Friday, October 19, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Hearts
Album:The Doo Wop Box II
The Hearts were a very early girl group. Lonely Hearts was their one hit in 1955 but there's more history to the story than meets the eye. The group was put together in 1954 by Bronx native Zell Sanders. She was an aspiring songwriter and she recruited four high school girls to sing her songs. They were Louise Harris, Joyce West, Hazel Crutchfield & Forestine Barnes. With Sanders' neighbour Rex Garvin on piano and the Al Sears Orchestra, The Hearts song Lonely Nights was a top ten R & B hit in 1955 on Baton Records. The group disappeared but Sanders started her own label J & S Records and attempted to revive The Hearts with four different girls. That didn't work out but Sanders did write & produce the monster hit Sally Go Round The Roses by The Jaynettes in 1963. Rex Garvin resurfaced in the 60s with his group The Mighty Cravers. You can get Lonely Hearts and many other doo wop classics an the Rhino 4CD box set The Doo Wop Box II. There's no video footage of The Hearts but here's the song with a video of the label. You see a lot of these on Youtube with oldies.