And That Reminds Me / The Reason Why — The Dolls, 1966
The Reason Why (Dale Hawkins, Jerry Strickland, Don Griffin)
The Dolls — issued in March 1966 on the 7″ single Loma 20361, as the B-side of “And That Reminds Me” — also issued on the Toy label as Toy T-707 (see labels above)
Loma 2036 discography links:
Toy T-707 discography link:
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.
The Reason Why (Hawkins, Strickland, Griffin)
transcribed by James “doc” Radcliff on 6 December 2012; back vocals omitted
(latest edit: 28 August 2016)
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
You thought we’ll 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 come flowing out of pain
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 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.”
(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.
And That Reminds Me (Camillo Bargoni, Al Stillman and Paul Siegel)2 — A-side of Loma 2036, b/w “The Reason Why”
The Dolls — on The !!!! Beat, 1966
This performance is introduced at about 1:00 in the full episode video above.
1 At lomarecords.com, Loma 2036 is included in part 1 of the 1966 section of a “Complete discography of Loma Records.”
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
- 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”
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.
* According to a forum thread at SecondHandSongs.com, “Concerto d’autunno” (Bargoni, Danpa) was published on 23 January 1956 in Italy, and recorded in Italy that year by several artists, although who recorded it first is left in question. 1 March 2016 update: SecondHandSongs presently lists no 1956 recordings of “Concert d’autunno,” and just two 1957 recordings, 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:
- 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
- Richard Hayman, featuring Martin Gold on piano and an unidentified orchestra — 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,” under the name Richard Hayman, His Harmonica and His Orchestra
Selected pages with information on the Dolls, and The !!!! Beat:
- The Dolls – The Reason Why page at Derek’s Daily 45
- Dale Hawkins sessionography and discography at ryono.net
- Dallas Observer article titled “For 26 Episodes in 1966, WFAA Played Host to the Funkiest, Most Soulful TV Show in America,” by Robert Wilonsky, dated January 29, 2012
- The !!!! Beat – Vol. 3: Legendary R&B and Soul shows from 1966 at BluesReviews (bluesreviews.it) — The reviewer is not very complimentary about the Dolls, saying the group is “una novità, non certo irrinunciabile” (a novelty, certainly not indispensable). This article also incorrectly confuses the group with an earlier group called the Dolls which recorded for Kangaroo Records.