Dave “Baby” Cortez


Dave Baby Cortez | Discogs | tc009

David Cortez Clowney was born on August 13, 1938. His recording career started in 1956, singing with The Pearls and The Valentines, but it was his 1959 recording “The Happy Organ” which made history, becoming the first instrumental to make number one on America’s pop charts. Gary Hammond played drums and Jimmy Spruill played guitar on the recording. Clowney then signed with Chess records and his 1962 recording “Rinky Dink” became well known, being used as a signature tune used widely in television and radio. Clowney still records.


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