Don't Look Back/The Day The Letter Came
Marty Rhone will forever be synonymous for his two seventies hits "Denim And Lace" and "Mean Pair Of Jeans" - but to fanatics of Australian music of the sixties - he is fondly remembered for a string of classic songs which seem rather advanced for their vintage.
Marty was born Carl Van Rhoon, on 7th May 1948. A slight, young and shy singer of Dutch-Indonesian descent, he started singing at an early age, and when he was 17 went straight from school to a professional singing career.
Marty Rhone and The Soul Agents joined forces and became part of Nat Kipner's Spin Records roster along with Steve & The Board, the Bee Gees, Jeff St. John & The Id, Tony Barber, The Dave Miller Set and Ronnie Burns.
The next twelve months was a hectic schedule taken up with recording, touring and television appearances. The first single, "Nature Boy", was released on the Spin Label in 1966, followed by "Thirteen Women", "I Want You Back Again", "She Is Mine" and Marty's own composition entitled: "Village Tapestry" - (the Bee Gees did guest backing vocals on both 'She Is Mine' & 'Village Tapestry'). "Village Tapestry" is now considered a minor classic and has since been critically recognised as being way ahead of its time.
With all the single releases, chart success eluded Marty and the Soul Agents, even with such a compelling original track as "Village Tapestry".
In 1967, The Soul Agents took on a full-time residency performing at one of Sydney's biggest Nightclubs, and Marty moved to Melbourne where he continued to do television and personal appearances and remained there until early 1970 when he was conscripted into the army for a two-year period.
Out of his battle greens in 1972 Marty recorded this single' the B side being written about his conscription into the army.
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