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Dixie Belles

The Memphis-based Dixie Belles enjoyed a short second in the spotlight in 1963, if they scored a high Ten pop hit making use of their first single, “(Down At) Papa Joe’s.” That they had a high 20 follow-up strike aswell, with “Southtown U.S.A.” Mary Hunt, Mildred Pratcher, and Shirley Thomas got previously proved helpful as backup performers across the South, but their profession really begun to remove in 1963 once they fulfilled producer Costs Justis, the person behind the planks for Elvis Presley, Johnny Money, and Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1950s. Justis also had his very own measure of achievement with an instrumental strike, “Raunchy.” Fred Foster, the leader of Monument Information, agreed upon Justis and his protégés to his label and decided to go with for their initial one the uncommon “(Down At) Papa Joe’s,” which started with girls laughing uncontrollably towards the audio of Dixieland-styled piano and continuing into an ode to a vintage saloon where “they serve fried-chicken and collard greens.” The tune became very popular, climbing to amount nine in the pop graphs, and also prompted a soundalike follow-up, “Southtown U.S.A.,” which bounded in to the Best 20. An recording produced by Expenses Justis known as (Down At) Papa Joe’s (designed by Billy Sherrill) was quickly released. Right now regarded as a rarity, it had been accompanied by the Dixie Belles’ third solitary, which adopted the design of their two earlier hits. That one, nevertheless, didn’t click and despite a substantial amount of airplay, it didn’t make the very best 100. The Dixie Belles had been decreased from Monument no additional singles adopted. The group presumably proceeded to go their separate methods which is not really known if indeed they ever regrouped to tour.

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