WALKING ALONG* THE SOLITAIRES * LONDON AMERICAN 8745 * UK
Released on Old Town 1034 in the USA this was sadly the only release by The Solitaires in the UK, issued in both 45 and (as above) 78 RPM formats. What is interesting is that the British release seems to have been licensed from Chess subsidiary Argo, it was in fact also released (the groups only one) on the Argo label # 5316, but with the old town master OT-851. This is probably due to the records success in the US and although not a hit, it was the groups best selling record. The song was covered by a Pop group The Diamonds two years later, who did manage to get their version in the top thirty. The Solitaires stayed with Old Town for almost a decade from their debut record Wonder Why # 1000 in Feburary1954 to their penultimate recording Honey Babe # 1139 in March 1963. The group had one more release as The Solitaires for MGM Fool That I Am in 1964. Their first release for Hy Weiss' Old Town label wasn't as is suggested by the catalogue number 1000 the first release on the label, but it was the first on the new numbering system and new label design for the imprint after a handful of records, mostly by The Five Crowns, the previous year on the 700 series.
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