In the early 60s, at the height of the American teen pop and
girl group craze, two talented young Canadian singers went unnoticed.
by Sandy Selsie and Pat Hervey you'll wonder
how they managed to slip through the cracks.
in the Toronto area. Both made the rounds of
amateur talent contests and performed
on Canadian radio and television.
country music television program Country Hoedown
which regularly featured budding star Gordon Lightfoot.
Both performed on Hi Time, an all Canadian talent show,
an early 60s Canadian Idol, if you will. Both girls landed
contracts with major record labels, Sandy with Columbia
and Pat with RCA Victor. Both made great recordings
but few Americans knew about them.
Sandy Selsie auditioned for Columbia
Records. Her gorgeous voice got her
signed on the spot to a five year
of 1962. "A Date With Loneliness" penetrated
the top 20 on the Canadian chart and earned the
15 year old the nickname of Canada's Brenda Lee.
Listen to Sandy sing and you'll know why.
Don Covay, "Don't Destroy Me" is a country
style ballad that instantly brings to mind
Brenda Lee's top 5 hit from earlier
that year, "Break It to Me Gently."
version of "Don't Destroy Me" was
released in May 1963.
before the assassination of President Kennedy.
Connie Francis. Listen and you might agree that
this was the best "Jimmy" record to come out of
the teen pop years.
but little known Canadian songstress.
"Mister Heartache," a catchy record
with a rock 'n' roll beat, remained
on the Canadian chart.
album. Her voice packs a punch and bursts
with Go-Go Power as she sings "Pain,"
a Northern Soul song better known
in America as performed by
R&B great Mitty Collier.
to the weak, bland, pop pabulum churned out
by some of the American girl pop
singers of the period.
Sandy and Pat, many of which are now available
on the compilations displayed in this post,
did not catch on in the United States.
In fact, not a single one even got as far
chart performance has absolutely nothing
to do with quality, was drafted with artists
like Sandy Selsie and Pat Hervey in mind.