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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Echo Chamber Music: The Gold Star Spectorian Treasures of Clydie King!



 Welcome to Pt. 2 of  my game 

 of Six Degrees... a tribute 

 to the soulful songbird 

 CLYDIE KING 

 ...prolific and terrific 

 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. 


 CLYDIE KING 

In the mid 60s, Clydie King recorded at Gold Star,
an independent studio in Hollywood that became
a hit factory during the decade. Clydie released
a single on Imperial that was cast in the same
mould as the Wall of Sound recordings
of producing legend Phil Spector.


Written and produced by Jerry Riopelle
(also spelled Riopell), "The Thrill Is Gone"
is a lush, layered production that utilized
the studio's echo chamber, a tool of the
trade upon which Spector often relied.

 "The Thrill Is Gone" - Clydie King 
 (May 1965, uncharted) 





 BONNIE AND 

 THE TREASURES 

As the story goes, a tape of Clydie King's
"The Thrill Is Gone" was brought to the
attention of Phil Spector and Spec was so
impressed with Jerry Riopelle's work on
the single that he hired Jerry as a writer
and producer at Philles Records. Soon 
after Riopelle cranked out another gem.


Penned by the famed Brill Building team of
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, "Home of
the Brave" is another Spectoresque opus
that some people believed was recorded
by the Ronettes. Instead, the lead singer
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!

 "Home of the Brave" 
 Bonnie and the Treasures 
 (Sept. 1965, highest 
 chart pos. #77) 






 CHARLOTTE O'HARA 

Six Degrees now leads us to another
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.

 "What About You" - Charlotte O'Hara 
 (May 1963, uncharted) 





 BONNIE 

We now return to Clydie King's career timeline.
In October of 1965, Bonnie and the Treasures
(Charlotte O, Clydie and Sherlie) released a
follow-up to "Home of the Brave," this one
credited only to Bonnie. "Close Your Eyes"
is another Spectorian soundalike produced
by Jerry Riopelle and it has all the essential
elements for greatness - girl group harmony,
The Wrecking Crew supplying the orchestral
backing and the Gold Star Studio's echo fx.

 "Close Your Eyes" - Bonnie 
 (Oct./Nov. 1965, uncharted) 





 CLYDIE KING 

Around that same time frame, Clydie King
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.

 "Missin' My Baby" - Clydie King 
 (Oct./Nov. 1965, uncharted) 





 JIMMY HOLIDAY 

 & CLYDIE KING 

In 1967, Clydie King recorded a soulful duet
with Mississippi R&B singer and songwriter
Jimmy Holiday. Released as a single, the
song "Ready, Willing and Able," written
by Holiday, missed the chart, but went
on to become a Northern Soul anthem,
a dance floor filler in clubs of the UK.

 "Ready, Willing and Able" 
 Jimmy Holiday & Clydie King 
 (April 1967, uncharted) 





 THE BLACKBERRIES 

In the mid 60s, Sherlie Mae Matthews,
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.

In mid 1972, Motown left Detroit and moved
to Los Angeles. That year Sherlie, Clydie and
Venetta recorded nine songs intended to be
released as the Blackberries' debut album.
However the project was never completed.
The Northern Soul gem you are about to
hear, arguably the best song of the bunch,
was not even released as a single. From
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."

 "Kidnapped" - The Blackberries 
 (song from unreleased 1972 album) 





In the early 70s, along with her recordings
as a member of the Blackberries, Clydie King
reached the top 50 on the R&B chart with two
additional solo singles, "'Bout Love" (#45) and
"Loneliness (Will Bring Us Together Again)"
(#44), the latter using the name Brown Sugar.

 I hope you had fun 

 sampling the sounds of  

 CLYDIE KING 

 and those associated with her, 

 artists that deserve to be heard! 

(Special thanks to my good friend Anthony Reichardt
for his YouTube uploads of these recordings and the
extensive background information he shares.)

Have a Shady day!

35 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonMay 7, 2017 at 3:19 AM

    Watching that documentary about the Wrecking Crew with you a couple of years ago got me interested in the Phil Spector sound-- and this part 2 post offers plenty of it. It also introduces more great singers and songs that I never heard before.

