By: Shep and the Limelites.
Shep and the Limelites was formed by James "Shep" Sheppard, Charles Baskerville, and Clarence Bassett in 1960 in Queens, New York. Initially, they were called Shane Sheppard and the Limelites, but quickly became known as Shep and the Limelites.
All of the members had been in previous groups when they formed: Shep in the Heartbeats (notable for "A Thousand Miles Away"), Baskerville in the Videos, and Bassett in the Five Sharps.
Shep and the Limelites recorded "Daddy's Home" on February 1, 1961. Their subsequent hits included "What Did Daddy Do" and "Our Anniversary".
Chart position: #2 (US).
It was kept from the #1 spot by "Travelin' Man" (Ricky Nelson).
The Top Ten Songs: May 29, 1961 (US Billboard Hot 100).
- "Travelin' Man" (Ricky Nelson)
- "Daddy's Home" (Shep and the Limelites)
- "Running Scared" (Roy Orbison)
- "Mama Said" (Shirelles)
- "Mother-in-Law" (Ernie K-Doe)
- "Runaway" (Del Shannon)
- "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart" (Connie Francis)
- "One Hundred Pounds Of Clay" (Gene McDaniels)
- "I Feel So Bad" (Elvis Presley)
- "Tragedy" (Fleetwoods)
Written by: James "Shep" Sheppard.
Sheppard wrote "Daddy's Home" as an answer song to another song Shep wrote and recorded with his original group, the Heartbeats, "A Thousand Miles Away". Kahl Music, publisher of "A Thousand Miles Away", sued Keel Music, publisher of "Daddy's Home", for copyright violation. Keel eventually lost, and this led to the end of the Limelites, and the members professionally went their seperate ways.
Shep and the Limelites reunited in 1970, but it was short lived: Shep Sheppard was found dead in his car January 24, 1970, in Long Island, New York. Charles Baskerville died January 18, 1998 in New York city, New York. Clarence Bassett died in 2005.
Also by: Jermaine Jackson (of The Jackson Five), whose version reached #9 (US, 1972).
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