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Fact #95874


Short story:

Duane Eddy releases a new single [Dance With The] Guitar Man, on RCA Victor Records in the USA, with vocals provided by The Blossoms.

Full article:

Darlene Love (vocalist, The Blossoms) : We (The Blossoms) had just done He's A Rebel and when Phil (Spector) heard Guitar Man he was really annoyed. He said, "I know that's you, Darlene." I told him it wasn't me, it was my sister Edna. But everybody in town knew that it was me and The Blossoms on that record.

Anyway, we didn't have no contract with Phil at that time. So we were free to work with whoever we wanted. He didn't even like me doing backup work but we all had families to support and rent to pay. We couldn't afford to turn down work just to keep Phil Spector happy. He didn't own us.

On Guitar Man, it was me, Fanita and Grazia. (Then) Merry Clayton took over. I helped get Merry started in the business and these must be among the first things she ever did. Merry was really a friend of my sister. She used to sing with Billy Preston at the same church as Edna. She was really young, still at school, about 15, I think.