Ladies and gentlementhis is history at its best! C'mon you know you want this box set! It is totally awesome! Just for the Chubby Checker original stuff not the stereo re-records it is worth it! Also the Bobby Rydell stuff in it's original form is fantastic Wanna hear Clint Eastwood sing? Some of this stuff has been missing for almost 35 years! A great addition to any music collection! Excellant mastering, however some songs missing. Overall very pleased.
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Cameo-Parkway was the name collectively bestowed upon a pair of record labels that dominated the independent music market for several years during that golden era of pop music. For more than a decade, a constant stream of exciting hit singles and albums emanated from the Philadelphia-based company. Cameo and Parkway recordings were ubiquitous, and treasured, wherever the latest sounds were heard. The reign of Cameo-Parkway - which ultimately became the leading independent record company in America of its time - began in when Bernie Lowe, a talented musician and songwriter, launched Cameo Records.
Bernie and his writing partner, Kal Mann, had already enjoyed some measure of success, having placed their tunes with Nat "King" Cole and others. Their composition "Teddy Bear" would later become a smash for Elvis Presley. But Bernie wasn't content to work for others so he set out to make his mark as an entrepreneur. After that, there was no stopping the Cameo-Parkway team.
With the invaluable promotional assistance of Dick Clark, whose Philadelphia-based American Bandstand TV dance program often booked local acts, Cameo and, before long, Parkway artists became national sensations. Both were ambitious South Philly kids looking for a break; they found their dreams realized when they hooked up with Lowe, Mann and Appell.
Rydell was a multitalented musician who had started out as a drummer before putting his rich vocal skills to work for him. Chubby Checker, meanwhile, had been a poultry shop employee with a knack for impersonations when he was called upon by Lowe and Mann to cut a musical Christmas card for Dick Clark.
It was Clark's wife who gave young Ernie Evans his new name, and Clark himself who suggested that Bernie Lowe have the singer re-record an obscure dance tune called "The Twist.
Dee Dee was Cameo-Parkway's most successful female solo artist. Only 16 at the time of her first recording, she quickly rose to national prominence when she placed two records in the top 5 simultaneously in First was the collaboration with Chubby; the second was the song that would forever be associated with her name, the good-time dance smash "Mashed Potato Time.
Their three wailing, soulful female voices, led by the dynamic Rosetta Hightower, were met by the deep throat of "frog-voiced" Steve Caldwell to create of the most distinctive vocal mixes around. Impressed, they invited him to join the group in and named themselves The Orlons as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the friendly rivalry they had with a popular group at their high school, the Cashmeres.
A high school friend, Dovells lead singer Len Barry , encouraged them to audition for Cameo-Parkway Records at the turn of the decade. Cameo executive Dave Appell appointed Hightower as the lead singer, and began writing songs for them.
They later found fame with their first national hit , " The Wah-Watusi ", which reached No. They recorded their own versions of the Dee Dee Sharp songs for their debut album, The Wah-Watusi , which received a rating of 4. They also recorded a version of the Bobby Rydell hit "The Cha-Cha-Cha", which includes the line "When you see the Wah-Watusi, you go a-ha-ha-ha," poking fun at their own hit. Davis left the group in August and Caldwell quit the group in ,  Sandy Person replaced Davis.
They continued to perform into the late s with success in the UK. They disbanded in after Hightower decided to stay in England after a tour. She married record producer Ian Green. In later years, Davis married and found work as an executive secretary, whilst Caldwell became a shop steward of the bus drivers' trade union, and then became the administrator of the union's legal fund in Philadelphia and served on the Philadelphia Board of Education for 29 years.
In , Caldwell and Davis re-formed the group with two new members and performed live on the oldies circuit until Davis' death in Once Upon A Time. Mashed Potato Time. The Plea. Gravy For My Mashed Potatoes. Let Me In. The Cha-Cha-Cha. Big Girls Don't Cry. Release Me. Dance With The Guitar Man. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow.
Pop Pop Pop-Pie. Walk Right In. We Got Love. Muskrat Ramble. Pokey Lou. Mister Sandman. Charlie Brown. Cement Mixer. Big Daddy. Between 18th And 19th On Chestnut Street.
For Your Love. Bad Boy. Let The Good Times Roll. Tonite Tonite. Sea Cruise. Little Star. Lovers Never Say Goodbye. Come Go With Me. You Cheated. Stranded In The Jungle. Diamonds And Pearls.
South Street. This, as they say, is a no-brainer The Guess Who. Let The Good Times Roll. First was the collaboration with Chubby; the second was the song that would forever be associated with her name, the good-time dance smash "Mashed Potato Time. The Orlons on Girl Group Chronicles. Great fun! The Cha-Cha-Cha.
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