The Overlanders

  • Paul Friswell (Arnold)
  • Peter Bartholomew
  • Laurie Mason
  • David Walsh
  • Terry Widlake
  • 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'.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    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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