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Sunday, 13 January 2008

Otis Williams And His Charms - 16 Original Greatest Hits

This is an album I have already posted twice on rockhall – the second time with an improved front cover scan. This time I’ve added a folder of Joan K’s remarkable cover scans – 1 album cover, 3 EP covers, 1 EP label shot and eight 45rpm single label shots – all in DeLuxe sleeves.

I’ve had a read at Unca Marvy’s article on The Charms (see links panel on right side of page) and if you want the full lowdown on this group get yourself over there. Find out about their first recording for Rockin’ in 1953 – “Heaven Only Knows” which was used by King (after they’d taken over Rockin’) to reactivate the DeLuxe label, the big 1954 hit “Hearts Of Stone”, the big split when Otis Williams left the group, the two versions of The Charms, further hits ("Ling Ting Tong", "Gum Drop", "Ivory Tower"), who recorded what (Otis Williams and his Charms, The Charms, Otis Williams' New Group), and the rest of the story (including The Escos). There’s also a full discography.

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1. Heaven Only Knows
2. Hearts Of Stone
3. Two Hearts
4. Ling Ting Tong
5. Bazoom (I Need Your Love)
6. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
7. Whadaya Want?
8. Gum Drop
9. Ivory Tower
10. In Paradise
11. Save Me Save Me
12. That's Your Mistake
13. United
14. Could This Be Magic
15. Little Turtle Dove
16. Panic

Two Charms LPs were released by DeLuxe in the 1950s – “Otis Williams And The Charms Sing Their All-Time Hits” (DeLuxe 570) in early 1957, plus “This Is Otis Williams” in 1959. You’ll find a scan 0f DeLuxe 570 below.

Three Charms EPs were released by DeLuxe in the 1950s. Below you’ll find scans of “Hits By The Charms” (DeLuxe 357) from 1955 and two versions of “The Charms Volume 2” (Deluxe 364) also from 1955. There’s also a sample of the 45rpm label shots included in Joan K's folder of scans.


Anonymous said...

Just being curious,if you know todays pricetag for the original album.Great music.Thanks.Markku H

boogiewoody said...

I'm afraid I don't know. 'Collectors Prices' don't interest me, so I don't make a point of finding out how much old albums are worth. I just dig the music. Glad you like it Markku!

Chris Sobieniak said...

Nice to see this up. My mom spent many years tracking down a copy of "In Paradise" on 45 she had listened to over 50 years ago. There had been a couple CD releases of The Charms as well. The DeLuxe label releases as part of King Records is currently owned by Gusto Records down in Nashville.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this wonderful music, it would be nice to see a posting of the Jewels version of Hearts Made Of Stone.