Well, we've got a blizzard just getting underway here in the tri-state area, with projected snow totals ranging from 18 inches to 24 inches. I'm trying to stay positive, but I don't own a snow blower and the thought of digging out is giving me shpilkes. So, in case this is my last post before my heart attacks me mid-shovel, I wanted to go out with two favorites.
It it without question that "I Never Dreamed" by The Cookies and "Baby Baby (I Still Love You)" by The Cinderellas are not only my two very favorite girl group records, but two of my favorite records of all time. They are perfect in every way, with mellifluous melodies, heavenly harmonies and lots of other alliterative awesomeness.
In 2008, Rhino Records released a promotional 45 to coincide with the release of the 4-CD boxed set, "One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds," a treasure trove of not-so-obvious singles and rare tracks, all of which are wonderful and occasionally mind-blowing. As luck would have it, the promo-only 45 featured both The Cookies and The Cinderella tracks.
What are the odds?
I'll tell ya!
I decided to listen to both these tracks this weekend and began reading the notes on the back of the sleeve. It was no coincidence. The Cookies--Margaret Ross, Dorothy Jones and Earl-Jean McRea were New York session singers who backed many including Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka. The Cookies were also The Cupcakes. The Honey Bees, The Palisades, and yes...The Cinderellas.
This was not uncommon in the 50's and 60's, but still a surprise to me since I've loved these songs for so long, own both the boxed set and the single, and somehow managed to miss this news that my two favorites were by the same three women.
I know I've written about these songs before, as well as including them on Weekend Mixes. But these two records are worth talking about. They are perfect pop singles and prime examples of the lost art of record-making.
And also, there are no songs called "Please Come And Shovel My F**king Sidewalk" to write about.