61 years ago today, The Coasters took their first big step toward the big time by signing a deal with Atlantic Records.
To tell the origin story of The Coasters, one must first be aware of the band that begat them: The Robins, an R&B group which had found a certain amount of success with their single “Smokey Joe’s Café.” If the name rings a bell (and it should), that’s because it was written – not to mention produced – by the legendary composing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The duo was a fan of the group, as was Atlantic Records, who offered Leiber and Stoller an independent production contract to produce The Robins. Unfortunately, only two members of the group were willing to make the jump to Atlantic, so Leiber and Stoller promptly replaced them and then went ahead and sealed the deal.
35 years ago today, Mose Allison began the recording of his 1982 album MIDDLE CLASS WHITE BOY…and 35 years ago tomorrow, he finished it.
Say what you will about the man, but you can’t say he didn’t work fast when he wanted to.
Dr. Rhino is back! While briefly abducted by a mermaid and a dachshund, he learned the ways of love and peace. He also came up with a new playlist idea: the alphabet. We’re starting with the A’s, so buckle up and hold onto yours!
ABOUT DR. RHINO
34 years ago today, Depeche Mode released their seventh single, a non-LP track which was also the band’s first single to feature Alan Wilder as an official member.
Recorded in December 1982 at London’s Blackwing Studios, “Get the Balance Right!” was a Martin Gore composition, one which was sung by Dave Gahan. You wouldn’t know this from the song’s video, however, as the opening lines of the song are actually lip-synched by Wilder. If you’ve ever heard the rumor that the reason for this decision wasn’t an artistic one but, rather, simply because no one in the band could bring themselves to tell director Kevin Hewitt that Wilder wasn’t actually the lead singer, you’ll be pleased to know that this is completely true.