Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: One of my '60s doo-wop favorites is “Desire,” by the Trophies.

Though it's hard to believe by listening, I have been told that the Trophies were none other than Seals & Crofts.

On the other hand, I see the song is written by Jerry Fuller. I think it sounds more like him than Seals & Crofts — at least based on what I recall of their “Summer Breeze” sound in the '70s.

If you can tell me more about the Trophies, you deserve one.
—Doris Carroll, Lancaster, Pa.

DEAR DORIS: I can, and I will.

The Trophies recorded “Desire” in October 1961 (Challenge 9133), a time when Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts played in the instrumental band, the Champs, who also recorded for Challenge.

While not credited on the label, the Champs do accompany the Trophies' vocalists.

Ah yes, what about those mysteriously familiar singers?

The doo-wop delight, “Desire,” is actually by a star-studded trio: Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, and, as you suspected, Jerry Fuller.

All three sing on this track, but the dominant lead part features the versatile Glen Campbell — like we have not heard him on any other recording.

I'll get back to you on how I want the engraved inscription to read.

DEAR JERRY: I have a Barbra Streisand album that plays the exact same songs on Side 1 as on Side 2.

However, both the record labels and the cover list the songs intended to be on Side 1.

The title is “Classical Barbra” (Columbia Masterworks M33452).

Do you have any information on this misprint? Does the error in production make the LP worth more, or less? I am very interested in your findings on this.
—Craig Brooks, Orlando, Fla.

DEAR CRAIG: In the collector's marketplace, records mistakenly pressed, mislabeled, or both, are usually no big deal. We constantly hear from folks who wonder if they have struck gold because one of their records has the labels or tracks mixed-up in some manner.

Either things are reversed, with each side bearing what's intended for the other side, or altogether wacky, with songs or labels from an entirely different record — perhaps even by a completely different artist.

Generally, such production errors do not increase value. They may, in some cases, make the disc even less attractive to a potential buyer. This could be especially true for one who bought a Streisand album and discover that the disc plays Eminem.

As with any general rule, there are a few exceptions, though none involving Barbra Streisand. Your mislabeled LP is worth about the same as one properly manufactured — about $8.00 to $12.00.

DEAR JERRY: I especially enjoy your column when you research and discuss songs from my teenage years.

Now I need your help identifying a tune that has stuck like a burr in my mind. It is a corny song that may be titled “Feudin and Fussin,'” or “Fussin' and Fightin,” or something very similar.
—Mary L. Darnell, Paducah, Ky.

DEAR MARY: You have the correct verbs to form the title, they just require some rearranging. The song is “Feudin' and Fightin,'” written originally for the Broadway musical, “Laffing Room Only,” by Al Dubin, and Burton Lane.

The first artist to hit the record charts with “Feudin' and Fightin'” is Dorothy Shay (Columbia 37189). Her version reached the Top 5 in the summer of 1947.

Though little-known Shay never had another hit, before or after “Feudin' and Fightin,'” her release still outsold competing cover versions by two established industry giants: Bing Crosby, and Jo Stafford.

IZ ZAT SO? For domestic album sales, Barbra Streisand, at No. 5 overall, is the only female performer to rank in the Top 15. She occupies this lofty position despite not having a single one of her LPs among the All-Time Top 100.

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