Monday, October 13, 2014

Record #0576: Be True To Yourself / A Letter From Betty – BOBBY VEE

Liberty 55581 (original) USA, Jun 22, 1963
Words & Music bySide AHal David, Burt Bacharach; Side B – Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer
Musicians: Bobby Vee (lead vocals), The Johnny Mann Singers (backing vocals) and an orchestra (likely included many members of "The Wrecking Crew") conducted by Ernie Freeman
Recording sessions: Produced by Snuff Garrett at United Studios (?), Los Angeles, CA, 1963
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #34, US AC #14; Side B - US #85

About 6 months before the release of this single, Bobby Vee got one of his biggest hits "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes". Sounds a bit like the label was riding on the same formula here - this time with a David & Bacharach song.

Around the time Vee was also recording with The Ventures and released an album "Bobby Vee Meets the Ventures" in June 1963. It's a shame they didn't release any of those tracks as a single instead of this one ...

Jerry Lee Lewis once said "Thank God for the Beatles. They god rid of all the Bobbys; swept them aside like wheat before the chaff." :)  At the time of this single, that was just around the corner in the States.

List price:  Very Good+ is $5, Near Mint is $10

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