Wake Up, Darlin' Cora
Bahamian Rhythms LTD. - Nassau, Bahamas
This album surprised me. The small label or private press "island" LPs I find can hold surprises but not many of them are as "professional" or polished as this recording. Delamore can sing, the arrangements are interesting and the band backing him is tight.
From the back cover: Richie's break into showbiz began 11 years ago – first, with the Goombay King, the inimitable George Symonette; next, at Paul Meere's nite club, where he was "discovered" by an agent fro R.C.A. Victor and taken to New York to cut his first disc for them. From there his career zoomed with appearances on the Jack Parr Show, a tour of the United States and Canada, culminating with performances in Hawaii with John Rait and Hermione Gingolde. Richie says that his greatest thrill during these tours was his meeting of Sammy Davis, Jr., Harry Belefonte, Diane McBain, Johnny Mathis, and Nassau's own Academy Award Winner, Sidney Poiter, all of whom have contributed to the inspiration of this album.