Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Baby Face

"Baby Face" by the Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps hit the charts Christmas week 1975. In Cusp, Karen describes it as "an overly caffeinated disco version" of a classic. The song was written by Harry Akst and Benny Davis and was a number one hit in 1926 for Jan Garber. It has also been recorded by Al Jolson, Little Richard, Bobby Darin, Paul McCartney and many others.

This version rose to number 14 on the pop charts and number 1 on the Club Play chart that was the precursor to the Disco chart.

Wing and a Prayer was not a band so much as a group of studio musicians and vocalists fashioned by producer Harold Wheeler. Wheeler is now the musical director of "Dancing with the Stars." You've come a long way, baby (face)!

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