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From small beginnings,
This review is from: Sweet Inspiration: The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Audio CD)
The kid born as Daniel Pennington was in his early teens when he first heard black music on the radio and by the time he was 16 he joined Benny Cagle & the Rhythm Swingstars which is where he met soon to be Nashville producer Billy Sherill.Both would join the Fairlanes where he became the singer.Cutting a single for the Spar label Penn had written a song called Is A Bluebird Blue which Conway Twitty recorded.This was in 1960.
The Spar label was owned by Florence Alabama Music Enterprises or FAME for short.A recording studio which has begun with a single called A Fallen Star made by one Bobby Denton and issued on the Tune label who became a politician and ended up as the State Senator.But the song ended up with 5 covers on the Hot 100 including Ferlin Husky and Jimmy Newman.It was at this studio where one Lindon Oldham was a musician.Denton was a rarity among State Senators in that he was completely normal and had the same wife for over 50 years at the time of writing,returning after 40 years to the music business when he cut 5 albums in the 90s
Florence Alabama was the birthplace of Sandy Posey as well as the Carter Family & Cathy who were a white Gospel act and nothing to do with the real Carter Family
The first hit to come out of Fame was by former bellhop Arthur Alexander who was to become the only artist to have songs covered by the Beatles,Stones and Elvis.
So this is the background to what's on this CD