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W&G RECORDS

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

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 ABC-Paramount (Ampar) label, which W&G distributed from 1955 until 1960, when the Australian distribution was taken over by Festival Records.

W&G also established a special subsidiary label, In Records, which released the classic mid-60s recordings by The Loved Ones.

The company was founded in 1910 when A.E. White and J.D. Gillespie formed a partnership, purchased equipment and began business manufacturing stereotype and electrotype duplicate printing plates. A Sydney division was opened in 1928. Originally sited in Patrick Street, Melbourne the business outgrew its premises twice before moving to new purpose-built premises at 185 A’beckett Street Melbourne in 1938. The same year White & Gillespie set up a wholly owned subsidiary, W&G Record Processing Co. and expanded its operations into the manufacture of radio transcription discs.

From 1956-60 audio engineer Bill Armstrong (who later established the famous Armstrong’s Studios) was manager of W&G Records. He established their disc-cutting room and built their recording studio in West Melbourne in 1957.

The young Ron Tudor joined W&G as a sales representative just as the new record division was starting up, and over the next ten years he worked his way up through promotion, A&R and production. Ron was the first to record artists such as Diana Trask, Ernie Sigley and The Seekers, the group he was instrumental in getting signed to W&G. Ron left W&G in 1966 and after two years at Astor,set up his own production company (June Productions) in 1968, and founded his own successful labels, Fable Records in 1969, followed by the Bootleg subsidiary in 1973.

In 1977, partly due to the introduction of the cassette and its impact of the LP market, the record and instrument plants were sold, along with the instrument process. The rights to the W&G and In catalogues were later leased by the Canetoad label, which has released definitive compilations of W&G and In recording artists like Merv Benton and The Strangers.

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 Anthony – The 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 –
Bobby Bright – “There’s a Great Day a-Coming” / “Girls Never Notice Me”
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 –
Grantly Dee –
Peter Doyle –
Anne Dreyer – “Storytelling Time”
Judith Durham – Judy Durham with Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers (EP), The Seekers
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”
Herbie’s People – “Sweet & Tender Romance” / “You Thril Me To Pieces”
Donald Jenkins & The Delighters – “Somebody Help Me”
Paul Paffen – “Golden Voice Across the Valley”
Lotte Landl –
Little Gulliver –
Athol Guy – The Seekers
Hayes Brothers & The Bluegrass Ramblers – “Great Speckled Bird” / “Hello City Limits”
Joe Hinton –
Lynn Hope – “Morocco” / “Broken Hearted” (1954)
Del Juliana – “I Was a Fool for Leaving”
Karen Knowles – The Seekers
Johnny Lo Piccolo (John St. Peters) –
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 Potger – The Seekers
Lyn Randall –
Ken Ray – The Seekers
Red Onions Jazz Band – Creole Rhapsody LP
Paul Revere & The Raiders – In the Beginning LP
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”
“Phar Lap/Johnny was a friend of mine
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 Woodley – The Seekers
Johnny Young – “Step Back” / “Cara-Lynn” (1966)
The Cherokees – “Moon in the Afternoon” (instrumental) / “Oh Monah” / “Minnie the Moocher”
The Strangers
The Hawking BrothersK
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.

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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 Anthony – The 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 –
Bobby Bright – “There’s a Great Day a-Coming” / “Girls Never Notice Me”
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 –
Grantly Dee –
Peter Doyle –
Anne Dreyer – “Storytelling Time”
Judith Durham – Judy Durham with Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers (EP), The Seekers
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”
Herbie’s People – “Sweet & Tender Romance” / “You Thril Me To Pieces”
Donald Jenkins & The Delighters – “Somebody Help Me”
Paul Paffen – “Golden Voice Across the Valley”
Lotte Landl –
Little Gulliver –
Athol Guy – The Seekers
Hayes Brothers & The Bluegrass Ramblers – “Great Speckled Bird” / “Hello City Limits”
Joe Hinton –
Lynn Hope – “Morocco” / “Broken Hearted” (1954)
Del Juliana – “I Was a Fool for Leaving”
Karen Knowles – The Seekers
Johnny Lo Piccolo (John St. Peters) –
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 Potger – The Seekers
Lyn Randall –
Ken Ray – The Seekers
Red Onions Jazz Band – Creole Rhapsody LP
Paul Revere & The Raiders – In the Beginning LP
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”
“Phar Lap/Johnny was a friend of mine

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 Woodley – The Seekers
Johnny Young – “Step Back” / “Cara-Lynn” (1966)
The Cherokees – “Moon in the Afternoon” (instrumental) / “Oh Monah” / “Minnie the Moocher”
The Strangers
The Hawking BrothersK
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.