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8 thoughts on “ A Miracle - James Ray (2) - If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody (Vinyl, LP)

  1. Au début des années 60, les fins de mois sont rudes pour Ray et c'est son ami compositeur Rudy Clark qui le fait rentrer chez Caprice Records en lui composant "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" qui hisse enfin James Ray à la tête des R&B charts. Le titre sera d'ailleurs repris par les Beatles et Freddie And The Dreamers un an plus tard.
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  3. 7" Single on 45cat: James Ray - If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody / It's Been A Drag - Pye International - UK - 7N
  4. Collectables' Golden Classics: If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody may not be as extensive or as well-annotated a collection as one could hope for, but nevertheless, it is the only collection of James Ray's material on CD; and it is quite worthwhile for that. During the early '60s, Ray straddled the line between R&B and pop.4/5(6).
  5. Feb 02,  · James Ray remains a tragic footnote in the annals of R&B history - a gifted singer best remembered for the classic "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody," he died of a drug overdose while his career was still in its infancy. Born James Ray Raymond in Washington, D.C., in , the diminutive vocalist first surfaced on the Gallant label in with "Make Her Mine," credited to Little Jimmy Ray.
  6. Nov 04,  · St. James Infirmary Arranged By – Hutch Davie: A5: Come Rain Or Come Shine Written-By – Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer* A6: If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody Written-By – Rudy Clark: B1: Without A Song Written-By – Vincent Youman* B2: Teach Me Tonight Written-By – Gene De Paul*, Sammy Cahn: B3: A Miracle /5(11).
  7. A resident of Washington, the diminutive, 5-foot (meter) singer was discovered in while destitute and living on a rooftop, and began recording as James Ray for Caprice Records. His best-known hit was "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody", which reached #22 on the Billboard Hot in and was also a top 10 R&B hit.
  8. The Beatles, still pounding the Liverpool pavement in early '62 (and paying their dues in Hamburg, Germany at the Star-Club), began including "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" in their set; fascinated by Ray's hit and its mesmerizing harmonica, they used it as a blueprint for their own debut single, "Love Me Do," recorded that summer.

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