    It amazes me how many different names were used on various records made by the same artist or group. You did a great job of sorting it all out and connecting the dots.

    I remember a song called The Thrill Is Gone-- but it was by another soul singer-- and I don’t think it is the same song as Clydie King's. I like Clydie's voice and the echo gives The Thrill Is Gone a dreamlike sound-- same as on Missing My Baby. Home Of The Brave is an interesting song about a boy banned from school because his look doesn’t fit society’s standard. It seems like it was common in the 60's for girls to sing songs about misunderstood bad boys.

    I like Charlotte O'Hara’s voice on both her group and solo recordings. What ever became of her?

    Ready Willing And Able is an exciting dance tune-- and so is the classic Motown sound of the Blackberries on Kidnapped-- makes me want to get up and dance!-- lol

    This Six Degrees series is loaded with new information and new sounds and I really enjoyed it-- great job!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks so much for reporting in!

      Yessum, there were many many "groups" born in recording studios and the names of the acts changed often. If a single happened to catch on and become a hit, an actual touring group was quickly formed, often consisting of members who were completely different from the people who made the recording. Few teenage fans knew the difference and even fewer cared.

      The best known "Thrill is Gone" song is the one written by musician Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell and recorded by the late blues man B.B. King. B.B. had a hit single with the song in 1970 and Aretha Franklin also recorded it for her album Spirit in the Dark. The song Clydie sings is different. It was penned by Spector protégé Jerry Riopelle. I'm so glad you appreciate Clydie's solo singles and her work as a member of the groups represented in this post.

      Yessum, "Home of the Brave" was one of several 60s singles about nonconformity and tolerance (or intolerance the case may be). Others that come to mind are "Leader of the Pack," "He's a Rebel," "Society's Child" and, going all the way back to the mid 50s, "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" by Bert Convy and The Cheers. It should be pointed out that the version of "Home of the Brave" released by Bonnie and the Treasures" was only a minor hit (#77), while a version released at the same time by country-pop singer Jody Miller did much better, reaching #25.

      I am also pleased that you appreciate the vocals of Charlotte O'Hara on the Bonnie records and on her solo single. Sadly, Charlotte died young, of breast cancer, in 1976.

      I agree that "Ready, Willing and Able" and "Kidnapped" are both terrific dance numbers. Notice that almost every one of the great records in this post remained uncharted (or unreleased)!

      Thanks again for joining me for part 2, Kathryn. I'm happy to know you enjoyed learning about Clydie and these other artists and that you enjoyed the tunes!

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  2. Never heard of Clydie, Charlotte and Jimmy before ... thanks for posting this, friend Shady ... guess me was a bit too young back then ... anyway, I recently rescued some of my husband's record collection (destined for the garbage dump) ... Theresa Brewer, Ink Spots, Helen Shapiro and Fats Domino ... smiles ... wishing you a very awesome Sunday, friend ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Golly, you are either up very late in Western Canada, up very early in Western Canada, or reporting in from Cuba. :) Wherever you are, I am very happy to see you, dear friend, and thank you for coming!

      I hear ya, cat, but remember, until a few years ago I had never heard of Clydie, Sherlie, Venetta, Charlotte or Jimmy either. I discovered all of these talented vocalists through recent purchases of various artists CDs and through online research.

      It's a good thing you rescued your husband's records. Guys like me break into a cold sweat at the thought of vinyl oldies winding up in a garbage dump. :) Remember that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and you might be throwing away some rare and valuable discs. I think I told you before that Teresa Brewer was one of my mother's favorite singers and that my big brother was a Fats man. If those Fats Domino records are in good shape they would most likely be worth some money.

      Hey, thank you again for dropping in on your Sunday morning, dear friend cat. Stay safe. I hope to chat with you again soon!

