The Reason Why — Linda Burns, The Dolls

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page originally published on 28 December 2012; latest revision: 13 November 2017

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The Reason Why (Dale Hawkins, Jerry Strickland, Don Griffin)

Linda Burns — issued in October 1965 on the single Ty Tex ‎TT-121, b/w “And That Reminds Me” — produced by Dale Hawkins

Discogs.com indicates that “The Reason Why” is the A-side of the single, and “And That Reminds Me” is the B-side, while 45cat.com has the sides in reverse order. Neither Discogs nor 45cat lists any other released recordings by Linda Burns, but Discogs incorrectly gives “The Dolls” (of Waco, Texas) as an alias of Linda Burns. This error is likely at least in part due to the following:

  • Linda Burns and The Dolls each released only one single that I’m aware of.
  • The two sides that I’m aware of by each of these two artists feature recordings of the same two songs, “The Reason Why” and “And That Reminds Me.”
  • Very similar, if not identical, backing tracks (not including the backing vocals) are heard on the recordings of both “The Reason Why” and “And That Reminds Me” by each of the two.

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The Reason Why-The Dolls, Loma 2036 (B-side), issued in 1966

The Dolls — issued in February 1966 on the Toy label on Toy T-707, as the B-side of “And That Reminds Me” — later issued in March or April 1966 on the 45 rpm single Loma 20361, as the B-side of “And That Reminds Me”

Toy T-707 discography link:

Loma 2036 discography links:

A sessionography and discography of the record’s producer, Dale Hawkins (at ryono.net), describes “The Reason Why” as a hit record. Perhaps it was a local or regional hit, but I’ve seen no evidence that it entered national charts. Co-songwriter Jerry Strickland’s name is misspelled on the labels of all single releases displayed at the above discography links, including a promo, and Don Griffin is credited only by his first name in each case.

Toy T-707, B-side of “And That Reminds Me”

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Loma 2036, B-side of “And That Reminds Me” — longer fade out?

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The Reason Why (Hawkins, Strickland, Griffin)

You said you found a love better than mine
You said she treats you good — so did I
But I can see that you were mine
And then you shut that light in your eyes
And all I want to know, baby
The reason why

You threw away the only chance you had to love me
You broke every vow you ever made
All I know is that I was true
You took my heart and you broke it in two
And all I want to know, baby
The reason why

You said you’d never change your mind
But you were only wasting time
That love will drag this love along
And time waits for no one
No, it don’t wait for no one

You wait until you’re lonely, late at night
You wait until you want me to hold you tight
Tears will flow from your eyes like rain (Linda Burns)
Tears will come flowing out like rain (The Dolls)
Until you want me back again
And then you’ll know, baby, the reason why
I can’t take you back
I’ll let you know that I still can’t take you, baby, baby (Linda Burns)
I’ll let you know that I still can’t take you back, baby (The Dolls)

— orginally transcribed from the Dolls version by James “doc” Radcliff on 6 December 2012; backing vocals omitted; latest edit: 29 September 2017

I’d somehow been unaware of the Burns recording for all these years, though the first video above containing the Burns recording was published in October 2012, a couple of months before the original version of this page was published. The words sung by the lead singer in the two recordings appear to be nearly identical with a few minor differences.

Differences:

  1. The main difference that I’ve detected is that the line that goes “Tears will come flowing out like rain” in the Dolls version, is “Tears will flow from your eyes like rain” in the earlier Burns recording.
  2. The last lead vocal line in the Dolls version, “I’ll let you know that I still can’t take you back, baby,” begins the same way in the Linda Burns version, but ends differently, though the fade out makes it difficult to discern the last words heard. To me the the line sounds like, “I’ll let you know that I still can’t take you, baby, baby,” or “…bay-bay-baby.”
  3. After the last lead vocal line in the Dolls version, the back vocalists continue singing for a couple more lines, repeating the previous two backing vocal lines sung, as the lead singer joins them, though this ending fades out sooner in the above Toy T-707 side, where only the first three of the following four lines is heard before the fade cuts the vocal track off. The last four backing vocal lines on the above Loma 2036 side:

Can’t take you back, baby
No take you back, baby
Can’t take you back, baby
No take you back, baby

The following lip-sync performance is from a 1966 syndicated TV show called The !!!! Beat, which was hosted by Nashville DJ Bill “Hoss” Allen, and filmed at the Dallas/Fort Worth television station WFAA because “Nashville had no color TV facilities.”

