For every major hit that posed a lover's question, or had you crying in your beer back in the 60s, there was the reassuring certainty of the 'answer' song. Answer records were a prevailing American phenomenon. Usually rendered by female artists, they were an expedient way to hitch a ride on the coat tails of an existing hit. Deejays favoured them for their topical value and many answer records from the Golden Age made the charts in their own right. Here are 28 of the best, all by female performers, save for one tune by 'guest boy' Bertelle Dache whose "Not Just Tomorrow, But Always," a riposte to the Shirelles' smash "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," is among the sought-after highlights of the set.
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