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“Once in a While The Chimes 1961”

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The Chimes (later Lenny Cocco & the Chimes) were an American doo wop group from Brooklyn.

The group came together under the direction of lead singer Lenny Cocco in the mid-1950s. Their first single was a version of Tommy Dorsey’s “Once in a While”, released on Tag Records. The song became a hit in the U.S., peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. The follow-up single was “I’m in the Mood for Love”, a song from the 1930s. This hit #38 later that year. In 1962, they began recording as Lenny & the Chimes, and moved to Metro Records and then to Laurie Records in 1963. In 1964, they released the single “Two Times” on Vee-Jay, but broke up shortly after.

In subsequent decades they have re-formed for the doo-wop revival circuit, usually under the name Lenny Cocco and the Chimes.

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“Be my baby – The Ronettes”

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The Ronettes were an American girl group from New York City. One of the most popular groups from the 1960s, they placed nine songs on the Billboard Hot 100, five of which became Top 40 hits. The trio from Spanish Harlem, New York,[1] consisted of lead singer Veronica Bennett (later known as Ronnie Spector), her older sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley. Among the Ronettes’ most famous songs are “Be My Baby”, “Baby, I Love You”, “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up”, and “Walking in the Rain”, all of which charted on the Billboard Hot 100. “Walking in the Rain” won a Grammy Award in 1965, and “Be My Baby” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.[2] The Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

The girls had sung together since they were teenagers, when they were known as “The Darling Sisters”. Signed first by Colpix Records in 1961, they moved to Phil Spector’s Philles Records in March 1963, and changed their name to “The Ronettes.” In late 1964, the group released their only studio album, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, which entered the Billboard charts at number 96. Rolling Stone ranked it number 422 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[3] The group were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. The Ronettes were the only girl group to tour with the Beatles.

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        “THE TEEN QUEENS – ”EDDIE MY LOVE” (1956)” 

        “THE TEEN QUEENS – ”EDDIE MY LOVE” (1956)” 

        Eddie My Love” is a 1956 doo wopsong. According to BMI and ASCAP, the song was written by Maxwell Davis(BMI), Aaron Collins, jr. (ASCAP), and Sam Ling (BMI). Maxwell Davis played sax on the Teen Queens record. Aaron Collins was the brother of the Teen Queens. Sam Ling was an alias of Saul Bihari, co-founder of Modern, RPM, and other labels.

        The Teen Queens recorded the song in 1956, and took it to number three on the R&B Best Seller chart and number fourteen on the Billboard Charts.[1] It was to become their biggest selling single, with several follow up records failing to generate the same success.

        Other versions of Eddie My Love were also recorded in 1956, by The Chordettes and The Fontane Sisters, these also charted, and by Jo Ann Campbell in 1961. Add to this is the rendition done by Dee Dee Sharp on Cameo Records in 1962.

        Reggae versions have been recorded by Nora Dean in 1974 and later by UK-based Jamaican vocal group The Marvels.

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        “Bobby Day & the Satellites – Little Bitty Pretty One”

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        Robert James Byrd (July 1, 1930[1] – July 27, 1990), known by the stage name

        Bobby Day

        , was an American rock and roll and R&B musician.[2]

        Biography
        Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Day moved to Los Angeles, California, at the age of 15. As a member of the R&B group, The Hollywood Flames,[2] he used the stage name Bobby Day to perform and record. He went several years with minor musical success limited to the West Coast, including being the original “Bob” in the duo Bob & Earl. In 1957, Day formed his own band called the “Satellites” following which he recorded three songs that are seen today as rock and roll classics.[3] Despite the similarity in personal and group names,this is not the Bobby Byrd that sang with, and was the founder of The Famous Flames, the vocal group whom with James Brown first began his career.

        Day’s best known songwriting efforts were “Over and Over” made popular by the Dave Clark Five in 1965,[4][5] and “

        Little Bitty Pretty One

        ” popularized by Thurston Harris in 1957,[6] Clyde McPhatter in 1962 and the Jackson Five in 1972. However, Day is most remembered for his 1958 solo recording of the Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit, “Rockin’ Robin”, written by Leon Rene under the pseudonym Jimmie Thomas. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record.[7] “Rockin’ Robin” was a song covered by Bob Luman at Town Hall Party on October 28, 1958, The Hollies in 1964, Gene Vincent in 1969, Michael Jackson in 1972, and by McFly in 2006.

        In 2012-2013, his uncharted recording, “Beep-Beep-Beep”, was the musical soundtrack for a US-nationwide Kia Sorento television commercial.

