1972 Austin Roberts – Something’s Wrong With Me
The Scooby-Doo television show began in 1969 using a theme song written by David Mook and Ben Raleigh and performed by Larry Marks. The second season, the theme song was recorded by George Austin Robertson Jr., who had begun using the name Austin Roberts. He also sang many of the chase songs on the show which he co-wrote with producer Danny Janssen.
Austin then recorded a few solo singles for Phillips Records, but none of them reached the charts.
In 1970, Austin also began working as the lead singer for the band Arkade. The Morning Of Our Lives became the band’s most successful single. It reached #16 on the Adult Contemporary chart but stalled at #60 on the Hot 100 in 1971.
When Arkade proved unable to continue hitting the charts, Austin sang lead vocals for a pair of singles for Horizon. He then signed with Chelsea Records and continued working on a solo career. He recorded a song written by Bobby Hart and Danny, Something’s Wrong With Me. His single reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #16 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1972.
He followed that with another song from the same songwriters, Keep On Singing, but it only reached #50 on the Hot 100 in 1973. Helen Reddy eventually had a hit with the song in 1974.
After four more singles, Austin moved to Private Stock Records and recorded an album. The fifth single from the album, Rocky, was a song written by Ronald Johnson. The single reached #9 on the Hot 100 in 1975.
Dickey Lee, who had hits with Patches and I Saw Linda Yesterday, covered Rocky and reached the top of the Country chart.
While Austin never reached the charts again, he co-wrote Over You with Bobby for the film Tender Mercies, and the song received a nomination for an Academy Award. He also continued writing successful Country songs, including two songs that reached #1 on the Country chart.
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