- One of the
My teenage years I can remember vividly watching Bandstand,
Six o’clock Rock and I just love the Delltones, probably back in 1958 when I was
12, four young Lifesavers from Bronte Surf Club, Noel Widerberg, Brian Perkins,
Warren Lucas and Ian 'Peewee' Wilson, in their college jumpers and fresh, clean,
cool cut enthusiastic singers grace our then black & white TV screens.
In 1958 there was virtually no local music industry and
radio stations played overseas artists.
they then went on to sing at the stadium, yes what a fire
hazard that was.
They became part of pour early rock days, playing and
singing in wonderful simple harmonies.
Their doo woop sounds became so familiar with them.
It was JOK that was responsible to bring them to us, They
backed the Everly Bros, Fabian, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Rodgers, Crash Cradock.
They threw in the jobs and decided to have fun whilst it
lasted. They had many hits on our charts back then and they were only just 18
However a great sad
event changed things for the group when Noel Widerberg was tragically killed in
his V-dub in Brighton, Sydney in
1962. The song Get A
Little Dirt on your Hands was their last record hit with Noel.
But it wasn't destined to be quite that momentary. Signed
to Lee Gordon's record company they were regularly on the charts into 1961 when
the Coronet snapped them up briefly, storming into the top five with You're The
Limit. Back on Leedon in 1962 they released a slickly produced country-pop hit,
Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands, which was to be the last recording made by lead
vocalist Noel Widerberg before his tragic death in a car accident.
Like so many other popular acts of the 50s and early 60s,
the Delltones found themselves swept aside by a tidal wave from Britain. "The
Beatles changed our whole career, mid-stream, when they came along" Peewee
I live in the same house as I did in
60-70's and across the road live Sandra who was a fair bit older than I was and
she was the President of their fan club and as I lived so close I was always
their had meeting she had and parties and met them all and I was really shocked
when Noel died. I recall his funeral being at Randwick. I am sure he was married