Steve Alaimo – One Good Reason – Checker


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Steve Alaimo was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and moved to Rochester, New York, at the age of five. He entered the music business during his time as a pre-med student at the University of Miami, joining his cousin’s instrumental rock band the Redcoats, becoming the guitarist, and eventually, the singer. The Redcoats consisted of Jim Alaimo on rhythm guitar, Brad Shapiro on bass, and Jim “Chris” Christy on drums. The band earned a record deal with Henry Stone’s Marlin Records. In 1959, “I Want You To Love Me” became a regional hit for the band. The Redcoats broke up in 1960, and under Stone’s tutelage, Alaimo became a “blue-eyed soul singer” with an all African-American back-up band. Alaimo and the group became the house band for a local club known as Edan Roc. Despite his rising local fame, he released two solo albums that didn’t earn him the national spotlight. During this time, Stone put Alaimo to work as a promotion man for Stone’s Tone Distributors, which acquainted him with the music industry at large. Through his promotion job, Alaimo landed his first major record deal with Checker Records, a subsidiary of Chess Records, in 1961. There, he struck a minor amount of gold in 1963 with his single “Every Day I Have to Cry,” written by Muscle Shoals singer-songwriter Arthur Alexander. The record peaked at Number 46 on Billboard’s Hot 100. This disc for Checker records has a “drill hole” and light scuffs, conservatively graded between VG+ to VG++. Great “Popcorn”