August 22, 2017 Records of the Day

In 1961 Gary U.S. Bonds hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Quarter To Three.” Reportedly, Gary and his band were celebrating their first hit “New Orleans” when someone turned on a tape recorder and captured live the band singing “Quarter To Three” to the instrumental “A Night with Daddy G” by the Church Street Five. The result was a fuzzy, distorted recording. But Legrand records decided to release it just as it was. That 45 is worth up to $25.00 but the album “Dance Til Quarter to Three” can sell for $100.00 today.

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