The Ultimates - Why I Love You / Gotta Get Out
Growing up in West Philadelphia, Monica Thornton, Debra Herbin, & Leona Cummings were not only neighbours, but best of friends. Monica's Aunt, Evetta Valentine, was also on the same block, and in early 1972 Mrs. Evetta invited the girls over to sing for friends & family. Just fourteen and fifteen years old, the girls were a hit. Later that year, Evetta got the group, now named The Ultimates, into Sigma Sound Studios, and hired local songwriter and musician Kenneth Fuller to play guitar on a new tune he had just penned.
Leading up to their session, the Ultimates practiced in Evetta’s home - still occupied by family - for weeks. Once in the studio, the group worked for an hour and forty-five minutes on their single, 'Why I love You,' before they realised they had only booked a two hour session. They quickly switched gears and cut the b-side, 'Gotta Get Out.' in the remaining fifteen minutes. It was not the ideal way of recording a record, but Evetta felt both sides were strong enough to release.
Originally made in a run of 300 copies (the minimum required to press a record at Disc Makers), the record came out in late 1972 on Evetta’s own Valentine label. Though it found a small but dedicated audience, including Kenny Gamble at Philadelphia International Records, the record ultimately flopped. In time, however, the single, 'Why I Love You,' began to make the rounds on the Low Rider scene in Southern California and found an audience.
To this day, 'Why I Love You' remains one of the best love ballads to ever come out of Philadelphia - the pure unpolished teenage soul backed and loose twang-groove hits deep!
Why I Love You
Gotta Get Out
- US import
- Officially-licenced reissue
- Comes in Brewerytown Records company sleeve, with replica Valentine Records labels
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