BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #99: “SUGAR SHACK”- JIMMY GILMER AND THE FIREBALLS- OCTOBER 12, 1963

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Billboard #1 Hits: #99: ” Sugar Shack”- Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs. October 12, 1963. #1 for 5 weeks.

  • Single:” Sugar Shack”- Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs.
  • Record Company- Dot
  • Genre: Rock and Roll
  • Written by Keith McCormack, Jimmy Torres and Fay Voss
  • Time: 2:00
  • B-side: “My Heart Is Free”
  • Album- Sugar Shack
  • Grade: C
  • Peaked at #1 5 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.

“Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs was recorded at Norman Petty’s Studio in Clovis, New Mexico and produced by Norman Petty. Petty and his studio- are remembered in rock and roll history for the recordings made their by the great Buddy Holly. Petty was Holly’s producer and first manager until late 1958. In “Sugar Shack” the organ that stands out- was played by Petty. Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireball’s formed in Raton, New Mexico and started out as an instrumental band. The band took their name from Jerry Lee Lewis’s ‘Great Balls Of Fire.” From 1962-68 Petty who had obtained the rights to Buddy Holly’s early rehearsal and home demo recordings had The Fireball’s overdub them.  The Fireball’s had 11 Hot 100 singles from 1959-69 with 6 of them making the Top 40.

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  2. Something about this song gets to me…in the worse possible way. This is my “Seasons of the Sun” or You Light Up My Life.

    • The heavy speculation going around is Boston got surprised by the media and fans negative reaction and after agreeing to the deal…wanted more from the Twins. The Twins rightly said no.

      Even some respected baseball journalist are saying this. The problem now is these players and also Joc Pederson…which his trade that is hinging on this one…not going to be pleasant coming back.

      Ken Rosenthal
      More on #RedSox: They should not have been surprised Graterol might project as a reliever; that is how #MNTwins saw him. They also should not have been surprised that fans and media would react negatively to a trade of one of the game’s biggest stars, Mookie Betts.

    • This is from Ken also.
      Real question is what #RedSox want. #MNTwins could send Graterol and lesser prospect to #Dodgers, then LAD could flip Graterol and a better prospect to BOS. But some in talks sense that negative media reaction to Verdugo-Graterol return for Betts-Price gave BOS ownership pause.

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