Little Willie Littlefield
Willie Littlefield, Jr. billed as Little Willie Littlefield, was an American R&B and boogie-woogie pianist and singer whose early recordings "formed a vital link between boogie-woogie and rock and roll". Littlefield was regarded as a teenage wonder and overnight sensation when in 1949, at the age of 18, he popularized the triplet piano style on his Modern Records debut single, "It's Midnight", he recorded the first version of the song "Kansas City", in 1952. Littlefield was born in El Campo and grew up in Houston with his mother. By 1947, at the age of sixteen, he was a local attraction in many of the clubs on Dowling Street in Houston and was recording for Eddie Henry, a local record shop proprietor who ran his own label, Eddie's Records, he formed his first band with a friend from school. Littlefield was influenced by the boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons. A particular favourite of his was Ammons's "Swanee River Boogie", which he recorded for Eddie's Records. Other major influences on Littlefield's style were the Texas musicians Charles Brown and Amos Milburn.
Littlefield learned most of their "chops" and soon developed his own distinctive triplet style, copied by R&B musicians in the early 1950s Fats Domino, who incorporated it into his New Orleans rhythm and blues. His first recording, "Little Willie’s Boogie", was a hit in Texas in 1949 and brought him to the attention of Jules Bihari, of Modern Records in Los Angeles, searching for a performer to rival the success of Amos Milburn. Bihari flew to Houston in July 1949 to investigate the city's black entertainment venues and heard of a "teenage wonder boy pianist", causing a stir at the Eldorado Ballroom. Bihari soon arranged for an audition at a local studio; the session was captured on acetate disc, with Bihari audible in the background, calling for Littlefield to play popular R&B tunes of the day. Back at Modern Records, he recorded "It's Midnight", which became a national hit, reaching number three on the Billboard R&B chart, its follow-up, "Farewell", which reached number five, he recorded with West Coast musicians such as Maxwell Davis.
Don Wilkerson, Littlefield's schoolmate and the leading saxophone player in his band travelled to Los Angeles, but Milburn promptly persuaded him to lead Milburn's new band, the Aladdin Chickenshackers. Modern Records booked Littlefield for three recording sessions in October 1949, followed by more sessions over the next two months at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. During these three months alone, over 22 sides were cut – an unusual output compared to that of most other artists, who averaged only two sessions a year. Other musicians at these sessions included the saxophonists Maxwell Davis and Buddy Floyd, the guitarists Chuck Norris and Johnny Moore, the drummers Al Wichard and Jessie Price. One of his 1950 recordings, "Happy Pay Day", written by Jack Holmes, was rewritten by Holmes with different lyrics as "The Blacksmith Blues", which became a hit for Ella Mae Morse. In 1951, his duet with Little Lora Wiggins, reached number 10 on the R&B chart. In 1952 he moved to the Federal subsidiary of King Records.
His first session for Federal produced "K. C. Loving", written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and re-recorded by Wilbert Harrison as "Kansas City". By 1957 Littlefield had moved to northern California and continued to record for Don Barksdale's Rhythm label in San Francisco, for which he produced the single "Ruby, Ruby". Littlefield’s recording and his subsequent releases were not successful, but he remained a popular performer in clubs in the San Francisco area. In the late 1970s he toured Europe settling in the Netherlands and releasing a number of albums from 1982 into the late 1990s for the Oldie Blues label from Martin van Olderen. After touring for more than 50 years, Littlefield stopped in 2000. After five years of retirement in his adopted home country, the Netherlands, he decided to play again, starting in 2006, declaring, "I went fishing for five years – now I know every herring in Holland by name – it got boring. I feel great and I want to be back with my audience."In his years Littlefield continued to perform mainly at festivals in the UK.
