Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part 1

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"Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part 1"
Single by Jon Blanchfield
A-side "Upstairs, Downstairs"
Released February 1967
Format 7"
Recorded November or December 1966 at St. Clair Studio, Hurstville
Genre Psychedelic pop, baroque pop
Length 3:28
Label Leedon
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Nat Kipner
"Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part 1"
Single by Billy J. Kramer
B-side "Chinese Girl"
Released April 1967
Format 7"
Recorded 4 March 1967
Genre Psychedelic pop, baroque pop
Length 3:28
Label Reaction
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood

"Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part One" is a song written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb in Australia in 1966. It was recorded by Jon Blanchfield in 1966 and Billy J. Kramer in 1967.

It was recorded first by Jon Blanchfield his version was only released in Australia as a B-side of the A-side single "Upstairs, Downstairs", a song also written by Barry, Robin and Maurice. The song was recorded in November or December 1966 at St. Clair Studio, Hurstville in Australia. Blanchfield also adds that Barry wrote "Coalman" around the same time. The melody was inspired by "Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof. It was released as a single in February 1967, when the Bee Gees were in England, and they recorded another version of the song with Billy J. Kramer.[1] The Gibb brothers also participated on this song. The Blanchfield version was included on the various artists compilation called Assault The Vaults: Rare Australian Cover Versions Of The Brothers Gibb.[2]

Billy J. Kramer version[edit]

Kramer's version was recorded on 4 March 1967, the Gibb brothers with Colin Petersen. It was also the Bee Gees' first recording session, after they returned in England, the song was recorded at IBC Studios.[3] and Kramer recalled:

Personnel[edit]

The musicians played on the Jon Blanchfield recording were:[3]

The musicians played on the Billy J. Kramer recording were:[4]

  • Billy J. Kramer — lead vocals
  • Barry Gibb — background vocals
  • Robin Gibb — background vocals
  • Maurice Gibb — background vocals
  • Colin Petersen — drums
  • Bill Shepherd — orchestral arrangement

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1966". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part 1 by Jon Blanchfield at Discogs
  3. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1967". Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales Of The Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 29 January 2013.