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"Keep On Dancing"
© Collectables Records
Year of Release: 1995
Keep On Dancing
Everybody To Their
Hang On Sloopy
Hey Girl Don't Bother Me
Brown Paper Sack
Do You Love Me
So Sad (To Watch
Good Love Go Bad)
Don't Send Me Flowers
Little Girl Next Door
Make Up Your Mind
Spread It On Thick
Everyday I Have To Cry
The Gentrys related sites:
"Keep On Dancing"
The Gentrys are one those bands hthat their name may not ring memory bells, but their
biggest hit, "Keep On Dancing" would set those bells off. Collectables Records
released Keep On Dancing, assumed an original album; they do have a Very Best Of
release, from the same record company. I used to have a 45 rpm single, "Spread It On
Thick"/"Brown Paper Bag". Finding this single, likewise their biggest hit on one CD
was a treat.
In reading other reviews of this release, I would have to agree: Some of the remaining
songs are lightweight, or in my opinion, pretty lame. Songs such as "Sometimes," "Hey Girl
Don't Bother Me," "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)," "Don't Send Me Flowers" and
even "Brown Paper Sack" are just uninteresting and lame. Definitely the song
"Little Girl Next Door," where the vocals were just plain BAD. I'm not sure if this
particular song was sung by Larry Raspberry; it might have been by another singer in this
band, who would later become more popular in the World Wrestling Federation -- Jimmy Hart
Remakes of popular songs are not as bad as the others just mentioned: "Hang On Sloopy"
(The McCoys), "Do You Love Me" (The Contours), "Hand Jive" (Johnny Otis) -- the
original versions are far better. "Everybody Is Their Own Kick" has a more Dylan-ish
Rock style, and Doug Sahm comes to mind on "Everyday I Have To Cry."
Keep On Dancing - A Golden Classics Edition by Collectables Records is a good
introduction to The Gentrys music. It's always interesting to listen to the other songs and
"hits" they recodred. But the "Keep On Dancing" hit and "Spread It On Thick"
are the standouts for me. "Everyday I Have To Cry" has more hope than many of the
remaining tracks. Both of the latter songs mentioned are bonus tracks on this CD.
It was interesting to learn that Jimmy Hart was one of the vocalists. In fact, he would
reform The Gentrys in 1969, and record through 1974. My guess on the Very Best Of The
Gentrys collection would feature more of Jimmy Hart & The Gentrys. Hart would be more
famous as a wrestling manager in the 1980s. But its nice to learn that he was a singer before
he became more popular in another entertainment field.
But for the oldies fan, "Keep On Dancing" would be the hit most recognized with
The Gentrys name.
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