In 2008 he played at the 20th Burnley Blues Festival, in 2008, at the 5th annual UK Boogie Woogie Festival at Sturminster Newton in Dorset, in July 2009. He performed at Shakedown Blues Club, at Castor Village Hall, near Castor, Peterborough, in 2006 and made a return appearance in October 2010, he died at his home in Voorthuizen, Netherlands, in 2013, at the age of 81. He had cancer. 1948: "Little Willie's Boogie" / "My Best Wishes", Eddie's 1202 1948: "Medley Boogie", Eddie's 1949: "What's the Use" / "Chicago Bound", Eddie's 1205 c. 3/49: "Littlefield Boogie", Freedom 1502 1949: "Boogie Woogie Playgirl" / "Swanee River", Eddie's 1212 1949: "Midnight Whistle" / "It's Midnight", Modern 20-686 1949: "Drinkin' Hadacol" / "Farewell", Modern 20-709 c. 12/49: "Come On Baby" / "Merry Christmas", Modern 20-716 1950: "The Moon Is Risin'" / "Frightened", Modern 20-726 3/50: "Your Love Wasn't So" / "Rocking Chair Mama", Modern 20-729 1950: "Tell Me Baby" / "Why Leave Me All Alone", Modern 20-747 1950: "Cheerful Baby" / "Happy Pay Day", Modern 20-754 10/50: "Trouble Around Me" / "Hit the Road", Modern 20-775 c.
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Stand by Me (Ben E. King song)
"Stand by Me" is a song performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller. According to King, the title is derived from, was inspired by, a spiritual written by Sam Cooke and J. W. Alexander called "Stand by Me Father," recorded by the Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead; the third line of the second verse of the former work derives from Psalm 46:2c/3c. There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song, performed by many artists, it was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me, a corresponding music video was released to promote the film. In 2012 it was estimated that the song's royalties had topped $US 22.8 million, making it the sixth highest-earning song as of that time. 50% of the royalties were paid to King. In 2015 King's original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as "culturally or aesthetically significant", just under five weeks before his death. In the year, the 2015 line up of the Drifters recorded it, in tribute to him.
In 1960, Ben E. King was inspired to update the early 20th century gospel hymn by Charles Albert Tindley, based around the psalm, "will not we fear, though the Earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea."According to the documentary History of Rock'n' Roll, King had no intention of recording the song himself. King had written it for the Drifters. After the "Spanish Harlem" recording session in 1960, King had some studio time left over; the session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked. King played it on the piano for them, they called the studio musicians back in to record it. Stoller recalls it differently: I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry finished the lyrics.... In another interview, Stoller said: Ben E. had the beginnings of a song—both words and music.
He worked on the lyrics together with Jerry, I added elements to the music the bass line. To some degree, it's based on a gospel song called "Lord Stand By Me". I have a feeling that Ben E. were inspired by it. Ben, of course, had a strong background in church music. He's a 50% writer on the song, Jerry and I are 25% each.... When I walked in, Jerry and Ben E. were working on the lyrics to a song. They were at an old oak desk. Jerry was sitting behind it, Benny was sitting on the top, they said they were writing a song. I said, "Let me hear it."... Ben began to sing the song a cappella. I went over to the upright piano and found the chord changes behind the melody he was singing, it was in the key of A. I created a bass line. Jerry said, "Man that's it!" We used my bass pattern for a starting point and we used it as the basis for the string arrangement created by Stanley Applebaum. The personnel on the song included Romeo Penque on sax, Ernie Hayes on piano, Al Caiola and Charles McCracken on guitars, Lloyd Trotman on double bass, Phil Kraus on percussion, Gary Chester on drums, plus a wordless mixed chorus and strings.
Songwriting credits on the single were shown as King and Elmo Glick—a pseudonym used by Leiber and Stoller. King's record went to No. 1 on the R&B charts and was a Top Ten hit on the US charts twice—in its original release, entering the Billboard chart on May 13, 1961 and peaking at No. 4 on June 16, 1961, a 1986 re-release coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name following its appearance in the film, when it peaked at No. 9 on 20 December 1986 - 3 January 1987, in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. It reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 after its re-release because of the jeans spot reaching No. 27 on its first release. The song was not released on an album; the song appeared on King's Don't Play That Song! album. The song was ranked 122nd on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about seven million performances. On March 27, 2012, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that the song would receive its 2012 Towering Song Award and that King would be honored with the 2012 Towering Performance Award for his recording of it.
