Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Lonely Teardrops" by Jackie Wilson.

OK, let's stay in the 50's: This 1958 Gordy/Gordy/Davis R&B classic was first recorded by Detroit native "Mr. Excitement" in '59. It topped the R&B/Soul charts and peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot 100. Inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame and is ranked #308 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. In Sept. '75, while performing at the Latin Casino in NJ, the artist suffered a stroke and collapsed on stage as he sang this song right after delivering " heart is crying.". Song? Artist?

Yesterday's answer: "Tears On My Pillow" by Little Anthony and The Imperials. Originally The Imperials, Alan Freed dubbed them Little Anthony and The Imperials while introducing this song on the airwaves. We saw Sha Na Na doing it live at the Valley Forge Music Fair years ago (Andy Kaufman was their opening act!).

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