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(below) The full episode, identified by the video provider as Vol. 3, show 12

After the performance of “The Reason Why” by the Dolls, which begins at about 14:07, host Hoss Allen mentions that the group is from Waco, Texas, and briefly talks with the members, asking them their names, and predicting a big hit record. According to my ears, the girls introduce themselves as, from left to right, Paula Hardin, Samantha Harry, and (lead singer) Annie Johnson.

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AND THAT REMINDS ME

And That Reminds Me (Camillo Bargoni, Al Stillman and Paul Siegel)2

Linda Burns — issued in October 1965 on the single Ty Tex ‎TT-121, as the B-side of “The Reason Why”

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The Dolls

issued in February 1966 on the Toy label on Toy T-707, b/w “The Reason Why” — later issued in March or April 1966 on the single Loma 20361,  b/w “The Reason Why”

Toy T-707 discography link:

Loma 2036 discography links:

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lip-sync performance on The !!!! Beat, 1966

This performance is introduced at about 1:00 in the full episode video above.

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1 At lomarecords.com, Loma 2036 is included in part 1 of the 1966 section of a “Complete discography of Loma Records.” While the lomarecords.com discography dates the release of Loma 2036 March 1966, Discogs.com and 45cat.com each date the release April 1966.

2 Also known as “My Heart Reminds Me.” According to Second Hand Songs, this 1957 pop song was adapted from the Italian song, “Concerto d’autunno“* by Camillo Bargoni (music), and Danpa (lyrics), with English lyrics provided by Al Stillman. Della Reese and the Honey Dreamers were first to record “And That Reminds Me.” They and Kay Starr each had 1957 hits with separate recordings of the song, though Starr used the alternate title “My Heart Reminds Me.” In each case the songwriters credited on the single label are Bargoni and Stillman.

Early US recordings of “And That Reminds Me” / “My Heart Reminds Me”:

  • Della Reese and the Honey Dreamers — “And That Reminds Me,” Jubilee 45-5292, b/w ” I Cried For You,” issued in July 1957

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  • Kay Starr, with orchestra conducted by Pete King and chorus — “My Heart Reminds Me” — issued in July 1957 on RCA Victor 47-6981 (Discogs, 45cat) b/w “Flim Flam Floo”

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In addition to Camillo Bargoni and Al Stillman, ASCAP also credits Paul Siegel for songwriting on “And That Reminds Me” (“My Heart Reminds Me”). Siegel’s contribution is unclear to me, but it may be for something new included in a George Melachrino instrumental adaptation of Bargoni’s “Concerto d’autunno.” A recording of the song, as “Autumn Concerto,” by the Melachrino Orchestra conducted by George Melachrino, became a 1956 hit in the UK. I don’t know if this record was originally released in the UK, but the US release, RCA Victor 47-6671, credits Bargoni and Siegel on its label.

* Posts by jojo in a forum thread at SecondHandSongs.com indicate that “Concerto d’autunno” (Bargoni, Danpa) was published on 23 January 1956 in Italy and suggest that it was recorded in Italy in 1956 by at least one artist, Claudio Bernardini, and possibly others that year. However, the SecondHandSongs versions page on the song presently lists no recordings of “Concert d’autunno” released in 1956, and just two released in 1957, those by Flo Sandon’s and Carla Boni (the latter not yet verified).

Vera Lynn and Joan Small recorded vocal versions of “Autumn Concerto” in 1956, featuring an English language lyric, different from the Al Stillman lyric, evidently credited to Geoffrey Parsons and John Turner (James Phillips).

Early recordings of  “Autumn Concerto” include the following:

UK

  • George Melachrino  — #18 UK pop hit, 9 weeks on the chart, 1956
  • Vera Lynn
  • Joan Small — single Parlophone R4211, c/w “Love Is a Stranger,” 1956

US

  • Richard Hayman, His Harmonica and His Orchestra, featuring Martin Gold on piano — recorded in 1956; issued in 1956 on the singles Mercury 70884 (78 rpm) and Mercury 70884X45 (45 rpm), in each case c/w “Street of Tears”

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Selected pages with information on the Dolls, and The !!!! Beat:

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