HOUSEWIFE'S CHOICE * DERRICK & PATSY * ISLAND 018 * UK
A great double header by Derrick Morgan & Patsy Todd Housewife's Choice, backed with Gypsy Woman. The original title of Housewife's Choice was You Don't Know How Much I Love You but Marie Garth, the famous Jamaican radio personality, had so many requests from housewife's for the song that she renamed it Housewife's Choice! Released in Jamaica in 1962 and soon after in England on the nascent Island label, the record was as big in southern England as JA, and, had British pop charts had any real accuracy, it would almost certainly been a top ten hit, which in turn would have meant radio airplay, possibly leading to it being a British Housewife's Choice. As it was it was a hit for the young working class Mods, as well as the indigenous West Indian community, and both sides were still being played in 1964 on the juke box in 'Bottie's' cafe in Lewisham, S E London, by the bus crew's that used to park their buses around the back of the Grenada cinema opposite the cafe.
Testament to the records popularity in the UK can be seen in the variations the release went through, there are at least three. The first issue being on the label bearing the 'London England' address (see below), and there were two center variations - 'three prong' and 'four prong' - on the second issue 'Cambridge Road' address label (see above and below).
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