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#195 (Marsh 1001)  
(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry/ Strange Kind of Love by Darlene Love

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Label: Philles/Coll. 3210 Year: 1963
Condition: M- $12.50
(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry/ Strange Kind of LoveThe A side was originally released on Philles 111. However, the B side of this limited-edition release on Collectables was never released, before or since, on vinyl or CD. (That's why I don't tag this 45 as a reissue.) I had a bit of a jaw-dropping moment when listening to it, for as a huge fan of Spector's Philles productions, it was like discovering a long lost, never released Beatles studio recording. For those who aren't already fans of Darlene Love, she was, in the view of many, the best singer in Phil Spector's stable of talented girl-group vocalists. Aside from the handful of classics she released under her own name, she also sang lead vocals on the Crystals' "He's a Rebel" as well as on "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," a hit for Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans. You'll notice that Dave Marsh places two of her 3 chart singles in his list of the 1001 greatest singles of all time — this one and "Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home." In addition to these, Love hit Billboard's Hot 100 with the amazing "A Fine Fine Boy."

But somehow, "Strange Kind of Love" must have got lost on one of the studio tapes, only emerging much later. This Collectables release is the first (and only) appearance of the song on 45 rpm vinyl.

Incidentally, the tune's writers (who actually recorded on their own under various names, including the Trade Winds) have credits to numerous classic 1960s hits, including "New York's A Lonely Town," "Do I Love You?" by the Ronettes, and "Soldier Baby" by Candy & the Kisses.

Condition Detail:Label: M-   |   Vinyl: M-   |   Audio: M-Written by: P. Spector-E. Greenwich-T. Powers (A), P. Spector-Poncia-Andreoli (B)Produced by: Phil Spector, Arranged by Jack NitzscheChart info: #39p in May 1963Track time(s): A: 2:43 | B: 3:00Mix: MonoOther info: Contains 45-only, non-LP track(s).


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 A Fine Fine Boy/ Nino & Sonny (Big Trouble) (EX+), Philles 117, 1963: $12.00 
 Image available for this 45 record River Deep, Mountain High (M), Elektra 69647, 1985: $12.00 
  Stumble And Fall (M-), Philles/Coll. 3211, 1964: $12.00 
  Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home (M-), Philles/Coll. 3211, 1963: $12.00 

If you like this kind of music, take a listen to . . .
  A Love So Fine by The Chiffons (M), Collectables 2115, 1963: $6.00
  A Love So Fine/ Only My Friend by The Chiffons (M-), Laurie 3195, 1963: $30.00
  colored vinyl He Could Be The One/ Systematic Way by Josie Cotton (M), Elektra 47481, 1982: $12.00
   He's Awful Nice To Me/ My Girlfriend Asked Me by Carole Forrest (M), Atco 6295, 1964: $50.00
   I Hear Those Church Bells Ringing/ I Cannot See To See You by Dusk (M-), Bell 990, 1971: $10.00
  Just For Tonight by The Chiffons (M), Underground 2204, 1968: $4.00
   Mr. Lee by The Bobbettes (M), Atlantic Oldies 13044, 1957: $10.00
  The Pacemaker/ The Street by Lady Frances (M-), Spotlight 2001, 1962: $55.00
  What I Gotta Do (To Make You Jealous)/ The Trouble With Boys by Little Eva (M-), Dimension 1013, 1963: $35.00
   Whenever a Teenager Cries/ He's My Guy by Reparata and The Delrons (M), World Artists 1036, 1965: $30.00
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