(L-R) Joey Cooper, Delaney Bramlett, Suzy Wallis
The record you see before you today is one of my all time favorites.
Suzy Wallis was all of 15 years old when she recorded the absolutely banging ‘Kisses On Paper’.
She got her start a few years before as Suzanne Wallachs in St Louis, MO, doing a kids TV show at the age of 10! She was discovered by Lorne Greene, who saw her singing on a telethon and brought her out to Los Angeles, where she signed to RCA and recorded three 45s in 1965 and 1966.
‘Kisses on Paper’ b/w ‘New Naw Nee Naw’ was the last of the three, released in 1966.
Produced and arranged by David Gates (who also wrote the fuzz-heavy flip ‘New Naw Nee Naw’), it’s one of the greatest two-siders of era.
‘Kisses on Paper’written by (then) Shindogs Delaney Bramlett and Joey Cooper is – in my opinion – the perfect encapsulation of 1965/1966 Sunset Strip au-go-go, mixing pop, garage and beat group sounds into a powerful 2:26 explosion.
The bass, guitar, combo organ, harmonica, drums and percussion, along with a great vocal by Wallis combine into a perfect, edgy pop record, yet as far as I can tell, it didn’t even chart locally on the West Coast (much like another perfect L.A. pop record, Vicky Gomez‘ ‘Boys Are a Dime a Dozen’ from around the same time).
Wallis is apparently still performing today under her real name.
Cooper and Bramlett went on to work in the orbit of Leon Russell, with Bramlett and his wife making it big as Delaney and Bonnie.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.
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