Wednesday, July 03, 2013

More classic singles

Here are some more 45s that I obtained at a car boot sale today. Some interesting ones and worth a click on the Youtube links.
1. Bobby Hendricks - Itchy Twitchy Feeling/ A Thousand Dreams. Mint value £60.
After singing with various doowop groups, including taking lead vocals on the Drifters' Drip Drop, Bobby Hendricks went solo with an immediate hit on the US Sue label in 1958. Later records, including a couple more released in the UK (on Top Rank and Mercury) were less successful and he became lead singer of of Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters on occasions.
2. Dennis Turner - Lover Please/ How Many Times. Mint value £25.
This Billy Swan song was a hit for Clyde McPhatter and the original version was recorded by the Rhythm Steppers, of which Swan was a member. Dennis Turner's excellent version came out shortly afterwards on the same label (Louis), but it was McPhatter who cleaned up on it.
3. Faron Young - Honey Stop!/ Vacation's Over. Mint value £15.
Country singer Faron Young made several rockabilly recordings in the late 50s and this one, from 1957, is a good example of his stab at the genre.

4. Chuck Jackson - I Don't Want To Cry/ Just Once. Mint value £40.
Chuck Jackson is one of my favourite soul singers and this, his first release in 1961, is one of his best. Discovered by Luther Dixon he was signed to Wand where he later recorded such classics as Any Day Now, I Keep Forgettin' and Tell Him I'm Not Home and duetted to great effect with Maxine Brown.
5. The Sensations - Music Music Music/ A Part Of Me. Mint value £28.
The Sensations, with Yvonne Baker (nee Mills) on lead, revived this 1949 song in 1961. Formed in Philadelphia in 1954, the group were unusual in having a female lead singer with three male backing singers. They hit with Yes Sir That's My Baby in 1956 but the follow up to Music Music Music, Let Me In, was their biggest hit, reaching number two in the US.
6. Rick Nelson - I Need You/ A Wonder Like You. Mint value £10.
Recorded in 1962, this typical soft and melodic Rick Nelson song wasn't released until 1966, by which time he was with US Decca. Sorry about the annoying advert at the start of this Youtube clip - I wish they would go away.
7.  Jody Miller - Queen Of The House/ The Greatest Actor. Mint value £5.
I had to include this follow up to King Of The Road because of the wonderful tongue in cheek (I think) video with maids, milkmen and Jody herself.  One of the earliest pop videos I suspect.

8. The Drifters - Room Full Of Tears/ Somebody New Dancin' With You. Mint value £10.
This is one of the lesser known 45s from the Charlie Thomas Drifters era but both sides - written by Pomus and Shuman - are excellent.  The B side, with Rudy Lewis on lead vocals, was produced by Burt Bacharach and is great.
9. The Duprees - You Belong To me/ Take me as I Am. Mint value £40.
The Duprees, a white doowop group from New Jersey, had success in the US in 1962 with this revival of a song which had previously been a hit for Patti Page and, especially, Jo Stafford who took it to number one in both the US and UK.
10. Jan Bradley - Mama Didn't Lie/ Lovers Like Me. UK issue mint value £40.
This Curtis Mayfield song provided soul singer Jan Bradley with a big US hit in 1963, but a legal battle between Chess and Mayfield meant that she was no longer able to work with him and she never reached such heights again.


At 1:44 pm , Blogger Dave C said...

Do you ever wonder about the history of the second-hand records that you buy? I imagine that one of the more common reasons of their availability is the death of the owner. Sometimes that person has written his or her name on the disc, although I notice that in the case of the 45 by The Duprees, the name ‘Van Winkel’ has been stamped on it. Perhaps it’s an appropriate moment to say RIP Van Winkel?

At 2:36 pm , Blogger Nick said...

Well spotted Dave. Excellent!

At 8:21 pm , Anonymous John S said...

Apart from RIP to the great Van Winkel, I must say I'm pretty jealous of the Bobby Hendricks and Chuck Jackson 45's - both classics and missing from my collection.

At 12:34 pm , Anonymous Ira said...



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