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  3. I've always heard that we make our own luck, or, we are the masters of our own destiny! I have to say that sometimes I don't believe this to be the truth. I think that sometimes there are obstacles, not self-induced, that get in the way of one's success.
    Without a doubt, Clydie has a unique voice, that is adaptable to various styles, beats and storylines. So, how, then, did she fall through the cracks! For me, Clydie's talent is right up there with Martha and the Vandellas, and, or the Ronettes! Too young? Not in the right click? Competition too steep? I mean, Clydie's "The Thrill is Gone" just screams HIT! I think Clydie wanted it bad enough, but, just couldn't quite jump over the hurdles.

    Okay, okay-listen to me! Trying to figure it out! I guess enjoying the voice and the songs makes me question the 'whys' and 'why nots'!

    "Ready, Willing and Able" is clearly a dance floor come on! It is so happy, upbeat, and you can sing along with it while you dance! The more I listened to the song, the more I liked it. And, "Missin My Baby"! She just has that voice, Shady! This one is perfect song to wind up 1965. A good song for dancing slow, and to make up from a lovers' quarrel!
    "Home of The Brave" does make me think of the Ronettes, but, I think there were too many of these ahead of this one. It kind of rolls off of "Leader of The Pack" and "He's a Rebel" doesn't it? Some of the recordings seem to be a little too late for the timeline.
    I do like Charlotte's "What About You". She also has a great voice. Her "Close Your Eyes" made me think of the Beach Boys.

    It is a shame that some of these songs didn't chart, but, not because of a lack of talent! These ladies truly have talent and can deliver! You're correct in saying they deserve to be heard, Shady! Thank you for bringing them forward for us to appreciate.

    And, thank you for this amazing journey into some of yesterday's treasures, Shady! Have a wonderful Sunday! Take care, dear friend! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for joining me on a Sunday, dear friend, as I present part 2 of Clydie King and friends.

      Holy moly, Suzanne. This is probably the best comment you ever wrote here on SDMM, and that's saying something! I really appreciate how you let the thoughts flow through your fingers and onto my screen.

      I'm especially excited to know that you recognize Clydie King's talent, even though not enough others did at the time, thus preventing her from breaking through to stardom and becoming the next Aretha, Dionne Warwick or Gladys Knight. Clydie seemingly had it all. She was a beautiful woman blessed with a smooth, seductive voice. She was given good material to record, so that apparently wasn't the problem. Clydie even gained national exposure for "The Thrill is Gone" by means of an appearance on the TV show Shindig. Watch this video:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nph9B2dSXk

      I think the timing issue might be partially to blame for Clydie's lack of greater success. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", the Spectorian masterpiece by the Righteous Brothers, was released at the start of 1965 and in my mind it represents the high water mark for the Spector Wall-of-Sound. In the months that followed, and especially with all the copycat recordings coming from other producers across the country, the popularity of dense, echo drenched recordings began to fade, bringing an end to the Spectorian era. Clydie's two solo singles were released later in 1965 and might have sounded a little stale by that time, especially since they are ballads and not bouncy dance records. Keep in mind that by mid to late 1965 the Motown Sound and the H-D-H beat were the latest and the greatest along with the Beach Boys and the style of music being produced by self-contained garage and pop bands in the U.S. and UK.

      I read that many people believed for a long time that Ronettes' lead singer Ronnie Bennett (later Ronnie Spector) was "Bonnie" on "Home of the Brave" and "Close Your Eyes," but it was in fact a Ronnie soundalike by the name of Charlotte Ann Matheny, a talented singer and songwriter who died very young of breast cancer. "Home of the Brave" might have been another case of bad timing, especially rendered in the style it was. After all, the Crystals hit "He's a Rebel" came out in 1962. By the fall of '65 pop audiences were becoming more sophisticated. The Shangri-las could still sell this type of angst filled song with their bad girl vibe, but Bonnie and the Treasures played it straight and the single failed to crack the top 75. It was a different story with country audiences. They were more likely to embrace maudlin songs and therefore Jody Miller gained a top 30 hit with "Home of the Brave." In 1968, country artist Jeannie C. Riley had an even bigger hit with "Harper Valley P.T.A.," a ditty about a woman who violates a small town's decency standards with her scandalous behavior and short skirts.

