The Best of the Fireballs" Vocals When, in 1960, Jimmy Gilmer replaced original Fireballs member and lead singer Chuck Tharp, it started what was to be the band"s most commercially successful period. At first, Gilmer confined himself to playing rhythm guitar with the band, but in 1962 The Fireballs began recording vocal tracks alongside their instrumentals. With Gilmer, they would eventually score 5 weeks at No. 1 with the 1963 classic
Sugar Shack , the biggest selling record of that year. The original
was recorded in mono and then re-recorded later in stereo for album release. Somewhere along the line, the original hit version was forgotten, so that most oldies stations today play the overdubbed version, not the original. This CD delivers the original mono hit back to catalogue!! The Fireballs followed their 1963 hit with
Daisy Petal Pickin" , which peaked at No. 15, but future chart hits were put on ice by the British rock invasion. It was to be 3 years before the band hit the charts again, this time for Atco, with folk singer Tom Paxton"s
Bottle Of Wine . This great CD compilation brings together Jimmy Gilmer"s early solo sides, his work with The Fireballs for Dot in 1963 and 64 and the band"s later period material leased to Atco in 1967 and 68 (including the aforementioned great hits). A bumper package of 30 tracks (featuring 2 previously unreleased sides) and extensive sleevenotes with great photographs.