Saturday, May 26, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

Artist:Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Song:Fallin' In Love
Album:Billboard Top Hits: 1975

Fallin' In Love topped the charts in 1975 for Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. They had another top five hit a few years earlier. You will find their history is a little convoluted. Lead singer and guitarist Dan Hamilton and his brother Judd Hamilton led The T-Bones who struck gold with the 1966 hit No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In). They formed a touring band and bassist Joe Frank Carollo and keyboard player Tommy Reynolds replaced two of the original members. The T-Bones were a one hit wonder and split up in 1967 after three albums. But Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds stayed together and signed with Dunhill Records in 1970. Don't Pull Your Love Out reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Subsequent singles didn't do well and Dunhill dropped the group after two albums. Also, Reynolds left to form the group Shango. Hamilton and Carollo continued to perform locally in Los Angeles and eventually settled on Alan Dennison as Reynolds' replacement. They signed with Playboy Records on the condition they continue to use the name Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds though Reynolds left the group. Fallin' In Love topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 and it was the only #1 hit for Playboy. For their second Playboy album, they changed the group name to Hamilton, Joe Frank & Dennison. The album didn't sell and the group split up. There is a Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds comp on Collectables but Fallin' In Love isn't on it. Playboy still owns the song but they haven't licensed it to various artists comps very much. Most of the CDs I saw on labels like K-Tel have a re-recorded version of the song. Beware! I know this Billboard comp from Rhino has the original version. Come on, Universal. License Fallin' In Love from Playboy and release a decent Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds comp. Dan Hamilton continued to write songs until his death on Dec. 23, 1994 at age 48. Here's a video for Fallin' In Love by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.

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