Town Criers

The Town Criers were an Australian pop band formed in 1964. By 1967 their line-up was Andy Agtoft on lead vocals, Mark Demajo on bass guitar (ex-Gemini 5), Sam Dunnin on lead guitar (ex-Gemini 5), Chris Easterby on drums, and George Kurtiss on keyboards. Their first single was a cover version of the Kinks' album track, "The World Keeps Going Round", which was issued in 1965 but did not chart.

They released a cover version of American singer, Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love", as a single in February 1968, which reached No. 17 on the Go-Set National Top 40 alongside United Kingdom's Love Affair's rendition which peaked at No. 23 on the same chart at the same time. Kurtiss left the group in May 1968 and was replaced on keyboards by John Taylor (ex-Strings Unlimited). Their next single, "Unexpectedly", did not reach the top 40.

Agtoft was replaced early in 1969 by Barry Smith from Adelaide and Taylor left without being replaced. Town Criers released further singles, "Any Old Time (You're Lonely and Sad)" (March 1969), "Love Me Again" (October 1969) and "Living in a World of Love" (May 1970), before disbanding in 1972. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, opined, "[they] made a name for themselves with a melodious, commercial pop sound and squeaky-clean teen idol image... By the end of 1971, [their] sound had become outmoded, and the members went their separate ways."

Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1965, Died Ceased 1972

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7VB-0586 10-in. 7/1/1947 I'll be there Tommy Dorsey ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-0587 10-in. 7/1/1947 Kate (have I come too early, too late) Tommy Dorsey ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Vocal ensemble, with jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-0589 10-in. 7/1/1947 Deep Valley Tommy Dorsey ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-0590 10-in. 7/1/1947 Just an old love of mine Tommy Dorsey ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female-male vocal duet, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-0595 10-in. 7/8/1947 L-L-L-L-A Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Town Criers ; Mae Williams Female vocal solo, with vocal group and jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-0597 10-in. 7/8/1947 The old chaperon Stuart Foster ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Town Criers ; Mae Williams Female-male vocal duet, with vocal group and jazz/dance band. Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-1343 10-in. 9/12/1947 Tonight we love The Sentimentalists ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Town Criers Vocal group, with jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-1344 10-in. 9/12/1947 Moon love The Sentimentalists ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Town Criers Vocal group, with jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-2939 10-in. 12/23/1947 Until The Clark Sisters ; Harry Prime ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Town Criers Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal group and jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-2962 10-in. 12/24/1947 Starlight rendezvous The Clark Sisters ; Harry Prime ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Town Criers ; Audrey Young Female-male vocal duet, with mixed vocal group and jazz/dance band Vocal group  
Victor D7VB-3018 10-in. 12/22/1947 You can never shake love Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Town Criers Vocal group, with jazz/dance band Vocal group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Town Criers," accessed July 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/359627.

Town Criers. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/359627.

"Town Criers." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/359627

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