1963 Pastel Six – Cinnamon Cinder (It’s A Very Nice Dance)
Bob Eubanks is best known as the first host for the television show The Dating Game, a television show that began in 1966. Prior to that, Bob worked as a disk jockey in Los Angeles. He also owned a chain of nightclubs in California called The Cinnamon Cinder that catered to teenagers. They were more affordable for younger fans of music and offered them a place to go if they weren’t old enough to get into regular night clubs. They also featured rock-and-roll, dance music, and some jazz and R&B music.
Similar to American Bandstand, there was a television show that originated from the clubs.
Russ Regan co-wrote and recorded the Christmas novelty record The Happy Reindeer, which reached #34 on the Hot 100 in 1959. He then worked promoting early Motown records. He convinced the Pendletones to change their name to The Beach Boys when they recorded Surfin‘. In 1962, he wrote the song The Cinnamon Cinder (It’s A Very Nice Dance).
A seven-man band called The Pastel Six recorded and released the song and their single peaked at #25 on the Hot 100 in 1963.
The Pastel Six released an album and a half-dozen more singles but never charted again.
Russ later became the president of President of UNI and 20th Century Records and helped a long list of artists find success in the music business.
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