      Yessum, the record business is and was fickle. Many great artists and songs slipped through the cracks. That is why I enjoy presenting posts and series like this one, to sing the praises of the unsung heroes and heroines of rock 'n' roll.

      Again I thank you very very much for such a spectacular comment, dear friend Suzanne. I hope you and Scootie are well and I wish you both a wonderful week ahead!

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  4. Hi Shady,

    I listened to a couple of these clips (my internet limitations dictate how much of that I can indulge in) and I'm glad I chose "The Thrill is Gone" as one of them. Great song! I appreciate all the research you put into these posts. Music is such a treasure. :)

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for dropping by, dear friend!

      I am very happy to see you here checking out the tunes in part 2 of my Clydie King series. If you only had time for one song, you picked a great one with "The Thrill is Gone." Music historians point to it as one of the greatest Spectorian style recordings, a "Gold Star" special that stands the test of time. If you copy and paste this link you can watch Clydie perfom her signature song on Shindig:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nph9B2dSXk

      Yessum, music is a treasure, and so are faithful friends like you, Kelly. I very much appreciate your visits and your support. Have an excellent week ahead!

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  5. This was actually nice to listen to part 1 and then immediately go to part 2. I never knew that sound of echo style is a Phil, I kill people too, Spector special. Actually, he really looks deranged doesn't he?? Getting back to the great music, I like that bit of Asian style put into the first song. It make sure me wonder how someone who has a great voice doesn't get just as famous as others, like Diana Ross. The last song was a mosh mash of those other songs. Great to listen to on a meh Sunday. You have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hi, again (for the third time today) dear BB! I have writer's cramp and carpal tunnel from binge replying to your binge comments! :) Thank you sincerely for catching up on my posts today. I appreciate the extra effort, dear friend.

      Yessum, what we have here, among other things, is a heaping helping of the Phil Spector sound, produced not by the legendary studio wizard himself, but by his apprentice, Jerry Riopelle.

      What? You think Spec looks deranged?

      http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/j/msnbc/Components/Slideshows/_production/ss_070912_spector/ss_070912_spector_08.today-ss-slide-desktop.jpg

      This I will say. Spector today bears a striking resemblance to Dr. Zorba on Ben Casey:

      http://kpitalrisk.free.fr/images/stars/15000/s_sam_jaffe_actress_.jpg

      :)

      Do you mean the bongos there at the beginning of "The Thrill is Gone"? I like that touch, too. They create a very distinctive intro for the song. I can't figure out why that fine single flopped along with all of the other releases posted here.

      I listed some famous soul thrushes and forgot about Diana Ross. Thanks for adding her name to the list of stars to which we can compare the talent of Clydie King.

      Thanks again for making time for SDMM today, dear friend Birgit, and have a super week ahead!

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  6. Shows you how close-knit the music industry really is.
    If you ever go modern, you'd have to do a six degrees of Arjen Lucassen. The dude has literally recorded or connected with every person in the pro rock world.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming over for Clydie II - The Sequel, good buddy. :)

      Thanks for the tip about Arjen Lucassen, veteran of Vengeance, the Ayreon project and other prog metal acts including one of my favorite metal bands Stream of Passion. Their Live in the Real World clips make me swoon and I have their CD.

      Thanks again for taking a look and a listen, Alex, and have a super week ahead!

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  7. Hey, Shady. She sounds like an awesome siren.

    I don't know if it's just me but I'm finding it harder to read white fonts against black background lately. Maybe I need to get my eyes checked up so I can read through finish your awesome posts.

    Thanks for sharing this, btw. As always, I've never heard of such music before. Good to know them!

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    1. Hi, Lux!

      Thanks a lot for coming over, dear friend!

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed listening to sultry soul siren Clydie King and a few of her musical contemporaries. Together they produced some of the best Spectorian sounds of the 60s plus that awesome unreleased MoWest sound of the early 70s.

      I'm sorry you are finding it difficult to read my posts. I am in my 60s and haven't experienced any such problems.

      Have a great week, dear friend Lux!

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    2. Wow, good job! You must have taken care of your eyes better than I did. :D

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    3. Hi again, Lux!

