Rochelle Johnson – Playing The Field – Swan


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“Swan” records was a Philadelphia based label, founded in 1957 by Bernard Binnick and Tony Mamarella and was active for about ten years, getting recognition in 1964 when it delivered The Beatles’ second american number one hit, ‘She Loves You’. In the 1950s, America’s longest serving DJ and TV host, Dick Clark was an investor in Swan, but after a congressional investigation following up allegations of payola involving record companies and radio stations he gave up his label interests. Little is known about Rochelle “Big Mamma Johnson”  apart from this 1962 release, which “Swan” records backed with Frank Slay and his orchestra, Frank being a respected songwriter and producer. This disc has some superficial marks, whilst retaining gloss and a small bit of label damage on the flip, conservatively graded between VG+ and VG++ condition, worth checking out the paced flip too!!