“Oh What a Night” went national. It was a huge and lasting success that kept the group’s appearances coming, but no more hits came until the end of 1967 with “There Is” and “Stay in my Corner,” which was even bigger than it was thirteen years before. The Dells are still performing, still recording and waiting.
Eddie Levert hasn’t been waiting since 1965 but as the lead of the Mascots (recording for King records in the late fifties) he must have been frustrated as his quality recordings were getting nowhere. At the suggestion of disc jockey Eddie O’Jay they changed their name and the O’Jays have been a fixture of the popular scene since.
In writing on lasting power, James Brown has come a long way since being drummer for a group called the Famous Flames. The first record release for the group was an instant success in April, 1956; It was that long ago that “Please, Please, Please” was first thrashed through our radios. James has managed to stay on the charts since that time.
To change the subject, in the news department, Johnny Otis has informed me that he has finished 26 television shows that should be ready for syndication this fall. The program is called “Johnny Otis Presents Solid Gold,” and was recorded live with a dancing studio audience and an array of oldies performers ranging from the Penguins to Jan & Dean. Other performers include Little Caesar & The Romans, Bobby Day, Shirley & Lee and many others. Keep your fingers crossed that it will be shown in your area and take my word for it, when Johnny Otis does something he does it right or not at all. I for one am anxiously waiting for it.
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