Come a Little Bit Closer, The Book


Harmony, Disorder and The Delltones

by Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson

Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson has been singing bass doo-wop with iconic vocal group The Delltones since the 1950s and the First Wave of Australian pop.

In this breezy and brilliant memoir, Peewee recalls the highs and inimitable lows of life fronting Australia’s longest-performing vocal group. Beyond the stage door he reveals the secret to his longevity: a larrikin spirit honed in his beach-bumming youth, and a wide-eyed curiosity that led him to dabble in hallucinogenic substances and chase Playboy Bunnies (not at the same time). It’s all part of Peewee’s never-ending search for the underlying meaning of it all. Come a little bit closer to the Beanpole of Bop.

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Praise for Come a Little Bit Closer

‘If I had known he was this funny and this colourful I would have done a TV special with Peewee years ago. I laughed a lot. You will too.’ Ray Martin

‘Straightforward, honest, funny and revealing a serious thoughtful side to the man who has made pop music history with that unforgettable voice.’ Brian Henderson

‘There’s nothing pee or wee about Wilson. We’re talking about a giant talent. Thanks for all the songs Peewee – and for all the laughs.’ Phillip Adams

Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson

Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson is arguably Australia’s most enduring pop star, still touring regularly after more than five decades. His performances include stage, recording, television and film. He is the sole remaining founding member of The Delltones and has steered the iconic vocal group through the changes and challenges of the music industry since 1958 and the First Wave of Australian pop, when The Delltones were formed over a few schooners at Sydney’s Bronte Surf Club.

Come a Little Bit Closer is his first book.

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