Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#560 (Week of 3/22/08 - 3/28/08)

"Mambo Baby"/"Somebody Touched Me"
by Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers
on Atlantic 1044
released in 1954

Above: Clipping from The Billboard dated 10-22-49 touting Ruth Brown as the "Sensational Song Stylist" that she certainly was. She recorded for Atlantic from 1949 to 1960, consistently scoring hits for the label.

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[Above clipping courtesy of Galen Gart.]
Above Left: Trade magazine clipping from October 1954.

Trade Magazine (October 1954): GOTHAM GAB - Ruth Brown, possessor of the current No. 1 record on the R.&B. charts with "Oh What a Dream," comes out with a new one this week on Atlantic, "Mambo Baby" b/w "Somebody Touched Me." We heard "Mambo Baby" on the phone, and despite the obvious inadequacies of Alexander Graham Bell's invention, it sounded like a sure-fire smash....

Above Right: Label image for Atlantic 1044 released in October 1954. This side was recorded on 8/11/54 and the flip on 5/7/54.

The "Rhythmakers" on "Mambo Baby" were actually The Cues. On the flip "Somebody Touched Me," the "Rhythmakers" were The Drifters, who also were on both sides of Ruth's previous release on Atlantic 1036, featuring the hit "Oh What A Dream."

Listen to this week's selections by Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
[Above: Ruth Brown circa 1954)
       Mambo Baby - Atlantic 1044 - 1954
       Somebody Touched Me - Atlantic 1044 - 1954
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