The third and last “5” Royales song I will post today.
“Dedicated to the One I Love” was released by The “5” Royales” in 1957. The 1959 Shirellles version and 1967 version by the Mamas and Papas were hits. Those are the versions most people (including me) know.
The “5” Royales are one of the most underrated groups ever. Several of their songs are better known by cover versions. I am going to post a series of them now. The covers, especially the James Brown version of “Think” and the Ray Charles version of “Tell the Truth” are great but the original versions are well worth your time. “Tell the Truth” was released in 1958 and followed by Ray Charles’s version in 1959.
People my age know “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” from Bette Midler’s 1972 cover. I knew the original version was by the Andrews Sisters but I had no idea until yesterday that it was originally in 1941’s Buck Privates with Abbott and Costello. I was watching it on TCM and was surprised when it appeared.
Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” is from 1959. I included it here because of the Instagram post of a performance by Keith Richards and Jerry Lee Lewis. That’s Mick Fleetwood on drums. The Rolling Stones covered it on their 1970 live album Get Yer Ya-Yas Out.