Label: Festival Records - L 19001 • Series: The Festival File,$9.99 Sounds Right • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Compilation • Country: Australia • Genre: Pop •
Single on Rex label by My Boy - Noeleen Batley - Little Treasure - The Festival File Volume One pop singer b. The song was written by Helene Groverthen aged about sixteen see below. After the success of Barefoot Boy Helene eventually moved away from the music industry.
She has worked as a theatrical agent and is now a leading laughter therapist and trainer, based in Sydney: her website, Laughter Strategies, is at www. In the late 70s she directed Flashback, a Happy Days-era stage production which included Barefoot Boy. A friend took me to a talent quest in the city. It was run by Festival Records looking for new talent. We sang Barefoot Boy as a duo because originally I really wanted to sing. The song won the talent quest. I also remember John Laws being there and he was keen to record it as well.
The record company told me that it would be recorded by a young and talented upcoming singer called Noeleen Batley. Actually, her voice was better than mine. It took a year until it was recorded and released and slowly worked its way up the charts. It became a number one hit across the country. Noeleen then recorded my next song Ice Cream Mancute, but only went about halfway up the charts and never really got to be known.
I wrote more material which I presented to Festival Records and ultimately had Alice in Wonderland accepted and was recorded by Dig Richards. The period when it was written and recorded was one of early rock music in Australia and local composers Quilombo - João Bosco - João Bosco fairly sparse, so part of the popularity was the fact that I was a young Australian actually born in France and came here when I was 9 and so was Noeleen, a year or two older.
I spent quite some time with the music La La La (Poftă De Viață) - Dana* - Zbor its people during that time, people like Col Joye, Johnny Devlin, Patsy Noble, My Boy - Noeleen Batley - Little Treasure - The Festival File Volume One Delltones and so many more.
My publisher Helene Grover, email to PopArchives, May Thanks to Helene Grover. Further reading : Noeleen Batley page at Milesago. Suggestion from Terry Stacey. Same title but not the same song as 'Barefoot Boy' by Noeleen Batley. On album on Decca, Another Side of Rick. Further reading : Jill Thomas page by Bruce Sergent. Version alert from Terry Stacey. Corrections or comments?
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