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   Our featured artist this week at ISHBAH has sold over 100 million records worldwide.  She is one of the best selling recording artists of all time having received 12 Grammy Awards, including three Grammy Hall of Fame awards & a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is the first black artist and first female to be on the cover of Rolling Stone.  The magazine ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
    This song of her's was released in June 1961 with Mickey Baxter and Sylvia Robinson of Mickey & Sylvia fame singing backup and playing guitar.  It went on to influence the Rolling Stones and many other British beat and blues groups. 
    Give it a listen here and it will all work out fine. 

 
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" It's Gonna Work Out Fine "
 ~ Tina Turner ~
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    This Doo Wop group was formed in Chicago in 1953.  The band became popular in mid-to-late 1950's and are known for their cover versions of great pop standards.  They have since been hailed as one of the finest & most influential vocal groups in Pop and Doo Wop music history.  They received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award in 1996, were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Doo Wop Hall of Fame in 2004.      This song of theirs from 1959 was written by George & Ira Gershwin.  It was the followup to their big hit "I Only Have Eyes for You".  We here at ISHBAH feel it should have been a much bigger hit for this group.
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 " Love Walked In "
 ~ The Flamingos ~
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   This band originated in Los Angeles where they first achieved success with a sound which fused folk and rock & roll.  The band would achieve even greater success performing pop music.  They played the Hollywood Bowl with Sonny and Cher.  The Doors opened for them for a week at Los Angeles' Whiskey a Go Go.  The band played the Ed Sullivan show twice and Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour three times.    When they headlined a six-week stint at "The Speakeasy" in London, famous musicians were among the audience. Big names included John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, and Graham Nash.  Paul McCartney was there too.  McCartney told them, "I like your tunes."  We here at ISHBAH like their tunes also and think this one of theirs Should Have Been A Hit.
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 "You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain "
 ~ The Turtles ~
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     This group started out as a five-piece high school harmony group called the Delrons in 1962 at St. Brendan's Catholic School in Brooklyn, New York.  The lead singer's stage name came from her confirmation name which was the name of her favorite nun in grammar school.   This song of theirs is about family tradition and the festival of life from a time long past.  It has a catchy melody & quirky Middle Eastern feel with harpsichord, bouzouki, jew's harp and rock riffs.  It's become a cult hit over the years and we at ISHBAH feel it should have been a much bigger hit.  Give it a listen here and see what you think.
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 "   Shoes  " 
 ~ Reparata & The Delrons ~ 
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     This song was produced by Jack Nitzsche. It was recorded in 1966 in LA with the fabulous session musicians of "The Wrecking Crew".  It comes from a time our lives when a car would give us our newly found independence and could be the vehicle of our dreams, and sometimes nightmares.      Oh the stories our cars could tell if only they could of a time long passed but never forgotten.  Here's a song of Lou's that talks about just that. This tune still gets a lot of airplay  on the world wide web and we here at ISHBAH feel it could still be a Hit.
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 Play Back Sunday 
" If My Car Could Only Talk " 
~ Lou Christie ~ 
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     The Seasons may change but this guy is always in season.   After scoring 39 top 40 hits he is still going strong on stage and in the studio.      Here is a song of his that didn't quite hit the night note as so many of his songs did however we feel it's worthy of a second listen here on It Should Have Been A Hit.
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Play Back Sunday
" I Make a Fool of Myself " 
 ~ Frankie Valli ~
"I Make a Fool of Myself"Frankie Valli
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    As the host and musical director of  "Where the Action Is"  in the 60's this singer had lots of great songs that charted but never cracked the top 40 in America.   Born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 6, 1939 and raised in Rochester, New York, he entered the record books as the singer with the most Billboard Hot 100 charting songs; nine, without any of them making the Top 40.  That list includes his best song ever, the one that we're showcasing this week which finished at #46 in January/February 1963 on the Billboard charts.
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"Every Day I Have To Cry"
~Steve Alaimo~ 
"Every Day I Have To Cry"Steve Alaimo
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    This Brooklyn born Italian-American singer / songwriter / producer / movie star was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.  His songs are rock solid standards.  They live on and are a reminder of the Golden Age of Rock & Roll.     Check out this tune of his that in our humble opinion should have gone much higher up the charts.
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"The Way of the Clown"
~Teddy Randazzo~
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     Our first Doo Wop group this week was formed in Los Angeles.  They began as a gospel group, The Santa Monica Soul Seekers, in the late 1940's. In 1955 the group was signed to Modern Records.    Our second group is best remembered for their only Top 40 hit, which was one of the first rhythm and blues hits to cross over to the pop charts.  The song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but had a three-week run at #1 on the R&B chart and was later used in the Back to the Future movies.
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Play Back Sunday 
Double Doo Wop
"Why Don't You Write Me?"
 ~The Jacks ~
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"Earth Angel"
~The Penquins~
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     Both groups featured in this weeks Double Doo Wop are in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  Our lead off group was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. They perfected the distinctive rhythm-and-blues vocal technique called "blow harmony" through which each singer's blown breath becomes part of a deeply resonant harmonic sound.         
     These legendary groups, one from Connecticut and the other from Ohio helped define the early Rock & Roll era. So sit back and enjoy these two early gems and Doo Wop the night away.
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Double Doo Wop
"Most of All"
~The Moonglows~
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"In the Still of the Night"
~The Five Satins~
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  The first song in this week's Double Doo Wop selection is from one of the first female Doo Wop groups. These talented girls now have a street named for them in the Bronx.    Lou's second pick is from a legendary vocal group from Pittsburgh willing to go their "Lonely Way".   Don't be lonely ... join us here at ISHBAH and reminisce about the days when all we needed was a great song to make our day.
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Double Doo Wop
"Every Night (I Pray)"
~The Chantels~
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"Lonely Way"
~The Skyliners~
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    Thanks for joining us here this Summer for our series Champagne Manhattan with  DJ Arty Simon. Summer's over and we are going back to our roots with a Double Doo Wop we hope you enjoy.
     It's another Double helping of Doo Wop from two of the earliest Doo Wop groups. Both were formed in the mid 50's.  One from San Bernardino California and the other from Harlem in New York.   These groups helped to spread Doo Wop across America from sea to shining sea.

