Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1956 The Teen Queens – Eddie My Love

1956 The Teen Queens – Eddie My Love

Maxwell Davis was a saxophone player in the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in the late thirties, playing mostly jazz. He began working in rhythm and blues in Los Angeles in the mid-forties, initially playing and later arranging. In 1955, Modern Records hired him as their main bandleader for Modern Records and served as their music director and producer for many of the company’s recordings.

Aaron Collins was a member of the Cadets, who recorded their first single on Modern Records in 1955. Aaron Collins sang lead on Don’t Be Angry, which reached #2 on the R&B chart.

Saul Bihari, one of the co-founders of Modern Records, used the pseudonym Sam Ling and co-wrote Eddie My Love with Maxwell and Aaron. Aaron’s sisters, Betty Collins and Rosie Collins, recorded the song as the Teen Queens.

On March 3, 1956, the single by the Teen Queens landed on the charts. Their version peaked at #14 on the last chart in March.

The Chordettes were a quartet that formed in Wisconsin in 1947. The group won on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts radio show in 1949 and began singing on his shows regularly. In 1954, the group recorded the number one hit, Mr. Sandman. They had not made it to the top forty again after that until they covered Eddie My Love in 1956. Their record reached the Hot 100 on March 10. Their single also peaked at #14 in the March 31 chart.

The Fontane Sisters moved from Havana to New York in the late forties and began recording hits almost immediately. They released Hearts Of Stone in 1954, and their single topped the charts. They had five more top forty singles in 1955 (including one Christmas single) and also covered Eddie My Love in early 1956. Their single reached the Hot 100 on March 10. Their version did slightly better than the others and stayed on the chart longer. It reached #11 on the April 21 chart.

The Teen Queens recorded additional singles for multiple labels without ever charting again, and the group broke up by 1961.

The Chordettes had seven more top forty singles by 1961, including the #2 hit, Lollipop.

The Fontane Sisters only managed three more top forty singles before they retired in 1961.

The Cadets released their single cover of the Jayhawks hit, Stranded In The Jungle, in 1956, and reached #15 on the Hot 100.


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Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1955 Sarah Vaughn – How Important Can It Be

1955 Sarah Vaughn – How Important Can It Be

Sarah Vaughn grew up in Newark, New Jersey. She attended Newark Arts High School until her junior year. She dropped out of school to pursue a musical career. Sarah was an accomplished piano player as well as an extremely talented singer.

Sarah appeared at amateur night at the Apollo and won the $10 first prize in 1942. Winning also granted her a one-week engagement at the Apollo, and that led to a job with the Earl Hines Big Band.

By 1945, Sarah was appearing as a solo act in clubs in New York City. She began recording for Musicraft in 1946. Her first four singles failed to chart, but her recording of Tenderly reached #27 on the Hot 100 in 1947.

She released nine top twenty singles during the next four years. After that, she only managed one record that peaked at #22 in the following three years. Her single, Make Yourself Comfortable, became her second top ten record in late 1954.

Sarah began 1955 by recording How Important Can It Be with Count Basie. The song was initially recorded by Joni James, but Joni was unhappy with the record and insisted on re-recording it with a different arrangement and some additional male background singers. After Sarah had recorded her version, Joni returned to the studio and made a second recording that MGM rush-released. Joni’s version reached the charts a week before Sarah’s single. When the dust settled, Joni peaked at #2 and earned a gold record, while Sarah’s version only reached #12.

Sarah’s next record competed with Dinah Shore. Whatever Lola Wants became one of the standout songs from a new play, Damn Yankees. That time, Sarah came out on top: her single reached #6 on the Hot 100, while Dinah’s version peaked at #12.

Sarah released three more singles that reached the top fifteen that year, after which the hits slowed down. She got her first gold record and her first Grammy nomination when she recorded the top ten single, Broken-Hearted Melody in 1959. Nat King Cole beat her out for that Grammy award.

Sarah continued performing until the late eighties and became one of the most celebrated female jazz singers.

She began chemotherapy for lung cancer and later passed away in 1990.


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Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1989 Information Society – Walking Away

1989 Information Society – Walking Away

Kurt Harland’s college dorm room in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the birthplace of the band InSoc. The name came from a modification of the term Ingsoc (English Socialism government) from the novel 1984. Kurt sang and he and Paul Robb both played keyboards and did some percussion work. The other two members at first were Pamela Tzara and Heather LeFay, but neither one stayed with the group for more than a year.

The group played avant-garde electronic music. By 1983, the girls had both left the group. New members included James Cassidy as their bass player and singer/songwriter Murat Konar as the new lead vocalist. Five more members came and went over the next two years.

