Farnham's follow-up single, "Friday Kind of Monday" was released in March as a double-A side with "Underneath the Arches" (non-album track), which peaked at #6 on the Go-Set singles charts. Both "Sadie" and "Friday Kind of Monday" featured on Farnham's debut album, Sadie released in April 1968.
Farnham's manager Darryl Sambell had disliked "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" as the lyrics were so persistent. However, EMI's in house producer, David Mackay, insisted so the single was released in November 1967. The song had been written by United States writers Ray Gilmore, Johnny Madara and Dave White. Sambell approached the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV programme This Day Tonight to do a 'day in the life of' segment where they followed Farnham around to radio studios to promote his single. Sambell also arranged for local store, Godfrey's, to supply a vacuum cleaner salesman, Mr. Jolly to be on hand. By arrangement with Sambell, Melbourne radio DJ Stan Rofe pretended that he disliked "Sadie" before playing it. Rofe continued the ploy on TV's Uptight and viewers responded with calls to play the song. Rofe was also a writer for Go-Set, a teen-oriented pop magazine, another writer for the magazine, Ian Meldrum, praised Farnham's efforts. "Sadie" hit #1 on the Go-Set National Singles Charts in January 1968 and remained there for five weeks. Selling 180 000 copies in Australia, "Sadie" was the highest selling single by an Australian artist of the decade. The B-side, "In My Room" was written by Farnham. Farnham's second single, released in March, was the double A-sided "Underneath the Arches" (non-album track) / "Friday Kind of Monday", which peaked at #6. The album, Sadie, also produced by Mackay was released in April.
According to author, Jeff Jenkins, another local pop performer, Mike Furber, had first option on recording "Sadie" but declined; Furber later told Sambell that due to this mistake he was not destined for success. Furber died in 1973, aged 25, allegedly by hanging himself—this is disputed by his family and friends, who believe he was murdered.
^ abKent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book (1940–1969). Turramurra, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book, 2005. ISBN0-646-44439-5. NOTE: In 2005, David Kent back calculated all chart positions for 1940–1969 based on existing local charts: there were no nationally recognised charts until Go-Set published their first charts in October 1966. Kent published his first Kent Music Report charts in mid-1974.