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ID:	74670 So, what are the 100 greatest Australian singles of the 1960's?


    Some consider the 1960's as possibly the halcyon years for Australian music. The groups were fresh, the music great, the performance venues many and radio stations revelled in playing Australian music. There were just so many great artists and great tracks laid down, and some of the very best were released on that wonderful media of the times - the vinyl 45 rpm discs.

    Now, if you want to generate an interesting discussion among people that appreciate the fantastic music of that period, just ask, "what was the best track released as a single"? You can be assured of generating a conversation, an argument even, that would seem to have no end as everyone has an opinion.

    It would take a brave person to actually stick their neck up and not just declare what was the best Australian single of that period, but indeed list the top 100!

    Well known music aficionado and 'gonzo journalist' of the late 60's and 1970's, and, the once lead singer of 1960's Melbourne group The Union (remember The Thump?) - and one half of proprietors of the amazingly successful Archie and Jugheads Records in Melbourne - David N. Pepperell (fondly known as Dr. Pepper or DNP) is one of the two co-authors of a book that does this.

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    The other half is Colin Talbot who
    has worked as a novelist, scriptwriter, songwriter, publicist, sportswriter, web designer, film director, video-clip maker, editor, publisher, reporter, essayist, critic, and musician. Colin is known to be as "knowledgeably opinionated" over music as David - and between them they have done just that, written a book that lists the 100 greatest Australian singles of the 1960's in the book titled, "The 100 Greatest Australian Singles of the 60's!

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    The much awaited "100 Greatest Australian Singles of the '60's is sleighted for release in October of this year, and the Toorak Times has been granted an exclusive on the release.

    I spoke with DNP about the forthcoming release.

    "The book has been a two year labour of love that has nonetheless tested Colin and my friendship at times. It is not the biggest Oz hits of the 60's by any means - some of the entries didn't even chart! - but what we think were the really outstanding singles that will stay in people's minds forever."

    I asked him how they dealt with the fact that as some artists released many great tracks, wouldn't they "hog" the entries. He told me, "We were forced to limit each artist to three or four entries maximum otherwise about six of them would be about half the book! Still we think we picked the best records by the greats and the most wonderful ones by acts that were never really heard of again."

    Finally I wondered if having released such a necessary piece of work, was there any plans to try for some kind of music compliation to follow it. David replied, "There will be a four CD set released by Warner Bros. Records to coincide with the release of our book so fans will have the opportunity to revisit the music as well as read our purple prose. I believe that in the 1960's the singles we produced in Australia were as good as any produced anywhere in the world because we had the same recording technology here as overseas - later on we were unfortunately outstripped by high technology and the fact of our low population - but during the Swingin' Sixties we were up there with everybody.This book is the proof of that."

    So there we are, not just a book that will probably turn out to be a great read, as well as a much needed reference book of that period, but will be accompanied by a CD release.

    The Toorak Times will be one of the first to receive a copy of The 100 Greatest Australian Singles of the 60' and we are committed to reviewing it as soon as it is released, so watch out for that in October.

    The book can be pre-ordered, and just click this link -
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    In the meantime, just what would be your top 100? Hard isn't it - I think I would have trouble just listing my top 10.
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