Our Day Will Come
Ruby & the Romantics
March 23, 1963
Just the day before, the Beatles had released their first album, Please Please Me, in England. Here in the US we hardly knew them. The single "Please Please Me" had first been released in America on February 25, but failed to make an impact.
American pop music meandered along
The week before, Walk Like a Man by the Four Seasons was number one. On this date, Ruby & the Romantics' Our Day Will Come was the #1. And next week the Chiffons' He's So Fine would take over.
"Our Day Will Come" was also number one on the R & B chart. Lead vocalist Ruby Nash Curtis, Ed Roberts, George Lee, and Leroy Fann were the original members when they began in Akron, Ohio in 1961. The personnel on the original recording include Leroy Glover on organ, Vinnie Bell, Al Gorgoni and Kenny Burrell on guitar, Russ Savakus on bass, Gary Chester on drums and George Devens on percussion.
The song was nominated for Song of the Year in 1963, but “The Days of Wine and Roses" won.
They never had another #1 hit, but did have success with such songs as "When You're Young and in Love," "Our Everlasting Love," and "Baby Come Home."
By 1966, they completely changed their personnel, with Curtis the only holdover. She then joined Richard Pryor, Vincent McLeod, Robert Lewis, Ronald Jackson, and Bill Evans.
Ruby & the Romantics became an all-female group in 1968, with Denise Lewis and Cheryl Thomas backing Ruby.
The group disbanded completely in 1971.
They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame [Sharon, PA] in 2007. In August 2013, Ruby & The Romantics were inducted into the very first class of the new Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Our Day Will Come
Only Ruby survives today. Here she is singing the hit from a 2002 show:
Ruby and the Romantics influenced other groups. For one, they influenced The Temptations early harmonies. And many covered the song, such as Frankie Valli, Cher, Donny and Marie Osmond, Bobby Darin, Patti Page, Dee Dee Sharp, Pat Boone, Nancy Wilson, Trini Lopez, The Supremes, Cliff Richard, and James Brown.
The most famous cover is likely Amy Winehouse's from 2011.
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