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“Ivory Joe Hunter – Since I Met You Baby”

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Ivory Joe Hunter (October 10, 1914 – November 8, 1974) was an American rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, and pianist. After a series of hits on the US R&B chart starting in the mid-1940s, he became more widely known for his hit recording, “Since I Met You Baby” (1956). He was billed as The Baron of the Boogie, and also known as The Happiest Man Alive. His musical output ranged from R&B to blues, boogie-woogie, and country, and Hunter made a name in all of those genres. Uniquely, he was honored at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Grand Ole Opry.

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“Ann Margaret and Al Hirt – Baby It’s Cold Outside”

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Actress and singer Ann-Margaret is one of the most famous actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century.

Ann-Margaret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson, who worked for an electrical company. She came to America at age 6. She studied at Northwestern University and left for Las Vegas to pursue a career as a singer. Ann-Margaret was discovered by George Burns and soon afterward got both a record deal at RCA and a film contract at 20th Century Fox. In 1961, her single “I Just Don’t Understand” charted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her acting debut followed the same year as Bette Davis’ daughter in Frank Capra’s Pocketful of Miracles (1961). She appeared in the musical State Fair (1962) a year later before her breakthrough in 1963. With Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Viva Las Vegas (1964) opposite Elvis Presley, she became a Top 10 Box Office star, teen idol and even Golden Globe nominated actress. She was marketed as Hollywood’s hottest young star and in the years to come got awarded the infamous nickname “sex kitten.” Her following pictures were sometimes ripped apart by critics (Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965) and The Swinger (1966)), sometimes praised (The Cincinnati Kid (1965)). She couldn’t escape being typecast because of her great looks. By the late 1960s, her career stalled, and she turned to Italy for new projects. She returned and, by 1970, she was back in the public image with Hollywood films (R.P.M. (1970) opposite Anthony Quinn), Las Vegas sing-and-dance shows and her own television specials. She finally overcame her image with her Oscar-nominated turn in Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge (1971) and succeeded in changing her image from sex kitten to respected actress. A near-fatal accident at a Lake Tahoe show in 1972 only momentarily stopped her career. She was again Oscar-nominated in 1975 for Tommy (1975), the rock opera film of the British rock band The Who. Her career continued with successful films throughout the late 1970s and into the 1980s.

Al Hirt
Biography by Scott Yanow

Trumpeter divided his professional career between symphony orchestras, dance bands, and various New Orleans clubs.

A virtuoso on the trumpet, Al Hirt was often “overqualified” for the Dixieland and pop music that he performed. He studied classical trumpet at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1940-1943) and was influenced by the playing of Harry James. He freelanced in swing bands (including both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Ray McKinley) before returning to New Orleans in the late ’40s and becoming involved in the Dixieland movement. He teamed up with clarinetist Pete Fountain on an occasional basis from 1955 on, and became famous by the end of the decade. An outstanding technician with a wide range, along with a propensity for playing far too many notes, Hirt had some instrumental pop hits in the 1960s. He also recorded swing and country music, but mostly stuck to Dixieland in his live performances. He remained a household name throughout his career, although one often feels that he could have done so much more with his talent. Hirt’s early Audiofidelity recordings (1958-1960) and collaborations with Fountain are the most rewarding of his long career; he died at his home in New Orleans on April 27, 1999.

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ABOUT THE SONG, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

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      Baby, It’s Cold Outside sung first by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban and then by Betty Garrett and Red Skelton in Neptune’s Daughter (1949).

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      Baby, It’s Cold Outside has become a popular holiday standard, but it wasn’t written to be a Christmas song at all.

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      Lynn Garland and Frank Loesser belt out a tune for Life Magazine.

      Composer Frank Loesser, best known for Guys and Dolls, wrote Baby, It’s Cold Outside as a duet with his wife, Lynn Garland. The couple debuted the song at a 1944 housewarming party. It was a huge success and Loesser and Garland performed it frequently thereafter as a polite way to signal to lingering party guests that it was time to leave.

      In 1949, Loesser was writing songs for Neptune’s Daughter, a musical for MGM’s swimming sensation Esther Williams. The studio wanted a romantic duet for Williams and co-star Ricardo Montalban. Loesser originally offered his 1948 song, (I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China, but the studio nixed the number because they felt it promoted an “immoral liasion.” In a pinch, Loesser offered Baby, It’s Cold Outside instead (Garland was reportedly furious that Loesser sold “their song” to the studio).

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      Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams in a publicity still for Neptune’s Daughter (1949).

      Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a duet for a couple, who are having a good-natured quarrel over how to spend the evening. One partner, known as “the wolf,” wants to stay in and have a romantic evening by the fireside, while the other partner, known as “the mouse,” wants to scurry off to other responsibilities. “The wolf” and “the mouse” can be played by performers of either gender and that’s the way it’s done in Neptune’s Daughter.

      Baby, It’s Cold Outside is performed twice in Neptune’s Daughter (both versions are in the clip above). First, South American polo player Jose O’Rourke (Montalban) tries to persuade swimsuit designer Eve Barrett (Williams) to spend a romantic evening in. Next, Eve’s man-hungry sister, Betty (Betty Garrett) pursues the girl-shy masseur Jack Spratt (Red Skelton).

      Baby, It’s Cold Outside was an immediate sensation. It was recorded nine times in 1949 alone. First out of the gate was Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark (their version is above). There was also a country-music parody version with lyrics like “Dad’ll get the shotgun down” by June Carter and duo Homer and Jethro .

      Loesser won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Baby, It’s Cold Outside has rarely been out of the public consciousness since. It’s become a standard Christmas tune thanks to its witty lyrics filled with wintertime imagery. The song was revived again in 2003 for the Christmas movie Elf, with Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell singing the duet.

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      The Monotones – Book Of Love – 1958

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      The Monotones were a six-member American doo-wop vocal group in the 1950s. They are considered a one-hit wonder, as their only hit single was “The Book of Love”, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1958.

      Biography

      The Monotones formed in 1955 when the seven original singers, all residents of the Baxter Terrace housing project in Newark, New Jersey,[1] began performing covers of popular songs.
      Charles Patrick’s brother James was originally a member, but he left soon after the group’s formation.

      They all began singing with the New Hope Baptist Choir, directed by Cissy Houston, who was related to the Patrick brothers.[5] The group launched their career with a 1956 appearance on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour television program, winning first prize for their rendition of The Cadillacs’ “Zoom”.[3] Soon afterwards, Charles Patrick was listening to the radio and heard a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial with the line “wonder where the yellow went.” From there he got the idea for the line, “I wonder, wonder, wonder who!, who wrote the book of love”, later working it up into a song with Davis and Malone.[6] In September 1957, they recorded “Book Of Love”, which was released on the Mascot label in December that year. The small record company could not cope with its popularity, and it was reissued on Chess Records’ subsidiary Argo label in February 1958. It became a hit, eventually reaching #3 on the Billboard R&B chart and #5 on the pop charts.[1] The record sold over one million copies.[7] It also reached #5 in Australia;[5] in the UK, the hit version was a cover version by The Mudlarks.

      The Monotones recorded a series of novelty follow-ups including “Zombi”, and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, but they were not successful.

      The Monotones disbanded in 1962.

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      “Kathy Young & The Innocents – A Thousand Stars – 1960”

      “Kathy Young & The Innocents – A Thousand Stars – 1960”

      Kathy Young (born October 21, 1945) is an American musician; she was a teen pop singer during the early 1960s, whose rendition of “A Thousand Stars”, at age 15, rose to No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100.

      A native of Southern California, Young was born in the Orange County seat, Santa Ana. She rose to stardom in 1960, when producer Jim Lee of Indigo Records chose a Sun Valley-based band, The Innocents, to sing back-up vocals for her on a cover version of The Rivileers’ 1954 recording of “A Thousand Stars”. Two years earlier Lee had organized The Innocents for an appearance on Wink Martindale’s pop music TV show.

      In December 1960, two months after her 15th birthday, Kathy Young and The Innocents peaked at No. 6 on the R&B Singles chart, and at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1][2][3][4] Young’s follow-up, “Happy Birthday Blues”, peaked at No. 30 on the Hot 100 in 1961.[1] Subsequent singles, such as “Magic Is the Night” and “The Great Pretender”, failed to chart in the Top 40.

      In July 1961 she appeared on DJ Alan Freed’s highly publicized American road show.[5]

      In 1962 she followed Jim Lee to Monogram Records, recording solo and with Chicano rock singer Chris Montez. Still a teenager, she saw her promising career slowing to a standstill and, in 1964, traveled to London. There she married American singer-songwriter John Maus, aka John Walker, founder of The Walker Brothers. Her marriage to Maus lasted from 1965 to 1968.[6]

      Kathy returned to the US in 1969, remarrying two years later. Over the next 20 years she raised children and helped manage the family citrus ranch in Central California. Following a move back to Los Angeles in 1994, she began working for a major international company, while also returning to her original passion, music.

