Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 06/11/2019

Gene McDaniels started singing professionally in the late 1950s. He recorded a pair of jazz-infused albums for Liberty Records in 1960, but not much came from them.

For his third album in 1961, Gene was produced by Snuff Garrett. The result was a more pop-friendly album that included the million-selling single A Hundred Pounds Of Clay. His follow-up single (A Tear) didn’t fare too well, only getting up to #31. In the next year, he had two more top ten singles with Tower of Strength and Chip Chip.

The only bright spot after that came with the release of Point of No Return in 1962. The record stuck around on the charts for ten weeks but only made it up to #21. He performed the single on Hollywood a Go Go, but the Gazzarri Dancers might have been too much of a distraction for most viewers.

After his singing career faded in the sixties, Gene concentrated more on writing. His successes in that field included the jazz composition Compared to What which was a very minor hit by Les McCann and Eddie Harris. His biggest writing success was the number one record Feel Like Making Love by Roberta Flack.

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