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A preacher at the age of nine, Solomon Burke was a pioneer in Soul music. Mick Jagger covered three of Burke’s songs on early albums by the Rolling Stones. Ironically, it was a Country song “Just out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)” that was his first hit in 1961. He is probably best known for his Soul-flavored single “Cry to Me.” The single on Atlantic records can now fetch $40.00. His 1962 debut album “Solomon Burke,” released on Apollo records, is worth up to $400.00 today.
In 1967 the Box Tops went all the way to #1 with “The Letter ” thanks to lead singer Alex Chilton. The 45 on Mala records is worth no more than $15.00. In 1968 the band reached #2 with “Cry like a Baby.” Chilton said his singing voice was not his natural voice but a result of too much drinking and lack of sleep. He left the Box Tops in 1970 and formed Big Star, which was commercially unsuccessful but a heavy influence on bands such as R.E.M. In 1979 Chilton went solo and recorded the album “Like Flies on Sherbert.” Released on Peabody records, a copy is worth up to $350.00 today.
One of the most successful instrumental bands of the late 50s and early 60s was Johnny & The Hurricanes. With Johnny Paris on sax and Paul Tesluk playing organ they churned out a number of hits like “Red River Rock,” which reached #5 in 1959 and is now valued up to $40.00. That was followed by “Reveille Rock” and “Beatnik Fly.” In 1959 Warwick records released the album “Johnny & The Hurricanes.” A mono copy is worth up to $100.00, a stereo copy up to $300.00.
In 1963 Dimension records released the album “The Dimension Dolls.” On the album are the labels’ best known female stars including the Cookies singing “Chains,” a song later covered by the Beatles. There’s also Little Eva with her monster hit “Locomotion.” Also on the album is Carole King with her Dimension records hit “It Might As Well Rain until September. The album is worth up to $250.00 today. Find the value for all albums with various hits by various recording artists on the Mighty John Compilation Album Price Guide on CD, available in the left hand column on this page.
In 1968 Elvis starred with Nancy Sinatra in the movie “Speedway.” Elvis played a race car driver while Nancy was an IRS agent trying to collect his back taxes. The film also featured NASCAR drivers like Richard Petty and Cale Yarbrough. The movie soundtrack album, released in 1968 by RCA, is worth up to $125.00 in stereo but a mono copy can you $3,500.00 today.
Perhaps the most unsual group to record for Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis, was the Prisonaires. They just happened to be inmates at the Tenneessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. Their biggest hit came in 1953 with “Just Walkin’ In the Rain,” which later became a million seller for Johnnie Ray. The Prisonaires’ version can now sell for $400.00. The Prisonaires’ most valuable record “There Is Love in You,” released on Sun records in 1954, is worth up to $8,000.00 today.
“Do You Love Me” was a song written by Barry Gordy for the Temptations. But when the Temptations were late for a recording session, Gordy gave it the Contours to record. They had a hit with it in 1962 and, thanks to the movie “Dirty Dancing,” it became a smash again in 1988. The original “Do You Love Me,” released on Gordy records, is worth no more than $25.00 but a previous single “Funny” by the Contours, released in 1961 on Motown records, is worth up to $500.00 today.
Ricky Nelson had nine top-10 singles in a row in the late 1950s. But the Rockabilly influence began to fade by the end of the decade, and Ricky’s music gave way to the softer more polished sounds of the early 1960s. This change was reflected on his 1960 album “More Songs by Ricky.” Released on Imperial records, a black vinyl copy is worth up to $200.00 while a blue vinyl copy as seen here can get you $750.00 today.
The 5 Keys formed in 1945 in Newport News, Virginia and although they never had any giant hits they were pioneers in the early days of Doo Wop and heavily influenced many of the major acts of the fifties. They did appear on American Bandstand with Dick Clark, but it was before the show went national. Otherwise their fame might have been greater. Their 1960 album “Rhythm & Blues Hits—Past and Present,” released by King records, is worth up to $350.00. Their 1952 single “Red Sails in the Sunset” on Aladdin records can sell for $2,500.00 today.