The real “Shoppin’ For Clothes”

coasters408Before recording as Boogaloo (RN: Kent Harris; b: Oklahoma City, 1930) & His Gallant Crew, Harris made his recording debut backing his sister Dimples Harris as Ducky Drake on the Trend label in about 1953.  Changing his stage name to Boogaloo, he recorded the talking blues “Talk About A Party” b/w “Big Fat Lie” in a style not unlike that of label mate, Prince Patridge.  However, it was the follow-up and Boogaloo’s final Crest that took on importance well after the record had completed its meager sales.  Originally, entitled “Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)” (b/w “Cops And Robbers”) it was a wry comedic visit to a clothing store to buy a suit. When the protagonist’s credit “didn’t go through,” he was left sans suit.  Several years after “Clothesline,” the Coasters hit the top 100 with the same composition, this time entitled “Shoppin’ For Clothes,” with songwriter credits to Leiber-Stoller, whom Harris had recalled from his days at American Music. The flipside to “Clothesline,” “Cops And Robbers” was similarly purloined by Bo Diddley in 1957, though it didn’t hit. Both cases were settled informally.default

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2 Responses to “The real “Shoppin’ For Clothes””

  1. steveg Says:

    I never thought I’d ever hear this rare song, but thanks to YouTube and various blogs, I found the upbeat performance of it — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkTlTLxlGx0

    A pretty fun and motor-mouthed performance, but ultimately I prefer the restrained, minimal arrangement by the Coasters.

    You also might like to hear the flip side of the single ‘Cops and Robbers’, which was a single for Bo Diddley — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd9xBjHQIE8

    I hope you enjoy it.

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