1964 Tommy Tucker – Hi-Heel Sneakers
Robert Higginbotham was born in Ohio in 1933. He became a blues musician, recording for primarily for Checker Records.
As Tommy Tucker, he wrote and recorded the hit Hi-Heel Sneakers. The single peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 in 1964.
His next single, Long Tall Shorty, reached #96 later that year, after which Tommy never again charted on the Hot 100.
He continued writing and recording music for a few more years, after which he became a real estate agent. He also did freelance writing, mostly writing about the exploitation of African Americans.
Tommy was only 48 years old when he died in 1982.
Four other artists reached the Hot 100 with Hi-Heel Sneakers. The most successful of those covers came from José Feliciano in 1968. He released his cover version of the song as his follow-up to Light My Fire. The single reached #25 and was his only other single to reach the top forty on the Hot 100.
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