Ginger & The Chiffons (3) (New York)
1962 - She / Where Were You Last Night? (Groove 58 003)
1962 - Happy Blue (Groove)
1962 - Run (Run Away From Him)(Groove)
This group from New York had no connection to the later girl group, also called The Chiffons, who became famous in the mid-1960s with the huge hit songs "One Fine Day", Big Talkin' Guy" and "He's So Fine". In 1962, Groove Records released "She" b/w "Where Were You Last Night?" both written by Blagman & Bobrick. Norman Blagman & Sam Bobrick seem to be remembered for their Mad Magazine connection but they were also writers and producers for various pop and soul artists in New York.
Groove Records was a subsidiary of RCA Victor records, founded by Billboard reporter Bob Rolontz in 1953 as an R&B label. The label had excellent session musicians, so a record on this label usually has good musicianship, even when the artist is an unknown. Piano Red scored the first minor hit for Groove, but Mickey & Sylvia were its only highly successful artist. The label also recorded King Curtis, Arthur Crudup, Brook Benton and little George Benson. One strong and very under-rated artist on the label is Varetta Dillard, an impressive R&B vocalist.
She Where Were You Last Night?