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(Ace Records) 29 tracks Leaning more to the soul (rather than doowop) side of Black Music, The...more

The Fiestas: The Oh So Fine Fiestas (CD)

(Ace Records) 29 tracks

Leaning more to the soul (rather than doowop) side of Black Music, The Fiestas career spanned nearly 20 years. This CD expands on the old Ace LP (CH 173) and includes their biggest hit So Fine (which reached No 11 on Billboard's Hot 100) plus 28 other great sides. So Fine hit No 3 on the R&B chart and then crossed to the Billboard Hot 100 tin 1959, the year following the birth of the soul movement (when hits like Jerry Butler & The Impressions, Jackie Wilson, The Falcons, Marv Johnson and The Drifters all burst on to the Black Music scene).

The Fiestas hailed from Newark, New Jersey and signed to Old Town after Hy Weiss heard them "singing in the toilet next to my office. I heard them and came out of my office and that??s how I go that group. It cost me $40 to record So Fine, that's all". Many of the tracks here are presented in stereo for the first time - You Could Be My Girlfriend is in the original 2-track stereo mix. The music captures the changes going on in Black Music at the time and there are echoes of Sam Cooke, The Coasters and Jackie Wilson, though these are more to do with choice of material than the band's sound. Think Smart (the flip of their cover of Arthur Alexander's Anna), incidentally, is now a much-coveted Northern Soul rarity.

Article properties:The Fiestas: The Oh So Fine Fiestas (CD)

  • Interpret: The Fiestas

  • Album titlle: The Oh So Fine Fiestas (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667138222

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Fiestas, The - The Oh So Fine Fiestas (CD) CD 1
01So FineThe Fiestas
02Last Night I DreamedThe Fiestas
03Things We Can't ForgetThe Fiestas
04Our AnniversaryThe Fiestas
05I'm Your SlaveThe Fiestas
06Come On And Love MeThe Fiestas
07Good NewsThe Fiestas
08That Was MeThe Fiestas
09Dollar BillThe Fiestas
10It Don't Make SenseThe Fiestas
11You Could Be My GirlfriendThe Fiestas
12So NiceThe Fiestas
13Look At That GirlThe Fiestas
14Mr. Dillon, Mr. DillonThe Fiestas
15The Hobo's PrayerThe Fiestas
16The LawmanThe Fiestas
17Broken HeartThe Fiestas
18The Railroad SongThe Fiestas
19I Feel Good All OverThe Fiestas
20The Gypsy SaidThe Fiestas
21The Party's OverThe Fiestas
22Try It One More TimeThe Fiestas
23Foolish DreamerThe Fiestas
24Rock-A-By Baby Don't Cry No MoreThe Fiestas
25All That's GoodThe Fiestas
26AnnaThe Fiestas
27Think SmartThe Fiestas
28Love Is Good To MeThe Fiestas
29I Gotta Have Your Lovin'The Fiestas
The Fiestas Dollar Bill A group that supplied its own material was worth a lot to... more
"The Fiestas"

The Fiestas

Dollar Bill

A group that supplied its own material was worth a lot to record labels, who tended to think of artists as disposable commodities. So it was with The Fiestas.

That wasn't the case with So Fine, their biggest hit. The Fiestas had picked that one up off an obscure 1955 platter by The Sheiks, a Johnny Otis-related group on the West Coast. As The Fiestas' debut outing on Hy and Sam Weiss' New York-based Old Town Records, the rumbling So Fine proved a major hit (it's on our '58 edition of 'Street Corner Symphonies'). Hy discovered lead singer Tommy Bullock, tenor Eddie Morris, baritone Sam Ingalls, and bass Preston Lane rehearsing in the bathroom of the Tribeca Theater in Harlem - quite a nice accidental discovery.

Crafting a followup with the same chart impact was considerably tougher, but Weiss and The Fiestas kept trying. The group-generated Dollar Bill was a fine attempt, its back alley groove and the impassioned high tenor lead imparting a bluesy edge to the proceedings. Cut August 21, 1959, it didn't come out until the spring of '60 with It Don't Make Sense on the other side. Its writer Randy Stewart eventually joined The Fiestas as they delved into more of a soul direction at Old Town (they were there through 1965). Only Broken Heart made a chart impact for the group, climbing to #18 R&B and #81 pop in 1962.

Bullock split for Detroit in 1966 to record with producer Gene Redd (he'd co-written Broken Heart for The Fiestas) in a duo with Cleveland Horne as Tommy & Cleve (their Boo-Ga-Loo Baby ended up on Checker). Morris was reportedly the only original member left in The Fiestas by 1975, when the group reemerged to record for the Stax subsidiary Respect with Stewart co-producing. A '77 foray into disco for Chimneyville with Randy again at the helm completed their discography. 

 

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Tracklist
Fiestas, The - The Oh So Fine Fiestas (CD) CD 1
01 So Fine
02 Last Night I Dreamed
03 Things We Can't Forget
04 Our Anniversary
05 I'm Your Slave
06 Come On And Love Me
07 Good News
08 That Was Me
09 Dollar Bill
10 It Don't Make Sense
11 You Could Be My Girlfriend
12 So Nice
13 Look At That Girl
14 Mr. Dillon, Mr. Dillon
15 The Hobo's Prayer
16 The Lawman
17 Broken Heart
18 The Railroad Song
19 I Feel Good All Over
20 The Gypsy Said
21 The Party's Over
22 Try It One More Time
23 Foolish Dreamer
24 Rock-A-By Baby Don't Cry No More
25 All That's Good
26 Anna
27 Think Smart
28 Love Is Good To Me
29 I Gotta Have Your Lovin'