Duo US formé en 1954 et dissout en 1965. Mickey & Sylvia ont enregistré quelques singles pour Vik et Groove Records au milieu des années cinquante. Le duo était composé de Mickey Baker (né McHouston Baker, le 15 Octobre 1925 à Louisville (Kentucky) , qui connaîtra le succès en solo et s'installera en France, et Sylvia Vanderpool (née le 6 Mars 1936 à New York).

Although this duo is primarily remembered as a one-hit act -- for "Love Is Strange," which reached number 11 in 1957 -- they actually recorded quite a few exciting hybrids of R&B and rock & roll in the mid- and late '50s. Playing on countless '50s sessions for various labels (especially Atlantic and OKeh), Mickey Baker was one of the greatest guitar players of early rock & roll. With his partner (and former guitar student) Sylvia Vanderpool, he got to stretch out a bit from his usual role, with some trailblazing, piercing, lean, and bluesy leads. Vocalsly, Mickey & Sylvia had an engagingly playful, occasionally sly and sassy repartee that makes up in charm what it might lack in smoke and firepower. Their recordings were inconsistent, but at their best they offered a fetching blend of blues, Bo Diddley, calypso, and doo wop.
After "Love Is Strange," whose devastating licks inspired countless guitarists, the duo notched a couple more substantial R&B hits. But although they recorded as late as 1965, they never approached the Top 20 again. Mickey Baker recorded as a solo artist and enjoyed a fairly successful career as an expatriate sessionman in France. Sylvia Vanderpool (Robinson) unexpectedly re-emerged with the number three pre-disco hit "Pillow Talk" in 1973, and co-founded the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill in the late '70s.

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Talents : Mickey : Singer, Guitar, songwriter - Sylvia : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm 'n' Blues

NO GOOD LOVER (1956)

LOVE IS STRANGE (1956)

I'M GOING HOME (1956)

DEAREST (1957)

BEWILDERED (1958)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles, EP & Compact

