Ruby & The Romantics started their career with a chart-topping single and also recorded several singles that eventually were big hits for other artists.
Ruby Nash grew up in the Akron Ohio area. She sang lead in a group that included her sister and three friends. The group sang in local clubs and record hops.
Another local group made up of several male singers called themselves the Embers. The group evolved over time, becoming the Supremes (no relation to the Motown group) and eventually the Feilos. They sometimes invited Ruby to sing with them. The five of them auditioned for Kapp Records as a group. The record label signed them up and renamed them Ruby & The Romantics.
Kapp had a demo for a song they intended to pitch to Jack Jones. Ruby & The Romantics convinced the label to let them record the song: Our Day Will Come. The single easily shot up the charts and reached #1 on both the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in March 1963. Several members of the Temptations have claimed that they based their background vocals on Temptations’ records on the background singing on that hit.
The group followed up their first single with My Summer Love. That single peaked at #16 later that year.
Their third single in 1963 was Hey There Lonely Boy. The single peaked at #27 but a simple sex change turned the song into a much bigger hit. Eddie Holman’s version featured an amazing falsetto performance on Hey There Lonely Girl and reached #2 in 1970. The song even had a third run in the Hot 100 when Robert John recorded the song and reached #31 a few months after his chart-topping success with Sad Eyes.
The closest the group got to the top forty after that came with the single When You’re Young And In Love. Their version stalled at #48 in 1964. The Marvelettes covered the single and took it to #34 in 1967.
Brian Hyland was offered the chance to record Hurting Each Other in 1965 but suggested that his friend Jimmy Clanton record the song instead. Jimmy’s version failed to reach the Hot 100. The last recording Ruby & The Romantics made was a cover of Hurting Each Other they made for A&M records. Their version bubbled under the Hot 100 and reached #113 in 1969. The group had remained intact until that recording, but when it failed the group finally broke up and the members left the music industry.
Richard Carpenter found a copy of Ruby & The Romantics’ last recording while rummaging around the A&M headquarters and liked the song. The Carpenters recorded Hurting Each Other and their version reached #2 in 1972.
Ruby & The Romantics were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in August 2013.
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