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Cameo Parkway: The Best of the Orlons, 1961-1966

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The dance anthems “Wah Watusi” and “Crossfire!” capture the Orlons at their 1962-63 best: fitting their tough, three-gals-and-a-guy vocals over peppy pop-R&B grooves. “South Street,” “Don’t Hang Up,” and “Knock! Knock! (Who’s There?)” exhibit a tinge of novelty (thanks to Steve Caldwell’s sub-bass vocal accents) but rock nonetheless. The adaptation of Slim Gaillard’s deliberately goofy 1945 classic “Cement Mixer” is light-hearted fun, but a demo of the doo-wop ballad “Mr. Twenty One” – just voices and piano – is near sublime. Later tracks “Don’t You Want My Lovin’” (1965), an early Gamble & Huff production, and “Spinning Top” (1966) are grittier faux-Motown creations.

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The Best of the Orlons

Finally on CD the great music of the Orlons! A must for every serious collector of the girl group sound or the Philadelphia sound of the 60's. Shirley Brickley's "Mr. Twenty One" is a classic. Rosetta, Marlena, Shirley and Steve shine on the biggest hits like "Don't Hang Up", "Not Me" and "South Street". Enjoy the excitement of the Orlons' live performance of "Heartbreak Hotel" - now if we could only find some video of the group! Hopefully someone can get Cameo Parkway to release the Orlons' entire discography on CD.

Wow! Has nobody heard of these guys?!

These guys are terrific! There are a couple songs on here that sound rather boring, but for the most part these are really cool songs! My two favs. are The Wah Watusi and Don't Hang Up.

Sound quality.... :(

imho, it's poor. i thought cameo parkway 57-67 had better sound. heads up all.


Formed: 1960 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A predominantly female group from Philadelphia, the Orlons had some dance and novelty gems in the early '60s for Cameo-Parkway. Lead vocalist Rossetta Hightower, Marlena Davis, Steve Caldwell, and Shirley Brickley scored with "The Wah Watusi" in 1962; it was a number five R&B and number two pop hit, while the follow-ups, "Don't Hang Up" and "South Street," were also Top Ten R&B and pop successes. "Not Me" was their fourth consecutive R&B Top Ten winner in 1963, and it peaked at number 12 pop. It...
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