Town Criers (band)

The Town Criers were an Australian pop band formed in 1964.[1] By 1967 their line-up was Andy Agtoft on lead vocals, Mark Demajo on bass guitar (ex-Gemini 5), Sam Dunnin on lead guitar (ex-Gemini 5), Chris Easterby on drums, and George Kurtiss on keyboards.[2] Their first single was a cover version of the Kinks' album track, "The World Keeps Going Round", which was issued in 1965 but did not chart.[3]

Town Criers
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active1964 (1964)–1972 (1972)
  • Trend
  • Astor
  • Festival
  • HMV
Past members
  • Andy Agtoft
  • Mark Demajo
  • Sam Dunnin
  • Chris Easterby
  • George Kurtiss
  • John Taylor
  • Barry Smith

They released a cover version of American singer, Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love", as a single in February 1968, which reached No. 17 on the Go-Set National Top 40 alongside United Kingdom's Love Affair's rendition which peaked at No. 23 on the same chart at the same time.[4] Kurtiss left the group in May 1968 and was replaced on keyboards by John Taylor (ex-Strings Unlimited).[2] Their next single, "Unexpectedly", did not reach the top 40.[2]

Agtoft was replaced early in 1969 by Barry Smith from Adelaide and Taylor left without being replaced.[2][3] Town Criers released further singles, "Any Old Time (You're Lonely and Sad)" (March 1969), "Love Me Again" (October 1969) and "Living in a World of Love" (May 1970), before disbanding in 1972.[2][3] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, opined, "[they] made a name for themselves with a melodious, commercial pop sound and squeaky-clean teen idol image... By the end of 1971, [their] sound had become outmoded, and the members went their separate ways."[2]


Extended plays

  • Everlasting Love (1968) Astor Records (AEP-4057)[3]
  • Love Me Again (1969) Festival Records (FX-11655)[3]


  • "The World Keeps Going Round" (1965): Trend Records (TT 111)[3]
  • "Everlasting Love" (February 1968): Astor Records (A-7095) AUS: No. 17[4]
  • "Unexpectedly" (September 1968): Astor Records (A-7115)
  • "Any Old Time (Your Lonely And Sad)" (March 1969): Festival Records (FK-2857). #53
  • "Love Me Again" (October 1969): Festival Records (FK-3217) AUS: No. 35[5]
  • "Living in a World of Love" (March 1970): Festival Records (FK-3561). #42
  • "Laughing Man" (May 1971): HMV (EA-9527)
  • "Love, Love, Love" (November 1971): HMV (EA-9720)


  1. Nuttall, Lyn; Walker, David. "'Everlasting Love' The Town Criers (1968)". Where Did They Get That Song?. PopArchives – Sources of Australian Pop Records from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  2. McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Town Criers'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004.
  3. Kimball, Duncan (2002). "Town Criers". Milesago: Australasian Music and Popular Culture 1964–1975. Ice Productions. Archived from the original on 15 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  4. Nimmervoll, Ed (24 April 1968). "National Top 40". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  5. Nimmervoll, Ed (15 November 1969). "National Top 40". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
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