Former Dargaville High student Mark Williams began singing on TV's Free Ride while still a teen. Released in 1975, his self-titled debut album became one of the decade's biggest local sellers, thanks partly to number one single 'Yesterday Was Just the Beginning of My Life'. Tiring of hostile reaction to his androgynous look, Williams relocated to Australia in 1977. His next album made little impression there, but song ‘Show No Mercy’ later became a sports stadium classic. In 2005 he began singing for band Dragon.
This was the song that rocketed Mark Williams to fame, and the top of the New Zealand charts. The accompanying album became the biggest selling local pop/rock release of the 70s. Williams has described how Kiwis reacted to him with "either absolute adoration or absolute disgust". Having relocating to calmer climes in Australia, he returned to Wellington in 1981 and recorded a live TV special — from which this version is taken. On first hearing the demo, Williams was not impressed; but the song transformed after the call was made during recording to "swing it a bit".
Released in April 1977, 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' became Mark Williams' second number one single. The singer funks it up in bell-bottoms and afro, while circled by cameras on the set of long-running music show Ready to Roll. Abandoning the violins of the Buddy Holly/Paul Anka original in favour of percussion and horns, producer Alan Galbraith's arrangement demonstrates that breakup songs can be catchy indeed. By the end of 1977, Williams and Galbraith had decamped for Australia. Williams would ultimately take over vocals for Dragon.