by Nat King Cole, my parents' record collection
consisted entirely of white artists singing
"moon...spoon...June" pop, jazz standards,
the basement game room sifting through
stacks of 45s, playing them and deciding
which ones were hot and which were not.
Among my early favorites were records
by The Fontane Sisters, a trio of singing
siblings from New Jersey that earned
the nickname "The Queens of Cover."
their implications. I didn't realize that the
Fontane Sisters and other white artists
made a career out of interpreting for
middle class white audiences songs
by black artists.
admit that the Fontanes had a terrific
girl group sound reminiscent of the
nice job covering "Hearts of Stone,"
waxed originally by an R&B group
called the Jewels, and covering
recorded by a black sister
act called the Teen Queens.
The Fontane Sisters also sang a dreamy rendition
of "Adorable," originally released by an R&B group called the Colts, a song covered with greater success by a much more popular black group, the Drifters.
"Adorable" was released on a Fontane Sisters single as the B side of their up tempo jitterbug number "Daddy-O."
B ballad, "Adorable." To enhance your
listening experience I posted vintage
comic and romance magazine cover art.
Yessum, it's another "poor man's music
video," the kind that requires you to
scroll down the page as the song plays.
then scroll down, follow along with the lyrics
and feast your eyes on images that remind us
of the way we were back in the Fab Fifties.
along with another "video." At the end of
this intro please click, scroll, follow the
lyrics and enjoy a few more of those
nostalgic pulp romance cover art pics.
the original version of "Seventeen," written
and performed by Rockabilly Hall of Famer
Boyd Bennett. The version of "Seventeen"
that I remember from childhood, the one
my folks brought into the house on a 45,
the one I played over and over again on
my tiny tinny turntable, was the version
gonna do a cover, then do it right,
and the fabulous Fontane Sisters
rock around the clock... making
"Seventeen" my Fontanes fave!
Click and scroll!