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The Twilights were an Australian rock band that formed in Adelaide in 1964. The band developed from a three-piece acapella group consisting of Glenn Shorrock, Mike Sykes and Clem "Paddy" McCartney, who merged with instrumental group the Hurricanes. Heavily influenced by the British Invasion, they were one of the most significant Australian bands of the 1960s. They were noted for their musicianship, on-stage humor, and adoption of overseas sounds and trends.
|Origin||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
The band became popular nationally in 1966 after the success of their cover of "Needle In A Haystack" by the Velvetettes, which topped the Go-Set chart. Later that year, they won the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds competition and were awarded a trip to England. The band's attempt to establish themselves in England was largely unsuccessful, though the stint yielded a hit in their home country; "What's Wrong With The Way I Live?", written for them by members of the Hollies, and a shift in the band's sound influenced by the psychedelic movement by the time they returned to Australia in 1967, where they continued to achieve success. In 1968, the band filmed the pilot for a Monkees-style sitcom for the Seven Network, which did not go forward. Following a period of decline and the departure of longtime manager Gary Spry, the Twilights disbanded at beginning of 1969.
Shorrock later formed Axiom and joined Esperanto, before gaining worldwide success with Little River Band. Guitarist Terry Britten became an internationally successful songwriter, writing songs for artists such as Cliff Richard and Tina Turner.