Saturday, May 24, 2014

R.I.P.: Little Joe Cook

Little Joe Cook, the falsetto lead on the 1957 release Peanuts (above) by Little Joe and the Thrillers, died last month (April 15, 2014) at the age of 91.

Cook joined up with Farrie Hall, Richard Frazier, Donald Burnett and Henry Pascal to form the doo-wop group the Thrillers. In 1956, they signed with OKeh records and had a regional hit in the Philadelphia area with the dance song Let'sDo The Slop.

The next year, they released their second single, Peanuts, using Cook's strong falsetto in the lead. It rose to number 22 nationally and won the group an appearance on American Bandstand. While the record had a mediocre showing upon its initial release, it has gone on to be popular on oldies radio and is said to have influenced others who used falsetto as part of their style including Frankie Valli and Lou Christie. MORE HERE

Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers Meet the Schoolboys

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