“My True Story” Performed by The Jive Five (1961)

June 9, 2008


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Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes in his All Music biography of The Jive-Five:

“Formed in Brooklyn, NY [in 1959] the group originally consisted of Eugene Pitt (lead), Jerome Hanna (tenor), Richard Harris (tenor), Billy Prophet (baritone), and Norman Johnson (bass). The Jive Five’s first hit, “My True Story,” was their biggest, peaking at number one on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts in the summer of 1961. None of the band’s subsequent singles — including the minor R&B hit, 1962′s “These Golden Rings” — were as popular, but the group managed to keep performing and recording.”

I guess that’s it in a nutshell. Since I have been blogging about my favorite songs I am finding out that it was not uncommon for music artists in the fifties and sixties rock and roll explosion to have their first and only hit right out of the starting gate — only to then to fade away from the national music spotlight until this century’s marvelous PBS Doo-wop and Rock and Soul Specials of the 21st century. We thank you for that T.J. Lubinsky. Please keep those specials coming.

Here is a performance by the current Jive Five lineup on one of the recent Doo-Wop Live PBS Concerts.

I hope you enjoyed the music and I thank you for stopping by.

Won’t you please let me know how you feel about these great classic oldies. I would love to read your comments.

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Filed under:Belltone Records,Eugene Pitt & Oscar Waltzer,Guy Groups,My True Story,R&B/Doo-Wop,Sixties,The Jive Five

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1 Jim Thornberry February 18, 2010 at 12:31 am

Never get tired of this song even after fifty years.
Man I’m getting old.

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2 SonDan February 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm

You and I are just getting *better* with age J.T.! Thanks for visiting the OSML and sharing your love of the music with me.

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3 Grace B April 20, 2011 at 4:18 am

are you serious? i have goosebumps when i hear my music from the 50s to mid 60s. thank you.

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4 SonDan April 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Hi Grace,
Sounds like we are musical kindred spirits. This era of music will always be my favorite no matter what “new” music has come out in the last forty or so years.
Glad you found OSML and am honored by your visit and participation. Hope you hangout here for a long, long time to come. Do let me know if you have any musical posting suggestions. I am an open book : -).

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