Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Doo-Wop Tribute Band Sha Na Na Responsible for 'Payday' of 1970

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Doo-Wop Tribute Band Sha Na Na Responsible for 'Payday' of 1970

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DEAR JERRY: In New York in the late 1960s, for a while anyway, the Top 40 stations played a song about Friday being payday. It might have a title with similar wording. It was a male singer with a doo-wop style vocal backing.

The two most common answers I get when asking about this are "Blue Monday" (with "on Friday I get my pay") and "Thank God It's Friday." Neither is correct.

What say you, Mr. Music?

- Emory Stevens, Newark, N. J.

DEAR EMORY: Friday is indeed payday for the fellow in the song ("I'm not sweatin' Monday' cause my fun day starts right now"), but the full title is just one word: "Payday."

The reason "Payday," a 1970 single (Kama Sutra 507), has a doo- wop feel to it is because it is by Sha Na Na, a 1950s tribute group that was especially popular in the tri-state area.

DEAR JERRY: Just for laughs I put my first name into a song search, and up popped something called "Cora's Melody."

But when I went to You-Tube to look for it, all I found was someone playing something on their piano at home.

Now I'm left wondering if there really is a "Cora's Melody." - Cora Houseman, Traverse City, Mich.

DEAR CORA: There really is a legit record of your melody, and it was a regional Top 40 hit in late 1960 for Bob Thompson and His Orchestra (RCA Victor 47-7795).

In Los Angeles, KRLA radio chose "Cora's Melody" as its Pick to Click for Oct. 21 to 28. That means they rated this beautiful instrumental as the best new record that week.

DEAR JERRY: My mother, now in her 80s, told me about her and my father being friends with a family in Cincinnati named Greer.

That was in the 1950s.

She recalls they had two daughters who sang on local radio and TV, and called themselves the Greer Sisters.

Knowing I have the Internet, she asked me to do some searching and see if they ever made a name for themselves.

Problem is, the only Greer sisters I can find (Robin and Liza) are authors who weren't even alive until the' 70s. …

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