Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Robins - Loop De Loop Mambo / Framed
The L.A. based R&B vocal group, The Robins doing "Loop De Loop Mambo," backed by "Framed," a 1954 release on Spark Records. Spark Records was formed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and only lasted a couple of years, but it put out some great R&B cuts. Based on the "success" of Sparks, Atlantic Records offered Leiber and Stoller a production contract. Only Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn of The Robbins made the move to Atlantic and the became the foundation for The Coasters. Nunn was soon replaced, but the Coaster had deep roots in the Robins and the L.A. vocal group sound. "Framed" is a take off of the Robins first hit, "Riot In Cell Block No. 9" which featured Richard Berry doing the deep voiced narrative. In "Framed," Bobby Nunn "copies" Berry's style. "Riot" is one of my personal favorites and I will be sharing that one in the next post.