Peaches & Herb – 1967 – Let’s Fall In Love

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Rip and research by Raphy

Stunning work from the team of  Peaches & Herb – a male/female soul duo whose work here rivals the greatness of the Marvin Gaye duets over at Motown! The grooves are wonderfully varied here – upbeat and swinging at some points, laidback and a bit more romantic at others – but always beautifully done, with a sense of honest, soulful expression that goes way past the standard pop duet mode.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Date LP. Never released on CD.

Tracks
A1 Let’s Fall In Love 2.35
A2
Just One Look 2.13
A3
I’m In The Mood For Love 2.44
A4
Becaues Of You 3.01
A5
Time After Time 3.25
A6
Will You LoveMe Tomorrow 2.24
B1
Close Your Eyes 2.37
B2
True Love 2.30
B3
We Belong Together 2.55
B4
When I Fall In Love 2.32
B5
I Will Watch Over You 2.38

The original Peaches, Francine Hurd Barker, a Washington, D.C., native, earned the childhood nickname “Peaches” because of her genteel manner. She sang in neighborhood groups and in her teens she became the lead singer for a group named the Keynotes. Starting her own group, the Darlettes, they auditioned for and were signed to D.C.-area label Date Records, where their name was changed to the Sweet Things. Herb Fame, born Herbert Feemster  began singing in church at seven and continued singing through the years in neighborhood groups. After high school graduation, Herb began working at a record store. His friend, Howard University student Freddie Perren, worked at another record store, Sabin’s right around the corner. One day in January 1965, producer Van McCoy came into the store Herb worked in to ask about doing in-store promotion for a group he was working with called the Sweet Things. He and Herb began having conversations that lead to Herb auditioning for and signing with Date Records as a solo artist. While in New York recording the two acts, the Sweet Things and Herb Fame, separately, McCoy decided to use some leftover recording time to record Herb and Francine as a duo. The original A-side, “We’re in This Thing Together” failed to generate much interest. Then a disc jockey at St. Louis, MO, radio station KATZ flipped the single over and began playing the B-side, “Let’s Fall in Love“. It became Peaches and Herb’s first hit single; it was a remake of a number one pop hit for Eddy Duchin from 1934 that went to number 11 R&B in December 1966. The follow-up, “Close Your Eyes” written by Chuck Willis, hit number four R&B, number eight pop in April 1967.

As the hits continued, the duo earned the nickname the Sweethearts of Soul. Next came “For Your Love” (number ten R&B, July 1967), “Love Is Strange” (a remake of Mickey & Sylvia‘s 1956 hit), and “Two Little Kids” written by Chicago soul stalwarts Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record, and Carl Davis. The duo released two hit albums in 1967 Let’s Fall in Love” and For Your Love. This same year, Francine “Peaches” Barker tired of the rigors of touring and she was replaced with a succession of “Peacheses” including Marlene Mack, thus initiating a practice that goes on to this day. Voted one of the top soul duos of the day by Cashbox Magazine, Peaches & Herb continued to have hits: “The Ten Commandments of Love“; Gamble & Huff wrote and produced “United” a 1966 R&B hit for the Intruders; and “When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)” a number ten R&B hit from spring 1969. The single “It’s Just a Game, Love” (from the Jim Brown movie The Split), which stalled at number 50 R&B and number pop in summer 1970, was Peaches & Herb’s last charting single on Date. Despondent over the act’s failing chart success, Herb abruptly quit Peaches & Herb and got a job with the Washington, D.C. Police Department in July 1970. Then in 1976, Herb decided to re-enter the music business. He found his “new” Peaches in fellow D.C. resident and former model Linda Greene through a mutual introduction by Van McCoy. The duo charted again in June 1977 with “We’re Still Together” on MCA Records from a self-titled album produced by Van McCoy. The following year, they signed with Herb’s old friend, songwriter/producer Freddie Perren‘s production company MVP Productions. Perren had produced and co-written million-selling hits by the Jackson 5, the Miracles, and the Sylvers, among others. Through him, the duo inked a deal with Polydor Records. Their first Polydor single, “Shake Your Groove Thing” went gold peaking at number four R&B and number five pop in late 1978. The creamy ballad “Reunited” seemed an unlikely follow-up to the disco-oriented “Shake“. The naysayers watched in shock as “Reunited” earned platinum status, holding on to the number one spot for four weeks on both the R&B and pop charts during spring 1979. Both are on the platinum album 2 Hot (released October 1978). The majority of their Polydor hits were written by Perren, Dino Fekaris, Kenny St. Lewis, and Melvin Ragin. Though there were other hits on Polydor, none came close to the success of their early- to mid-’60s Date singles. Though Herb Fame believes it can happen again and employs a new “Peaches” to keep the name current while he holds down a job in the Washington, D.C. police department.