      I took your comment to heart and it inspired me to make some changes. You are the very first person to know about the changes. They are not coming immediately, but they are coming. Stay tuned, dear friend. :)

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  8. Tom,

    You didn't disappoint in the final chapter on Clydie King. She's a fabulous singer. Of the intro mewsic you shared my favorite is "Missin' My Baby" and as you might guess it's the soft melody and tender vocals Clydie uses to capture the essence of the lyrics and my heart - beautifully done! I don't know what this song didn't chart. That's just crazy to me. This style of singing is really purrfect for her which I prefer over her dance mewsic. Thanks for sharing Clydie King with me! You really know how to showcase some of the finest little to unknown to me artists from a decade when I was too small to remember these talents. Have a tunetastic day, my friend!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    Singers/Mewsicians Celebrating Birthday Today

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for popping in before you start your busy day which includes an appointment. I hope it goes well for you, dear friend!

      I'm delighted that you singled out "Missin' My Baby" because the song hasn't been mentioned as much by other readers. It is indeed another fine, dreamy, mid tempo ballad and, although it is credited as a solo recording, it can be classified as a girl group record because of the angelic female backing vocalists that blend their voices in harmony on the chorus. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Clydie herself was one of the backing singers on her own recording.

      I would have LOVED to have been there in the Gold Star studio as recordings like these were put together in the 60s. It must have been thrilling to work with the mix until you had it just right and then listen to the finished product all the way through for the first time. When Phil Spector first listened to the finished mix of the Crystals' single "Da Do Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" he was quoted as shouting to apprentice Sonny Bono:"That's gold. That's solid gold coming out of that speaker." Can you imagine the excitement of that moment? In a 1998 article by Gilbert Garcia for the Phoenix New Times, Garcia wrote that veteran record producer Snuff Garrett remembers Phil Spector in the following way: << Garrett recalls that Spector was "crazy as a run-over dog," and highly opinionated about music. >> Crazy - maybe, but a genius nevertheless, and Spector protégé Jerry Riopelle was clearly a talented songwriter and producer as well, turning out Clydie King's two solo gems "The Thrill is Gone" and "Missin' My Baby."

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Cathy. I wish you a safe and happy week!

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    2. Tom,

      Singers/Mewsicians of yesteryear had to be good. They didn't have the technology to perform studio magic like they do with today's artists. When you hear an artist live is when you know if they are a genuine talent and not a studio work of art. lol Have a good day, my friend!

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    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Thanks so much for swinging back over for a visit, dear friend!

      Ain't that the truth? Many artists and producers of yesteryear made records on a deadline. They had limited time in the studio and the vocalists needed to get the song down in one or two takes. Today's studio engineers have many devices at their disposal to "fix it in the mix" and make even an average singer sound great. The litmus test is a live performance w/o lip sync.

      Thanks again for dropping by, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy your Tuesday!

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    4. Tom,

      It sounds like I have hope yet of breaking into the mewsic industry with your words...Today's studio engineers have many devices at their disposal to "fix it in the mix" and make even an average singer sound great. I have my pen and am ready to sign with Singin'NShower Records or YoMamaUStink Sounds :D

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    5. Hi Cathy!

      I doubt the technology exists that could make my awful singing sound good. :) Nevertheless, I will continue to sing in the shower and play tunes in my head all day long. As you already know, mewsic makes your day. :)

      Thank you very much for the early morning visit, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy your post A To Z hiatus and your Mother's Day!

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  9. That was a treat. I listened to all of The Thrill is Gone and the voice was captivating. She deserved to be at the top. Loved the duet with Jimmy Holiday. Almost started to Bop, but I couldn't find my white gym socks. :-)

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    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thanks for swinging over to experience part 2 of Clydie King and her singing soul sistas.

      I again want to thank my good friend Anthony Reichardt out in California for posting on YouTube the Spectorian classics "The Thrill is Gone," "Home of the Brave," "Close Your Eyes" and "Missin' My Baby." Anthony's uploads deliver the dynamic sound of the original hot wax, and he has hundreds of rare nuggets like these on his channel. In addition Anthony provides an extensive amount of background info on the artist and the recording studio personnel involved in the production.

