Here’s A Heart covers



Original: The Jeeps – Demo (UK: Strike)

The Jeeps were Pierre Tubbs (guitar/voc).
He started playing skiffle in the late 50s, and then formed the Chances in 1964. One of his first songs, “I’ve Been Crying”, was recorded in French by Gérard Brent under the title “Pas de larmes entre nous”. This was featured on his First EP called “La fille qui me plaît”, a cover of “Hippy Hippy Shake” (Columbia ESRF 1530) which had a moderate success in France.
Then he developped a liking for surf-music and founded the Jeeps with Bob Moore (voc), Paul Bedwell (bass) and Julian Ferrari (drms). The group was signed to Strike Records, and a garage was built in his own garden, which he transformed in a studio where he recorded all of his demos.
Their first single “He Saw Eesaw” / “The Music Goes Round” (Strike 308) in June ’66, was their best, a non-sensical ditty starting with yodelling and going on like a children song on speed. But it’s the only one left off their compilation CD.
The second, “Ain’t It A Great Big Laugh” / “I Put On My Shoes” (Strike 315) from August ’66, was more in a vaudeville style, closer to the Purple Gang’s “Granny Takes A Trip”.
Meanwhile, Pierre Tubbs wrote “Here’s A Heart” which producer Steve Rowland brought to the attention of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Released as the B-side of “Hideaway”, it became a turntable-hit in the discotheques of France that summer. (Jacques Dutronc put it in the Top 10 of his own favourites for the magazine “Salut les copains” in December ‘66).
One more Pierre Tubbs composition, “Come See Me”, was taken for the Pretty Things, another Fontana group produced by Steve Rowland that year (and their “Emotions” LP is a gas!).
In late ’66, the Jeeps released a single under the name “The Silence”, which was the name of the future John’s Children. Then they became “Our Plastic Dream” for a psychedelic single in 1967.
Then Strike Records closed and the group split. Pierre Tubbs made one more single under the name “The Owl” in 1968. But he stayed in the music business through the 70’s with United Artists.

Pierre Tubbs also has his own webpage where there’s at least a mention of “Here’s A Heart” :


French cover: Katty Line – Dis-lui que je pense à lui EP (Disc’AZ 1066) 10/66

Catherine Boloban was born on 13 March 1947 in Sucy-en-Brie (near Paris).
“Les mots croisés” is the fourth of the six EPs she released between 1965 and 1968. On the second she covered the German hit “Er ist wieder da” by Marion. And on the next, she sang “Les Garçons”, Graham Bonney’s “Super Girl”, which was a hit only in German speaking countries. Although many French artists sang their hits in German (Françoise Hardy, France Gall, etc), the reverse was not true: German hits did not cross the border in the Sixties. So maybe that is where “Here’s A Heart” came from ? Although Dave Dee & Co’s original version was played in France during the summer, mainly in discotheques.

John Speaker – Working In A Coalmine / Here’s A Heart (Germany: Hit-ton HT 300.038) 11/66 ?
[+ LP Beat aus England Vol. 14 - Pop Schallplatten ZS 10.014]

Joe Jr. & the Side-Effects – Here’s A Heart / So Much In Love (Hong-Kong: Diamond 255) 1967
[+ LP Tribute - Diamond 1041]

In 1967, Joe Jr. discovered a ballad from a British band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich  on a B side called Here’s A Heart. It was released as the A side of  Joe Jr. & The Side Effects new single. This piano driven sentimental ballad proved to be his most successful single in Hong Kong ever. Seven weeks consecutively at the top of Hong Kong RTHK pop chart.

Joe Jr & The Side Effects became teenage idols which caused fans to go haywire whenever they were on stage. The first album “Effective” was released with great success and soon followed “Tribute” which contained cover versions of Joe Jr’s beloved Cliff Richard songs. Even the demise of  the Side Effects after the Tribute album didn’t cause much concern to the fans.
Joe Jr became a solo singer and kept his style of being a “Boy Next Door” gentle pop singer in the early to mid 70s.

From 1975 onwards, the language of choice evolved from English back to Cantonese. This was accepted by the new generation of youngsters. It spelt the end of the English pop song market in Hong Kong as well as the end of Joe Jr. glory days.


Serbian Cover: Crni Biseri – Srce Bez Ljubavi EP (Yugoslavia: Jugoton EPY 3747) 1967

Crni Biseri (The Black Pearls) were formed in 1963, and played Beat and R’n’B.
Winners of the Festival Gitarijada 1967, they also appeared in movies, recording many songs used for radio and TV only.

Tracks featured on this EP :

Ne odlazi 

Srce bez ljubavi (Here’s A Heart) 

Nisam onaj koga zelis (It Ain’t Me Babe) 

Lepi flamingo (Pretty Flamingo) 









The Lyres – LP A Promise Is A Promise (US: Ace Of Hearts 10.025) 10/88
Also on 12 inch (US: Ace Of Hearts 2015)







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