Today In Pop Music History (11-12-2015)

A RUBY SINGS ON A GOLD HIT


Akron, Ohio, has given us about a billion tires, a basketball superstar in LeBron James and top 40 acts like Devo and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.

Akron’s also given us two acts who’ve had #1 hits. There’s James Ingram with “I Don’t Have The Heart” in 1990…and Ruby and the Romantics with a 1963 chart-topper done here as a live remake

 
Ruby Nash Garnett turns 76 Thursday. She was the last piece of the puzzle for an otherwise male group which was first known as the Supremes. Yes, we had a male group known as the Supremes before we had the successful girl group the Supremes.
 
According to writer Fred Bronson, songwriters Bob Hilliard and Mort Garson were so afraid that “Our Day Will Come” wouldn’t be a hit, that they insisted on an agreement….that if the song bombed for Ruby and the Romantics, it would be given to Jack Jones. That never happened. Instead, Ruby and the Romantics recorded the song two ways: in a straight-forward  way…and with a bosa nova beat which would prove to be successful. Ruby and the Romantics had another seven hits, including one that would become a remake with a title change. Their “Hey There Lonely Boy” became “Hey There Lonely Girl” for Eddie Holman in 1969-70.
 
Sadly, according to Wikipedia, Ruby Nash Garnett is the only surviving member of the group. Leroy Fann was killed in 1973, Ed Roberts (1993) and George Lee (1994) both died of cancer and Ronald Mosley passed away in late 2011.
 
For on Ruby and the Romantics…
 
 
 

 TOMORROW:
A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL SONG CRACKS THE 40

 

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