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#1 This Week In 1975

In 1975 Shirley Goodman and Jesus Alvarez teamed up to create Shirley And Company, taking their disco record Shame, Shame, Shame to #1 on the dance chart for four weeks. The single, which featured a cartoon of Shirley and Richard Nixon on the cover, peaked at #12 on the pop chart. You may know Shirley Goodman better from the early rock-n-roll and New Orleans classic, (C'mon Baby)Let The Good Times Roll, which as Shirley & Lee, she and Leonard Lee took to #1 in 1956. Goodman died of a stroke in 2005 at age 69. Jesus changed his name to Jason and is now pastor of the Love Of Jesus Church in West Orange, New Jersey. (Note: I'm pretty sure that some other guy is lip-syncing Alvarez in this video, but the dude IS very entertaining).

TRIVIA: Shirley Goodman sang backup on the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street, as well as on records for Sonny & Cher, Dr. John, and many others. Even though they weren't a couple in real life, Shirley & Lee had a long string of hits with novelty "answer records": Shirley Come Back To Me, Shirley's Back, The Proposal, and Lee Goofed.

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