to the soulful songbird
yet relatively unknown.
I aim to fix that.
This post should be considered a bonus edition
of my Echoes of the Spectorian Era series
because most of these recordings feature
the echo drenched Phil Spector sound.
(also spelled Riopell), "The Thrill Is Gone"
is a lush, layered production that utilized
the studio's echo chamber, a tool of the
was Charlotte Ann Matheny, stage name
Charlotte O'Hara. Backing vocals were
provided by Sherlie Matthews, whom
you met in part 1, and Clydie King.
Jerry Riopelle named the girl trio
Bonnie & the Treasures. A great 45,
"Home of the Brave" nevertheless
died on the vine at #77. Shades of
Spector, the Ronettes, the Crystals
and the Shangri-Las, here are
Bonnie & the Treasures!
Bonnie and the Treasures
chart pos. #77)
single by Charlotte O'Hara. Before she
waxed "Home of the Brave" as "Bonnie,"
lead singer of Bonnie & the Treasures,
Charlotte was a backing vocalist on
recordings produced by Phil Spector.
In 1963, as a solo artist, Charlotte
released "What About You" a song
originally recorded by Ramona King,
another fine but obscure Spector artist.
In October of 1965, Bonnie and the Treasures
(Charlotte O, Clydie and Sherlie) released a
is another Spectorian soundalike produced
by Jerry Riopelle and it has all the essential
released another magnificent solo effort on
Imperial, this one penned by Jerry Riopelle
and Gary Zekley. Euphoric and Spectoric,
the single "Missin' My Baby" is another
Wall-of-Sound-alike born in the
Gold Star echo chamber.
on to become a Northern Soul anthem,
a dance floor filler in clubs of the UK.
the background vocalist who sang with
Clydie King and Charlotte O'Hara on
those Bonnie and the Treasures records,
signed with Motown and became a prolific
session singer, songwriter and producer for
the famed record company. In the early 70s,
Sherlie formed the Blackberries, a soul trio
consisting of herself and fellow backing
vocalists Clydie King and Venetta Fields,
the latter another soul thrush that
I introduced in part 1.
the voluminous vaults of Motown, here
are the Blackberries with "Kidnapped,"
a dancer that sounds like a blend of the
Martha & the Vandellas hits "Heatwave"
and "Quicksand," the Orlons' "Crossfire"
and the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love."
as a member of the Blackberries, Clydie King
additional solo singles, "'Bout Love" (#45) and
"Loneliness (Will Bring Us Together Again)"
(#44), the latter using the name Brown Sugar.
artists that deserve to be heard!