Sunday, April 28, 2013

Record #0336: Ginger Bread / Blue Betty – FRANKIE AVALON

Chancellor 1021 (original) USA, Jun. 1958
Words & Music by:  Side AClint Ballard, Hank Hunter; Side B – Leon Pober
Musicians: Frankie Avalon (lead vocals), The Four Dates (backing vocals), and an orchestra conducted by Peter De Angelis
Recording sessions: Produced by Peter De Angelis in Philadelphia, PA, 1958
Highest chart positions:  US #9, US R&B #10, UK #30

The lyrics of “Ginger Bread” are a bit too silly – even for a song of that era. Otherwise this is not a too bad single (for Frankie Avalon).

This was Avalon’s first Top 100 entry in the UK charts.

Leon Pober also wrote “Tiny Bubbles” for Don Ho in the mid-60’s.

List price:  Very Good+ is $7.50, Near Mint is $15

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