Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Record #0113: So Fine / Last Night I Dreamed – THE FIESTAS

Old Town 1062 (original) USA, Oct. 1958
Words & Music by:  Jim Gribble
Musicians: Tommy Bullock (lead), Eddie Morris (tenor), Sam Ingalls (baritone), Preston Lane (bass vocals), others unknown
Recording sessions: Produced by Hy Weiss in New York, NY, Sep. 22, 1958
Highest chart positions:  US #11, US R&B #3, UK -

Jim Gribble, who was credited on the labels for writing both “So Fine” and “Last Night I Dreamed”, was the manager of the Fiestas, the Mystics and few other groups in and around New York. He was sued by Johnny Otis for a copyright infringement. The case ended in Otis’ favour. The original version of “So Fine” that Otis wrote for the Sheiks in 1955 was considered so similar that Gribble couldn’t be credited for the song, thus he ended up paying the legal costs and the penalties.

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30; Columbia pressings with “ZTSP” on the label, VG+ $25, NM $50

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