Australian R&B band Steve and The Board formed in Sydney in 1965.
Within the space of 18 months, the group produced five singles, two EPs and one highly-rated album – The Giggle-Eyed Goo. A feat aided by the fact that frontman Steve Kipner was the son of record producer Nat Kipner, who was the force behind the Spin label (home to The Bee Gees).
The Giggle-Eyed Goo LP has since become highly collectable and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Australian R&B/Beat albums from the 1960s.
Drummer Colin Petersen – who had appeared as a child actor in a number of movies including Smiley (1956) and A Cry From The Streets (1958) – ended up moving to England in 1966 as drummer for The Bee Gees, where he married Brian Epstein‘s personal assistant, Joanne Newfield.
Geoff Bridgeford took Petersen’s place in Steve and The Board and the group issued one more single, Sally Was a Good Old Girl, before breaking up in May 1967.
Steve Kipner eventually moved to America, where Olivia Newton-John turned his composition Physical into a worldwide hit in 1981.
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