This 45 is one I discovered COMPLETELY by accident...I was in a record store with my friend George...I took my pile of 45's that i was considering purchasing into the basement to preview on the store's record player...sitting on this shelf above the turntable (I guess you could literally call this a "Top Shelf Record"), where people's rejected 45s go, was this Herman Grimes 45 (yes, I was nosey and flipped through a very small number of records sitting on the shelf to see what people had rejected)....I put this on the turntable... I personally felt the flip side was rather lacking, a slow country-pop sounding number (after all, it was recorded in nashville, being arranged and produced by the legendary Bill Justis), though it had gotten airplay in St Louis prior to the disc being flipped over and this side getting most of the airplay.... After I flipped the 45 over to this side, I was blown away! The record had only a $4 price tag on it so naturally with a record this good, I had to snap it up at that price!
I took the 45 home and tried researching it a bit....what I was able to figure out was it was written by Frank and Dorothy Daniels (and in fact, to this day Frank still owns the publishing rights to this song, and lives in St. Louis, MO with Dorothy, who are both are well into their 80's by now). Frank and Dorothy wrote a few other tunes for Herman Grimes as well, but I have no idea how they were all connected (for all I know maybe they are related?). Herman Grimes later abandoned music for a career in the tax industry, and if you live around Fenton, MO his family just might do your taxes this year....
Why wasn't this record a hit?? In spite of being ignored by radio when this record was brand new (Well, it did chart on KXOK in St. Louis, MO between April and June 1966, peaking at #16 on June 18th of that year, but didn't chart elsewhere), this song reached #1 on the Second Chance Survey (and rightfully so!) on November 30, 2009 on Tim Tillson's Hi-Fi Party found at http://www.kfound.us/ so Herman, you've finally had it made!
This record is starting to pick up some steam overseas as well and once the people of Great Britain and Belgium catch on to a good record, good luck getting your hands on a copy of it ever again. Luckily I don't have to worry...this record's never leaving my own collection.
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