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Old 10-29-2006, 02:00 PM
Grey Mouser Grey Mouser is offline
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"Rockin' Radio News" redux

Close, but no cigar. The A side of the Medallions' first recording was "Buick '59," not "Buick 69." Todd Rhodes's "Rocket 69" was never as big a hit as all that, which probably made ripping it off for "Buick '59" all the easier. At the time, Rhodes was considered to be more a jazz musician than an R&B musician. Both sides of the Medallions' recording were popular after its release in 1954. (I was seventeen, then.) And it was not popular just on the West Coast. I grew up in Saint Louis. In the fall of 1958, when the '59 Buicks came out, "Buick '59" was re-released and became an R&B hit all over again, together with "The Letter," at least in Saint Louis.
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:59 PM
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Welcome to the SDMB, G.M. Love the name, by the way. Where's Fafhrd?

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