Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I have an album that features Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., that was recorded live in 1962 at the 500 Club in Atlantic City. It was given to me as a souvenir of my visit to the Sinatra Room, at the Latimer Cafe in Philadelphia.

I would love to know how much it is worth.
—Raymond Scattergood, Clearwater, Fla.

DEAR RAYMOND: Amateurishly produced and poorly packaged though it is, it still sells for $300 to $400.

Insipidly titled “Souvenir from - Collectors Item,” and inanely labeled a “Non Published Album, Not Available Anywhere Else” this album (Latimer 247-17) is prized by Rat Pack collectors. It has also been found with at least a half-dozen different covers.

Oh yes, the actual name of the room at the Latimer Café is Sinatrama, not Sinatra.

DEAR JERRY: Please answer this very pressing question for me: Who is the female (I think) who originally recorded “Go Now,” as made famous in early 1965 by the Moody Blues?
—Steve Milanowski, Middleton, Wisc.

DEAR STEVE: Bessie Banks had the first recording of “Go Now,” in early 1964 (Tiger 102). Unfortunately for Banks, “Go No” didn't go — at least not until the Moody Blues gave it a go.

DEAR JERRY: I'd like to know the singer and exact title of “Don't Go, Please Stay,” a hit from the late '50s or early '60s.

Everyone I speak to about this thinks I mean “Stay,” but that's not the song I want.
—Diane P. Papallo, Wallingford, Conn.

DEAR DIANE: You just about have the title, which is “Please Stay.” It is a Top 15 hit from 1961 by the Drifters (Atlantic 2105), which can now be found on the CD “Very Best of the Drifters” (Rhino 71211).

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DEAR JERRY: A song keeps running through my mind. I sure hope you can give me the correct title, as well as who recorded it.

The lines I keep hearing are “I believe in angels … there's good in everyone.”
—Doris Portman, Clearwater, Fla.

DEAR DORIS: Chronic song-running can certainly affect one's mental proficiency, so let's fix that problem now.

You are being tormented by “I Have a Dream,” for which I can prescribe two versions, either being a sure cure.

The original, written and recorded by Abba, is easily available on their “Abba Gold (Greatest Hits)” CD (Polydor 314 517 007-2).

An equally good version is by Nana Mouskouri, and is found on her CD “Nana Mouskouri Alone” (Philips 826 433-2).

DEAR JERRY: I was in the army and stationed in Europe when “These Boots Were Made for Walking” was a hit.

I'm wondering if, as sometimes happens, the flip side of this single differs on copies issued in the U.S. If possible, can you provide the title of the U.S. B-side, and whether or not that song is on the LP, “Boots.”
— P. Danz, Chicago, Ill.

DEAR GREGORY: The U.S. flip of “These Boots Were Made for Walking” is “The City Never Sleeps at Night,” which does not appear on the U.S. LP “Boots.”

IZ ZAT SO? The first lead singer of the Moody Blues, and the one featured on “Go Now,” is Denny Laine.

In 1971, Laine signed on with Paul McCartney's group, Wings, as lead guitarist.

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