“I SOLD MY HEART TO THE JUNKMAN” is definitely the tune that skyrocketed Patti Labelle into stardom...
But where’d the tune originate?
The Basin Street Boys recorded it in 1940:
The Four Tunes scored with it in 1955:
The Silhouettes—Of “Get A Job” fame, released it in 1958:
BUT, the rockin’ version of the song eventually reached number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to promotion by the Blue Belles, who made their first television appearance on American Bandstand in mid-1962…
The Blue Belles version (1962):
Ironically the Blue Belles recorded their version shortly before promoting it, and both the Starlets (who originally recorded it as a Rock ‘n Roll tune) and Blue Belles' versions were strikingly similar to each other…
Meanwhile, the newly christened Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles went on to national fame that year with their hit, "Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)"
Dee Sharpe also released a credible version of the tune around 1963:
BUT it all came full circle when Ruth Brown brought back the original and KILLED on it in 1997…
BUT, to this day,
"I Sold My Heart to the Junkman"
Is credited to Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles…
And it helped to bring the
Ms. Patti Labelle--LADY MARMALADE-- to the forefront of
ROCK ‘n ROLL…
You’ve done well, Patti!!!
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