First a big "Thank You" goes out to RossyBoy for the awesome cover & title for my comp.
Yes, an old dude that has you covered in more ways than one LOL!. I don't mean to be repetitive but once again these versions are not by the original artists. I suspect some of these too may surprise as not being the original artists who sang these songs. I also continue to hope that I'm able to deliver some new tunes to you from my selection. I'll only know if you let me know.
As a Chicagoan, I pass on a bit of info on track # 5. Her name may imply that she is of Japanese heritage but actually she was born Rosemarie Timotea Aurro in Chicago, & was the product of an Italian-American family that owned a local restaurant. She is also considered by many to be the first so-called blue-eyed soul singer of the 60's.
01. A Fork In The Road - Rebbie Jackson
02. Darling, Forever - The Four Chevelles
03. I Who Have Nothing - Little Ray (Ramon Jimenez)
04. I'm Doing Fine Now - The Three Degrees
05. It'll Never Be Over For Me - Timi Yuro
06. Just Another Guy - The O'Jays
07. Love Is Here - The Dramatics
08. Love Makes The World Go Round - Papa's Results
09. Love On A Two Way Street - The Moments
10.Weep No More - Six Pak
11. When Love Slips Away - The Identities
12. Who Can I Turn To - The Main Ingredient
13. Let's Straighten It Out - Gwen McCrae
14. The Weatherman - Sister Sledge
15. How Can I Forget - Ben E. King
16. We Belong Together - Ritchie Valens
17. Precious, Precious - O. V. Wright
18. Close Your Eyes - Peaches & Herb
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Late Spring: must be time for the familia to get together for that twice-yearly rendezvous! We toss around some tunes and try to find only the finest, the rarest and the firmest to share with our buddies. In time-honored tradition, I elect myself as the bonus-maker - getting to choose an extra opening track to set the mood. The theme this time out is "Poor Boy's Prayers" and the G MAN has out-done himself in the cover stakes in preparing the arte for this one. All the Lowriders will know Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk", released in 1959. What many don't know is that the Farina brothers also wrote lyrics for that classic instrumental, although they never recorded a singing version themselves. But Betsy Brye did issue a version of "Sleepwalk" with lyrics that year. Trust our Sister DustyRose to come up with that gem ! Hope this latest volume keeps up the standards of yesteryear. Please let us know ! RossyBoy 01 - Oscar Toney Jr - I Wouldn't Be A Poor Boy(RossyBoy) Capricorn, 1970 02 - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Can You Love A Poor Boy (Mello) "Away We A Go-Go" album, Tamla, 1976 03 - Marvin Sims - Hurting Inside (BillyMac) Mellow, 1967 04 - James Gadson - Just To Love You Girl (G MAN) Cream Records, 1972 05 - William Hart - Follow Every Dream (DustyRose) "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" soundtrack album, Lorimar, 1979 06 - Soul Ones - This Is My Prayer (East LA Guy) Deal, 1971 07 - Billy Butler & The Enchanters - You Won't Let Me Forget You (MzO) Right Track, 1966 08 - The Elgins - I Want To Be With You (Brownboy) previously unreleased, 1963, "The Motown Anthology" album, Universal UK, 2007 09 - Ralfi Pagan - My Dream (Macabre) Fania, 1971 10 - Little Anthony & The Imperials - Prayer And A Juke Box (Chi-Town) End, 1959 11 - Della Humphrey - (Girls Have Feelings) Just Like Boys Do (RossyBoy) Arctic, 1969 12 - Billy Dodds & The Primes - Praying For You (East LA Guy) Prime, 1962 13 - George McGregor & The Bronzettes - Temptation Is Hard To Fight (BillyMac) Twinight, 1967 14 - Betsy Brye - Sleepwalk (DustyRose) Columbia, 1959 15 - The Drew-Vels - I've Known(Brownboy) Capitol, 1964 16 - C P Love - So Glad You're Gone (MzO) unreleased Malaco, early 70s; "Malaco Soul Brothers Volume 2" album, Soulscape, 2010 17 - The King Pins - A Lucky Guy (Macabre) Vee Jay, 1963 18 - Final Decisions - Hour Of Your Need (G MAN) Bumpshop, 1973 19 - The Untouchables - Poor Boy Needs A Preacher (Chi-Town) Madison, 1960 20 - Double Exposure - Pick Me (Mello) Salsoul, 1976 21 - Calvin Scott - Never Found A Girl (RossyBoy) "I'm Not Blind, I Just Can't See" album, Stax, 1973