(2005) The Best Of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966

Dee Dee Sharp

... read moreDee Dee Sharp reached the big time with the novelty hit "Mashed Potato Time" in 1962, while the follow-up, "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)," hit the Top Ten as well cemented her status as a novelty singer. As The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966 shows, despite being unfairly remembered as such she in...

57′:50″ 24 Songs

1
Mashed Potato Time
Dee Dee Sharp
2:33
2
Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)
Dee Dee Sharp
2:06
3
Baby Cakes
Dee Dee Sharp
2:25
4
You Are My Sunshine
Dee Dee Sharp
2:42
5
Ride!
Dee Dee Sharp
2:26
6
Do The Bird
Dee Dee Sharp
2:14
7
Slow Twistin'
Dee Dee Sharp
2:33
8
You Ain't Nothin' But A Nothin'
Dee Dee Sharp
2:04
9
Just To Hold My Hand
Dee Dee Sharp
2:38
10
Rock Me In The Cradle Of Love
Dee Dee Sharp
2:19
11
Wild!
Dee Dee Sharp
2:18
12
Why Doncha Ask Me
Dee Dee Sharp
2:28
13
Never Pick A Pretty Boy
Dee Dee Sharp
2:31
14
Willyam, Willyam
Dee Dee Sharp
2:10
15
Where Did I Go Wrong
Dee Dee Sharp
2:13
16
Deep Dark Secret
Dee Dee Sharp
2:53
17
There Ain't Nothin' I Wouldn't Do For You
Dee Dee Sharp
2:23
18
(That's What) My Mama Said
Dee Dee Sharp
2:39
19
Let's Twine
Dee Dee Sharp
2:23
20
Standing In The Need Of Love
Dee Dee Sharp
2:02
21
It's A Funny Situation
Dee Dee Sharp
1:47
22
I Really Love You
Dee Dee Sharp
2:50
23
(It's Wonderful) The Love I Feel For You
Dee Dee Sharp
2:26
24
To Know Him Is To Love Him
Dee Dee Sharp
2:47
Released 18 October 2005, This Compilation ℗ 2005 ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.

Review

Dee Dee Sharp reached the big time with the novelty hit "Mashed Potato Time" in 1962, while the follow-up, "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)," hit the Top Ten as well cemented her status as a novelty singer. As The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966 shows, despite being unfairly remembered as such she in reality was a powerful singer blessed with a wonderfully clear voice. Indeed her soulful and direct style makes even the silliest song ("Do the Bird!," "Baby Cakes") sound real and gives the better songs here ("Just to Hold My Hand," "Why Don't You Ask Me") an extra kick. That she never really had a hit after the "Mashed Potato" saga meant that Sharp and Cameo-Parkway tried different sounds and styles, looking for that elusive next smash. Sharp sounded at ease with every style, lightly bopping through dance numbers like the slinky "Let's Twine," the hard-hitting girl group sound of "You Ain't Nothin' But a Nothin'," the gospel soul of "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love," the silky Chicago-styled soul of "(That's What) My Mama Said," and the proto-Philly soul of "I Really Love You." At least one song, the bouncy and nearly perfect Motown facsimile "There Ain't Nothing I Wouldn't Do for You," should have been a huge smash, and many others should have gotten more than just a toe on the charts. It wasn't for lack of talent. Both Sharp and her collaborators, who included Bob Crewe, Carl Davis, Kenny Gamble, and Leon Huff, were loaded with the stuff. Whatever the reason, Sharp isn't usually on the list when great female singers of the '60s are discussed. Perhaps this collection, the first to put the spotlight on her Cameo sides, will help to change that. Even if it doesn't, fans of the '60s girl sound will be overjoyed to finally have a legitimate Dee Dee Sharp collection. ~ Tim Sendra