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Sunday, May 1, 2011

THE PERSIANS - GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF


A very mysterious record which appears to be a one-off.

Two of the writers (Bill Giant and Bernie Baum) also produced the record, and they are best known as the writers of Elvis' "(You're The) Devil In Disguise". Being as the record was released on a Cameo-Parkway label offshoot, odds are it was recorded in New York. Other than a later 60's male group called the Persians, I find no info about THESE Persians.

I also question the date. Cameo-Parkway (just like Motown) more often than not had the wrong date on the label, although the notes to a label retrospective list 1963.

As for the record, it's a beautiful girl group sound with an ethereal lilt.

File under "who knows?"

from 1963?...

THE PERSIANS - GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF

3 comments:

Mr. Goodwench said...

There's also Birdie Green's version from 1963, so I hazard that both versions are from 1963.

Jonas said...

The year 1963 is correct. The single got a positive review in Billboard 16 March 1963.

John.h2 said...

This track appears on the CD "Campark Vol.7 The Vocal Groups", which confirms your Cameo Parkway connection. On the next volume "Campark Vol.8 The Vocal Groups" is another track by The Persians titled "Steady Kind" and I wonder if this is the B Side or another recording by this group.