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Our Day Will Come

Our Day Will Come

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Ruby & the Romantics
Our Day Will Come
Ruby & the Romantics, 1965. Clockwise from bottom left: George Lee, Ronald Mosely, Ruby Nash, Leroy Fann, Ed Roberts

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

"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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Please Please Me

Please Please Me

Released March 22, 1963

Please Please Me

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In March 1963 while we were listening to the Four Seasons say Walk Like a Man, Ruby & the Romantics singing Our Day Will Come, and the Chiffons do He's So Fine, the Beatles released their first album, Please Please Me. In the UK only.
Their single "Please Please Me" had hit #1 in the UK on February 22. They'd released it in the US on February 7, but the single hardly charted here, reaching No. 35 on the WLS-AM (Chicago) music survey in March and did not chart at all on Billboard.  

The Vee Jay label even misspelled their name.

Please Please Me

No Zoo picture

For the album, producer George Martin, a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, owners of the London Zoo, thought that it might be good publicity for the zoo to have the Beatles pose outside the insect house for album's cover photo, however, the Zoological Society of London turned down Martin's offer and instead, Martin asked Angus McBean. It was he who took the distinctive picture of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square.
Martin wrote later: "We rang up the legendary theatre photographer Angus McBean, and bingo, he came round and did it there and then. It was done in an almighty rush, like the music...
                    Veterans of the road, John Lennon and Ringo Starr were 22; Paul McCartney and  George Harrison were 20.

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The album was as much a collection of covers as originals:
Side one               

  1. “I Saw Her Standing There” 2:54
  2. “Misery” 1:49
  3. “Anna (Go to Him)” (Arthur Alexander) 2:57
  4. “Chains” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) 2:26
  5. “Boys” (Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell) 2:27
  6. “Ask Me Why” 2:26
  7. “Please Please Me” 2:03
Side two               

  1. “Love Me Do”      2:23
  2. “P.S. I Love You” 2:04
  3. “Baby It’s You” (Mack David, Barney Williams, Burt Bacharach) 2:40
  4. “Do You Want to Know a Secret” 1:59
  5. “A Taste of Honey” (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) 2:03
  6. “There’s a Place” 1:51
  7. “Twist & Shout” (Medley, Russell) 2:37

Please Please Me

               From the (great) Beatles Bible site:
               Eight of the album's 14 songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (credited as McCartney-Lennon). At the time it was unusual for a group to write their own material; The Beatles, however, swiftly revealed to listeners that they were anything but a run-of-the mill band.
                In early 1963 pop acts commonly released three-minute 45 rpm singles, or occasionally four-song EPs. The long-player was normally beyond the fiscal reach of most teenagers, and the LP as art form was yet to emerge; albums tended to be a handful of hits and a selection of filler songs.
                The Beatles were not immune to this trend - the cover of Please Please Me even carried the tagline "with Love Me Do and 12 other songs" - but the quality of the songs on the LP was testament to their ambition and musical knowledge, and the willingness of Parlophone staff producer George Martin to try to get the best from them.
               And this he did, effectively capturing highlights from The Beatles' live set. The sound that had wowed audiences in Liverpool, Hamburg and beyond was most evident in the album's frenetic closer Twist And Shout, full of boundless energy and with famously hoarse vocals from John Lennon.
              The group's versatility, meanwhile, was shown by R&B ballads Anna (Go To Him) and Baby It's You, and McCartney's love for pop standards ensured a place for A Taste Of Honey.
               But it was with the original songs that set The Beatles apart from their peers. The opening  I Saw Her Standing There was one of Paul McCartney's earliest songs, yet after dozens of performances in sweaty basement clubs and dance halls it was something of a rock powerhouse.
                There's A Place and Ask Me Why showcased their talents for melody and harmony, PS I Love You and Do You Want To Know A Secret displayed the group's lighter side, while the title track was simply one of the most exciting pop songs that 1960s listeners had heard.
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Chris Stainton

Chris Stainton

Happy birthday

Woodstock alum

Chris Stainton

“Little Queen Of Spades (Live)” by Eric Clapton with Chris Stainton on keyboard.
Chris Stainton was born in England on March 22, 1944. He began playing bass in the late '50s (using a guitar he made himself out of a plank of wood) and along the path of his his early musical history, he happened to meet his childhood friend, John Robert Cocker, who had become Joe Cocker.
Stainton became an important part of Cocker's Grease Band, but that also included an eventual move to keyboards. It was on keyboards that Stainton performed with Cocker at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
Stainton remained with Cocker after he left the Grease Band and became a part of the famous Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour that translated into both a triple-LP and a movie.
Chris Stainton
Chris Stainton’s feet, photo taken by Denny Cordell on the Mad Dogs tour

Chris Stainton

As a sessions musician, he rivaled the output of Nicky Hopkins [click >>> Hopkins article from WW].
Here's a partial list of those he worked with:
  • Spooky Tooth
  • Ian Hunter
  • Leon Russel
  • Don Nix
  • The Who 
  • Esther Phillips
  • Jim Capaldi
  • Eric Clapton
  • Gary Brooker
  • Pete Townshend 
  • Beyonce
  • Alvin Lee
  • The Alarm
  • Ringo Starr
  • Bryan Ferry
  • BB King
  • Bill Wyman
  • David Gilmour
  • Peter Frampton
  • Van Morrison
On September 11, 2015 Stainton performed in a tribute/reunion concert for Joe Cocker. The concert honored Joe and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour. Alumni included from the 1970 Tour included Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge,  and Claudia Lennear. 

Basically, Chris Stainton has contributed to great music his whole musician's life. 

Thank you Chris! And many many happy returns.
Here is an extended AUD video of that concert:

 
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