#923: The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures
Peak Month: April 1971
8 weeks on Vancouver’s CKVN chart
Peak Position #8
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ #44
Australian musicians Terry Dean and Rod De Clerk met in Tasmania in 1965. They then met Laurie Arthur, a member of The Strangers, and the three decided to form a band together after a jam session. They quickly signed to EMI that same year and released three singles, including “Music, Music, Music,” a cover of the old Teresa Brewer hit from 1950. They went through several line-up changes over the following few years, then signed to CBS Records in 1969. A few further singles followed before transferring to Fable Records in 1970. The Mixtures recorded a cover of “In the Summertime,” which had been a big hit in 1970 for Mungo Jerry. That original single had been banned during a time in 1970 when many Australian radio stations refused to play Australian and British music released by major labels. Consequently, The Mixtures version recorded on their small record label received much more airplay than had initially been expected. The Mixtures version went to #1 in Australia for six weeks.
Their next record was “The Pushbike Song.”