

Go!! Show

Go!! Hitmakers is a series of three albums that compiled many of the 54 singles and 7 EP’s released on the Go!! label. All Go!! artists were part of the famous Go!! Show stable.

The Go!! Show was a highly significant piece of television in Australia. It began with the commencement of the Channel ATV 0 (now 10) in Melbourne in 1964, and it’s initial 7 week contract was extended to 3 years. Until that time many of the television shows aimed at teenagers were “mime” shows. American and U.K. music was mimed by local actors. The Go!! Show featured local acts, and not just from Melbourne. Many of the artists such as Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen (Dig We Must), Mike Brady, etc., went on to have significant careers in the music and television industries.

Go!! label records, and the show itself, were produced by former Astor label harmonica player Horrie Dargie, so it was natural that Astor records pressed the releases.

The three releases are numbered GLP3002, GLP3003, and GLP3005. They go for significant money – if you can find them…

See Milesago for more information.

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Page last updated: July 2017

Astor

Astor – Pye, Marble Arch, Motown

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Sorry - No Image GG-681 Various 1966 Original from Pye England
Pye Records presents Ten Years of Golden Hits Various 1967
Stars Of ’67 - GGS 832 GGS 832 Stars of 67 Various 1967
Astor - The File Series - FILD-006F - temp fild 006 File Series – The 60s File Various
Astor - Motown Chartbusters - ASTLP-2086F - temp astlp-2086 Motown Chartbusters Various 1980

 

Astor – a brief company history.

Astor records can be traced back to 1923 when the Clark & Hagblom company began making radios in Grant Street South Melbourne for the Louis Cohen Wireless Company. They took over that company later that year, and in 1926 merged with two other companies to form The Radio Corporation. Radio Corporation expanded rapidly and made a wide range of radios and other products that competed with the Sydney based AWA, Kriesler, and Phillips. As with its competitors it went on to produce record players, televisions, (some were combined with the record player in the top of the TV cabinet), and white goods including refrigerators and washing machines. By the late 1960s the company had been taken over by Electronic Industries, that was then subsumed into corporate giant Phillips. The Whitlam government heavily reduced import tarifs in the early 1970s and many local companies simply couldn’t compete with the low cost equipment that the Japanese produced. Although large companies such as Phillips were able to compete during the introduction of colour television along side local production by companies such as Panasonic (which continued until the early 2000s), the writing was on the wall for the local consumer electronics industry and Astor lived on only as a brand name.

Astor Records

Astor records was established in 1958.  It’s headquarters was located in central Melbourne with the pressing plant in the heavy industry area of Clayton. There were offices and distribution centres across Australia. Initially there were tie-ins with television, with the first locally recorded and released single and album by a “shipwrecked” Philapino circus performer named Pilita Corrales. Betty McQuade followed with other successful singles. Local production slowed and by 1965 little was being recorded under the Astor brand. This changed in late 1965 with a hugely popular signing of the Masters Apprentices. A good number of other popular acts followed.

In 1966 Ron Tudor moved across from W & G before establishing his own label Fable in 1968.

Things become patchy during 1970s for Australian recordings probably due to competition from then parent company Phillips Polygram division.  Nonetheless, Astor continued on into the 1980s.  Ironically it was one of the last releases Joe Dolce’s Shaddap You Face (recorded at Mike Brady’s studio on the New Moon imprint) that was the Astor’s greatest success selling over 450,000 copies in Australia.

While Astor’s local recording was somewhat patchy, during the labels life they were a major distributor of overseas material. This included British Pye, and United States labels Vanguard, Elektra, Kama Sutra/Budda, MGM/Verve, MCA, Mercury, etc. They lost these as the company’s were taken over by larger corporations.

Compilations

Despite all their local recording and the distribution deals with the many overseas labels, Astor doesn’t seem to have released many pop compilations.  There is, of course, the famous Go!! releases, and there seems to be a few Pye compilations, but in the main they are unnamed covers, and light easy listening releases by mostly obscure artists. However, local Astor singles turn up on K-tel, WEA, and Festival releases.