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The Best Of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966

Dee Dee Sharp

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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.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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1
Mashed Potato Time
00:02:30

William Garrett, ComposerLyricist - Georgia Dobbins, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist - Brian Holland, ComposerLyricist - Robert Bateman, ComposerLyricist - Frederick Gorman, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

2
Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)
00:02:04

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

3
Baby Cakes
00:02:23

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

4
You Are My Sunshine
00:02:41

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Jimmie Davis, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

5
Ride!
00:02:24

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

6
Do The Bird
00:02:12

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

7
Slow Twistin'
00:02:32

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Chubby Checker, FeaturedArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

8
You Ain't Nothin' But A Nothin'
00:02:02

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

9
Just To Hold My Hand
00:02:36

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - DON ROBEY, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

10
Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love
00:02:17

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

11
Wild!
00:02:17

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

12
Why Doncha Ask Me
00:02:26

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

13
Never Pick A Pretty Boy
00:02:29

Jimmy Wisner, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - William Jackson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

14
Willyam, Willyam
00:02:08

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - William Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Tracy Alexander, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

15
Where Did I Go Wrong
00:02:10

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

16
Deep Dark Secret
00:02:53

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Bob Crewe, ComposerLyricist - Edward Fluri, ComposerLyricist - Adnrew Racheck, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

17
There Ain't Nothin' I Wouldn't Do For You
00:02:22

Kenneth Gamble, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Juanita Boone, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

18
(That's What) My Mama Said
00:02:38

Kenneth Gamble, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

19
Let's Twine
00:02:21

David Appell, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Kal Mann, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

20
Standing In The Need Of Love
00:02:00

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

21
It's A Funny Situation
00:01:45

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - Barrett Strong, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

22
I Really Love You
00:02:48

Kenneth Gamble, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - James Bishop, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

23
(It's Wonderful) The Love I Feel For You
00:02:24

Robert Miller, ComposerLyricist - Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

24
To Know Him Is To Love Him
00:02:47

Dee Dee Sharp, MainArtist - PHIL SPECTOR, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.

Album Description

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.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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