      In the 2000s she performed at numerous rock shows at venues such as the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and New Jersey’s Izod Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.[7][8]

      Kathy Young was inducted into the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame, presided over by Harvey Robbins. on October 12, 2014. at the North Shore Music Theater, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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      “Chris Kenner -The Name Of The Place is, I Like It Like That, Parts 1 & 2 (1961)”

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      Chris Kenner (December 25, 1929 – January 25, 1976) was a New Orleans R&B singer and songwriter, best known for two hit singles in the early 1960s that became staples in the repertoires of many other musicians.

      Biography

      Born in the farming community of Kenner, Louisiana, upriver from New Orleans, Kenner sang gospel music with his church choir. He moved to New Orleans when he was in his teens. In 1955 he made his first recordings, for a small label, Baton Records, without success. In 1957 recorded his “Sick and Tired” for Imperial Records; Fats Domino covered it the next year, and his version became a hit. “Rocket to the Moon” and “Life Is Just a Struggle”, both cut for Ron Records, were other notable songs Kenner recorded in this period.

      Moving to another New Orleans label, Instant, he began to work with pianist and arranger Allen Toussaint. In 1961, this collaboration produced “I Like It Like That”, his first and biggest hit, peaking at #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart (covered in 1965 by the Dave Clark Five), and “Something You Got” (covered by Wilson Pickett, Alvin Robinson, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Chuck Jackson, Earl Grant, Maxine Brown, Bobby Womack, the Moody Blues (on their 1965 debut album), the American Breed, Fairport Convention and Bruce Springsteen). “I Like It Like That” sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[1] In 1962 he produced his most enduring song, “Land of a Thousand Dances”, which was covered by various artists, including Cannibal & the Headhunters, Thee Midniters, Wilson Pickett, the Action, and Patti Smith.

      Kenner continued to record for Instant and for other small local labels, including many of his lesser-known songs from the 1960s, such as “My Wife”, “Packing Up” and “They Took My Money”. He released an album, Land of a Thousand Dances, on Atlantic Records in 1966; the Collectors’ Choice label reissued it on CD in 2007.

      In 1968 Kenner was convicted of statutory rape of a minor and spent three years in Louisiana’s Angola prison.

      Kenner died from a heart attack in 1976, at the age of 46.

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      “Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace”

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      Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. (October 24, 1930 – February 3, 1959), commonly known as The Big Bopper, was an American musician, songwriter, and disc jockey, whose big rockabilly look, style, voice, and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. He is best known for his 1958 recording of “Chantilly Lace”.[1]

      On February 3, 1959, Richardson died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa, along with music stars Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson. That event has become known as “The Day the Music Died” because it is so called in Don McLean’s 1971 song “American Pie”.[2][3]

      Biography

      J. P. Richardson was born in Sabine Pass, Texas, the oldest son of oil-field worker Jiles Perry Richardson, Sr. and his wife Elise (Stalsby) Richardson. Richardson had two younger brothers, Cecil and James. The family soon moved to Beaumont, Texas. Richardson graduated from Beaumont High School in 1947 and played on the “Royal Purple” football team as a defensive lineman, wearing number 85.[4] Richardson later studied prelaw at Lamar College, and was a member of the band and chorus.

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      DEE DEE SHARP set my heart at ease”

      DEE DEE SHARP set my heart at ease”

      Dee Dee Sharp (born Dione LaRue, September 9, 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1]) is an American R&B singer, who began her career recording as a backing vocalist in 1961.

      Career

      In 1962 she began a string of successful Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits: “Slow Twistin'” (with Chubby Checker) (#3) for which she was uncredited on the label, “Mashed Potato Time” (#2), “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)” (#9), “Ride” (#5) and “Do the Bird” (#10).[1] Both “Mashed Potato Time” and “Ride” each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs.[2] “Do the Bird” provided her only entry in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #46 in April 1963.[3] In 1967, she married record producer and Philadelphia International co-founder Kenny Gamble and has since recorded under the name Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble. The couple later divorced in 1980.[1]

      She had a brief career resurgence during the disco era and hit the charts again with her version of 10 CC’s “I’m Not In Love.” She also joined Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and Archie Bell as a member of the Philadelphia International All Stars, who had a minor hit with “Let’s Clean Up the Ghetto.” In 1980 she spent four weeks at number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with “Breaking and Entering” / “Easy Money,” from her album Dee Dee.

      More recent appearances included a performance at Pontins in the UK for the Northern Soul Show, and at the 2008 Detroit Jazz Festival. In May 2009, she appeared in Belgium at the Salle De L’Hotel de Ville.

      Sharp and her husband Bill Witherspoon have been residents of Medford, New Jersey.[4]

      1962, you could buy a 45 rpm vinyl record for $1.00 or a transistor radio for $15.00. There were many mom and pop record stores, and songs were played over and over again…

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