Thursday, June 26, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Earls
Song:Lookin' For My Baby
Album:The Doo Wop Box
Here is yet another obscure song from Rhino's 4CD Doo Wop Box. The Earls had one chart hit in 1963 but this wasn't it. The leader of The Earls was Larry Chance (born Larry Figueredo Oct. 19, 1940 in Philadelphia). He moved to The Bronx as a teen and formed a group called The Hi Hatters in 1957. Other members were Bob Del Din, Eddie Harder. Larry Palumbo & John Wray. They were spotted by Rome Records owner Johnny Powers singing in front of a subway station and he took them into the studio in 1959. They recorded as The Hi Hatters but Larry got The Earls out of the phone book and changed his own name to Larry Chance. Then Larry Palumbo died in a skydiving accident in 1960. Rome finally released Lookin' For My Baby in 1961 and though it was a hit in New York City, the label didn't have the distribution to take it national. The Earls had better luck when Stan Vincent's Old Town label released Remember Then in 1963 and it reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Earls continued to record but never charted again. Larry Chance had a brief solo career in the late 60s and then reformed The Earls for a stint at ABC Records. He still leads a version of The Earls today. Here's a video of Lookin' For My Baby by The Earls.