The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Dee Dee Sharp reached the big time with the novelty hit "Mashed Potato Time" in 1962, while the follow-up, "Gravy For My Mashed Potatoes," hit the Top Ten as well cemented her status as a novelty singer. As The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966 shows, despite being unfairly remembered as such she in reality was a powerful singer blessed with a wonderfully clear voice. Indeed her soulful and direct style makes even the silliest song "Do the Bird!," "Baby Cakes" sound real and gives the better songs here "Just to Hold My Hand," "Why Don't You Ask Me" an extra kick. That she never really had a hit after the "Mashed Potato" saga meant that Sharp and Cameo-Parkway tried different ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Dee Dee Sharp reached the big time with the novelty hit "Mashed Potato Time" in 1962, while the follow-up, "Gravy For My Mashed Potatoes," hit the Top Ten as well cemented her status as a novelty singer. As The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966 shows, despite being unfairly remembered as such she in reality was a powerful singer blessed with a wonderfully clear voice. Indeed her soulful and direct style makes even the silliest song "Do the Bird!," "Baby Cakes" sound real and gives the better songs here "Just to Hold My Hand," "Why Don't You Ask Me" an extra kick. That she never really had a hit after the "Mashed Potato" saga meant that Sharp and Cameo-Parkway tried different sounds and styles, looking for that elusive next smash. Sharp sounded at ease with every style, lightly bopping through dance numbers like the slinky "Let's Twine," the hard-hitting girl group sound of "You Ain't Nothin' But a Nothin'," the gospel soul of "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love," the silky Chicago-styled soul of "That's What My Mama Said," and the proto-Philly soul of "I Really Love You." At least one song, the bouncy and nearly perfect Motown facsimile "There Ain't Nothing I Wouldn't Do for You," should have been a huge smash, and many others should have gotten more than just a toe on the charts. It wasn't for lack of talent. Both Sharp and her collaborators, who included Bob Crewe, Carl Davis, Kenny Gamble, and Leon Huff, were loaded with the stuff. Whatever the reason, Sharp isn't usually on the list when great female singers of the '60s are discussed. Perhaps this collection, the first to put the spotlight on her Cameo sides, will help to change that. Even if it doesn't, fans of the '60s girl sound will be overjoyed to finally have a legitimate Dee Dee Sharp collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771923329
  • Catalog Number: 92332
  • Sales rank: 33,464

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dee Dee Sharp Primary Artist
Rick Kellis Keyboards
Dave Appell Guitar
Bobby Gregg Drums
Jimmy Wisner Keyboards
Thom Bell Keyboards, Background Vocals
Karl Chambers Drums
Roland Chambers Guitar
Bobby Eli Guitar
Kenny Gamble Background Vocals
Norman Harris Guitar
Leon Huff Keyboards
Raun MacKinnon Background Vocals
Joe Macho Bass
Robert Martin Keyboards
Luther Randolph Keyboards
Joe Renzetti Guitar
Earl Young Drums
Eddie Custis Background Vocals
Winnie Walford Bass
Buddy Savitt Saxophone
Cindy Scott Background Vocals
Georgie Young & the Rockin 'Bocs Saxophone
Willa Ward Background Vocals
Ronnie Baker Bass
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats Drums
Charlotte Walker Background Vocals
Dan Dailey Saxophone
Vivian Dix Background Vocals
Jim Meeley Background Vocals
Joe Sgro Guitar
Joe Sher Drums
Fred Nuzzullio Saxophone
Sandy Person Background Vocals
Roy Traigis Keyboards
Lillian Washington Background Vocals
Elfay Willis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rick Kellis Arranger
Dave Appell Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Bob Crewe Producer, Audio Production
Jimmy Wisner Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Charles Calello Arranger
Joel Fein Engineer
Kenny Gamble Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Gregg Geller Reissue Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Leon Huff Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Billy Jackson Producer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Bernie Lowe Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kal Mann Producer, Audio Production
Luther Randolph Arranger
Joe Renzetti Arranger
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Joseph Wissert Engineer
Emil Korsen Engineer
Jody Klein Reissue Producer
Jeff Tamarkin Liner Notes, Essay
Roy Stragis Vocal Arrangements
Lenne Allik Concept
Dan Robey Composer
Maria Papazahariou Session Research
Teri Landi Reissue Producer, Session Research
Janessa Gursky Assistant Art Director
Carl Davis Producer, Audio Production
Billy Jackson Audio Production
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