Murat wrote the song Running which the group recorded in 1985 with Murat singing lead vocals. Twin-Tone Records released the seven-minute single, which promptly reached the top ten on the US Dance Songs chart. Murat then left the group and keyboard player Amanda Kramer joined the group. Tommy Boy Records bought the group’s contract from Twin-Tone and had them record their first album, changing their name to Information Society.

The group’s self-titled second album came out in 1988. The album contained the hit single What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy). The single licensed Leonard Nimoy speaking the line “Pure energy” and a sound clip of DeForest Kelly for the single saying, “It’s worked so far, but we’re not out yet.” Leonard’s son Adam was a fan of the group and helped them get permission to use the Star Trek samples.

The single earned the group a gold record. It peaked at #3 on the Hot 100, topped the US Dance Songs chart, and even reached the top ten on the Alternative Songs chart. It continues to be one of the most popular songs from the eighties.

The group released Walking Away as the second single from the album. Once again, the group used sound samples from Star Trek. This time they used William Shatner saying “It is useless to resist us,” and James Doohan as saying, “Let’s Go See!” While the song reached #9 on the Hot 100, that wasn’t high enough to be in the top hundred songs of 1989. The single did reach #5 on the dance chart. Oldies stations tend to overlook the single, giving preference to their first big hit.

The group released two more singles from that album, but they stopped at #76 and #83 on the Hot 100.

Their next album included the single Think, which again peaked at #5 on the dance chart but only reached #28 on the Hot 100.

Remixes of Running and What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) again reached the dance chart top five in 2001, but the group never charted on the Hot 100 again.

Kurt, Paul, and James continue to lead an Information Society touring group and released a new studio album in 2016 and new singles as recently as 2019.


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Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1988 Poison – Fallen Angel

1988 Poison – Fallen Angel

Singer Bret Michaels started out in the band Laser in Pennsylvania in the seventies. He and his childhood friend, drummer Rikki Rockett, formed the band the Spectres in 1979. In 1980 they recruited guitar player Matt Smith and bass player Bobby Dall and formed the band Paris. While they gained a following playing in local clubs, the band moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to pursue a better future. They also changed the name of the band using a song title from Kix: Poison.

Matt had gotten a woman pregnant and moved back to Pennsylvania. The band considered replacing him with Slash, who later became a member of Guns And Roses. The also decided against a guitar player from the Joe Perry Project (Steve Silva) and finally chose C.C. DeVille as their new lead guitar player.

The group’s first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, came out in 1986. The first single from the album failed to chart except in the UK (where it only reached #97). The next year the album started selling and the record company released the top ten singleTalk Dirty To Me. Three more singles followed with uneven results.

The group’s second album, Open Up and Say…Ahh!, came out in 1988 and was even more successful: it sold over 8 million copies. The band got three top ten singles off the album including the number one hit, Every Rose Has Its Thorn. The other single from the album only reached #12, so Fallen Angel tends to be overlooked.

The band stepped away from their big hair image with the release of their third album in 1990 but still managed two more top-five singles. They followed that with a double album that featured four new studio recordings and three sides full of live performances.

C.C. was struggling with cocaine addiction and was fired from the band in 1991. The band chose Richie Kotzen as his replacement in 1991. The result was more blues than glam metal, and the hits evaporated. Blues Saraceno became the new guitar player in 1993, but by 1996 C.C. returned to the group and the band’s hit lineup and glam metal roots returned to the fore.

Since 2000 there have been a few solo albums by members of the group, but Poison still continues to appear in concerts. The group hasn’t recorded a new studio album since 2007.

Bret found a new career appearing in reality television shows and continues to record singles and videos. While none of his singles has charted, his 2010 single Nothing To Lose featured Miley Cyrus on vocals and its video had a cameo from a very young Donald Trump Jr.
In 2020, Bret appeared as one of the masked contestants on The Masked Singer.


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Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1987 Glenn Medeiros – Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You

1987 Glenn Medeiros – Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You

Glenn Medeiros grew up in Hawaii. His father drove a tour bus, and at age ten, Glenn began his musical career by entertaining tourists on the bus.

George Benson recorded Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You, a song written by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser on an album in 1985. His record company released the song as a single, but only in Europe. In 1986, when he was only 16 years old, Glenn sang the song in a local radio station talent contest. The program director of the station, Jay Stone, produced a single version of the song for Amherst Records. The program director of Phoenix radio station KZZP, Guy Zapoleon, heard the song while visiting the islands and took a copy back to Arizona. It took a few months, but by June 1987, the record had peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The record also reached the top of the charts in at least seven other countries.

