Sunday, December 30, 2012

Record #0223: Sixty Minute Man / I Can’t Escape From You – THE DOMINOES

Federal 12022 (original) USA, May 1951
Words & Music by:  Billy Ward, Rose Marks
Musicians:  Bill Brown (bass vocals, lead on side A), Clyde McPhatter (tenor, lead on side B), Billy Ward (vocals and piano), Charlie White (tenor), Joe Lamont (baritone), others unknown
Recording sessions: New York, NY, Side A – Dec. 30, 1950; Side B – Jan. 27, 1951
Highest chart positions:  US #17, US R&B #1 (for 14 weeks!)

Rock’n’Roll was born 62 years ago today, at least if one thinks (and many do think) that “Sixty Minute Man” was the first recording in the genre.

Later in 1953 when McPhatter left the group to form The Drifters, he was replaced by Jackie Wilson. What a group of aces this was.

List price:  According to “American Premium Record Guide” by Les Docks, this is about $50-$80.

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