Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Get A Job" by The Silhouettes.

OK, more 50's one-hit wonders: When Richard Lewis returned to Philly after serving in the military he formed The Gospel Tornadoes, later renamed The Thunderbirds. They took their "final" name from a song by The Rays. He penned their only hit in '57 but the entire quartet got writing credits. A light-hearted doo-wop tune about unemployment and strained domestic relationships. Credited for first developing the "sha na na" and "dip dip dip dip" hooks. It reached #1 in 58 and remained in the charts for 13 weeks, selling over 3 million copies. Featured in "American Graffiti". Sha Na Na opened and closed their Woodstock set with it (right before Hendrix took the stage!). Group? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Twilight Time". Check out the 1998 movie "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" about the life of Frankie Lymon - lots of The Platters history in it too.

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