 

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30 Comments
  • Quack
    Posted at 18:13h, 21 June 2011 Reply

    Thank you for sharing!
    Greetings from Germany!

  • Mary Anne
    Posted at 21:01h, 21 June 2011 Reply

    OMG! This takes me way back, and it sounds as good as ever. P&H are timeless classics.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 22:27h, 21 June 2011 Reply

    Wow, thank you so much! This is fantastic.

  • miltoncookin
    Posted at 00:35h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    please… the password ? thanks

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 08:37h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Why is the Rapidshare link missing?

  • Nikos
    Posted at 08:52h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    miltoncookin, There’s no password.

    Brotherpete, i reached full capacity of my rapidshare account so i have to pay for another which i can not afford at the moment.
    I will try Fileserve for a while.

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 10:56h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Nikos, appreciating your RS/FS thinking.
    However i think soooo many of your visitors got accustomed to Rapidshare (thanks to you!) that many will not get another account with Fileserve, unfortunately…

  • Adam
    Posted at 11:01h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this upload. I’ve never heard a Peaches & Herb album before. I’m looking forward to checking this out!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 12:50h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this one! I enjoy the slow tunes, great duet team!!!

  • Jake
    Posted at 13:09h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Wow! that’s so rare. Fantastic.

  • pascal
    Posted at 16:54h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Thank you for this one!

    Just an awesome duet.

  • Ray Chan
    Posted at 18:43h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks Nikos and crew for some great finds over the years. Unfortunately I can’t get this one – Fileserve (and also MegaUpload) refuse service to China (and, I think, all of Asia). Uploading & zshare work, but they’re too darn slow.

    Hotfile, RapidShare, Filesource, File Factory all OK – but the best “no probs” ones are Zippyshare and Mediafire. Would it be too cheeky to ask for a link in one of these?

    Don’t forget your Asian fans!

  • SoulFunkLover
    Posted at 21:22h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Mr. Moo
    Posted at 22:53h, 22 June 2011 Reply

    I’m only familiar with some of their later work, not their earlier albums and most certainly not their first one 😉 Nice one to dive into. Thanks Raphy and Nikos for yet another goodie.

  • jean paris
    Posted at 00:35h, 23 June 2011 Reply

    so good to see that u are back…..with as usual a gem….nikos so good to see u back…and thanks to raphie and mr moo…a funkysoul crew…félicitations

  • Mike
    Posted at 08:16h, 23 June 2011 Reply

    Ace!! Never seen it around! Thanks so much.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 17:26h, 23 June 2011 Reply

    There have been six women who sang the role of Peaches. Francine Barker was the original followed by Marlene Mack. Linda Greene came on in 1976 and she lasted for the longest until the early 90’s I believe. Patrice Hawthorne followed and then Wanda Makle and then Meritxell Negre who is the only ‘non-black’ Peaches. Greene was there for such songs as ‘Reunited’ and I Pledge My Love’ while Barker did the original ‘Close Your Eyes’.

  • brianbrora
    Posted at 23:26h, 23 June 2011 Reply

    Many thanks for sharing this. By the way, I thought that it was now unlimited storage on Rapidshare, as long as you have a Rapid Pro account.

  • Hugh
    Posted at 11:33h, 24 June 2011 Reply

    Such a beauty!!! thanks so much guys.

  • Mafu
    Posted at 17:38h, 24 June 2011 Reply

    mmm bootiful cheers for the soul music

  • Hans
    Posted at 22:30h, 24 June 2011 Reply

    Sensational stuff.

  • Christopher
    Posted at 16:16h, 25 June 2011 Reply

    Excellent chain of soul records! Bravo.

  • Holly
    Posted at 21:25h, 25 June 2011 Reply

    Thank you for sharing, and for the great care taken with the rip & research! Very much appreciated.

  • Leonardo
    Posted at 20:57h, 26 June 2011 Reply

    Thank you Nikos. Many thanks for this goodie.

  • Martin
    Posted at 12:48h, 27 June 2011 Reply

    Wonderful 60’s soul. Much appreciated.

  • Aaron
    Posted at 19:15h, 30 June 2011 Reply

    A great one. Thanks.

  • Jose
    Posted at 20:59h, 02 July 2011 Reply

    Excelente. Obrigado.

  • Gerry
    Posted at 22:40h, 06 August 2011 Reply

    A very nice sound. I remember when this was a number 1. Aloha, Gerry

  • ZZ Hill
    Posted at 13:42h, 23 August 2011 Reply

    What a great record. props

  • Bob sevier
    Posted at 11:00h, 28 April 2019 Reply

    Thanks. have been researching the original Peaches Francine Hurd Barker and was sad to hear of her long illness before she died..
    Remembering Francine on her birthday (April 28, 1947 – August 13, 2005), Regards, Bob

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