Wayne’s Music 27/28 April 2013. More in the stories of the labels.
‘Kissin’ Time’ – Bobby Rydell when he was heading the roster at the Philadelphian label Cameo-Parkway, which existed for little more than a decade, but it made its mark on the music scene of the early 60s.
‘The Things I Want To Hear’ – The Shirelles, the classic American Girl group whose US releases were on Scepter records , but in Britain, they were released on Top Rank.
‘I Can tell’ - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates one of the leading groups that created The British Beat Boom
‘Dawning’ – Jay and The Americans on the label founded in 1919 by actors Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks … they called it United Artists.
‘A Fool In Love’ - Ike and Tina Turner were the major International Hitmakers for SUE Records from about 1957.
‘He Just Couldn’t resist her With her Pocket Transistor’ – this was Alma Cogan with a song that didn’t work too well in Britain, but it was a #1 for many months in Japan.
‘Silhouettes’ – The Rays – one of the Top Groups on the Cameo-Parkway roster,
‘A Change Of Heart’ – Craig Douglas, the British pop star was a chart regular on Top Rank which was the label established in 1959 by J Arthur Rank
‘I Knew It All The Time’ – The Dave Clark Five starting out on the road to fame and fortune with this early B-side
‘What Kind Of Fool Am I’ – Shirley bassey was one of the first British artists to grace the UA label.
‘ Itchy Twitchy feeling’ – former Drifters lead singer Bobby Hendricks was the first SUE label artist to hit the Billboard charts when this song soared to # 25 in 1958
‘ Big Man’ – Kathy Kirby in her Brit Girl pop days about 1962 –
‘ Three Coins In The Fountain’ – The Skyliners out on the Philadelphia label Cameo-Parkway
‘twistin All Night Long’ – even Danny and The Juniors who gave the world the dance record “At The Hop” climbed in on the “twist” craze a few years later.
‘Don’t Ever Change/Let’s twist Again/The Locomotion – at the birth of the British Beat Boom, Brian Poole and The tremolos cashed in on some popular dances of the day.
‘Granada’ – Eydie Gorme when she was working for the American film studio label Untied Artists, usually with her husband Steve Lawrence, but this was one of her early solo outings.
‘Don’t Let The Stars get in Your Eyes’ –country singer called Skeets McDonald got a version out ahead of everyone else – and it set him up ….
‘ I Let The Stars get In My Eyes’ – Goldie Hill made a career out of answer-discs.
‘Heart And Soul’ – Jan and Dean on the record label founded by everybody’s favourite cowboy Gene Autry in 1957 … it was called The Challenge Label. It even dabbled in what became known as “surf-rock”.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 28 April 2013. more on the stories of the labels. PART ONE
‘Who Will The next Fool be’ – Charlie Rich with one of the great tracks to come out of the SUN studio.
‘My Heart Said (The Bossa Nova)’ - Irene Reid, the jazz singer, catching onto the Bossa beat – in 1962 when the Bossa Nova clicked with the masses.
Let me Get Close To You’ - an early example of countrypolitan on the ACE label when country girl Skeeter Davis recorded a New York song written by gerry Goffin and Carole King.
.‘More Time To be With You’ – a forgotten Brook Benton single , just one of two Burt Bacharach songs the rhythm and blues balladeer recorded during his long career.
‘A Little Bit Of Soap’ – this is the Jarmels, who quickly became Laurie records answer to The Drifters … this is one of Bert Bern’s best known compositions released by Laurie records in 1961.
‘Dream’ … the soul Queen Etta James during her PYE International recording days in the early 60s.
‘Got You On My Mind’ – The Miller Sisters with possibly their best recording on SUN which for some reason remained unreleased for years.
‘You Can’t Love Em All’ – a slice from Solomon Burke’s “Rock and Soul” release .
‘Heaven is being With you’ – Jackie DeShannon, one of the first female singer/songwriters of the rock and roll era.
‘Raunchy’ – Bill Justis out on another label that Sam Phillips ran in conjunction with Sun records – it was called Phillips International.
‘Send Me No Flowers’ – Doris Day recorded three different versions of this song – the title of her 1964 Movie. .
‘If I Didn’t Have A Dime’ – Gene Pitney on Musicor records – his own label.
‘Tell Him No’ –Travis Pritchett, and Bob Weaver, were one-hit wonders.
‘ Chilly Winds Don’t Blow’ – Nina Simone in 1959 about the time she was with the Colpix label recording pop songs to make money to continue her classical music studies.
‘Matchbox’ – Carl Perkins – his Sun career never quite recovered from the crash he and his band-mate brothers, Jay and Clayton, were involved in on the way to perform Blue Suede Shoes on The Perry Como Show.
‘Flying’ – Carmen McRae, the jazz diva with the first released version of this song in 1967 when she was recording in London.
‘Halfway To Paradise’ – Tony Orlando from the days when he worked with Carole King and Gerry Goffin recording demos
‘The Last Time I saw My Heart’ – Marty Robbins was one of the first country stars to make an impact on the pop charts – and this is one of his forgotten singles of 1958,
‘The Gypsy’ – Ben E King – first released on ATCO Records in 1963 –
‘Forever’ – The Little Dippers – just a small part of The Pye International Story - A soothing, sweet and enchanting melody of love.
‘Because They’re Young’ – James Darren with the vocal version of the Duane Eddy hit instrumental “Because They’re Young”.
‘I Who Have Nothing’ – Delia Mae (dee Dee) Warwick – was the sister of Dionne Warwick, neice of Cissy Houston and cousin of Whitney Houston.
‘Pepe’ - the movie theme from Shirley Jones the singing actress who would resurface in TV’s Partridge Family In the Seventies.