KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE—11/57 #3
OH-OH, I,M FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN—2/58 #7
ARE YOU REALLY MINE—8/58 #10
HIS NEXT RECORD…BIMBOMBEY—11/58 JUST MISSED THE TOP 10, CHARTING AT #11.
ALL OF THESE HITS WERE ON ROULETTE RECORDS. JIMMIE WOULD CHART 25 BILLBOARD HOT 100 HITS BETWEEN 1957 AND 1967. HE IS THE #17 RANKED ARTIST OF THE 1950’S, AS LISTED BY JOEL WHITBURN IN HIS RECORD RESEARCH BOOK—TOP POP SINGLES 12TH EDITION. HIS FOLK-POP RECORDINGS AND HIS WONDERFUL VOCAL RANGE, MADE HIM ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR RECORDING ARTISTS OF THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE
Growing up in the 1950s it is hard not to remember the great sounds of early rock and roll. One of the songs that became a huge hit was recorded by the legendary R&B bandleader/composer…Johnny Otis…the classic…WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE. The single record on Capitol Records (3966), made its Billboard Top 100 debut on June 23, 1958 and charted at #9. The record remained on the Top 100 for 16 weeks. WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE charted even higher on the Billboard R&B chart, reaching #3. The song is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..
With its great rhythm and beat the record was a natural for the teen market. Johnny was born John Veliotes on December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California. In 1945 he started his own band, charting many hit records…one of his best is his version of HARLEM NOCTURNE-1951. He wrote, EVERY BEAT OF…
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ONE OF MY FAVORITE TUNES RECORDED BY JIMMY CLANTON IS HIS 1969 RECORDING OF “CURLY” ON LAURIE RECORDS (3508). CURLY MADE ITS BILLBOARD HOT 100 DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 15, 1969. THE SINGLE WITH “I’LL NEVER FORGET YOUR LOVE” ON THE FLIP-SIDE CHARTED AT A HIGH OF #97 AND REMAINED ON THE HOT 100 FOR 3 WEEKS. THE FLIP-SIDE DID NOT CHART. CURLY WOULD BE JIMMY CLANTON’S LAST CHARTED HIT.
ALL THIS SAID…CURLY IS ONE OF JIMMY’S BEST RECORDINGS…AND IF THIS TUNE WAS AROUND IN THE LATE 50S OR EARLY 60S…JIMMY SURE WOULD HAVE HAD A HUGE HIT WITH THE TUNE.
JIMMY WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1940 IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. HE IS THE BROTHER OF IKE CLANTON. HIS BIGGEST CHART HITS WERE RECORDED ON THE ACE RECORDS LABEL. HE RECORDED WITH FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS SESSIONMEN…HUEY “PIANO” SMITH AND LEE ALLEN AND TOURED WITH DICK CLARK’S CARAVAN OF STARS. HIS…
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HOPE YOU ENJOY THESE “LOST GOLD” CLASSICS
Till the next time—Joe
The Pentagons are an R&B/Doo-Wop group from San Bernadion, California. Members included Josephus Jones-lead vocal, half-brother Otis Munson and brothers Ken and Ted Goodloe. Ken Goodloe passed away in 2008 at the age of 60.
The groups biggest pop hit is their 1961 classic…TO BE LOVED (FOREVER) on Donna Records (1337). The record was first released on Fleetwood International (100) in 1960. The single charted on February 20, 1961, climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #48. The Pentagons hit remained on the Hot 100 for 10 weeks. The flip-side of the single record is DOWN AT THE BEACH, it did not chart.
In October of 1961 the group charted their second single record…I WONDER (IF YOUR LOVE WILL EVER BELONG TO ME) on Jamie Records (1201). The single record charted at #84 on the Hot 100 and stayed on the pop chart for 5 weeks. The flip-side…SHE’S MINE did…
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