Thursday, May 23, 2013

Record #0349: I Lost My Baby / Keep Your Mind on What You’re Doin’ – JOEY DEE

Roulette 4456 (original) USA, Oct. 1962
Words & Music by:  Side AJohnny Nash; Side B – Charles Singleton, Otis Blackwell, Morris Levy 
Musicians: Joey Dee (vocals), others unknown
Recording sessions: Produced by Henry Glover in New York, NY, 1962
Highest chart positions:  US #61

Joey Dee & The Starlighters had a smash hit with “Peppermint Twist” in early 1962 (US #1, US R&B #8, UK #33). Here’s Dee going solo the same year with more soulful material and a big orchestra.

Nice guitar work on side A. This was likely done by a session musician (Al Caiola??), not the Starlighters’ guitarist. 
One Jimmy James also played guitar in Dee’s band 3 years later in 1965. :)

Nash also wrote “What Kind of Love Is This” for Joey Dee & The Starlighters in 1962. That went to #18 in the US.

List price:  Very Good+ is $6, Near Mint is $12

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