        Day died of cancer in 1990, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[8]

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        Rhythm of the Falling Rain -The Cascades

        Rhythm of the Falling Rain -The Cascades

        Rhythm of the Rain” is a song performed by The Cascades, released in November 1962. It was written by Cascades band member John Claude Gummoe. It rose to number three on the US pop chart on March 9, 1963, and spent two weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening chart.[1] Billboard ranked the record as the No. 4 song of 1963.

        The song was also a top 5 hit in March 7 performed song on radio/TV in the 20th century.

        The Cascades’ recording was used in the soundtrack of the 1979 film Quadrophenia and included in its soundtrack album.

         
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        “LaVern Baker – Jim Dandy”

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        Delores LaVern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an American rhythm and blues singer, who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her most successful records were “Tweedlee Dee” (1955), “Jim Dandy” (1956), and “I Cried a Tear” (1958).

        Early life

        Baker was born in Chicago and is occasionally referred to as Delores Williams because of an early marriage to Eugene Williams.[1][2]

        Career

        She began singing in Chicago clubs such as the Club DeLisa around 1946, often billed as Little Miss Sharecropper,[3] and first recorded under that name in 1949. She changed her name briefly to Bea Baker when recording for Okeh Records in 1951, and then became LaVern Baker when singing with Todd Rhodes and his band in 1952.[1]

        In 1953 she signed for Atlantic Records as a solo artist, her first release being “Soul on Fire”. Her first hit came in early 1955, with the Latin-tempo “Tweedlee Dee” reaching #4 on the R&B chart and #14 on the national US pop charts. Georgia Gibbs’ note-for-note cover of Baker’s “Tweedle Dee” reached #1; subsequently Baker made an unsuccessful attempt to sue her and petitioned Congress to consider such covers copyright violations.[4][5]

        Baker had a succession of hits on the R&B charts over the next couple of years with her backing group The Gliders, including “Bop-Ting-A-Ling” (#3 R&B), “Play It Fair” (#2 R&B), and “Still” (#4 R&B). At the end of 1956 she had another smash hit with “Jim Dandy” (#1 R&B, #17 pop). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[6] Further hits followed for Atlantic, including the follow-up “Jim Dandy Got Married” (#7 R&B), “I Cried a Tear” (#2 R&B, #6 pop in 1958, with sax by King Curtis), “I Waited Too Long” (#5 R&B, #3 pop, written by Neil Sedaka), “Saved” (#17 R&B, written by Leiber and Stoller), and “See See Rider” (#9 R&B in 1963). In addition to singing, she did some work with Ed Sullivan[7] and Alan Freed on TV and in films, including Rock, Rock, Rock and Mr. Rock & Roll. In 1964, she recorded a Bessie Smith tribute album, before leaving Atlantic and joining Brunswick Records, where she recorded the album “Let Me Belong to You”.[citation needed]

        In 1966, Baker recorded a duet single with Jackie Wilson. The controversial song, “Think Twice”, featured raunchy lyrics that were not considered appropriate for airplay at that time or even today. Three versions were recorded, one of which is the X-rated version with the raunchy lyrics.[8]

        Baker and comedian Slappy White were married in 1959.[2] After the couple was divorced in 1969, Baker signed on for a USO tour; she became seriously ill with bronchial pneumonia after a trip to Vietnam. While recovering at the US Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, a friend recommended that she stay on as the entertainment director at the Marine Corps Staff NCO club there. She remained there for 22 years, returning to the US after the base was closed in 1988.[9]

        In 1988 she returned to perform at Madison Square Garden for Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary. She then worked on the soundtracks to films such as Shag, (1989), Dick Tracy, (1990) and A Rage in Harlem (1991), which were all issued on CD. She performed a song on Alan Parker’s film Angel Heart (1987), which appeared on the original vinyl soundtrack album, but was not included on the later CD issue “for contractual reasons”.[10]

        In 1990, she made her Broadway debut replacing Ruth Brown as star of the hit musical Black and Blue.[9] In 1991, Rhino Records released a new album Live in Hollywood recorded at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill, as well as a compilation of her greatest Atlantic hits entitled Soul on Fire. In 1992, she recorded a well-received studio album, Woke Up This Morning, for DRG Records.[9] She continued performing after having both legs amputated from diabetes complications in 1994.[9] Baker made her last recording, “Jump Into the Fire,” for the 1995 Harry Nilsson tribute CD, For the Love of Harry on the Music Masters label.[11]

        In 1990 she was among the first eight recipients of the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1991, Baker became the second female solo artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following Aretha Franklin in 1987. Her song “Jim Dandy” was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was ranked #343 on the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

        Death

        LaVern Baker died from cardiovascular disease on March 10, 1997, at the age of 67. She was originally buried in an unmarked plot in Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, New York, but her grave received a headstone on May 4, 2008, after a fundraiser was held by local historians.[12]

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