Billy Ward & the Dominoes – Sixty Minute Man / 1951

“Sixty Minute Man” is a rhythm and blues (R&B) record released in 1951 by The Dominoes. It was written by Billy Ward and Rose Marks and was one of the first R&B hit records to cross over to become a pop hit on the pop charts. It was also the first double entendre hit.[citation needed] It is regarded as one of the most important of the recordings which helped generate and shape rock and roll,The Dominoes were a black vocal group consisting of Clyde McPhatter (1932-1972), who later left the group to form the Drifters,[2] Bill Brown, Charlie White and Joe Lamont, led by their pianist, manager and songwriter, Billy Ward (1921-2002).

Ward was a black, classically trained vocal coach who had formed a business partnership with a white New York talent agent, Rose Marks. The pair decided to put together a smooth vocal group to rival the Ink Spots, the Orioles, and other similar groups who were beginning to win acceptance with white audiences. In 1950, the Dominoes were signed to Federal Records, and held a series of recording sessions at the National Studios in New York in November and December of that year. Their initial release was “Do Something For Me”, the first record on which McPhatter sang lead, was musically a gospel song with gospel-style melismas but lyrically secular.[3] This was a success, entering the R&B charts at the beginning of February 1951.

“Sixty Minute Man”         


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