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Rosie & The Originals

Rosie & the Originals are one of the best-remembered one-shot artists of the early rock era, getting to number five with their 1960 single "Angel Baby." A slow, simple, and primitively recorded and executed doo wop-shaded ballad, it was distinguished from countless other records of the sort by 15-year-old Rosie Hamlin's unnaturally high, thin voice, which got higher-than-high on the periodic wordless "ooh, ooh-oohs" that served as the record's primary hooks.

The single's gotten more notoriety than might be expected considering that the group never had another Top 40 hit. John Lennon cited Rosie as one of his favorite singers in a 1969 interview in Life magazine, and recorded the song in the mid-'70s for his Rock 'n' Roll oldies collection, although that track wasn't issued until the mid-'80s. In an essay in Rock Almanac, Mark Sten even described the song as "generating a robot mantra devoid of embellishment or variation, the perfect underpinning for Rosie's piercing, disembodied-siren vocal. With 'Angel Baby,' rock had regressed as far as it could, some nameless dread loosed within the collective Top 40 mind had run its course and spent itself in a lost mournful wail. 'Angel Baby' was the final moonlit flowering of rock's medieval phase, paean to a purity and innocence on longer possible in the real world."

The band certainly had no thoughts of inviting such intellectual commentary when they formed in San Diego in 1960. Unable to find a recording studio in San Diego, they cut "Angel Baby" in a barn-like building in the farming town of San Marcos, with a radically different B-side, "Give Me Love," with a vocal by Bluford D. Wade. The group had trouble interesting Los Angeles labels in the song (a Hamlin original) until they convinced a department store manager in San Diego to play it. This attracted attention from kids in the store and a record distributor that happened to be there at the time. Through him they got the single "Angel Baby" released on Highland, and at the end of 1960 it shot up the national charts.

Although Rosie & the Originals recorded a few more tracks, they broke up almost immediately after "Angel Baby" made the charts, in a dispute over the terms of a recording contract they were considering signing. In 1961, Jackie Wilson's manager, Nat Tarnopol, got Rosie a contract with Wilson's label, Brunswick. Brunswick did put out a follow-up single, "Lonely Blue Nights," which made number 66, as well as an album and another single, billing the artist solely as Rosie for all the releases. In the meantime Highland put out a couple of Rosie & the Originals 45s with tracks to which they had the rights.

"Angel Baby," however, was one of those accidents of timing and unique material that couldn't be repeated, and none of Rosie's subsequent recordings -- which, like "Angel Baby," were usually simple pop/rock ballads with a doo wop feel -- could recapture the magic. Hamlin did make another single for the Globe label before leaving the music business to raise a family with her husband, Noah Tafolla, who had been leader and lead guitarist of the Originals. She did some tracks with producer Doug Salma in 1969 in a more updated doo wop/girl-group style that remained unreleased until 1999, when the Ace compilation The Best of Rosie & the Originals was issued. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

Disc 1

2. The Glory Of Love

3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

4. Love Walked In

5. Twilight Time

6. Blue Velvet

7. The Wind

8. Work With Me Annie

9. My Memories Of You

11. The Letter

12. A Casual Look

13. Please Send Me Someone To Love

15. Count Every Star

16. Every Night (I Pray)

18. Bad Boy

19. Sixty-Minute Man

Disc 2

1. For Sentimental Reasons

2. The Girl I Love

3. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Come Softly To Me

6. Chapel Of Dreams

7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

8. Don't You Just Know It

9. Little Bitty Pretty One

10. Down The Aisle Of Love

11. A Million To One

12. Once Upon A Time

13. Moonlight Cocktails

15. At The Hop

16. Little Darlin'

17. Lonely Way

18. Sea Of Love

20. I Believe

Disc 3

1. A Wonderful Dream

2. Village Of Love

3. The Angels Listened In

4. It Happened Today

5. My Own True Love

6. Love Came To Me

7. Come On Little Angel

8. I Count The Tears

9. Let Me In

10. Smoky Places

12. This Magic Moment

13. Angel Baby

14. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

16. A Thousand Stars

17. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

19. You Were Mine

20. Forever

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Track List: Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 1