   Their classic 50s vocal harmonies & sound led straight to the coming soul era of music.  Lou covered one of these songs on his Roulette Records album.

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Double Doo Wop
"To Be Loved"
~The Pentagons~
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"Don't Ask Me"
~The Dubs~
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     When you're Young and in Love it's time to Turn the Beat Around.     This week's Champagne Manhattan #10 certainly is a Bitch of a Fantasy and That's the Way I Like it.     This DJ Arty Simon's mix kicks off with an unreleased song from our own Lou Christie ... takes you on a journey through Soul Makossa all the way to the Car Wash.     What a ride!!! Enjoy!
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Lou Christie- Bitch of Fantasy
K.C. & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I Like It
Rose Royce - Car Wash
Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa
Vicki Sue Robinson - Turn the Beat Around 
Ralph Carter - When You're Young And In Love
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     Here's another dance mix by DJ Arty Simon. We hope you're dancing the Summer Haze away.     This week's Champagne Manhattan #7 features our very own Lou Christie with a hot song of his that will get you up off you're seat & start to feel the heat. 
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Champagne Manhattan
Disco Mix #7
Lou Christie - I Carry The Music, 
MFSB-  K-Jee, 
Cherrelle - Didn't Mean To Turn You On
Street People  - Your My One Weakness
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    Here's our Double Doo Wop selection for ISHBAH this week. These two great groups set the pace for all the music that followed.

    We "Sincerely" believe that these songs are on the right track to Make You Sing Again.

    Sing some Doo Wop baby when you get the Blues. 

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 June 6, 2021
 Double Doo Wop
 The Moonglows
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    This is the country band that got Lou into country music in the first place. From the hills of Tennessee to the steel mills of Pittsburgh ...  Abby Neil and the Ranch Girls.

    Lou's path led him to the stage of The Grand Ole Opry  where he sang our second tune in his new Podcast.  Listen to it all here on ISBAH.  It's ten minutes well spent.

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Queen of the Purple SageLou Christie
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       You have a Backstage pass to Lou Christie's interview with Lesley Gore from backstage at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana on February 17, 1990.
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Lou Christie's intervieww/Lesley Gore
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