January 9, 2014
The first South African group to have a record chart in the U.S. Billboard top 100, 'Lovely Lies' reached #45 in the U.S. in 1956.
R&B/Jazz/vocal group, The Manhattan Brothers were formed in Johannesburg, South Africa around 1946. They added vocalist Miriam Makeba
sometime in the early 50s.
January 8, 2014
In March 1953, R&B vocal group the Blenders, recorded two versions of the same song with producer Joe Davis. 'Don't Play Around With Love' was The Blenders only release on the Jay-Dee label with an earlier recording, 'You'll Never Smile Again' as the B-side. But not until the early 1970's did the other, raunchier, '53 alternative version, 'Don't Fuck Around With Love' get released.
Here is the alternative late issue of the rare 1953 recording...some great advice and a song that still holds true.