This singer charted 20 Number One songs during the late 1960's & early 1970's on the Billboard Country Chart.  Many of her hits dealt with loneliness, divorce, and the difficulties of life.  Her marriage to country music singer George Jones in 1969 created a country music super couple.  They recorded a series of albums and singles together that hit the charts throughout the 1970's and early 1980's.
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 " One of a Kind "
 ~ Tammy Wynette ~
One of a KindTammy Wynette
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    I don't have my old record player anymore but I do have a handful of albums I can't get rid of and the Ronettes are on top.  One of the most interesting voices on record belongs to Ronnie Spector and one of those people that could change your mood. We all know you were great. Bless you. Keep on dancing little girl. 
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 " Keep On Dancing "
 ~ The Ronettes ~
Keep On DancingThe Ronettes
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     This girl group was discovered and signed to Mercury Records in 1963 after two appearances on The Ted Mack Amateur Hour. They had a few regional hits that made the top 40 however we feel that this song from this perky girl group from Hanover Pennsylvania  has all the makings of a smash hit, especially this time of year.     Not necessarily looking forward to the title of this song but can Spring be far behind? Heat up your winter with Lou's podcast. 
" Cold Cold Winter"
 ~ The Pixies Three ~
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    Lesley Gore was a teenager from New Jersey... Her songs captured the moment of time when girls were just starting to find their wings. Her songs stood for women to stand up for and assert their rights. No one was gonna push Lesley around.  She was at the forefront of the feminist awareness movement.     Here is the B-side of one of her biggest hits. What better way to start off the New Year than to think back on all the good times and all the good people we have known.
" The Old Crowd "
~ Lesley Gore ~
The Old CrowdLesley Gore
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     Born in Queens, New York this artist had a smash number one hit in the summer of 1960 when he was just 16 years old.  In 1962, he hit the charts again with "Ginny Come Lately" followed by his standard signature hit "Sealed With A Kiss" which reached #3 on the US Pop Chart.    His "Country Meets Folk" album released In 1963 featured the electric guitar two years before Bob Dylan's famed rock synthesis at "The Newport Jazz Festival".     In 1970 he & fellow rocker Del Shannon collaborated on a remake of an old hit by The Impressions, "Gyspy Woman".  It shot up to #3 on the pop charts that scored him respectable critical reviews.  He's had 8 top forty songs and 3 top ten hits in his career.    This week on ISHBAH we're featuring a song written by him with a timeless theme that deserves another listen.  It Should Have Been a Hit.
" I'm Afraid to Go Home"
~ Brian Hyland ~
"I'm Afraid to Go Home"Brian Hyland
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     This Kentuckian at the age of six was singing country tunes on a local radio show. By age 11 she was hosting her own radio program on WMRO.  Liberty Records signed her at 16, and she started writing songs and singing pop hits.  She dated Elvis Presley, became friends with The Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson and co-starred with Bobby Vinton in the 1964 teen surf movie Surf Party.    She was asked by the Beatles to be their opening act for their first American tour. Along the way she sang and wrote tons of hit records including the 1982 Grammy for Song of the Year.    Inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame here's a song she wrote & sings the heck out of... it was a hit for The Searchers in 1964 but we here at ISHBAH think that this version of hers knocks it out of the park !!! It's what the World needs Now.
" When You Walk in the Room "
~ Jackie DeShannon ~
'When You Walk in the Room'Jackie DeShannon
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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. 
" It's Gonna Work Out Fine "
 ~ Tina Turner ~
It's Gonna Work Out FineTina 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.
 " Love Walked In "
 ~ The Flamingos ~
"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 ~
You Don't Have to Walk in the RainThe 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 ~ 
SHOESReparata & 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.
 Play Back Sunday 
" If My Car Could Only Talk " 
~ Lou Christie ~ 
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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" 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.
"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.
"The Way of the Clown"
~Teddy Randazzo~
The Way of the ClownTeddy Randazzo
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