3 Records About The Ends of Relationships

by Administrator 29. June 2018 19:21

 

Fact is, more relationships do have an end than don’t. And if you’ve ever been in love, you’ve probably also known the feeling you get when things don’t work out the way you’d hoped. You might also know how silly you feel when you look back on good times with a sad perspective. Well, that’s exactly what these records do. One side is all sunshine, but the other is after (or during) the time when things come crashing down!

Hand in Hand by Johnny Darrow – Sue 7426 (Released 1960)

 

Label Owner: Henry “Juggy” Murray. 271 W. 125th St, New York, NY. 725 Riverside Dr, Suite 4C, New York, NY. 265 West 54th St, New York, NY (1957-1970).

A Side: Hand in Hand

B Side: Why Do You Treat Me This Way

Johnny Darrow (whose real name is John Darrel Moore) is a big name. He is perhaps best known as one of the lead singers of the Drifters, which he joined as a lead vocalist in 1955 (though he did not ascend to lead singer until 1964). Darrow was born in Alabama, moved to Cleveland, and ended up in New York, where he met the Drifters. Darrow (and the rest of the Drifters) relocated to the UK in the early 1970s, but their most popular hits came about while they were in the states. Darrow was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of the Drifters in 1988.

We’ve seen various online sources indicate that the A and B side of this record should be reversed. However, our copy has “Hand in Hand” as the A side, and that’s what we’re sticking with. Johnny Darrow sounds remarkably like singer Sam Cooke, and not just because of his voice—both singers utilize violins in the background that give their music similar feels. Nowhere is this more apparent than Darrow’s “Hand in Hand,” where he sounds like a smoother, lighter Cooke. But Darrow is more than just a discount Cooke; he holds his own in this song, which sounds surprisingly modern in its progressions. As the title suggests, this song describes the bliss Darrow experiences when walking hand in hand with his sweetheart.

“Why Do You Treat Me This Way” begins with a bassline that has always reminded me of a galloping horse. Whatever romance Darrow has in the 45’s A side, it is gone by the time the record is flipped. Rather than walking hand in hand, Darrow laments over the mistreatment and abuse he receives from his former lover. With lines like “I should have known all along that you would treat me this way,” it’s hard not to wonder if the feelings described in “Hand in Hand” were ever really there at all.

Same Old Sweet Lovin’ by Devotions – Tri-Sound, Inc. 501 (Released 1966)

Label Owners: Robert Eaton and Benjamin Knight, 11825 Hamilton St, Detroit, MI (1966).

A Side: Same Old Sweet Lovin

B Side: Devil’s Gotten Into My Baby

Devotions wasn’t around for very long. In fact, this record here is the only one they ever recorded. Devotions, not to be confused with The Devotions, is a 3-woman group from Detroit, if YouTube is to be believed. Otherwise, there’s no information about them or their members anywhere out there. Whatever they did with their lives after this, we can all be thankful that they left us with these songs, right?

“Same Old Sweet Lovin’” starts in a different place than Darrow’s heartbreak progression 45. Rather than love-heartbreak, this one follows a departed-together path. In this song, Devotions sing after their departed lover, telling them that their love still burns hot for the departed if they ever change their mind about leaving. Despite the desperation that his premise dregs out, the song is surprisingly upbeat and resilient. It seems to say “no matter how badly you treat me, I’ll always be myself.” Additionally, the song features a xylophone where a piano would normally be, which gives the song an almost childlike quality.

“Devil’s Gotten Into My Baby,” as the name would suggest, takes place before the events of “Same Old Sweet Lovin.’” The B side of this 45 seems to chronicle the events shortly before the couple’s split—not that there’s much to tell. Apparently, before he left, the significant other was completely fed up with the singer, saying things like “woman, shut your mouth and do the things that you’re told.” Despite the somber topic, the song still have the xylophone backing it that seems to make it pop.

Here We Go Baby by Johnnie & Joe – Tuff 379 (Released 1964)

 

Label Owners: Abner, Spector, Chuck Fly, and Zelma “Zell” Sanders. 758 Tremont St, Indianapolis, IN. 1650 Broadway, New York, NY (1959-1967)

A Side: Here We Go Baby

B Side: That’s the Way You Go

Johnnie & Joe are something uncommon around here. That’s because they’re a male-female duo. What’s more, their partnership is purely professional: the two were never married or even dated (as far as I could tell, anyway). They’re a pair from the Bronx that were active until Johnnie died in 1988. They had a few Billboard top 100 hits, including “I’ll be Spinning” and “My Baby’s Gone.”

“Here we Go Baby” is your typical love song. The heavy bass and snare drums in the background give this song a much bluesier feel than the other ones in this article, which makes sense since Johnnie & Joe are primarily an R&B group.

At first listen, “The Way You Go” seems like it will describe a lover in the process of leaving. However, give it a closer listen, and you’ll realize that it’s about the pair singing about the other’s less-than-perfect romantic habits. The title of the song could be rephrased to say “what your preferences are” and the title would be just as descriptive. What’s interesting about this song is that it describes being left by a loved one, but it does so through the perspective of the one not being left. Lyrics like “Hey Joe, don’t it get you down / How you spread yourself around runnin’ all them women down.” Another key feature of this song is that Joe’s voice is about as rough as gravel. You’ll like it; give it a listen.

Add Some Heartbreak to Your Collection

Pricing, details (grade, side A/B, quantity) and sound clips for each of the above records can be found via the following links:

Hand in Hand – Johnny Darrow

Same Old Sweet Lovin’ – Devotions

Here We Go Baby – Johnnie & Joe

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