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Hit Month (Australia): 1965
Song Author: Mann and Lowe
Year Recorded: 1965
Twenty Miles

Ray Brown and The Whispers.
Twenty Miles
(Mann - Lowe)
Australia 1965
#1 Sydney #25 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #3 Adelaide #1 Perth

Ray Brown & The Whispers were a highly successful Australian rock band from 1964 to 1967. Led by singer Ray Brown, they ranked alongside The Easybeats, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs and Normie Rowe as one of the most popular acts of the period.

"Twenty Miles" / "Devoted To You" - 1965


Previous lineup of 1964

Ray Brown [Vocals]
Lawrie Barclay [Rhythm guitar]
Bobbie Richardson [Lead guitar]
John Manners [Bass]
Pat Jeffrey [Drums]

Classic lineup of 1965-1966

Ray Brown [Vocals]
Lawrie Barclay [Rhythm guitar]
Al Jackson [Lead guitar]
John Manners [Bass]
Pat Jeffery [Drums]

Also recorded by:

Brian Poole and the Tremoloes.

They formed as Brian Poole and the Tremoloes (as backing group to Brian Poole, and the name soon being changed thanks to the spelling mistake of a local newspaper) influenced by Buddy Holly and The Crickets.

On New Years Day, 1962, Decca, looking for a "Beat" group, auditioned two promising young bands: Brian Poole and the Tremeloes and a somewhat similar combo (also heavily influenced by Buddy Holly) from Liverpool called The Beatles.

Decca chose the Tremeloes over The Beatles. The Tremeloes proved to be a very talented band in their own right and had a successful career. Like the Beatles, every member of the Tremeloes was a strong singer and the band seamlessly combined rock and roll with a variety of other genres.

The original quintet consisted of lead vocalist Brian Poole, lead guitarist Ricky West, keyboardist Alan Blakely, bassist Alan Howard and drummer Dave Munden.