04/1954 78 t. CAT 102 (US) . "Little" Sylvia VANDERPOOL & Mickey BAKER & His BAND - Fine Love / Speedy Life
04/1954 SP CAT 45-102 (US) . "Little" Sylvia VANDERPOOL & Mickey BAKER & His BAND - Fine Love / Speedy Life
07/1955 78 t. RAINBOW 316 (US) . I'm So Glad / See De Boom Run Dun
07/1955 SP RAINBOW 45-316 (US) . I'm So Glad / See De Boom Run Dun
12/1955 78 t. RAINBOW 318 (US) . Forever And A Day / Rise Sally Rise
12/1955 SP RAINBOW 45-318 (US) . Forever And A Day / Rise Sally Rise
03/1956 78 t. RAINBOW 330 (US) . Where Is My Money? / Seems Like Just Yesterday
03/1956 SP RAINBOW 45-330 (US) . Where Is My Money? / Seems Like Just Yesterday
08/1956 78 t. GROOVE 0164 (US) . No Good Lover / Walkin' In The Rain
08/1956 SP GROOVE 4G-0164 (US) . No Good Lover / Walkin' In The Rain
11/1956 78 t. GROOVE 0175 (US) . Love Is Strange / I'm Going Home
11/1956 SP GROOVE 4G-0175 (US) . Love Is Strange / I'm Going Home
03/1957 78 t. VIK X-0267 (US) . There Oughta Be A Law / Dearest
03/1957 SP VIK 4X-0267 (US) . There Oughta Be A Law / Dearest
06/1957 78 t. VIK X-0280 (US) . Love Will Make You Fail In School / Two Shadows On Your Window
06/1957 SP VIK 4X-0280 (US) . Love Will Make You Fail In School / Two Shadows On Your Window
08/1957 78 t. VIK X-0290 (US) . Love Is A Treasure / Let's Have A Picnic
08/1957 SP VIK 4X-0290 (US) . Love Is A Treasure / Let's Have A Picnic
0/1957 78 t. VIK X-0297 (US) . There'll Be No Backin' Out / Where Is My Honey
09/1957 SP VIK 4X-0297 (US) . There'll Be No Backin' Out / Where Is My Honey
1957 EP GROOVE EGA-18 (US) Love Is Strange / I'm Going Home / No Good Lover / Walkin' In The Rain
1957 EP VIK EXA-262 (US) There Oughta Be A Law / I'm So Glad / Dearest / See De Boom Run Dun
04/1958 SP VIK 4X-0324 (US) . Rock And Stroll Room / Bewildered
07/1958 SP VIK 4X-0334 (US) . It's You I Love / True, True Love
11/1958 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7403 (US) . To The Valley / Ph Yeah ! Uh Huh
1958 EP RCA VICTOR 75.449 (F) Rock And Roll Room / Bewildered / There 'll Be No Backin' Out / Love Will Make You Fail In School
1959 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7877 (US) . Love Lesson / Love Is The Only Thing
1959 CO RCA VICTOR 37-7877 (US) . Love Lesson / Love Is The Only Thing
08/1960 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7774 (US) . Sweeter As The Day Goes By / Mommy Out De Light
11/1960 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7811 (US) . What Would I Do / This Is My Story
1960 SP RCA VICTOR 45N 1145 (I) What Would I Do / This Is My Story
1960 SP RCA 3-10098  (S) What Would I Do / This Is My Story
1960 EP RCA VICTOR 75637 (F) This Is My Story / Mommy Out Delight / What Would I Do / Sweeter As The Day Goes By
04/1961 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7877 (US) . Love Is The Only Thing / Love Lesson
1961 SP 33 t. RCA 37-7877 (S) (promo) Love Is The Only Thing / Love Lesson
07/1961 SP WILLOW 45-23000 (US) . Baby, You're So Fine / Lovedrops
11/1961 SP WILLOW 45-23002 (US) . Darling (I Miss You So) / I'm Guilty
02/1962 SP WILLOW 45-23004 (US) . Since I Feel For You / He Gave Me Everething
05/1962 SP WILLOW 45-23006 (US) . Love Is Strange / Walking In The Rain
1963 SP KING K-5737 (US) . Baby, Let's Dance / Oh Yeah, Ah Ah
1965 SP KING K-6006 (US) . Love Is Strange / Darling
03/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 45-8517 (US) . Let's Shake Some More / Gypsy
05/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 45-8582 (US) . From The Beginning Of Time / Fallin' In Love
1969 SP STANG 5004 (US) . Rocky Raccoon / Souling With Mickey And Sylvia
1973 SP STANG 5047 (US) . Baby You're So Fine / Anytime You Want To Do
1973 SP RCA VICTOR DJA0-0080 (US) (promo) . Love Is Strange / Love Is Strange
197? SP RCA VICTOR Gold Standard 447-599(US) . Love Is Strange / Love Is A Treasure
09/1987 SP RCA VICTOR 5224-7 (US) (I've Had) The Time Of My Life (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes) / Love Is Strange (Mickey & Sylvia)
10/1987 SP RCA VICTOR PB 49625 (UK) (I've Had) The Time Of My Life (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes) / Love Is Strange (Mickey & Sylvia)
11/1987 SP RCA RPS-259 (JAP) (I've Had) The Time Of My Life (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes) / Love Is Strange (Mickey & Sylvia)
1989 SP COLLECTABLES 4568 (US) . Love Is Strange / Dearest












