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The Jaynetts The Very Best of The Jaynetts

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  • Released: July 15, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Although the specifics of their recording history are shrouded in mystery, The Jaynetts achieved Rock and Roll immortality as the voices behind one of the most enigmatic songs in pop music, "Sally Go 'Round The Roses." Its spooky chant emitting from transistor radios in 1963 would be a strange harbinger of the psychedelic sounds to come later on in the decade.

However the origins of The Jaynetts' sound were much more down-to-earth. They began as just another "girl group" in the artist roster of Zell Sanders and J&S Records, her company. Zell had achieved some success with The Hearts and wanted to retain some of the ex-members when the group began to splinter.

Jaynetts at first was just a name, the "J" from J&S, and the "Aynettes" from the middle name of the vocalist Lezli Anetta Valentine. The Jaynetts name appeared on previously unreleased Hearts songs that were issued as a single in 1958.

At the urging of Leonard Chess, Zell Sanders brought in a Chicago songwriter and producer, Abner Spector to work on the project. It was predominantly his vision that is the genius behind the sound of "Sally Go 'Round The Roses. "

At a reported cost of more than $60,000 (a princely sum for a mere pop single - probably an urban legend), "Sally" was first released on the small Soultown label in 1962, and finally charted in the fall of 1963 as a single on Abner Spector's Tuff record label, going all the way to Number Two on the national charts.

The vocalists on "Sally Go 'Round The Roses" were Lezli Valentine, Marie Hood and Louise (Harris) Murray. Abner's wife Lona Stevens was also influential as a co-writer and producer of the song. It is believed that most of the instrumental tracks were played by New York City session musician Artie Butler, accompanied by a young Buddy Miles on drums. The song would also be covered in the psychedelic era by San Francisco folk-psych group Grace Slick and The Great Society, and British folk-rock legends The Pentangle.

Although their members shifted from record to record, The Jaynetts continued to release 45s on both J&S and Tuff throughout 1964 and 1965. While none would achieve the widespread success of "Sally Go 'Round The Roses," they were all clever, well-performed pop tunes.

Some of the single sides included here are "Cry Behind The Daisies," "Peepin In and Out The Window," "Extra Extra Read All About It" and the great twist on the nursery rhyme "Who Stole The Cookie From The Cookie Jar."

With its peculiar lyrics still a puzzle for Rock and Roll enthusiasts to endlessly debate their meaning, one thing is sure - "Sally Go 'Round The Roses" is one of the coolest songs of the Rock and Roll era and a testament to the talents of Zell Sanders, Abner Spector and The Jaynetts.


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Liner Note Author: Al Fichera.
An intriguing footnote in the annals of R&B, the female trio the Jaynetts were formed around the Bronx record label-owner Zell Sanders's daughter, Johnnie Louise Richardson, in the early 1960s. The group's sole hit, 1963's classic "Sally Go Round the Roses," has been covered by a succession of '60s and '70s artists, including Grace Slick, Pentangle, and Tim Buckley. This collection features "Sally," as well as a representative selection of the group's recordings between 1963 and its breakup in 1965.
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  • Sales Rank: 13,320
  • UPC: 090431099926
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