Friday, October 05, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Tommy Hunt

Artist:Tommy Hunt
Album:The Biggest Man

Tommy Hunt was a member of the legendary doo wop group The Flamingos when they recorded the 1959 classic I Only Have Eyes For You. He left and had a top five R & B hit with Human in 1961. He moved to Europe in 1969 and has been a regular on the British Northern Soul circuit for years. He was born Charles James Hunt June 18, 1933 in Pittsburgh. Tommy is a childhood nickname. Hunt moved to Chicago with his mom at age 10. While in the US Air Force, he went AWOL because his mom was dying. After serving time for desertion, he moved back to Chicago and formed The Five Echoes. They recorded a few singles. Hunt was approached by Zeke Carey of The Flamingos to replace Carey as he had been drafted into the military. Hunt remained in the group after Carey returned. After I Only Have Eyes For You, Hunt left over creative differences. Then he was approached by Scepter Records producer Luther Dixon. His first single was Parade of Broken Hearts with Human on the B-side. A New York DJ played Human by mistake and the song caught on and reached #5 on the R & B Singles chart. He had some other minor hits but nothing as big as Human. When Dixon left Scepter in 1964, Hunt stayed at Scepter recorded with producer Ed Townsend. He would later reunite with Dixon on Dixon's label Dynamo Records. You can get most of Hunt's recordings on this comp from the British label Kent Records. Tommy Hunt moved to Germany in 1969 and has lived in Europe ever since. He had some hits in the British Northern Soul circuit in the 70s and he moved to England in 1997. He currently tours the oldies circuit as Tommy Hunt & Te New Flamingos. Here's a video for Human by Tommy Hunt.

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