TRIP TO CALIFORNIA,
WITH A MUSIC POST.
duel in the Shady
I'll play sets of the same song
recorded by different artists.
unenviable task of having to
pick the winner of each spin-off.
tapping your toes... NOW!
leads Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore.
In the late 50s, manager George Treadwell fired
all of the original members and brought in
another group called the Five Crowns
to record and perform as the Drifters.
still a few months in the future. Consequently, the
stateside while rocketing all the way
to #1 on the UK chart.
were released between Thanksgiving 1956 and
January 1957. The first, recorded by Ric Cartey
with the Jiva-Tones, missed the chart. Actor
and singer Tab Hunter, on the other hand,
watched his rendition soar to #1.
the same month the Tab Hunter record was on
cover, the vocal quartet the Crew-Cuts.
he earned the nickname The Southern Gentleman.
Sonny turned his recording of "Young Love" into
a huge country crossover hit. James' record
the country survey for 9 weeks. My parents
bought the Sonny James 45 and they and I
played it often. It was the only version of
as a child. I love it and consider
it the definitive.
R&B vocal group of the 50s that started their
career recording ballads. It wasn't until they
hopped on the rock 'n' roll bandwagon
went to #1 on the black chart and #15 pop.
"Hearts of Stone" was originally recorded
was also covered with great success by
the Fontane Sisters who took it to
followed "Hearts of Stone" with
"Two Hearts" which made the
top 10 on the R&B chart.
not go there again. Instead, here's a downright
decent cover by Pat Boone. I often joke about
Pat and his whitewashed covers of black originals,
Now that the shootout's over
and the smoke has cleared
which 45s are standing tall?
you answer, pardner.