The record got some sales help when the soap opera Days Of Our Lives featured the song on an episode. Three more soap operas used the song in 1988.

Glenn’s next three singles reached the Hot 100 but stalled at #67, #68, and #80. The next three singles failed to even reach the top 100, although the duet he recorded in French with Elsa Lunghini reached #1 in France in 1989.

Glenn recorded songs with three very different artists in 1990. His duet with Bobby Brown, She Ain’t Worth It, topped the Hot 100 in 1990 and even reached #43 on the R&B chart.

He recorded All I’m Missing Is You with Ray Parker, Jr., but the single peaked at #32.

His last visit to the Hot 100 came from a single he recorded with the Stylistics, Me – U = Blue.

When his music career slowed down, Glenn returned to school. He began teaching on Oahu and became a vice principal. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California in 2014 and became the Head of School/Principal at an all-boys Catholic school. In 2017, he became President and CEO of the school.


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Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1986 The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Tough Enuf

1986 The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Tough Enuff

Jimmie Vaughan was born in Texas and moved to Austin in the late sixties, where he played guitar in several different groups. When he was only 18, the group he was in opened at a Jimi Hendrix Experience concert. In 1974, he joined with singer/harmonica player Kim Wilson to form the Fabulous Thunderbirds. A large number of other musicians have been in and out of the group.

Bass player Keith Ferguson and drummer Fran Christina were with the group when they recorded and released their first album in 1979. Their music focused on Texas Blues.

The Thunderbirds were a popular act and even opened for the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, but sales of their blues recordings were always thin. The one time they had a hit record came with the release of Tuff Enuff. Dave Edmunds (who had a hit single with his cover of I Hear You Knocking in 1971) produced the record. It put them in the top ten on the Hot 100 in the Spring of 1986. Three more singles reached the Hot 100 in the next two years, but none of them got close to the top forty.

Jimmie left the Thunderbirds in 1990 to make time to record an album with his younger brother. Stevie Ray also played guitar and had gained international attention after playing on several singles for David Bowie. His single, Crossfire, had also topped the US Mainstream Rock chart in 1989. After they finished the album, but before they released it, Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash. The album, Family Style, won the Grammy award for the Best Contemporary Blues Recording.

Jimmie kept working primarily as a solo artist and released eight more albums. He appeared in the film Blues Brothers 2000, playing guitar in BB King’s fictional band, the Louisiana Gator Boys.

Jimmie still tours as a solo act and released his most recent album in 2019.

A series of guitar players replaced Jimmie in the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Kim continues to lead a touring group. They released their most recent album in 2016.


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Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day: 1985 Depeche Mode – People Are People

1985 Depeche Mode – People Are People

British schoolmates Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher teamed up in 1976 to form the group with the unlikely name of No Romance in China. The group lasted from 1976 to 1977, after which they were in and out of several more groups. Guitar player Martin Gore joined them in 1978 and Dave Gahan joined the group as their lead vocalist in 1980. Vince and Andy switched over to playing synthesizers, giving the group much of its distinctive sound.

The new group took their name from a French fashion magazine, Dépêche mode. They released three increasingly successful singles in 1981. Just Can’t Get Enough reached the UK top ten, and the single also reached #26 on the US Hot 100.

Vince voiced his displeasure with the direction of the group’s music and left the band. He joined with Alison Moyet to form Yazoo and had three number one hits on the US Dance Club Songs chart beginning with the single Don’t Go in 1982.

Alan Wilder took Vince’s place in the group. The group had five more top twenty hits in the UK without finding much success in the US until 1984. The single People Are People reached #4 in the UK and later peaked at #13 on the US Hot 100 chart in 1985. The song became an anthem for the LGBT community in the US and helped them attract crowds to their concerts when they toured the US.

The group continued to have hits in the UK, but had difficulty getting radio airplay in the US. Their single Strangelove only got to #76 on the Hot 100 but was a #1 hit on the US Dance chart.

Thanks to some clever marketing, the group finally returned to the US top forty when they released the single Personal Jesus in 1989. They followed that in 1990 with their most successful singleEnjoy The Silence. The record finally put them into the US top ten and ended their chart success on the Hot 100. Even more importantly, the record moved the group onto the Alternative Records chart in the US for the first time and was the first of four chart-topping singles on that chart.

While the group continued to produce albums, they became less frequent while the individual members of the group released solo albums.

In 2013 the group released a new album that included the single Heaven. Several remixes of the single once again took the group to the top of the US Dance chart.

Depeche Mode has sold over 100 million records and they were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in January 2020.


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