Thursday, December 24, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Ruby & The Romantics
Song:Our Day Will Come
Album:Tell It Like It Is: #1 Soul Hits Of The 60s Vol. 1
Our Day Will Come was a number one hit in 1963. Ruby & The Romantics are perceived as a one hit wonder but some of their other songs charted. So technically they're not a one hit wonder but Our Day Will Come is the only song most will care about. Lead singer Ruby Nash Curtis was born Nov. 12, 1939 in Akron, OH. She started out in a group with her sister and two friends. In 1961, she got together with four guys known as The Embers and then The Supremes and then The Feilos. They were George Lee, Ed Roberts, Ronald Mosely and Leroy Fann. Apparently they weren't having much luck in New York and they asked Ruby to sing with them. Guitarist and arranger Leroy Kirkland got them a contract with Kapp Records and Kapp A & R man Allan Stanton recommended the group name change to Ruby & The Romantics. Our Day Will Come was Ruby's first time in a recording studio and their first single. Six weeks after release, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. The song was written by Tin Pan Alley songwriter Bob Hilliard along with producer Mort Garson. Garson was a pioneer in the use of electronic keyboards in pop music and his kitschy approach worked very well on Our Day Will Come. The follow up My Summer Love reached #16 and Hey There Lonely Boy reached #27. Eddie Holman would have a hit with that song. Though there are Ruby & The Romantics comps available, I think most will only want Our Day Will Come and you should check out this excellent various artists comp from Relativity anyway. Ruby & The Romantics moved to ABC Records in 1965 and all new backup singers were hired. She even tried an all female version in 1968 with no success. Ruby & The Romantics split up for good in 1971 and Ruby Nash Curtis moved back to Akron and worked for AT&T for many years. Frankie Valli had a top twenty hit with Our Day Will Come in 1975. Here's Ruby Nash Curtis performing Our Day Will Come on the 2002 PBS TV special More Red White & Rock.