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Rosie – Certainly An Original

March 10, 2021

Wednesday thoughts…

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If you’re my age or any age for that matter, you probably have heard the song “Angel Baby.” If you have never heard this song, you need to get to a doctor quickly – you may be missing a frontal lobe or two!

Although “Angel Baby” was a 1961 one-hit wonder, its author and singer was an enduring personality for decades. Rosie was the front-woman of the group Rosie and the Originals. The song became a Top 40 hit when Hamlin was only 15 years old. Hamlin’s “Angel Baby” was later covered by several artists, including Linda Ronstadt and John Lennon, who cited Hamlin as one of his favorite singers. She was the first Latina to be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the first Latina to appear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in 1961.

At age fifteen, Hamlin and some friends rented the only recording studio they could find within 100…

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