The song uses a version of the common chord progression now called the 50s progression, called the "'Stand by Me' changes" after the song. Adriano Celentano's 1962 Italian version, "Pregherò" reached no. 1 on the Italian charts. Muhammad Ali released a version on his 1963 spoken-word/comedy album I Am the Greatest. Clay's recording was released as the B-side of the eponymous single in 1964, charting on the Billboard "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles", it was included on the CD Beat Of The Pops Vol 34. Spyder Turner's 1967 version climbed to No. 3 on the US Billboard Black Singles chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. John Lennon recorded his version of the song for his 1975 album Roll. Lennon's remake was his last hit prior to his five-year retirement from the music industry. Lennon filmed a performance of the song for The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975. On May 3, 1975 this version was in its second of two weeks at the peak position #20 on the US Hot 100, right in front of King's comeback hit "Supernatural Thing - Part I" at #21.
Mickey Gilley released his version of the song in 1980, it was included in the movie Urban
The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog in the hound family. The Basset is a scent hound, bred for the purpose of hunting hare, their sense of smell and ability to ground-scent is second only to the Bloodhound. Basset Hounds are one of six recognised "basset"-type breeds in France; the name basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning'low', with the attenuating suffix -et—together meaning'rather low'. Basset Hounds are bicolours or tricolours of standard hound colouration. Bassets are large, short and long, with curved sabre tails held high over their long backs. An adult dog weighs between 35 kilograms; this breed, relative to its size, is heavier-boned than any other. This breed, like its ancestor the Bloodhound, has a hanging skin structure, which causes the face to look sad; the dewlap, seen as the loose, elastic skin around the neck, the trailing ears which along with the Bloodhound are the longest of any breed, help trap the scent of what they are tracking. Its neck is wider than its head.
This, combined with the loose skin around its face and neck means that flat collars can be pulled off. The previous FCI standard described the characteristic skin of the Basset, which resembles its ancestor the Bloodhound as "loose"; this wording has since been updated to "supple and elastic". The looseness of the skin results in the Basset's characteristic facial wrinkles, they drool a lot due to their loose flews. The Basset's skull is characterised by its large dolichocephalic nose, second only to the Bloodhound in scenting ability and number of olfactory receptor cells; the Basset's short legs are due to a form of dwarfism. Their short stature can be deceiving; because Bassets are so heavy and have such short legs, they are not able to hold themselves above water for long when swimming, should always be supervised in the water. The short-haired coat of a Basset is long and soft, sheds constantly. Any hound coloration is acceptable, they are Black and White tricolors or Tan and White bicolors.
Tan can vary from Red to Lemon. Lemon and White is less common color; some Bassets are classified as gray or blue - this colour is considered rare and undesirable in the show ring. The source of colour is the E Locus, which has four alleles: EM, EG, E, e; the EM, E and e alleles are present in the Basset Hounds. The E allele allows for the production of both red and black pigments, so is present with the majority of colour patterns in Basset Hounds. Red and Lemon colours are caused by the e allele of MC1R; the e allele is recessive, so red and lemon dogs are homozygous e/e. Lemon dogs are lighter in colour than Reds, but the genetic mechanism that dilutes phaeomelanin in this instance is unknown. No black hairs will be present on either Lemon dogs. If there are any black hairs, the dog is a tricolour; the EM allele produces a black mask on the face that may extend up around the eyes and onto the ears. This pattern is most seen on Mahogany dogs, although any Basset colour pattern may express the EM allele, except for "red and white" or "lemon and white" due to e/e.
Many Bassets have a defined white blaze and a white tip to their tail, intended to aid hunters in finding their dogs when tracking through underbrush. Like all dogs, the Basset Hound's coat is oily; the oil in their coat has a distinctive "hound scent", natural to the breed. The Basset Hound is a friendly and playful dog, tolerant of children and other pets, they are vocal and famously devoted to tracking. They are widely known for being stubborn. Prospective owners must be prepared to handle bassets and patiently. Basset Hounds have large pendulous ears that do not allow air to circulate inside them, unlike other breeds with erect or more open ears, their ears must be cleaned inside and out to avoid infections and ear mites. According to the Basset Hound Club of America, the height of a Basset should not exceed 14 inches or 36 cm; the Basset Hound's short stature is due to the genetic condition osteochondrodysplasia. Dwarfism of this type in most animals is traditionally known as achondroplasia.
