The Lovenotes

You Are Invited to the Lovenotes' Recording Session

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The Lovenotes anthologized on this German import are not the same group as the Love Notes who charted the doo wop classic "United" in 1957. Originating from Roxbury, MA, the Lovenotes began as cover artists who remade popular songs for budget labels such as Tivoli and Family Library of Recorded Music. These budget LPs and EPs, most famously (and prodigiously) produced by the Tops label, are a largely unappreciated repository of interesting music. Many of the Lovenotes' covers, of such songs as the Clovers' "Ting a Ling" and Amos Milburn's "Let Me Go Home Whiskey," are included on the anthology, as well as a handful of original songs and a pair of recordings on which the group backed Jan Strickland as Jan Strickland & the Shadows. The Lovenotes' closest brush with success came when the Imperial label leased two songs, "Surrender Your Heart" (a slow piano ballad) and "Get Off My Train," for a single that reportedly was a good regional seller, but nonetheless failed to secure a contract with Imperial. You Are Invited to the Lovenotes' Recording Session has most of the Lovenotes' recordings, including five previously unreleased tracks, one of which is a very different arrangement of Jan Strickland's "Love Me Baby." Their obscurity notwithstanding, the Lovenotes were smoother than many of the vocal groups that attained greater heights.