Friday, March 31, 2017

IT’S JUST LIKE HEAVEN . . .

RIP Rosie Méndez Hamlin. . . .

One of the few consolations to being in the 8th grade in the early ’60s was listening to the latest tunes on a little desktop radio after school. “Angel Baby” by Rosie & The Originals was one of the highlights of 1960–1961. Something about Rosie’s wistful, high-pitched vocals, the shambling Originals, and especially, the almost completely airless sax solo by bass player Tony Gomez, really made this song stand out, one you hoped would come on at least once during your afternoon listening session. (And then there was the rumor that she was attending your local high school but you wouldn’t be going there for two more years and by then she’d probably already have graduated. . . .)


Rosie & The Originals • Angel Baby • 1960

Originally posted April 22, 2015

4 comments:

  1. So sad to hear of the death of Rose Hamlin. Angel Baby was the first record to send a shiver down my spine.Just into my teens it made a real impact, so much so i sent to the USA to get a copy of it as London American label,over here,hacked the first few seconds off the single. 57 years later i still have the original Highland single. RIP Rosie. Peace & Love, Cove.

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    1. Lucky you to notice the difference. Also the UK version edited out the sax solo! I was shocked to learn of her passing . . . even with only one real hit, it played a major part in the growing up years and still, for me, sits high atop the sixties pop music mountain. . . .

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  2. More sad new, Frank. It's gotten so I hate to check the entertainment news now. I remember you introduced me to the alternate version a while back.

    I didn't hear 'Angel Baby' until the early '80s, so I checked 'The CHUM 1050 Chart Book' and was surprised to see that it was a #3 hit here. Don't know how I managed to miss it.

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    1. "Angel Baby" continues to be a lifelong favorite and hearkens back to a time when we were all "forever young."

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