Friday, December 28, 2012

Record #0219: 16 Candles / Beside You – THE CRESTS

Coed 506 (original) USA, Oct. 1958
Words & Music by:  Side ALutherDixon, Allyson Khent; Side B – Bert Keyes, Billy Dawn Smith
Musicians: Johnny Mastrangelo (lead vocals), J.T. Carter (vocals), Talmoudge Gough (vocals), Harold Torres (vocals), Patricia Van Dross (vocals), others unknown.
Recording sessions: New York, NY, Side A – Aug. 12; Side B – Jun. 25, 1958
Highest chart positions:  US #2, US R&B #4

“16 Candles” was initially the flip side of the record, but very soon Alan Freed and Dick Clark flipped the record over and started pushing the song which became the biggest hit of The Crests.

Patricia Van Dross was the elder sister of Luther Vandross.

List price:  Very Good+ is $15, Near Mint is $30

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