Otis Williams + Femme Chorus

I love the wordless chorus that kicks off this classic single recorded at Cincinnati’s King Records studio by Otis Williams in 1962, “When We Get Together“:

“When We Get Together”      Otis Williams     1962

Released with “Only Young Once” as its B-side — both songs recorded July 19, 1962.   Says Billboard in its August 18, 1962 edition:

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♠♠♠♠ “When We Get Together” — Williams, fresh out of a two-year stint in the service, turns out a good, dramatic ballad job to a smart, steady beat.  Femme chorus helps.  Good side that could move.  (Lois, BMI)  (2:59)

This song is an example of what music enthusiasts & scholars might deem “popcorn” beat.  As it turns out, “When We Get Together” is a remake of the original 1955 DeLuxe recording by The Charms (who would become “Otis Williams & the Charms” and then – perhaps to the chagrin of the others – simply “Otis Williams”).

    1955 DeLuxe Single by “the Charms”   1962 King Remake by “Otis Williams”

Otis Williams DeLuxe 45Otis Williams King 45

Fascinating to consider that nine years into the future, Otis Williams would release in 1971 his one and only album with “The Midnight Cowboys,” supposedly an all-black country outfit that backed many of the country artists in the Cincinnati area.  Truth – or utter marketing bunk?  Link to related Zero to 180 piece about Otis Williams backed by the Midnight Cowboys that features a rather spirited rendition of “Muleskinner’s Blues.”  One thing that I’ve noticed since I posted the Midnight Cowboys piece in 2013, thanks to Discogs.com:

  • Uncredited backing band:  The Endeavors
  • Uncredited performer:  (Elvis drummer) D.J. Fontana – in addition to Scotty Moore