Saturday, February 01, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Jaynetts

Artist:The Jaynetts
Song:Sally Go Round The Roses
Album:Oldies But Goodies Vol. 8

Sally Go Round The Roses reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. It is a one hit wonder. Part of the problem was The Jaynetts weren't a real group. They were a recording studio creation and Tuff Records owner Zell Sanders tried to turn them into a real group afterwards. Sanders wrote Sally Go Round The Roses with Lona Stevens. Her husband Abner Spector was a producer who had a hit with Smoky Places by The Corsairs in 1962. The song is based on the nursery rhyme Ring Around The Rosie. Spector asked Sanders to assemble a girl group for the recording session. Johnnie Richardson of Johnnie & Joe was one of the five core singers in The Jaynetts. But supposedly there were twenty singers who recorded parts of the song. Artie Butler wrote the arrangement. He says Spector hated the record but when legendary producers Lieber & Stoller offered to buy it, he changed his tune. Sally Go Round The Roses reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. You can get it on this various artists budget comp. The Jaynetts released an album and the three girls pictured on the album cover may or may not have been on the recording session. I think Lezli Valentine was the lead singer on Sally Go Round The Roses and Ethel Davis was on the session. Attempts to continue The Jaynettes were unsuccessful. A couple of singles were released. Some recordings intended for The Jaynettes were released under different group names like The Clickettes who were led by Lezli Valentine. She would go on to record for All Platinum Records in 1968 and recorded the original version of Love On A Two Way Street. One thing is for sure. Sally Go Round the Roses is still a very memorable record. Here's a video for Sally Go Round The Roses by The Jaynettes.

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