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"The Original Mustangs"

“The Original Mustangs” play a wide range of 50’s and 60’s Rhythm & Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Boogie Woogie and Swing

Much loved classics by artists such as Connie Francis and Brenda Lee including “Stupid Cupid”, “Lipstick On Your Collar”, “Sweet Nothin’s”“Dum Dum” and "That's All You Gotta Do" performed by Linda Cook, who made a name for herself as Lyn Baxter singing these very same songs at town halls and venues all around Melbourne in the 60’s. 

The popular R&B song of the early 50’s by Ruth Brown called “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” has become a crowd favourite when perfomed by the talented Libby Gaynor, who also belts out other R&B classics from the 50’s and 60’s such as Lavern Baker’s “Saved” and “See See Rider”.  

The band also specializes in performing songs by vocal groups such as The Manhattan Transfer, The Ad Libs, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha and The Vandellas, etc., which include “The Boy From New York City”, “SOS”, “Trickle Trickle”, “Where Did Our Love Go” and “Dancing In The Street”.

The two girls also combine to perform some of the great early R&B songs recorded by Elvis Presley during his time at Sun Records. The arrangements for “All Shook Up”, “Mess Of Blues”, "Treat Me Nice", “That’s Alright Mama” and “Don’t Be Cruel” were based upon those used for an Elvis tribute featuring some wonderful female artists including Elkie Brooks and Kim Wilde. 

The band also features some of the great swing classics of the 50's such as the Louis Prima & Keely Smith favourite "Jump, Jive and Wail", along with "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie" originally by Louis Jordan, but later by Bill Haley & The Comets". Add to that the Andrew Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and you’ve got a recipe for some serious dancing.

Whilst a large majority of the repertoire consists of songs by female artists, the  male performers of the time are not forgotten. The late great Ray Charles is represented by some of his greatest chart toppers such as "What'd I Say", “Hit The Road Jack”, “Unchain My Heart” and “I Got A Woman”. “Comin’ Home Baby”, recorded originally in the late 50’s by Mel Torme and more recently revived by Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings featuring Georgie Fame provides an ideal opportunity for the band to display its vocal strengths, whilst a song recently put together by one of the greatest of all R&B artists, Solomon Burke in collaboration with the amazing Jools Holland called "Roll This Soul Tonight" has proven very popular for the group. Rockers by artists such as Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry, including the ever popular "Twenty Flight Rock", "Johnny B. Goode" and "Little Queenie" are also featured by the group. 

As a tribute to the band that introduced much of the music featured by the 60’s “Mustangs”, “The Original Mustangs” play some of the great instrumentals of the renowned British band “The Shadows”. Mike’s rhythm guitar style closely resembles that of Bruce Welch and to hear the sound that Lindsay puts out on the lead guitar is a testament to time devoted in his early years to perfecting the guitar style of the great Hank Marvin. Lindsay said “I can’t believe the number of requests we receive after playing one or two Shads tunes, to do some more. Their popularity never seems to diminish.” The band also feature other instrumentals such as “Walk Don’t Run” by The Ventures, and “Green” Onions” by Booker T and the MG’s.

 Seasoned performer, Libby Gaynor, one of the two female vocalists in the band, said “The music we sing and play is what I call “good-time music”. Linda and I have a great time out front and there is a lot of laughter and fun going on, which seems to rub off on our audience and it all becomes a bit of a party”. Libby, an ex-member of the acclaimed “Dirty Boogie Band”, says she enjoys doing 50’s style of R&B and gospel and relates strongly to the feeling of the music in its original form. However Libby also does great justice to some wonderful standards such as “All Of Me” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” as well as the latin styled favourite “Sway”, such is the versatility of the band.  The above will provide some indication of the wide range of music that you might expect to hear should you choose to hire the band for your function or visit a venue at which they are performing.     

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"Stupid Cupid"

"Mind Your Love"

"Where Did Our Love Go"

"Sweet Nothin's"

"The Boy From New York City"

"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"

"Choo Choo Ch' Boogie"

"Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"

"The Savage"


"Good Rockin Tonight"

"Rip It Up"


"Wonderful Land"

Bookings :

If you are interested in booking “The Original Mustangs” for your venue or private function please contact Lindsay Cook on 0412-355 655 or email to :


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