28 Mar


Rubber Bal

l” was an early 1961 hit for

Bobby Vee

on Liberty Records. It was the record which made Vee an international star. The song was recorded on August 12, 1960 in a four-song, three-hour session at United in Hollywood. It was produced by a 19-year-old Texan, Thomas “Snuff” Garrett, arranged by Ernie Freeman, and was co-written at the Brill Building in New York by Gene Pitney, using his mother’s maiden name, (Orlowski) and by Aaron Schroeder. Veteran session drummer Earl Palmer played drums at the session.[1]

The song was Vee’s fifth single release in the US, where it made #6 on the Billboard charts; it was a breakthrough hit for him in the UK, where it reached #4.[2] In Australia, it was Vee’s only #1 record, where it stayed for three weeks in early 1961. The record also marked Vee’s first use of overdubbing his second vocal.

The song was covered as a single by British singer Marty Wilde, who also had chart success when it went to #9 in 1961.

Gary Lewis and the Playboys revived the song in 1966 on their album Hits Again!.[3]


Posted by on March 28, 2016 in 1960s, billboard, nostalgic


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  1. vickgoodwin

    March 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Great going down memory lane and even finding some songs from you that I have never heard. Great job!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    March 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Thanks Vicki, time travel does wonders for the spirit!

    Liked by 1 person


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