Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" by The Spaniels.

OK, more 50's one-hit wonders: This Gary, Indiana doo-wop/R&B quintet started out as Pookie Hudson and The Hudsonaires while its members were still in high school. They changed their name shortly after graduation. Their one hit was a '53 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson/Calvin Carter composition released in '54 which peaked at #24 Pop and at #5 R&B. The McGuire Sisters' "white" cover version sold even better. First successful midwestern R&B group, first vocal group to incorporate tap into their routine and first vocal group to give the lead singer his own microphone. Famous doo-wop bass line intro. Used by Sha Na Na as the closing number during their 70's TV show. Part of the "American Graffiti" and "3 Men And A Baby" soundtracks. Members of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. "Pookie" died of cancer in Des Moines in '07. Group? Hit?

Yesterday's answer: Darlene Love. "Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry".

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