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Monday, July 7, 2014

Crayons To Perfume Girl of the Week: Dee Dee Sharp, the lil' filly from Philly!

Answering a newspaper ad for a young girl who could read music and play piano, Dee Dee Sharp at 13 years old had no idea she was embarking on a life long entertainment career. She began to sing backing vocals for various musicians including Chubby Checker and appears on 'Slow Twist' (although not credited).
In 1962 Cameo Parkway Records decided to put Dee Dee out in front, and she recorded 'Mashed Potatoes' - a dance song in a very similar vein to Chubby Checkers hits. Here's Dee Dee singing 'Mashed Potatoes' live - whadda cutie!

Recently I discovered some of the lesser known songs Dee Dee recorded, and I particularly like 'Deep Dark Secret' - she sounds so mature here and I think it really shows how well she can sing!

Crayons to Perfume is coming soon to WFMU's Ichiban Soul, hosted by Glynis Ward, DJ girlgroupgirl


just_another_dick said...

Totally unrelated to your post, but did you happen to see that Southern Comfort is using The Phantom's "Love Me" in thier TV ad?

GirlGroupGirl said...

Dear Dick,
No I did not realize they were using the Phantom for a TV ad, I don't really watch TV, because not enough people use the Phantom in their ads!!! I may have to tune in! Thanks for the tip.

just_another_dick said...

I only see TV at work. Usually it's just background noise but Love Me definitely caught my attention.

Here's the Youtubular version:

just_another_dick said...

& here's a link where the sound doesn't sink into a tin can in the middle :

TJB said...

That’s Little Eva in the photo you used for your graphic, not Dee Dee.