RUBY & THE ROMANTICS–“OUR DAY WILL COME”

Hello,  Ruby & The Romantics are an R&B vocal group from Akron, Ohio.  Members include Ruby Nash-lead vocals, Ed Roberts, George Lee, Ronald Mosley and Leroy Fann.  The groups first Billboard Hot 100 hit was their biggest hit, although they would chart 11 songs on the pop chart and 4 hits on the Billboard R&B chart.  Their first hit is their classic recording of   OUR DAY WILL COME on Kapp Records.  The song was written by Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson.  They were hoping to have an established artist record the song, but agreed to let Ruby & The Romantics record it with the understanding that if the song failed to become a hit that Kapp Records would let Jack Jones, who had many Adult Contemporary hits, record it.

Two versions of  OUR DAY WILL COME were recorded, one was mid-tempo and the other was a bossa nova style.  The boss nova style was released as a single record, it featured a Hammond organ solo.  On February 9, 1963 the record made its Billboard Hot 100 debut.  OUR DAY WILL COME became a #1 hit on the Hot 100 in March of 1963 and remained on the chart for 13 weeks.  The single record crossed over to the R&B chart and became a #1 record, holding the #1 spot for 2 weeks.  The record soon crossed the Atlantic and became a #38 hit on the UK Singles Chart and just missed the Top 10 in Australia, peaking at #11.

Many recording artists in the 1960’s covered  OUR DAY WILL COME, Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, The Lettermen and Patti Page…there were many others who recorded a version on various albums.  Ruby & The Romantics would not chart another Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit in their career.  MY SUMMER LOVE at #16 and  HEY THERE LONELY BOY at #27, both in 1963 would be the groups highest charting hits.  Ed Roberts died in 1993 of cancer, at the age of 57 and Leroy Fann died in 1973 at the age of 37.  OUR DAY WILL COME by Ruby & The Romantics is a regular on oldies radio and is a reminder of just how good this mid 1960’s group was.  They were inducted in to the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame in 2007 and have secured a place in the hearts of music lovers from the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.

Till the next time—Joe

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