Monday, May 20, 2013

I'm Comin' On Back

Taffy Thomas

(T. Navarro, Gee Pub.)
(Ray Charles, Progressive BMI)

A Sammy Gee production
Newport Records #130
Taffy Thomas would be the lead singer of the Sanshers, all girl group  — several sources says group is from Ohio, but I would say more likely from Michigan — who recorded two singles in 1964 :
  • It's Only A Paper Moon  / My Ideal (Essar Records)
  • Gonna Git That Man / Kansas City (Kweek Records)
But she's surely not Taffy Thomas "the West Coast nitery canary" , discovered by Frank DeVol  ("I Said No", Columbia 41644, 1960).   That Taffy would be actually Sue Thompson ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)", Hickory Records, 1961)

None of these six songs recorded by Taffy Thomas are original.  And "I'm Comin On Back" is no exception : it's a cover of a song which was featured on "Twist Around Town", a Tommy Navarro album produced by Abner Levin and  issued in 1961 by Urania Records, a peculiar recording company.  It can be heard on YouTube HERE

Tommy Navarro's songs have been loved on the northern soul scene for years in the UK,,  “I Cried My Life Away,” on De Jac Records. being massive in the mid 1980's. 

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