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“Shep & the Limelites – Daddy’s Home”

“Shep & the Limelites – Daddy’s Home”


Shep and the Limelites was an American doo-wop group of the early 1960s,[1] composed of James “Shep” Sheppard (September 24, 1935 – January 24, 1970), Clarence Bassett (March 13, 1936 – January 25, 2005) and Charles Baskerville (July 6, 1936 – January 18, 1995). They are best known for their 1961 hit recording, “Daddy’s Home”, co-written by Sheppard.


Sheppard and Bassett, both from Queens County, New York, and Baskerville, originally from Virginia, organized a group in Queens in 1960. This was billed initially as Shane Sheppard And The Limelites, but quickly became Shep and the Limelites. All three had previous experience in other groups: Shep with The Heartbeats (notable for “A Thousand Miles Away”); Bassett with The Five Sharps and then, with Baskerville, in The Videos.[1]

Shep & The Limelites’ recording sessions for Hull Records started in August 1960. They recorded the original version of “Daddy’s Home” on February 1, 1961. “Daddy’s Home” reached no. 2 on the Billboard popular music chart in May,[1] and was covered by P J Proby (1970) Jermaine Jackson (1972), Toots and the Maytals (Funky Kingston 1973), Junior English, and Cliff Richard (1981). Later songs were not as successful as “Daddy’s Home”, but still sold well; among these were “What Did Daddy Do”, “Ready For Your Love” and “Our Anniversary”.[2]

Kahl Music, publisher of “A Thousand Miles Away”, an earlier song written by Sheppard, sued Keel Music, publisher of “Daddy’s Home”, for copyright violation. Keel eventually lost, and this resulted in the end of the Limelites and Hull Records in 1966. Bassett joined The Flamingos and Baskerville joined The Players and then The Drifters.[1] Sheppard re-formed the Limelites in the late 1960s, but was murdered on January 24, 1970.[1] He died in his car on the Long Island Expressway as a result of injuries sustained in a robbery.[2][3] Baskerville died, at age 58 on January 18, 1995 in New York.[4] Bassett died on January 25, 2005, at age 68 from the complications of emphysema, at his home in Richmond, Virginia.[5]

James Sheppard’s legacy includes the composing of rock ‘n’ roll’s first song cycle. Writing songs for both the Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, he tells the story of going home to his girl, with twists along the way, getting married, and celebrating their anniversary. The songs that told this story were “A Thousand Miles Away”, “500 Miles to Go”, both with the Heartbeats; and then “Daddy’s Home”, “Three Steps from the Altar,” “Our Anniversary”, and “What Did Daddy Do?” for Shep and the Limelites.[6]



Something I Want To Tell You – Johnny & The Expressions”

Something I Want To Tell You – Johnny & The Expressions”

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Johnny And The Expressions originally recorded Something I Want To Tell You Written-By – Ralph Meeks artists are obsure with little or no background or no relative information.

Johnny And The Expressions’
music is within the Funk/Soul Genre.Something I Want To Tell Youwas released 1965.

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“Um Um Um Um Um Um-Major Lance-1964.wmv”


Major Lance (April 4, 1939),[1] 1941[3][4] or 1942[5][6] – September 3, 1994[2] was an American R&B singer. After a number of US hits in the 1960s, including “The Monkey Time” and “Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um”, he became an iconic figure in Britain in the 1970s among followers of Northern soul. Although he stopped making records in 1982, Major Lance continued to perform at concerts and on tours until his death in 1994.

Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um” is a song, written by Curtis Mayfield. The first recording to be released was by Major Lance, as a single in December 1963, produced by Okeh label president Carl Davis.[1] The song was Major Lance’s third release to make the Billboard Hot 100 and his most successful hit with a #5 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1964 with a #1 peak on the Cash Box R&B chart (Billboard did not run an R&B chart November 1963-January 1965).[2] In the UK it reached #40, Lance’s only UK chart appearance. The song would become a major UK hit in the autumn of 1964 via a rendition by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders which reached #5. A French rendering entitled “Hum, hum, hum” had been recorded by Frank Alamo and charted in France in early 1965 with a chart peak of #6.[citation needed]

Johnny Rivers remade the song for his 1977 album Outside Help from which it was issued as the follow-up single to the Top Ten hit “Swayin’ to the Music (Slow Dancing)”: Rivers’ version renamed the song “Curious Mind” after a lyric in the second verse, the full title of the Rivers’ version being “Curious Mind (Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um)”. “Curious Mind…” was heavily supported by easy-listening radio with a February 1978 peak of #4 on the Easy Listening chart in “Billboard” and almost afforded Rivers’ a Top 40 hit with a #41 peak on the “Billboard” Hot 100 where it would be Rivers’ final charting.[citation needed] In Canada, Rivers reached number 33 with the song.[citation needed]



“The Girl’s Alright With Me”


The Girl’s Alright with Me” is a 1964 song recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. The B-side to their Top 40 hit “I’ll Be in Trouble”, the song was also able to chart on its own, peaking at number 102 on Billboard Pop Charts. It was written by Eddie Kendricks, Norman Whitfield, and Eddie Holland, and produced by Whitfield.


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Help Me Rhonda single version – The Beach Boys


Help Me, Ronda

” is a song written and composed by Brian Wilson with additional lyrics by Mike Love for American rock band the Beach Boys.[1] It was released as “Help Me, Ronda” in March 1965 on

The Beach Boys

Today!. A rerecorded version with a significant different arrangement was issued for its single release where it was respelled “Help Me, Rhonda”. The single peaked at number one in the United States, making it the second Beach Boys single to reach that position after “I Get Around” in 1964. The single version was later released on the Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) album in June 1965.


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Single: Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent

Single: Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent

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Gene lives and breaths the song.  He’s feeling it.  Pure rock n roll.

“Lets rock”

Cliff Gallup gives us a couple great guitar bits.  Cool, cool song by a rock n roll original.  Gene Vincent and the Blue caps.  Sets the pace for others to follow.

“She’s the gal with the red blue jeans.  She’s the queen of all the teens…”

Cincinnati Babyhead couldn’t help himself.  He loved this song.  A must on the playlist.

“Lets rock again”

Go Gene go…

(Note: Check out Jeff Beck and the Big Town Playboys “Crazy Legs”  Awesome.)

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


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]

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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