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Written by group member Billy Ward and his collaborator/business partner Rose Marks, this is an early Doo-Wop classic that held up to many Rock and Roll records that emerged later in the '50s. The song is rooted in Blues music, and follows the frequent Blues theme of the singer bragging about his sexual prowess. This song had more of an R&B sound and was an early influence on Rock music. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
With lead vocals by Billy Ward, this was one of the first double-entendre hits, one of the first R&B hits to cross over to the pop charts, and one of the seminal songs that helped shape the newly emerging rock 'n' roll.
Billy Ward and His Dominoes were a big deal in the 1950s, being one of the best-selling acts of that decade and having three Billboard Top-40 hits by the end of the decade. It was an integrated group, named for the black and white on dominoes. Billy Ward, who played piano for the group, lived to the ripe old age of 80.
"Sixty Minute Man" was used in the soundtrack to the 1988 film Bull Durham. It was also performed as a kind of promotional joke by Ed Bradley, reporter for the TV news magazine - what else? - 60 Minutes.
Some popular covers of this song were recorded by Untouchables (#104 US in 1960), Trammps (#108 US in 1972) and Clarence Carter (#65 US in 1973).
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