Albums

1957 LP 12" VIK LX-1102 (US) NEW SOUNDS - Love Will Make You Fail In School / Peace Of Mind / Rise Sally Rise / Who Knows Why? / Say The Word / Too Much Weight / Where Is My Honey? / Seems Like Just Yesterday / A New Idea On Love / Forever And A Day / I've Got A Feeling / Shake It Up
1965 LP 12" RCA CAMDEN CAL 863(mono) / CAS 863 (stereo) (US)
LOVE IS STRANGE - Love Is Strange / Walkin' In The Rain / Dearest / In My Heart / Mommy Out De Light / Love Is Treasure / Two Shadows On Your Window / Love Will Make You Fail In School / No Good Lover / I'm Going Home
1973 LP 12" RCA VICTOR APM1-0327 (US) DO IT AGAIN - Love Is Strange / What Would I Do / A New Idea On Love / Love Will Make You Fail In School / There'll Be No Backing Out / Bewildered / No Good Lover / Dearest / Say The Word / Love Is The Only Thing / There Oughta Be A Law / This Is My Story
03/1990 CD RCA 9900-2-R (US) LOVE IS STRANGE & OTHER HITS - Love Is Strange / Rise Sally Rise / This Is My Story / There Oughta Be A Law / No Good Lover / Rock And Stroll Room / Shake It Up / Peace Of Mind / Sweeter As The Days Go By / Bewildered / What Would I Do / Say The Word / In My Heart / Walking In The Rain / Dearest / Where Is My Honey / It's You I Love / Love Will Make You Fail In School / I'm Going Home / Can't Get You On The Phone
1990 2 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15438 (GER) LOVE IS STRANGE :
CD 1 : Love Is Strange (master) / Rise Sally Rise / I'm So Glad / Forever And A Day / Seems Like Just Yesterday / Se De Boom Run Dun / No Good Lover / Peace Of Mind / Love Is Strange (take 4) / Walkin' In The Rain / In My Heart / Two Shadows On Your Window / Who Knows Why / I'm Going Home / There Oughta Be A Law / Dearest / Where Is My Honey / Too Much Weight / Let's Have A Picnic / A New Idea On Love / Say The Word / Love Will Make You Fail In School / I Gotta Be Home By Ten / Love Is A Treasure / Loving You Darling / I'm Working At The Five And Dime (You're At The A & P) / Shake It Up / Peace Of Mind / Two Shadows On Your Window / Where Is My Honey
CD 2 : There'll Be No Backin' Out / Summertime / Rock And Stroll Romm (take 1) / Rock And Stroll Romm (take 12) / It's You I Love / True True Love / Bewildered (take 2) / Bewildered (take 9) / Oh Yeah! Uh Huh / To The Valley / Mommy Out De Light / Gonna Work Out Fine / What Would I Do / Sweeter As The Day Goes By / I'm Glad For Your Sake / I Hear You Knockin' / Love Lesson / This Is My Story / Baby You're So Fine (1) / Love Is The Only Thing / No Good Lover / Dearest / Baby You're So Fine (2) / From The Beginning Of Time / Gypsy / Yours / Let's Shake Some More / From The Beginning Of Time / Fallin' In Love / Baby You're So Fine
1996 CD SEQUEL NEM CD 763 (UK) THE WILLOW SESSIONS - Love Is Strange / He Gave Me Everything / Love Drops / Hucklebuck / Baby You're So Fine, Pt. 1 / Mickey's Blues / Anytime / Darling (I Miss You So) / Walking In The Rain / I'm Guilty / Loving You Darling / Sylvia's Blues / Since I Fell For You / Baby You're So Fine, Pt. 2 / Soulin' With Mickey And Sylvia / Because You Do It to Me / Our Love [alternate take] / I Can't Help It / Love Is The Only Thing
04/1997 CD COLLECTABLES 5833 (US) LOVE IS STRANGE - A GOLDEN CLASSICS EDITION - Love Is Strange / Se De Boom Run Dun / Where Is My Honey / I'm So Glad / Rise Sally Rise / No Good Lover / Walkin' In The Rain / I'm Going Home / There Oughta Be A Law / Dearest / Bewildered / Mommy Out De Light / This Is My Story / Say The Word / Love Is A Treasure / What Would I Do / Oh Yeah! Uh-Huh / Love Will Make You Fail In School
10/2015 CD Oldays ‎ODR6128 (JAP) New Sounds - Love Will Make You Fail In School / Peace Of Mind / Rise Sally Rise / Who Knows Why? / Say The Word / Too Much Weight / Where Is My Honey? / Seems Like Just Yesterday / A New Idea On Love / Forever And A Day / I've Got A Feeling / Shake It Up / Bonus Tracks : Love Is Strange / I’m Going Home / Walkin’ In The Rain / No Good Lover / There Oughta Be A Law / I’m So Glad / Dearest / Se De Boom Run Dun / Bewildered

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