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The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966

The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966

by Dee Dee Sharp Dee Dee Sharp
The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966

The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966

by Dee Dee Sharp Dee Dee Sharp




Dee Dee Sharp reached the big time with the novelty hit "Mashed Potato Time" in 1962, while the follow-up, "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)," hit the Top Ten as well cemented her status as a novelty singer. As The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966 shows, despite being unfairly remembered as such she in reality was a powerful singer blessed with a wonderfully clear voice. Indeed her soulful and direct style makes even the silliest song ("Do the Bird!," "Baby Cakes") sound real and gives the better songs here ("Just to Hold My Hand," "Why Don't You Ask Me") an extra kick. That she never really had a hit after the "Mashed Potato" saga meant that Sharp and Cameo-Parkway tried different sounds and styles, looking for that elusive next smash. Sharp sounded at ease with every style, lightly bopping through dance numbers like the slinky "Let's Twine," the hard-hitting girl group sound of "You Ain't Nothin' But a Nothin'," the gospel soul of "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love," the silky Chicago-styled soul of "(That's What) My Mama Said," and the proto-Philly soul of "I Really Love You." At least one song, the bouncy and nearly perfect Motown facsimile "There Ain't Nothing I Wouldn't Do for You," should have been a huge smash, and many others should have gotten more than just a toe on the charts. It wasn't for lack of talent. Both Sharp and her collaborators, who included Bob Crewe, Carl Davis, Kenny Gamble, and Leon Huff, were loaded with the stuff. Whatever the reason, Sharp isn't usually on the list when great female singers of the '60s are discussed. Perhaps this collection, the first to put the spotlight on her Cameo sides, will help to change that. Even if it doesn't, fans of the '60s girl sound will be overjoyed to finally have a legitimate Dee Dee Sharp collection.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771923329
catalogNumber: 92332
Rank: 84256


  1. Mashed Potato Time
  2. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)
  3. Baby Cakes
  4. You Are My Sunshine
  5. Ride!
  6. Do the Bird
  7. Slow Twistin'
  8. You Ain't Nothin' But a Nothin'
  9. Just to Hold My Hand
  10. Rock Me in the Cradle of Love
  11. Wild!
  12. Why Doncha Ask Me
  13. Never Pick a Pretty Boy
  14. Willyam, Willyam
  15. Where Did I Go Wrong
  16. Deep Dark Secret
  17. There Ain't Nothin' I Wouldn't Do for You
  18. (That's What) My Mama Said
  19. Let's Twine
  20. Standing in the Need of Love
  21. It's a Funny Situation
  22. I Really Love You
  23. (It's Wonderful) The Love I Feel for You
  24. To Know Him Is to Love Him

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dee Dee Sharp   Primary Artist
Rick Kellis   Keyboards
Dave Appell   Guitar
Bobby Gregg   Drums
Jimmy Wisner   Keyboards
Thom Bell   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Karl Chambers   Drums
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Kenny Gamble   Background Vocals
Norman Harris   Guitar
Leon Huff   Keyboards
Raun MacKinnon   Background Vocals
Joe Macho   Bass
Robert Martin   Keyboards
Luther Randolph   Keyboards
Joe Renzetti   Guitar
Earl Young   Drums
Eddie Custis   Background Vocals
Winnie Walford   Bass
Buddy Savitt   Saxophone
Cindy Scott   Background Vocals
Georgie Young & the Rockin 'Bocs   Saxophone
Willa Ward   Background Vocals
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats   Drums
Charlotte Walker   Background Vocals
Dan Dailey   Saxophone
Vivian Dix   Background Vocals
Jim Meeley   Background Vocals
Joe Sgro   Guitar
Joe Sher   Drums
Fred Nuzzullio   Saxophone
Sandy Person   Background Vocals
Roy Traigis   Keyboards
Lillian Washington   Background Vocals
Elfay Willis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick Kellis   Arranger
Dave Appell   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bob Crewe   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Charles Calello   Arranger
Joel Fein   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Gregg Geller   Reissue Producer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Leon Huff   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Billy Jackson   Producer
Iris Keitel   Art Direction
Bernie Lowe   Executive Producer
Kal Mann   Producer,Audio Production
Luther Randolph   Arranger
Joe Renzetti   Arranger
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Joseph Wissert   Engineer
Emil Korsen   Engineer
Jeff Tamarkin   Liner Notes,Essay
Roy Stragis   Vocal Arrangements
Lenne Allik   Concept
Dan Robey   Composer
Maria Papazahariou   Session Research
Teri Landi   Reissue Producer,Session Research
Janessa Gursky   Assistant Art Director
Carl Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Jackson   Audio Production
Jody H. Klein   Reissue Producer

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