In 1962, “Mashed Potato Time” and “Slow Twistin’” charted a wee bit higher than this song — but “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)” is my favorite Dee Dee Sharp song from the Sixties.
“Gravy” charted #9 Billboard Pop and #11 Billboard R&B.
Pennsylvania born and bred Sharp, born Dione LaRue, was the first Black teen idol thanks to her many appearances on Dick Clark’s Philly based “American Bandstand” show. I recall Sharp’s performances vividly and my thinking she was so groovy. I sure do wish that Clark would put these types of classic performances (that he must have in his vaults) on DVD for all to re-live and enjoy.
Keep the oldies alive!