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5.0 out of 5 stars Long lasting label, 6 April 2008
This review is from: All American Rock 'n' Roll from Fraternity Records Vol.1 (Audio CD)
Fraternity was founded by one Harry Carlson who had come from the world of 40s dance bands but was shrewd enough to realise changes were in the air.
The early release reflected his background and local girl Cathy Carr-a stunning blonde who'd sung with territorial bands-recorded the label's first hit Ivory Tower which made No 2 having fought off the cover versions by Otis Williams and the Charms and Porter Wagoner.It was her only hit but Cathy survived to the mid 60s at least recording for other labels and mainly high school pop.She made Fraternity's first album which was mainly of standards and is now on CD with a singles collection which is most likely a CD ROM as its not on the catalog
Following her hit came the next one by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with So Rare and to make a hat trick of No 2s All American Boy as by Bill Parsons-who was a real person but the voice on this hit was by his friend Bobby Bare who would carve out his own hitmaking career on RCA.
Which is the same label another early signing Carl Dobkins Junior would end up after 2 flop singles.
Fraternity leased a track by one Jackie Shannon who would shortly become Jackie de Shannon and it was coupled with an instrumental by Rusty York who was on another Cincinatti label-King- and had recorded in the early 50s with Bonnie Lou also on the same label.She made a comeback single on Fraternity called Friction Heat.
Another hot boppin' girl was Sparkle Moore who cut 3 singles which have been anthologised many times on CDs of hot boppin' girls.
Other hit singles were by teen idol Dale Wright and instrumentals in 1963 by guitarist Lonnie Mack
Fratenity's last sizeable hit was in 1967-the Casinos' version of Then you can tell me goodbye previously recorded by its writer john D Loudermilk but here was a version which sounded closer to the Duprees whose winning combination of Glenn Miller and high school pop was popular just before the British Invasion.
Eventually the label was sold but only the name so it could be carried on.The stock remained and was quite scattered but has been the source for these 2 Ace volumes of Fratenity music
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