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The Poni-Tails - Born Too Late (1958)

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Uploaded on Jan 4, 2010

Truly one of the best records of the '50's, this recording was one of those responsible for making me fall in love with the music of the era. If the beauty and innocence of the decade could be captured in a song, it would be this one. A classic sung by one of the best, and most under-rated girl groups. The girls were 19 at the time of this recording. The theme of the song is as pertinent today as it was at the time. As one of the Poni-Tails, Patti McCabe, explained in Billboard at the time, "It's a message song. Lots of girls fall in love with an older guy. It's like the junior high school girl who secretly loves the senior who's the football captain. Or the high school girl whose boy is away in college. "Born Too Late" gets very close to home with a lot of girls for that reason".

Certainly a timeless song with a universal theme.

Charted at #7 on Billboard Hot 100 in August 1958, #5 on UK Singles chart, and #11 on Billboard R&B chart.

Original Billboard review: "The gals turn in a tender performance on this pretty ballad. The side has a strong message for teens and could easily catch on."

Written by Fred Tobias and Charles Strouse. Arranged by O.B. Masingill.

The first copies of the single spell the group's name, "The Pony-Tails".

The other side of this single, the uptempo "Come On Joey Dance with Me" was originally conceived to be the A-side. You can also hear it on this channel, as well as two remakes of "Born Too Late" by Jill Jackson (Paula from Paul and Paula) and the Shannons.

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