Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Record #0579: Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody / Operation Heartbreak – ARETHA FRANKLIN

Columbia 4-42157 (original) USA, Sep. 1, 1961
Words & Music bySide A – Jean Schwartz, Joe Young, Sam M. Lewis; Side BAl Kasha, Alan Thomas, Curtis Williams
Musicians: Aretha Franklin (lead vocals, piano), possibly with the Ray Bryant Combo
Recording sessions: Produced by Al Kasha at Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY, Aug. 16, 1961
Highest chart positions:  Side A - US #37; Side B- US R&B #6

Franklin had already had two US R&B Top 10 hits by this time, but this was her first US Top 40 entry with an international distribution (I couldn't find international chart info for this, though).

Though just 19 years old, Franklin delivers like a pro with a voice that would be topping the charts six years later.

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

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