Cookie & His Cupcakes, a seven-piece combo led by Huey "Cookie" Thierry, vocalist and saxophonist, was a classic example of a great group getting lost in the shuffle thanks to a combination of small label distribution problems and a tendency to stick to one geographic area for their live performances (the Deep South) They were also probably a victim of simple economics as it was infinitely cheaper to bring in single artists, duos or even quartets than a seven-piece band.
They began in the early 1950's as The Boogie Ramblers (leader and trumpet player Ernest Jacobs, drummer Simon "Kedee" Lubin, guitarist Marshall LeDee and saxophonist/vocalist Shelton Dunaway), and were joined by Cookie sometime in the summer of 1952 after securing a recording contract with the Goldband label. Their first release there in 1955, however, had Dunaway performing the vocals on Cindy Lou b/w Such As Love, although by 1956 Thierry had taken over and they were henceforth known as Cookie And His (The) Cupcakes.
Now with Khoury's Records of Lake Charles, Louisiana, owned by George Khoury, they made a major contribution to the Stroll dance with Mathilda which unfortunately, thanks to a lack of promotion [in spite of a leasing arrangement with the marginally larger Judd label], only made it to # 47 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in March 1959 b/w Married Life. Incredibly, it failed to crack the R&B Top 100!! The original 1958 recording is at track 30, while track 2 contains the 1962 re-make which is often presented in other compilations as the original.
By the time they hooked up with a label that could promote their stuff (Chess), the music had started to change just prior to the British Invasion, and so Got You On My Mind could only manage a # 94 Hot 100 in May 1963 (again being blanked on the R&B charts), b/w I've Been So Lonely.
Still, if you remember The Stroll (or want to experience it), highlight your next party with this CD. With the women lined up on one side and the men on the other, each pair will be in Swamp Pop heaven as they move in rhythmic unison down the inside of the line to some of the finest music this side of Chuck Willis, featuring these vocalists:
Shelton Dunaway on Betty And Dupree, Honey Hush, Who Would Have Thought It?, I Had The Blues, Shake 'Em Up, Mary Lou Doin' The Pop-Eye, Just One Kiss, Since Your Love Has Grown Cold, Cindy Lou, and Such As Love;
Carol Fran on The Great Pretender;
Little Alfred (Alfred Babino) on I Almost Lost My Mind, Feel So Good, Charged With Cheating, Even Though, and Walking Down The Aisle;
Ernest Jacobs on Franko-Chinese Cha Cha Cha;
Huey "Cookie" Thierry on all the others.
In addition, you not only get all four sides of their two hit singles, but also the benefit of the quality work of Ace Records of London, who simply can't be beat when it comes to sound reproduction and detailed background notes, in this instance a full 10 pages written by Shane Bernard, author of Swamp Pop: Cajun And Creole Rhythm And Blues. It also contains photos of Cookie, Shelton, Little Alfred, the entire band (except Carol Fran), the interior of the Goldband recording studio, and Khoury's Record Shop, along with reproductions of records for Judd, Khoury's, Goldband, and Lyric.