BRENDA & THE TABULATIONS – DRY YOUR EYES (1967)
I absolutely adore this record. It’s been a go-to of mine for a little while now (I know I’ve mentioned it before on here but I can’t find the post). Brenda & The Tabulations were a group out of Philadelphia in 1966. Brenda Payton has a one of a kind voice in my opinion, and definitely stands out in the girl-group era (note she was the only girl in the band until ’71 when they brought in two female back-up harmony singers). I really love her voice and this whole record is amazing.
Iko Iko came on the other day and..
THE DIXIE CUPS – CHAPEL OF LOVE (1964)
The Dixie Cups were probably best known for the title track off this record Chapel of Love and Iko Iko, however it’s the rest of the record that I enjoy most, particularly I’m Gonna Get You Yet. I love the minimal percussion and female vox. This record was the debut studio album of the New Orleans group, produced by Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greewich. (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller produced hits like “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King.)
Speaking of Ben E. King…
Ben E. King – Spanish Harlem (1960)
Spanish Harlem has been on repeat for me as of late, it was also produced by Jerry Lieber with Phil Spector. One of the most beautiful songs to listen to, specifically walking around New York City on a summer day.