Basset Hounds and Bulldogs are a few of the dog breeds classified as Achondroplastic. This bone growth abnormality may be a predisposing factor in the development of elbow dysplasia seen in the breed, which leads to arthritis of the elbow joint. In addition to ear problems, basset hounds may be susceptible to eye issues; because of their droopy eyes the area under the eyeball can collect dirt and become clogged with a mucus. Basset Hounds are prone to yeast infections in the folds around the mouth, where drool can collect without drying out. Overweight Basset Hounds develop many serious health issues, including bone and joint injuries, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus and paralysis; the only recent mortality and morbidity surveys of Basset Hounds are from the UK: a 1999 longevity survey with a small sample size of 10 deceased dogs and a 2004 UK Kennel Club health survey with a larger sample size of 142 deceased dogs and 226 live dogs. See Mortality and Morbidity below. Median longevity of Basset Hounds is about 10.3 years in France and 11.3 years in the UK, a typical median longevity for purebred dogs and for breeds similar in size to Basset Hounds.
The oldest of the 142 deceased dogs in the 2004 UK Kennel Club survey was 16.7 years. Leading causes of death in the 2004 UK K
Ben E. King
Benjamin Earl King was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He was best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and in 1986, a number one hit in the UK in 1987, no. 25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles "Save the Last Dance for Me". King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina, moved to Harlem, New York, at the age of nine in 1947. King began singing in church choirs, in high school formed the Four B’s, a doo-wop group that performed at the Apollo. In 1958, King joined; that year, the Drifters' manager George Treadwell fired the members of the original Drifters, replaced them with the members of the Five Crowns. King had a string of R&B hits with the group on Atlantic Records, he co-wrote and sang lead on the first Atlantic hit by the new version of the Drifters, "There Goes My Baby".
He sang lead on a succession of hits by the team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, including "Save the Last Dance for Me", "This Magic Moment", "I Count the Tears". King recorded only thirteen songs with the Drifters—two backing other lead singers and eleven lead vocal performances—including a non-single called "Temptation"; the last of the King-led Drifters singles to be released was "Sometimes I Wonder", recorded May 19, 1960, but not issued until June 1962. Due to contract disputes with Treadwell in which King and his manager, Lover Patterson, demanded greater compensation, King performed with the Drifters on tour or on television. On television, fellow Drifters member Charlie Thomas lip-synched the songs that King had recorded with the Drifters. In May 1960, King left the Drifters, assuming the stage name Ben E. King in preparation for a solo career. Remaining with Atlantic Records on its Atco imprint, King scored his first solo hit with the ballad "Spanish Harlem", his next single, "Stand by Me", written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller would be voted as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America.
King cited singers Brook Benton, Roy Hamilton and Sam Cooke as influences for his vocals of the song. "Stand by Me", "There Goes My Baby", "Spanish Harlem", "Save the Last Dance for Me" were all named in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. King's other well-known songs include "Don't Play That Song", "Amor", "Seven Letters", "How Can I Forget", "On the Horizon", "Young Boy Blues", "First Taste of Love", "Here Comes the Night", "Ecstasy", "That's When It Hurts". In the summer of 1963, King had a Top 30 hit with "I", which reached the Top 10 on New York's radio station, WMCA. King's records continued to place well on the Billboard Hot 100 chart until 1965. British pop bands began to dominate the pop music scene, but King still continued to make R&B hits, including "What is Soul?", "Tears, Tears", "Supernatural Thing". King returned to the Drifters in late 1982 in England, sang with them until the group's break-up and reorganization in 1986. From 1983 until the band's break-up, the other members of this incarnation of the Drifters were Johnny Moore, Joe Blunt, Clyde Brown.
