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Album Review

A quick cash-in effort after the number four chart placement of the title track in early 1963, this album suffers from too much sameness, though Johnny Thunder is a good singer. Producer Teddy Vann, who wrote (or, more properly, adapted) "Loop de Loop" as an R&B-type song, wrote all but one other cut on this album, and attempted to give the same kind of treatment to "Al-La-Wetta," "All 'Round in a Circle," etc., without similar commercial results. It is a good midtempo R&B album, however, and marked an early success for the songwriting of Al Kooper, who co-authored the only non-Teddy Vann composition here, "The Chain"; according to Kooper, he and his songwriting partners worked in the same building where Thunder did, and the song was written for him because they thought they had a shot at getting it covered, which it was. Kooper and his partners Irwin Levine and Bob Brass had far greater success with the song "This Diamond Ring" later in the year (ironically, a song written with the Drifters in mind, and Thunder had briefly sung with the Drifters).

Biography

Genre: R&B/Soul

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In 1963, Johnny Thunder, born Gil Hamilton, scored the only hit of his career. "Loop de Loop" was essentially a nursery rhyme set to music. The public loved it, and it assailed to the lofty perch of number four on the pop charts. Only "Hey Paula" at number one, "Walk Right In," and Bobby Vee's "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" at number three, prevented it from being the top record during the week of February 9, 1963. Born August 15, 1941, in Leesburg, FL, Johnny Thunder started singing in church,...
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