SONG OF THE DAY–THE FIESTAS–“SO FINE”

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The Fiestas are a doo-wop group from Newark, New Jersey.  Members included Tommy Bullock-lead vocals, Eddie Morris-tenor, Sam Ingalls-baritone and Preston Lane-bass.

They charted their biggest hit record in 1959 with their Doo-Wop classic…”SO FINE” on Old Town Records (1062).  The single charted on March 23, 1959 on the Billboard R&B chart.  The Fiestas hit became a #3 record on the chart, a spot it held for 5 weeks.  The single remained on the chart for 19 weeks.

On April 6, 1959…SO FINE…crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed the pop chart to #11.  The single remained on the chart for 16 weeks.  The flip-side of the 45rpm is…LAST NIGHT I DREAMED…it did not chart.

The Fiestas would not chart another Top 40 pop hit, but would have another Top 20 R&B hit in 1962 with their recording of…BROKEN HEART…a #18 hit single record.  It would also chart…

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THE AQUATONES–“YOU”

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Hello,  The Aquatones are a doo-wop group that was formed in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York.  Lynne Nixon shared the lead vocals with Larry Vannata and other members were David Goddard and Eugene McCarthy.  The group was a four-part harmony band and Lynne Nixon’s beautiful soprano soaring over the top, what a beautiful sound.  The group formed in 1956 as the Rhythm Kings.  Larry met Lynne at a dance and asked Eugene and Dave to give her an audition. Upon hearing her beautiful voice, she was added to the band, singing background.  That of course was until Larry wrote their classic hit YOU, a song he wrote for her to sing.  The group changed their name to The Aquatones.  They were discovered by music promoter Lou Fargo who signed them to a recording contract in December of 1957 on his own label Fargo Records.

Their first song they recorded was YOU.  The song made its Billboard Top…

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THE MIRACLES–“SHOP AROUND”

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Hello,  Smokey Robinson and The Miracles are one of the biggest groups of the 1960s and with Smokey singing lead the group charted 42 Billboard Hot 100 hits and 39 Billboard R&B hits between 1959 and 1972.  When Smokey Robinson left for a solo career in 1973 the lead vocals were taken over by Billy Griffin.  With him on lead The Miracles charted 4 Hot 100 hits and 9 R&B hits between 1973 and 1978.

The Miracles are from Detroit, Michigan.  The line-up included…Smokey Robinson on lead, Claudette Rogers, Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White and Warren Moore.  Claudette Rogers retired in 1964, she was married to Smokey Robinson from 1958-1986.  Smokey wrote many of the groups hits and wrote hits for other Motown artists.

In October of 1959 The Miracles charted their first record, a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100…BAD GIRL  on the Chess Records label.  The single made it to…

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J.J. JACKSON–“BUT IT’S ALRIGHT”

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Hello,  J.J. Jackson was born on April 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.  His birth name is Jerome Louis Jackson.  He is an R&B singer/songwriter.  J.J. started out as a songwriter and arranger for artists such as Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon and the Shangri-Las, and others.  In 1969 he became a permanent resident of England.

J. J. is best remembered for his classic R&B recording of, BUT IT’S ALRIGHT.  The single first charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1966 on the Calla Records label.  J.J.’s big hit record stayed on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks and charted at #22.  BUT IT’S ALRIGHT also made its debut on the Billboard R&B chart on the same date, and climbing into the Top 10 at #4.  J.J.’s hit remained on the R&B singles chart for 15 weeks.

In December of 1967 he charted his second Hot 100 record…

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SONG OF THE DAY–THE MOONGLOWS–“TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE”

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The Moonglows are one of the most famous R&B and Doo-Wop groups of all-time.  They formed in Cleveland, Ohio.  Lead singers were Bobby Lester, who died in 1980 (age 50) and Harvey Fuqua, died in 2010 (age 80), with Alexander “Pete” Graves, died in 2006 (age 76), Prentiss Barnes, also died in 2006 (age 81) and Billy Johnson, who played guitar…he died in 1987 (age 58).

The Moonglows recorded classic hits such as…SINCERELY  a #1 R&B hit in 1955…MOST OF ALL…#5 in 1955…WE GO TOGETHER…#9 in1956 and…SEE SAW…a #6 hit also in 1956.  In 1957 The Moonglows recorded the #5 R&B hit record…PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE.

One of the groups biggest hits charted in October of 1958…TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE on Chess Records, where all of the above mentioned hits were recorded.  The single record was credited as “Harvey and The Moonglows” (Harvey Fuqua on lead) as was…SEE SAW and PLEASE…

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THE FALCONS–“YOU’RE SO FINE”

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Hello,  The Falcons are an R&B vocal group from Detroit, Michigan.  They were founded in 1955 by Eddie Floyd, members included Bonny “Sir Mack” Rice, Joe Stubbs (brother of the Four Tops’, Levi Stubbs), Willie Schofield and Lance Finnie.  Wilson Pickett was a member on the group from 1961-1963.  Their backing band was the Ohio Untouchables who would later become the Ohio Players.

Eddie Floyd would go on the have an outstanding solo career with hits such as his #1 R&B record,  KNOCK ON WOOD  in 1966.  He would place 18 hits on the Billboard R&B chart.  Wilson Pickett would record such classics as  IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR,  LAND OF 1000 DANCES,  MUSTANG SALLY  and  FUNKY BROADWAY  to mention a few.  He would chart 49 Billboard R&B hit records.

The Falcons first and biggest hit was their recording of  YOU’RE SO FINE  that was originally released on the Flick Records…

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#1 HITS-PERCY SLEDGE-“WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN”

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Hello:  In April of 1966 soul singer/songwriter Percy Sledge released his classic recording of WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN on Atlantic Records.  He made his way up the Billboard Hot 100 chart and on May 28, 1966 When A Man Loves A Woman was #1 in America, staying at #1 for 2 weeks and selling a million copies along the way.  Percy also  was #1 on the R&B chart for 4 weeks.

Michael Bolton recorded a cover version of Percy’s hit record in 1991 on Columbia Records and his version also went to #1 for 1 week on the Hot 100 and for 4 weeks on the Adult  Contemporary chart.  Percy’s version of  When A Man Loves A Woman is the ultimate version and still receives much air-play and is a dance floor favorite.

Percy Sledge would chart 14 records on the Billboard Hot 100 but none better than his classic #1 record, When A Man…

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