Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Wrong Things Right

Rachel Sweet : B-A-B-Y

In October of 1978, Stiff Records released 16 year old Rachel Sweet's debut album, Fool Around. Recorded four weeks after her mother died of cancer, the child prodigy joined the Blockheads in the studio, singing four lead vocals in the first hour. Later Graham Parker's horn section played on some of the tracks. The album sounded good but Stiff didn't hear a single. Producers visited second hand record stores looking for ideas and came up with two possibilities: Dusty Springfield's "Stay Awhile" and Carla Thomas's "B-A-B-Y".  Sweet and the band recorded both  just a few night before the record went to press. "B-A-B-Y" became a UK Top 40 hit.

Sweet would earn a fortune as executive producer of TV shows like Dharma and Greg and Hot in Cleveland. In 2010 she sold a home she bought from Madonna for nearly $5 million.

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