W&G Records

W&G Records was an Australian recording company that operated from the early 1950s to the 1970s. It was a subsidiary of the Melbourne precision engineering company White & Gillespie.

W&G released many significant recordings by Australian popular artists of the 1960s and also issued recordings of popular American artists, notably releases from the ABC-Paramount (Ampar) label, which W&G distributed from 1955 until 1960, when the Australian distribution was taken over by Festival Records. Recording engineer and producer Bill Armstrong worked at W&G from 1956-1961, prior to opening his own studio in 1965.[1]

W&G also established a special subsidiary label, In Records, which released the classic mid-1960s recordings by the Loved Ones.

List of W&G Records artists

This is a list of recording artists who have had at least one recording released on the W&G record label. In alphabetical order:

  • Billy Adams – "Slow Down Sandy"
  • Malcolm Arthur - "Why" and "First Dream" with the Thunderbirds - The Seekers & Tony Lee.
  • Adelaide Band – "Let the Little Girl Dance"
  • Julie AnthonyThe Seekers
  • Arthur & Mary –
  • Yvonne Barrett –
  • Bartholomew Plus Three – "Cause I'm Alone" / "On a Wintery Night"
  • Belfast Gypsies –
  • Merv Benton – "Baby Let's Play House" / "Endless Sleep"
  • Bobby Bland
  • The Blarney Stones – Rocking Alone In An Old Rocking Chair (LP)
  • Blanch Jewel - "By The Window" / "Christmas Kangaroo"
  • Bobby Bright – "There's a Great Day a-Coming" / "Girls Never Notice Me"
  • Donald Britton - plays Organ Music by British French and German Composers (LP) [2]
  • James Brown –
  • Ronnie Burns
  • April Byron
  • Pat Carroll – "To The Sun"
  • Casinos –
  • Johnny Chester with the Thunderbirds – "Hokey Pokey" / "Can Can Ladies"
  • Contours – "Do You Love Me"
  • Colin Cook –
  • Frankie Davidson - "I Care for You"
  • Jackie Day – "Before It's Too Late"
  • Sergio de Pieri – Organ Recital — St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne
  • Terry Dean –
  • Grantley Dee –
  • Peter Doyle –
  • Anne Dreyer – "Storytelling Time"
  • Judith Durham with Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers – Judy Durham (EP) 1963
  • Buddy England – The Seekers
  • John Farrar
  • Johnny Farnham
  • Field Twins –
  • Martin Gale and His Old Timers – "It's Honky-Tonk Time"
  • Johnny Greenwood – "Loving Arms"
  • The Haunted - "1-2-5"
  • Herbie's People - "Sweet & Tender Romance" / "You Thrill Me To Pieces"
  • Donald Jenkins & The Delighters – "Somebody Help Me"
  • Paul Paffen – "Golden Voice Across the Valley"
  • Lotte Landl –
  • Little Gulliver –
  • Athol GuyThe Seekers
  • Hayes Brothers & The Bluegrass Ramblers – "Great Speckled Bird" / "Hello City Limits"
  • Joe Hinton
  • Joe Grech
  • Johnny Mac- Pink Champagne and a Room of Roses (1964)/ Don't Waste Time with Teardrops (1964)/I Found a Flower/Jingle Bell Rock/ Railroad Tracks
  • Lynn Hope – "Morocco" / "Broken Hearted" (1954)
  • Del Juliana – "I Was a Fool for Leaving"
  • Karen KnowlesThe Seekers
  • Johnny Lo Piccolo (John St Peeters) –
  • The Loved Ones – "The Loved One" / "Ever Loving Man" / "Sad Dark Eyes"
  • Maximum Load – "Nolene"
  • Betty McQuade – "Midnight Bus"
  • Russell Morris – "Hush EP" (1967)
  • Paul Paffen – Golden Voice Across the Valley LP
  • Bunny Paul – "I'm Hooked"
  • Reg Poole – "Australian Country Music Hall of Fame Song" (1973)
  • Keith PotgerThe Seekers
  • Lynne Randell
  • Ken Ray – The Seekers
  • The Red Onion Jazz BandThe Red Onion Jazz Band (1965) LP, Hot Red Onions (1965) LP, Big Band Memories (1967) LP.
  • Paul Revere & The RaidersIn the Beginning LP
  • Donn Reynolds - "The Parting" / "Little Old Log Shanty" (1961)
  • Margret Roadknight – Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers
  • The Seekers – "Waltzing Matilda", The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits LP
  • Kevin Shegog – "Wolverton Mountain" / "One Small Photograph" (1962)
    "Phar Lap (The Red Terror)" / "Johnny Was A Friend Of Mine" (1965)
  • Tony Sheveton – "A Million Drums" / "Dance With Me" (1964)
  • Ernie Sigley
  • Soul-Jers –
  • Gene Summers & the Platinum Fog – "Hot Pants" / "Young Voices of Children" (1971)
  • The Thunderbirds – "Wild Weekend"
  • Diana Trask – "Going Steady" / "Comes Love"
  • Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers – Judy Durham with Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers
  • Webb Brothers – Clancy of the Overflow LP
  • Louisa Wisseling – The Seekers
  • Bruce WoodleyThe Seekers
  • Johnny Young – "Step Back" / "Cara-Lynn" (1966)
  • The Cherokees - "Moon in the Afternoon" (instrumental) / "Oh Monah" / "Minnie the Moocher"
  • The Strangers
  • The Hawking Brothers
  • Pam Bradley
  • Pam & Ade
  • Paul Anka - "Diana" / "Don't Gamble With Love" (1957) WG-SPN496 Plain yellow label with black text
  • The Spotnicks - "Orange Blossom Special" / "The Spotnicks Theme" (1962) WG-S-1450 Yellow label with black text, except W&G which is in red text
  • Ned Miller - "From A Jack To A King" / "Parade Of Broken Hearts" (1963) WG-S-1536 Yellow label with black text, except W&G which is in red text
  • Peter Posa - "The White Rabbit" / "Honey Be My Honey Bee" (1963) WG-S-1735 Yellow label with black text, except W&G which is in red text
  • The Seekers - The Seekers Sing Their Big Hits (1965) WG 25/2512 Yellow label with blue text. Original release with B&W image on album cover. A different colour photograph was used on a stereo release of this album.
  • Dennis Gibbons - "The Drovers Dream" 1964
  • The Breakaways - "Bonaparte's Retreat"/"You're just in love"

Further reading

References

  1. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rarecollections/legendary-bill-armstrong/4881280
  2. "Discography for W&G Records - OZ - 000 series". Global Dog Productions. Global Dog Productions (In Memory of Ron Smith). Retrieved 1 January 2019.
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