Sunday, February 14, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Ray Peterson
Album:Tell Laura I Love Her
Corrina, Corrina was one of two early 60s top ten hits for Ray Peterson. Tell Laura I Love Her was controversial at the time so it's more memorable. But Corrina, Corrina was produced by Phil Spector. Peterson faded by the mid-60s and unsuccessfully tried the country music market. He was born Apr. 23, 1939 in Denton, TX and suffered from polio as a child. While he was in hospital, he started performing for patients. When he recovered, He performed in local clubs and then moved to Los Angeles. He was discovered by Stan Shulman and signed with RCA in 1958. His initial attempts were unsuccessful until The Wonder Of You was a top 30 hit in 1959. But Peterson really hit the jackpot when the Jeff Barry song Tell Laura I Love Her reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. Peterson and Shulman left RCA and started Dunes Records. They hired Phil Spector to produce Peterson's version of the blues standard Corrina, Corrina. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Curtis Lee's Under The Moon Of Love was also on Dunes Records. But Peterson quickly faded and by 1964 Dunes had closed and Peterson unsuccessfully tried to revive his career at MGM Records. This Collectables release of his RCA recordings adds Corrina, Corrina as a bonus track. He moved to Nashville and unsuccessfully tried to cross over to country music. Ray Peterson became a Baptist minister and toured the oldies circuit until his death on Jan. 25, 2005 at age 65. Here's Ray Peterson performing Corinna, Corrina on Hollywood A Go Go 1965.