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Lavender Blue / Very Best Of

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In between singing with the Twisters and working with artists like Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and Joan Armatrading, Sammy Turner recorded some fantastic R&B sides of his own-many of which found him turning standards into hits of his own. His hit interpretations of Lavender Blue; Always; Paradise , and Symphony are here with Honey; Goodnight, Irene; The Things I Love , and 12 more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lavender Blue
  2. Honey
  3. I'd Be A Fool Again
  4. Fools Fall In Love
  5. Paradise
  6. I Want To Be Loved
  7. The Things I Love
  8. I Can Dream Can't I
  9. Wrapped Up In A Dream
  10. Falling
  11. Symphony
  12. Always
  13. Goodnight, Irene
  14. Stay My Love
  15. Love Keeps Calling
  16. Little Sir Echo
  17. Let's Donkey On Down
  18. Starlight, Starbright
  19. Raincoat In The River


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00005B529
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jerry Grigsby on November 1, 2004
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I had never heard of Sammy Turner until I recently bought a CD of east coast beach music (Grand Strand Gold), but Sammy Turner has quickly turned into one of my absolute favourites. I am highly impressed with not only his vocal talents, but also with the ambitious and complex string and horn arrangements on this CD. For the 50s, this must have been very daring. Listen to the complex chord progression on Always; it's amazing. I highly recommend this cd.
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Listening to Sammy's sinuous, smoky tenor one can't help but wonder why he never went on to greater things. As it was, he managed to put five singles onto the Billboard Pop Hot 100 in 1959/60 for the Big Top label (which picked up his first few cuts from Pacific), backed by the saxophone of King Curtis and a smattering of violins and cellos. His first, billed to Sammy Turner and The Twisters, was Sweet Annie Laurie, and it was hardly what you could call an auspicious debut, only reaching # 100 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in March 1959 b/w Thunderbolt.

He made up for that, however, with Lavender-Blue which, b/w Wrapped Up In A Dream, made it to # 3 Hot 100 and # 14 R&B in the summer of 1959. His follow-up disc then saw both sides chart, with Always peaking at # 2 R&B/# 19 Hot 100 and the flipside, Symphony, reaching # 82 Hot 100 in December of 1959.

His last hit came in early 1960 when the lilting Paradise reached # 13 R&B and # 46 Hot 100 b/w I'd Be A Fool Again. With the exception of that first minor hit (this IS Collectables after all and par for the course), all are masterfully reproduced in this collection, along with the equally wonderful Raincoat In The River which, for some reason known only to the record-buying public [as you will see when you listen to it] failed to chart.

Born Samuel Black in New Jersey on June 2, 1932, Sammy would go on to record for a multitude of labels - including Motown, Verve, and SSInt'l - without any further chart success. And that is a mystery.
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One of the best oldie goldie CDs i've heard. Great music and wonderful memories. An important addition to your music collection.
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I loved this record as a child. It was hard to find until I looked on Amazon. Thank you for this record which brings back good memories for me.
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