1. The One Who Really Loves You

2. You'll Lose A Good Thing

3. Angel Baby

4. Tell It Like It Is

5. Yes I'm Ready

6. Thin Line Between Love And Hate

7. La La Means I Love You

8. Baby I'm For Real

9. Hello Stranger

10. Dry Your Eyes

11. Oh What A Night

12. Dedicated To The One I Love

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Track List: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 1

1. Denise

2. Sally Go Round the Roses

3. Mule Skinner Blues

4. Sixteen Candles

5. Pretty Little Angel Eyes

6. I Love How You Love Me

7. The Big Hurt

8. A Thousand Stars

9. Rockin' Robin

10. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

11. Bongo Rock

12. Tossin' And Turnin'

13. My True Story

14. Stranded In The Jungle

15. Angel Baby

16. Party Lights

17. When We Get Married

18. Cindy's Birthday

19. Let's Dance

20. Who's That Knocking

21. Love You So

22. Cherry Pie

23. Since I Don't Have You

25. Since I Fell For You

26. Image Of A Girl

27. Smoky Places

29. A Little Bit Of Soap

30. Eddie My Love

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Love Rosie, and The Originals!!! ! ;-)
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They are amazing
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I remember dancing to this back in high school with my best girl and after 50 yrs still dancing with her
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the jam �� .
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Nothing can beat the oldies
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U r my angel baby ❤❤
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oldie but goodie are the best and there will be no others been a fan since1960 till now love them ,,,,,,
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Bad a** song always will be how ku is the ese
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This song made me love and appreciate oldies.
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devo4ever
why does this song speak to me ? An old 75 yr. old woman. love it.
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what a really great old time love song,still sounds really today.tony
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Rosie home girl luv u mija ur song angel baby member house party in San Diego I'm from Logan big ESE bless u. papafred




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This song I dedicated it to my first born Cheyenne Charlene Amaya-Torres born on 9/21/1993, I'm so proud of my baby girl, mama will forever love you pinchi!
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this is the JAM!!!
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THIS IS ONE SONG I DONT LIKE
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Lean on me a is a great song
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Angel baby..Rosie & the originals
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Those great teen years.
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Just love doowo.������
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Ah the chicano national anthem! I will always love this song!
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Omg! "Angel baby" wow when I was a little girl I would sing this it was n still is my favorite song man brings back memories
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Love this song forever.
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Orale
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Firme...
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The best.....so many good memories,
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Firme rola. ...
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THE BEST EVER ANGEL BABY
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I remember this one!!!!
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Beautiful song
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bobmorales44
One of the greatest of all time!!
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This song is so sad and will be dedicated to my mom
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One day a guy will dedicate this to me :'o or vice Vera > <
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ROSITA IS A CHICANA FROM SAN DIEGO, CALIFAS Q.VO!!!
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Love it
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i seriously love this song
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I want to sing to my crush but don't know if she likes me
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geraldine-ro d r i g u e z 1 5
This Song Is Beasutiful ��✌
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❤This song reminds me of ma jefe & ma mamasita!
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My daughter n I's jam ❤
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Omg my jam
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Love this song
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God this is just the song ...proud to be a chicano
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I loved this . I sang it over and over again . I feel Uncle Jessie
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hey vegasboy-iv6 9 add me on mocospace so i can get at u
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Reminds me of san diego
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It was 1958'.I was a little kid,And I remember my Uncle Jesse brought this 45 home,and played it over and over for hrs.
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The begining to CHICANO OLDIES!
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i love da oldie it brings me too da old days
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Chula Vista Teen Club 1959
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This was the opening song in the 70's for KBCO's FAC, Friday Afternoon Club
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