DAMITA JO–THE ANSWER SONGS

Damita Jo charted two big hit records with “answer songs” to popular songs of the day.  Born Damita Jo DuBlanc on August 5, 1930 in Austin, Texas.  She sang with Steve Gibson & The Red Caps.  She was married to him from 1951-1953 and 1959-1960.  She was a regular on Redd Foxx’s TV variety show in 1977.

In November of 1960 she charted,  I’LL SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR YOU…the answer song to The Drifters…1960 #1 hit record…SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME on Atlantic Records.  Damita Jo’s answer song charted at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the Billboard R&B chart.  Her hit record was on Mercury Records label.

In July of 1961 she was back with another answer song and another hit record.  She would chart her biggest hit with…I’LL BE THERE, on Mercury Records.  The single would chart at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the Billboard R&B chart.  Her song was the answer to Ben E. King’s (former member of The Drifters) 1961 million-seller…STAND BY ME…#1 R&B and #4 Hot 100 hit on Atco Records.

She would chart one more R&B hit a duet with Brook Benton…STOP FOOLIN’…a #25 R&B hit on Mercury Records.  The single did not chart on the Hot 100 but did chart at #108 on the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart.

Damita Jo died in December of 1998 at the age of 68.  Her songs remain a part of the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

Till the next time—Joe

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