By: The Casinos, a nine-member doo-wop group formed in 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio, led by lead singer Gene Hughes.
"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" was their first single after being signed to Fraternity Records. It was their first hit after forming nine years before.
Their follow up single (written by Don Everly), "It's All Over Now", hit #65 in the US.
Gene Hughes later became a country music promoter, and died at age 67 on February 3, 2008, following a car accident.
Chart position: #6 (US), #28 (UK).
It was the Casinos' only Top 40 pop hit.
The Top Ten Songs: March 11, 1967 (US Billboard Hot 100).
- "Love is Here and Now You're Gone" (Supremes)
- "Ruby Tuesday" (Rolling Stones)
- "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" (Johnny Rivers)
- "Kind of a Drag" (Buckinghams)
- "Penny Lane" (Beatles)
- "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" (Casinos)
- "Sock It to Me-Baby!" (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels)
- "Happy Together" (Turtles)
- "My Cup Runneth Over" (Ed Ames)
- "Dedicated to the One I Love" (Mamas and the Papas)
Written by: John D. Loudermilk (born March 31, 1934 in Durham, North Carolina).
Loudermilk also wrote such songs as "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" (George Hamilton IV, #1 US, 1956), "Sittin' In The Balcony" (Eddie Cochran's first Top 20 hit, 1957), "Waterloo" (Stonewall Jackson, #4 US, #1 US Country), "Ebony Eyes" (The Everly Brothers, #8 US, #1 UK, 1961), "Tobacco Road" (The Nashville Teens, #14 US, #6 UK, 1964), and "Indian Reservation" (the Raiders, formally known as Paul Revere and the Raiders, #1 US).
In 1976, Loudermilk was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Also by: Eddy Arnold, whose version reached #1 (US Country) and #84 (US) in 1968; Neal McCoy, whose version reached #4 (US Country) in 1996.
Originally by: Don Cherry (born January 11, 1924) in 1962. Cherry's biggest hit was "Band of Gold" (#5 US, 1955), and was voice of the "Mr. Clean" commercials in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also a top ranked golfer in the 1960 US Open, ranking in the Top Five behind winner Arnold Palmer.
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