Ruby & The Romantics' 1963 smash "Our Day Will Come" is one of *the* great records of our time. That organ, that drumbeat and those lush background vocals comprise what is a unique and wonderfully evocative piece of pop music perfection.
Aside from that song and "When You're Young & In Love," I can't say I had heard much else from Ruby & The Romantics, but I love "Our Day Will Come" so much, I was thrilled to find a beautiful mono copy of that LP this past weekend. I listened to it all, and I am now officially obsessed with Ruby Nash.
You could make a list of 50 great female vocalists and I bet you still wouldn't name Ruby Nash. But after listening to this record, which I admit, is a bit samey in the arrangement department, I can't help but think Ruby Nash belongs somewhere in the Top 10.
Almost all of the songs are ballads, some more upbeat than others, and remnants of Doo Wop are everywhere throughout a sound that Ruby & The Romantics clearly owns. Nash's voice is pure and natural. Basically, I had chills for the duration of this longplayer.
Two songs that really stood out were "By The Way" & "Stranger On The Shore," the latter being the great haunting instrumental by Mr. Acker Bilk that I never knew had lyrics, and the former, speaking of lyrics, is a sad and beautiful heartbreaker.
Check out "By The Way."
And before you check out Ruby's version of "Stranger On The Shore," here's Mr. Acker Bilk to refresh your memory.
There are some other great tunes on this LP, like the great spins on The Platters classic "My Prayer" and Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry." There is also a jam-packed compilation which is priced nicely and a great bang for your buck.
Ruby Nash, kids. Ruby Nash.