After favourable reactions from audiences in Melbourne and Sydney, The Ferrets produced a demo tape that caught the attention of Ian “Molly” Meldrum talent coordinator for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV series Countdown. Meldrum had them signed to Mushroom Records and started producing their debut album, Dreams of a Love, in July 1976. In April 1977 they released their debut single, “Robin Hood”, which did not chart. After nearly a year, production of the album was still incomplete, so The Ferrets took over—assisted by recording engineers Tony Cohen and Ian MacKenzie—Meldrum was attributed as “Willie Everfinish”. Album production was finalised in August and it was released in October.
Meldrum had carefully crafted their first single’s A side “Lies” taking weeks but the B side “Don’t Fall in Love” (written by Ian Davis and Firth) was rushed in three hours. The Ferrets premiered on Countdown in an episode compered by Jon English however, they used their B side. “Don’t Fall in Love” quickly sold out its initial pressing and many customers wanted a copy of The Ferrets’ debut album — there was concern at Mushroom Records as Meldrum had not organised an album cover: a white hand stamped cardboard sleeve was issued with a promise of the album artwork to follow! The Ferrets released a promo as the single peaked at No. 1 on Melbourne’s charts and No. 2 Nationally. They were awarded with ‘Best Australian TV Performer’ at the 1977 King of Pop Awards for their Countdown appearances.
Although generally remembered for their biggest hit, their follow-up single “Janie May” reached No. 25 nationally and was televised on Countdown on 13 November 1977, which also featured the infamous Prince Charles interview.Their debut album Dreams of a Love achieved Gold record status and the long awaited album cover depicted a model (Wendy Bannister) holding a snarling ferret on her shoulder (front), a photo of the seven member band (back), lyrics and recording details including a photo of “Willie Everfinish” (inside).
(extract from Wikipedia 2011)