martes, 10 de noviembre de 2009

Candy & the Kisses: Do 'The 81' and Other Soul Hits (2001) ... plus

Armed with a fly name and gifted producers and writers, this Port Richmond, NY, group still didn't click. The group consisted of sisters Candy and Suzanne Nelson and their friend Jeanette Johnson. The Nelsons' father was a minister and they developed their singing skills in his church. For a while they were the Symphonettes but never recorded as such; they became Candy and the Kisses with their first release, 'After I Cry' b/w 'Let the Good Times Roll,' issued in 1963 on R&L Records. The hurtin' ballad sold well, where played, but it didn't get played much or in many places. 'The 81' b/w 'Two Happy People' (Cameo Records, 1964) was their biggest record; Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross wrote the shuffler about the popular Philly dance. Leon Huff and Cindy Scott wrote the flip; Gamble & Huff later united to become Hall-of-Fame songwriters and producers. 'The 81' stopped short of Billboard's pop Top 40 and nested in the 50s. Cameo followed with Phil Spector's 'Soldier Baby (of Mine)' b/w 'Shakin' Time' (1965), but politics killed the potential two-sided hit and the Cameo deal. They signed with Scepter Records in 1965 and were assigned to the writing team of Josephine (Joshie) Armstead, Valerie Simpson, and Nicholas Ashford. However, excellent material like 'Keep on Searchin',' 'Sweet and Lovely,' 'Out in the Streets Again,' 'I'll Settle for You,' and 'Are You Trying to Get Rid of Me Baby,' fail to chart. Even a remake of the Shirelles' 1960 hit 'Tonight's the Night' and 'You Did the Best You Could' misfired. In 1968, the final Candy & the Kisses recording appeared on Decca Records; when 'Chains of Love' b/w 'Someone out There' didn't bust a grape, Candy retired. Suzanne, Jeanette, and new lead Beryl Martin tried again as Sweet Soul on Mercury Records in 1969. Their only single 'Oh No, Oh No' b/w 'If You Love Him' didn't win, place, or show, and they disbanded. This compilation properly focuses on the mid-'60s recordings of most interest to collectors, including all of their singles for the Cameo and Scepter labels, as well as three previously unissued tracks. I added as bonus tracks one Scepter unreleased track, 'Mr Creator', plus four cuts issued under the alias of Honey Love & the Love Notes (1965) and the Love Notes (1966), who included Harriet Laverne as a fourth member. http://www.allmusic.com/
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10 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

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DELLA REESE dijo...

they are some pretty girls!

Mr. Moo dijo...
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Bill dijo...

Thanks for this,I`ve always loved thw"81".

Dee dijo...

Thank You!

richsoul dijo...

Once again thank you for giving to us the lesser known soul sisters.

millie dijo...

Many thanks for such fabulous posts.

Is it possible you might let me have a copy of "Johnny Said Come Over" by Jackie Lee - Please?

Many thanks

michael a. gonzales dijo...

your site is amazing; as an old soul fan, what more can i ask for.

Nosi dijo...

Millie, regarding your request, check my other blog Soulfuldivas and you will have a very nice surprise!!

pedro dijo...

the 81 was the only one i ever had on lost nite yellow label could have been