The Overlanders had originally been a trio bereft of the bass and percussion provided by Widlake and Walsh respectively. Their simple folk singing got them nowhere in a music scene becoming dominated by the burgeoning 'beat boom'. Pandering to musical fashion paid off shortly after they adopted the fuller sound of their new five-piece line up. The end to their sequence of uncharted singles releases came from a song that the Beatles had put out on album during 1965 but had not seen fit to include among their crowded list of 45rpm issues. With arrangements by Tony Hatch and a 'folky' remake of the old Johnny Preston hit, 'Cradle Of Love' on its flipside, the record went all the way to the UK #1 slot.
Despite this massive hit, the Overlanders success was short lived. They had been deprived of chart success in the USA by the two 'Rogers'- Cook and Greenaway, who had recorded the same song in the guise of 'David And Jonathan'. Unlike Cook and Greenaway, the Overlanders were unable to produce another single of the same high standard and did not consolidate their success. They weren't helped when their vocalist, Paul Arnold (See Obscure Artists-P), split from the group for a solo career before 1966 was out, and the Overlanders were ever to remain 'one hit wonders'.
|Pye 7N15544||1963||Summer Skies And Golden Sands/ Call Of The Wind|
|Pye 7N15568||1963||Movin'/ Rainbow|
|Pye 7N15619||1964||Yesterday's Gone/ Gone In The Rainbow|
|Pye 7N15678||1964||Don't It Make You Feel Good/ Sing A Song Of Sadness|
|Pye 7N15712||1964||If I Gave You/ I Wonder Why|
|Pye 7N15719||1964||The Leaves Are Falling/ Delia's Gone|
|Pye 7N15804||1965||Along Came Jones/ Walking The Soles Off My Shoes|
|Pye 7N15883||1965||Freght Train/ Take The Bucket To The Well|
|Pye 7N15967||1965||Room Enough For You And Me/ January|
|Pye 7N17034||1965||Michelle/ Cradle Of Love||#1|
|Pye 7N17068||1966||My Life/ The Girl From Indiana|
|Pye 7N17159||1966||Go Where You Wanna Go/ Don't Let It Happen Again|
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