      I'm delighted to know that Clydie's vocals captivated you and that you are scratching your head along with the rest of us wondering why she wasn't a major star. The duet with Jimmy is a Northern Soul floor filler, a much requested platter in dance venues across the UK. Many American R&B, soul and blues artists enjoyed greater success across the pond than they did stateside.

      Thanks again for checking out part 2, dear friend Cheryl Lee, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  10. Hi Shady!

    Another great post! I rather like that 'echo' sound. Clydie's voices comes through so crisp and clear. The songs did call to mind other songs like "It's My Party" and "Leader of the Pack" and even Smokey Robinson's "Ooo Baby, Baby".
    All in all a really nice medley of memorable melodies!

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    1. Hi, diedre!

      Thank you very much for returning for the part 2 conclusion of this miniseries on Clydie King and friends. I am very happy to see you!

      Yessum, the Gold Star engineers had the echo FX cranked to the max on these recordings, but the velvet lead vocals of Clydie and Charlotte pierced the sound veil nicely. You named three huge hits of the 60s and I can't understand why "The Thrill is Gone," "Missin' My Baby" and some of these other tunes didn't catch on with radio stations and record buyers nearly as well.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend diedre, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  11. Hi Shady!

    Can't say I've ever heard these songs before reading your blog, but I love the selection. I might have to go through my dad's classic collection and see what he has before I download it.

    Thanks again for opening my ears to the classics and oldies!

    Have a great week, dear friend.

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend! If you go through your dad's vinyl collection and find any of these obscure gems in near mint condition, they would be a remarkable find and worth lots of $$$.

      I was lucky to stumble upon these artists and songs when I started collecting the Phil Spector sound a few years ago. Several producers across the country imitated Spec's style including the wizard's own apprentice Jerry Riopelle, and that is how I am able to fill 17 volumes of my Echoes of the Spectorian Era series plus this post as an added bonus volume.

      Thanks again for popping in, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Hi, Shady,

      Unfortunately my dad doesn't have much in vinyl. He didn't realize Nan packed his vinyl in a case and it was sold at auction. :(

      My dad's co-worker used to be a DJ and one year he made dad a bunch of CDs.

      Have a great st, dear friend!

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    3. Hi, Jessica!

      Vinyl record collecting is, or was, mainly a guy thing. Most women I have known don't understand why men get excited over the look, feel and sound of a vinyl slab. I think it is every man's worst nightmare when a woman tosses out or sells his vinyl treasures.

      Thanks for coming to chat, dear friend JM, and have a great weekend!

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  12. Again I'm amazed at what sounds, groups, or single artists make it big while sounds like these just go by. Those featured here sure sound like hits from the 60's and I enjoyed all of them even though I hadn't heard of the groups before. I guess that's the purpose of your posts! Thanks for the education! I may not remember all the details but the sound will live on! Have a wonderful week! We finally have sunshine even if it was 35de this morning!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you for dropping in to check out part 2 of Clydie King. I appreciate your visit, dear friend!

      Yessum, these recordings had all the right ingredients: good song material, smooth lead vocals supported by soulful background singers and echo drenched Spectorian arrangements. The only thing I can think of is that the timing wasn't right. The Spector sound, hot in the early 60s, had pretty much run its course by the time those 1965 singles hit the street. By then teenage record buyers were wild over the Motown Sound, the Beach Boys and British invasion bands and they were also getting into homegrown garage pop and psychedelic bands. The times were changin' and time was not on the side of old school Spector soundalikes.

      35 degrees? Are you kidding me? It's hard to believe the mercury plunges that low this late in springtime. I hope the cold snap didn't harm your Dogwood and other blooming trees, shrubs and plants.

      Still thinking about your dear mother and praying for her. Thanks again for coming, dear friend YaYa!

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  13. I think I've heard,"Home of the Brave," which surprised me. Clydie's name doesn't ring a bell.

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for coming over, dear friend!

      Country pop songstress Jody Miller scored a bigger hit with her cover of "Home of the Brave." Perhaps that is the version you remember.

      Thanks again for stopping in, dear friend Sherry!

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