Sunday, 12 December 2010

NS574 Rita & The Tiaras [1967] - Gone With The Wind Is My Love [Dore 783]

574 Rita & The Tiaras [1967] - Gone With The Wind Is My Love [Dore 783]
Format:  45
Label:    Dore / Destiny (UK)
CatNo:  783/ DS 1002
Year:    196? / 1979
Value:   $2000

Rita is Rita Graham a jazz singer who went on to become one of Ray Charles' Raelettes. This 45 was released on Dore 783 in 1967.  Rita was brought in at the last minute to front The Tiaras by Lou Beaty.  The full story can be read over at The Soul Guy where there's a great interview with Rita.  This is an evergreen favourite on the Northern Soul scene with many considering it to be one of their all time favourites.

Rita is also known on the scene for her 'My Cup Runneth Over' on her 1968 'Vibrations' LP on Tangerine TRCS-1505 produced by Ray Charles. 

After leaving Ray Charles, she recorded 8 45s with Mike Post ('Afternoon Of The Rhino' fame)  as Rye & Rita Jean on Bell and released a 45 'Rich Man, Poor Man' on Motown subsidiary Prodigal (P-0626-F) in 1976.  Rita still sings to this day.  You can read more at Rita's own website over at  Rita Graham Sings

UK Destiny 1979 Bag

Original Take - Original studio version which was later shortened for the 45 to accommodate radio air-time.

Rita Graham - My Cup Runneth Over - Vibrations LP - Tangerine

Since posting this many years ago a few more releases have seen the light of day

Dore Strings [2009] - Gone With The Wind (Instrumental) [Kent Select]

Gloria Jones [2012] - Gone With The Wind Is My Love [Soul Purpose (UK)]

Another lesser known version from 1968 by:

Betty Willis [1968] Gone With The Wind (Is My Love) [Mojo #102]

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