A 1986 re-issue of "Stand by Me" followed the song's use as the theme song to the movie Stand By Me and re-entered the Billboard Top Ten after a 25-year absence. This reissue reached Number 1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland for three weeks in February 1987. In 1990, King and Bo Diddley, along with Doug Lazy, recorded a revamped hip hop version of the Monotones' 1958 hit song "Book of Love" for the soundtrack of the movie Book of Love, he recorded a children's album, I Have Songs In My Pocket and produced by children's music artist Bobby Susser in 1998, which won the Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Award and Dr. Toy's/the Institute for Childhood Resources Award. King performed "Stand by Me" on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2007. Ahmet Ertegun said, "King is one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll and rhythm and blues."As a Drifter and as a solo artist, King had achieved five number one hits: "There Goes My Baby", "Save the Last Dance for Me", "Stand By Me", "Supernatural Thing", the 1986 re-issue of "Stand By Me".
He earned 12 Top 10 hits and 26 Top 40 hits from 1959 to 1986. He was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame as a Drifter. King's "I" was selected for the Sopranos Peppers and Eggs Soundtrack CD. King was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009. On March 27, 2012, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that "Stand By Me" would receive its 2012 Towering Song Award and that King would be honored with the 2012 Towering Performance Award for his recording of the song. King was active in his charitable foundation, the Stand By Me Foundation, which helps to provide education to deserving youths, he was a resident of New Jersey, from the late 1960s. King performed "Stand By Me" during a televised tribute to late comedian George Carlin, as he was one of Carlin's favorite artists. On November 11, 2010, he performed "Stand By Me" on the Latin Grammys with Prince Royce. King toured the United Kingdom in 2013 and played concerts in the United States as late as 2014
Don't (Elvis Presley song)
"Don't" is a song performed by Elvis Presley, released in 1958. Written and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it was Presley's eleventh number-one hit in the United States. "Don't" peaked at number four on the R&B charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1958. The song was included in the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, as a medley with "Love Me", cleverly used in the key scene of the 1992 film Dave, right at the moment the President of the United States, has a heart attack while making love to a mistress, inside the White House. Elvis Presley – lead vocals Scotty Moore – electric guitar Bill Black – double bass D. J. Fontana – drums Dudley Brooks – piano The Jordanaires – backing vocals Thorne Nogar – engineer Steve Sholes – producer Jerry Leiber – songwriter 47-7150 Don't / I Beg of You Guide part of The Elvis Presley Record Research Database Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Belmont High School (Los Angeles)
Belmont Senior High School is a public high school located at 1575 West 2nd Street in the Westlake community of Los Angeles, California. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Belmont High School opened in 1923; the Hotel Belmont was the first noteworthy building to stand atop Crown Hill, the present site of Belmont High School. The hotel was abandoned, it was transformed into the private Belmont School for Girls. After the school was destroyed by fire, the grounds were left vacant, except for five oil wells and a pumping plant for the Los Angeles City Oil Field. On February 28, 1921, the Los Angeles Board of Education purchased the site for $100,000, for the purpose of constructing Belmont High School. Belmont opened its doors on September 11, 1923, to about 500 students, all sophomores, 28 faculty members. Most of the school's traditions were created by those pioneer students during the first months of the school's existence; the school newspaper conducted an election to select its name, with "Sentinel" winning over "Progress."
To this day, Belmont's students are known as Sentinels. Those first students favored “Sentinels" because they were able to oversee the entire city from their "lookout" on Crown Hill. In another election, the school's colors and black, were selected over brown and white. A mosaic mural by Joseph Young is located on the wall of the main building. Belmont High School was once the largest school in California, due to the density of the Westlake district, which it served, it was considered the largest school in the United States, with 6,342 students. What was the attendance area for Belmont High School has now become the Belmont Zone of Choice, where students have the option of attending one of nineteen small learning communities or pilot schools located on four different campuses within the zone: Belmont High School, Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, Edward Roybal Learning Center, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Of these, the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex was opened in 2006, sharing Belmont's attendance zone, after LAUSD had begun as early as 2000 to devise plans to relieve Belmont of many of its students.
The West Adams Preparatory High School opened in 2007. The High School for the Visual and Performing Arts opened in 2008. Central Los Angeles High School 11, Central Los Angeles High School 12, the Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Centers all opened in 2009. Belmont underwent a major modernization beginning around 2005; the school was renovated, new paint, doors and ceiling tiles were added. Facilities were updated throughout the school campus to accommodate those with special needs. From the 2010 school year, it became a 6th through 12th grade school, with Sal Castro Middle School being located on the campus; the Belmont football stadium was named for its long-time faculty member. In 2011 the school was restructured, with most teachers having to reapply for their jobs; the new academic program involves learning English and Mandarin Chinese. Belmont High School hosts three Small Learning Communities which specialize in a career pathway: LAAMPS, with courses in first responders and medical terminology SAGE, with courses in automotive technology and computer assisted design Belmont Multimedia Academy, with courses in filmmaking, cartooning & animation, digital photography, digital imaging, web page design As of 2016 the school had about 1,000 students, 25% of whom were of Central American origin.
