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A great vocal harmony group that recorded at the latter end of the doo-wop era; The Cupids recorded these two wonderful songs in 1963; the fantastic ballad "Brenda" and "Lorraine," an updated version of The Bonneville's 1959 hit. Newly remastered.

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essential Media Afw
  • ASIN: B008VAWRNO
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I suppose it's only fitting that Essential Media would put out a CD containing just two songs when you consider that the artists, The Cupids, only had one national charter, Brenda, and many would not even consider that a legitimate hit single since its highest position was # 57 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in July 1963.

But there are also many of us who realize that anything making the Hot 100 was, indeed, a hit in light of the fact that, in any given year, there were upwards of 500 to 600 songs ranked in the Top 100 and just as many more that did not. To the point where Billboard felt compelled to introduce the Hot 100 Bubble Under charts to register those that made it to # 101 to about 150.

The problem here is, virtually nothing is known about the original Doo-Wop group that cut Brenda/For You for the obscure Aanko Records in 1963 (Aanko 1002) before it was circulated by the only marginally larger KC Records where it became the hit (KC 115). Adding to the problem with this two-track release is the fact the original gathering disbanded soon after the sudden death of their lead vocalist.

All that is explained in the comprehensive liner notes that accompany Ace Records of London's off-shoot of their fantastic 12-volume series "The Golden Age Of American Rock 'n' Roll" titled "Special Doo Wop Edition 1956-1963 - Volume 2" where Peter Grendysa goes on to explain that the label simply renamed another group - The Camelots - as The Cupids who then got a "free ride on the strength of Brenda ..."

But the question is, why did Essential Media not include the original B-side, For You? It's omission and inclusion, instead, of Lorraine which came out in 1963 on Music Tone 119 b/w Little Girl Of Mine is clearly by the replacement group. So, is that version of Brenda the original? I'm not paying $8.00 plus to find out as I'm quite happy with the Ace volume as I KNOW they include the original rendition.
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