Mickey & Sylvia !



Had a good Halloween ?
Mine was perfect ! It’s always good to hear the neighbours the next morning saying ‘Did you hear the chainsaw and the screams at 4 am ?’…

Anyway, back to action, let's shake some dust !

Yeah, Mickey Baker and Sylvia Vanderpool !!!
This popular duo began recording together in 1956 and enjoyed an US R&B chart-topper that year with ‘Love Is Strange’, which peaked at number 11 in the US pop chart the following year. This enduring call-and-response song is rightly regarded as a classic of its genre, and later became a minor UK hit when recorded by the Everly Brothers.
Prolific session work for Atlantic Records, Savoy, King and Aladdin earned the former the epithet Mickey ‘Guitar’ Baker, while the latter had made her recording debut with jazz trumpeter Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page as early as 1950. Yep, Mickey was a music instructor and Sylvia one of his pupils !
The duo eventually bought their own nightclub, established a publishing company, and formed their own record label , and they had further success with ‘There Oughta Be A Law’ (1957) and, after a brief hiatus as a duo, ‘Baby You’re So Fine’ (1961), but their career together was undermined by commitments elsewhere. They continued to record together until 1965. After that, Mickey had a successful career as a studio musician. Sylvia had a huge hit in 1973 with the song "Pillow Talk".

Mickey & Sylvia :
* No Good Lover *
* Rise Sally Rise *
* Love Is Strange *

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thanks for your amazing mixes rev, halloween was great again !
Tonio said…
Good return to a regular program...
thank rev!
fred said…
forgot to mention that Love Is Strange was co-written by Bo Diddley (under a fake name)
Reverend Frost said…
true, thanx Fred !
And cheers !
Anonymous said…
Your blog is awesome-thanks
Mike said…
These are brilliant. I've heard 'No Good Lover' a long time ago on your radio, thanks for sharing !
Reverend Frost said…
Chee-Chee-Chee-Cheers !
bob said…
I love these songs, especially Love is Strange.

Also worth mentioning of course, that Sylvia went on to help invent hip hop, at Sugar Hill Records.
Reverend Frost said…
yep, true, thanks !

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