Sunday, 12 December 2010

NS572 The Wonderettes [1965] - I Feel Strange [Ruby E-5065-A]

b/w          Wait Until Tonight
Format:  45
Label:     Ruby / United Artists
CatNo:   E-5065-A / UA-944
Year:      1965

A cracking mid sixties Detroit sound that could have come straight out of the Motown studios.

The Wonderettes are a bit of a mystery although it would appear they did a lot of work locally in Detroit backing other artists.  The record was originally issued on Ruby and then reissued on United Artists in Sept 1965.  The Wonderettes have a few other recordings before falling into obscurity.

The Wonderettes may have a link to Johnnie Mae Matthews who released a track as Johnnie Mae Mathews & The Wonderettes.

A few titbits from a discussion on the Soulful Detroit forum
Johnnie Mae Matthews recorded with them but could shed no light on them, Joe Hunter was involved in the Ruby recording but had no idea who they were,  Bob Schwartz owned the Ruby label.

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