Gene Chandler

Pretty Little Girl / A Little Like Lovin'

Constellation : C-110

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  • Artist: Gene Chandler
  • A Side: Pretty Little Girl
  • B Side: A Little Like Lovin'
  • Label: Constellation
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: E+
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Gene Chandlers rarest 45 by a country mile - so very rare - so damn good!

After Gene biggest hit "Duke Of Earl" which he co-wrote with Earl Williams of The Dukays. Gene Chandler not only took all the credit for the song, he also briefly changed his artist billing to "Duke Of Earl" after leaving the Dukays for a solo career with Chicago biggest independent label Vee Jay. After 4 45s under that persona, Gene reverted to being Gene Chandler recording another 5 singles for the mighty Vee Jay.

Then Vee Jay's charismatic President Eddie Abner got fired. But this determined entrepreneur, just to moved into 1421 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, forming a new label, and Constellation Records Inc. was born taking Gene with him in 1963.

First releasing "It's No Good For Me / From Day To Day " as Constellation's 3rd 45. It didn't sell to well. Gene's next 45 "Pretty Little Girl / A Little Like Lovin'" sold even less and was quickly deleted. Abner moved as swiftly as possible, enlisting the prolific pen of Curtis Mayfield before Gene suffered 3 "failures" in a row. "Think Nothing About It" did much better, a minor hit in Chicago, and Gene's career with his new label started to take off.

"Pretty Little Girl" discarded and quickly forgotten, today it is not only Gene's very hardest 45 to acquire, it is also heralded as killer Northern Soul / Popcorn. Which co-writer George E. Smith also recorded a year later, produced by Richie Barrett in New York, now considered a NS Grail for Beat Ballad Heaven scholars. Both versions spine-tingling muscular production, featuring Soul girl choir, chirping out the chorus, as Gene stabbing vocal style pushing through Bongo rhythms, blaring brass, Hammond keyboard enrichment. That leaves you thirst for the ownership, very few collectors can boast of.

Flip it over and you're in for another mid-tempo treat, as Gene is in expressive mood, fluttering voice carries that irresistible emotion tremble that Sam Cooke delivered so seamlessly

Two resplendent Chicago strollers, that got lost in the urgency to produced a hit for Gene and his new home.


Condition Report

Two clean labels, a-side vinyl reveals good strong gloss with a couple of soft fingernail brushes, very light turntable retrieve blemishes, neither affect play, visually Ex plays mint minus. b-side visually EX + plays mint minus.

A Side

  • Title: Pretty Little Girl

    B Side

  • Title: A Little Like Lovin'
  • Year: 1963
  • City: Chicago, Il