- Neil Pellegrin
The Clovers were one of the top R&B vocal groups of the 1950s scoring 21 chart-toppers between 1951 and 1959. These include “Don’t You Know I Love You”, “One Mint Julep”, “Blue Velvet”, “Ting-A-Ling”, “Devil or Angel”, and “Love Potion No. 9”.
On this installment of “Trick Bag”, we’ll hear a 2014 interview with Harold Winley, the group’s bass singer and last surviving original member. Harold is a great raconteur and tells the story of the Clovers as only he can. This two-part series also features Clovers hits and obscurities, including several rare live performances from the mid ’50s.
In Part 2, Harold shares colorful stories about the Clovers’ continued string of hits in the latter half of the 1950s. We’ll hear the Clovers’ bass man reminisce about many of the great New York R&B songwriters, the group’s abrupt switch from Atlantic to United Artists Records, and what led to their disbanding in the 1960s. Also featured is a live performance by the Clovers with the Count Basie Orchestra done in New York for Alan Freed’s radio show in 1956. This includes a rare duet between Harold and Etta James!
Songs played in this episode:
- “Blue Velvet”
- “In the Morning Time”
- “Devil or Angel”
- “Hey, Doll Baby”
- “Your Tender Lips” (Live with Count Basie’s band, 1956)
- “Dance with me Henry” (Live with Count Basie’s band, 1956)
- “Love, Love, Love” (Live with Count Basie’s band, 1956)
- “Love Potion #9”
- “Noni Cosi”
- “To Each His Own”
- “(That) Old Black Magic”
- “Try My Loving On You”
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