as well as those with short, catchy titles. The only
other way to explain why this great Marvelettes
release performed so poorly is the curse of the
Kennedy assassination, a phenomenon that sank
many fine recordings. "Too Hurt to Cry" had the
and landing on the Bubbling Under chart the
this groovy great, you'll know it was hitworthy!
her girl group the Blossoms, Phil Spector's
heavily used West Coast session vocalists,
singing the Barry Mann - Cynthia Weil
song "He's Sure the Boy I Love," a
single released by Spector and
credited to the Crystals!
Crystals were busy touring and unavailable for
West Coast studio work. Spector recognized
a hot song in "Rebel," learned that Vikki Carr
was getting ready to record it and saw the
chance to beat her to it and score another
Crystals hit. Spector called upon his secret
weapons, Darlene Love and the Blossoms,
had them cut the vocal track and marketed
the single as the latest from the Crystals.
Raising the specter of more deception from
Spector, here, in name only, are the Crystals!
top 5 UK. "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"
was a song for many occasions. It worked
at grad night dances and it was embraced
hot in the Shady in December 1965 when I was
still a Dell newbie. The powerful ballad played
on the jukebox several times a night all winter
long, earning it the #80 position on my list of
The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell.
many artists including Frank Sinatra, the Platters
and Lenny Welch, but the version released by
the Righteous Brothers was most successful.
Listen to one of the Dell's most popular
slow dances of the mid 60s, "Ebb Tide."
In Part 5 we will once again
try to achieve that elusive
high, that state of ecstasy
called Spectorian Splendor.