Some of those students immigrated without their parents. As of December 2013 the school had fewer than 1,000 students; the school was built for a capacity of 2,500 students, when it opened in 1923 it had about 500 students. Due to an enrollment decline in the 1950s the Los Angeles City High School District considered closing Belmont. By the 1990s the school had its peak enrollment, 5,500 students, making it California's largest high school and one of the largest in the United States. During that period many students were reassigned to and sent on buses to schools in the San Fernando Valley because there were too many students in Belmont. In the 1997-1998 school year the school had 5,160 students. At the time, the school's dropout rate was 65% and in terms of its four-year graduation rate it ranked lower than 96% of Los Angeles County high schools. 72% of the enrolled students took free lunches. The enrollment declined in the 2000s due to the opening of charter schools and LAUSD opening schools to relieve capacity.
In 2001 the LAUSD began a building campaign to relieve the capacity of the school. Due to overcrowding, Belmont had a year-round schedule for 26 years, until the 2008 opening of the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center. After the opening Belmont resumed having a traditional two-year school schedule. In 2011 the school had an Academic Performance Index of 639, an improvement of 100 points in a two-year period. Jason Song of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the score was "still poor". In 2013 its API was an increase of over 175 points from the 2002 figure; the State of California API goal is 800. Sal Castro, activist Dentler Erdmann, California Teacher of the Year 1975 Belmont High School
There Goes My Baby (The Drifters song)
"There Goes My Baby" is a song written by Ben E. King, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for The Drifters; this was the first single by the second incarnation of the Drifters, who assumed the group name in 1958 after manager George Treadwell fired the remaining members of the original lineup. The Atlantic Records release was King's debut recording as the lead singer of the group. Leiber and Stoller used a radically different approach to production than Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler had employed with the original Clyde McPhatter-led Drifters; the combination of new style and new group fit, the song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, behind A Big Hunk o' Love by Elvis Presley. "There Goes My Baby hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart. On the Cash Box sales chart, it went to number one for two weeks, in the summer of 1959; the violin string arrangement was written by Belford "Sinky" Hendricks, a classically trained African-American musician, who helped elevate the careers of many musicians by writing arrangements for songs, giving voice lessons, conducting orchestras during recording sessions.
Other string arrangements written for "The Drifters" by Belford Hendricks include "Save the Last Dance for Me", "Under the Boardwalk", "This Magic Moment" and "Stand By Me". All became hit singles; the lyrics are loosely structured free-form at a time when rhyming lines were mandatory. The accompaniment features a violin section playing saxophone-like riffs in roll style; the lead voice is in high gospel-style. Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh Yeah, yeah,yeah Whoa-oh-oh-oh Yeah! This recording introduced the idea of using strings, a Brazilian baion and elaborate production values on an R&B recording to enhance the emotional power of black music; this pointed the way to the coming era of soul music as the popularity of the doo-wop vocal groups peaked and faded. Phil Spector studied this production model under Stoller. In 2010, the song is ranked #196 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; the song has been covered including Jay and the Americans. The song was included in the musical revue "Smokey Joe's Cafe".
Donna Summer's version of "There Goes My Baby" was the first single from her 1984 album Cats Without Claws. The single became a moderate hit, peaking at #21 on the US Hot 100, in the top twenty of the US R&B chart, it peaked #15 in Spain Radio chart. Summer's version of this song features an electro-pop sound and was accompanied by a high-quality music video featuring Summer and husband Bruce Sudano as a down-on-their-luck couple at the outbreak of World War II; the video was played in heavy rotation on the MTV network, showing MTV's continued support of Summer as an artist. With this single, Summer earned her nineteenth - and second to last - US Top 40 hit. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics