1962 Ronnie & the Hi-Lites – I Wish That We Were Married
In 1960, five singers formed a group calling themselves The Cascades in the New Jersey area. 12-year-old Ronnie Goodson became their lead singer.
The group began working with producer/arranger Hal Weiss and his wife Marion. They helped the group record a demo of a song Marion had written, I Wish That We Were Married. The record found distribution with Joy Records. Because another group was already using the name “Cascades,” the label changed their name to Ronnie and the Hi-Lites.
The single peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 in 1962. The group became successful enough to appear on American Bandstand.
Ronnie was only 14-years-old when the group recorded the song. His emotional crying in the middle of the song stands out as probably unique among top forty singles.
The group cut at least another half-dozen singles, but never found their way onto the charts again. Ronnie died from a brain tumor in 1980.
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