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I have been haunted by a song my entire life, a song I heard when I visited relatives in the Philadelphia-Media, Pennsylvania area, in the very late 50's or very early 60's, it was American Bandstand territory. I only heard this song on the radio, and the only lyric or phrase I remember is, "I'll be there to make you mine." It had to have been from the late 50's or very early 60's.  It was not the Jackson 5, although the singer of the song sounded like a very young boy. The beat was somewhat fast. It was NOT the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There."  I am now 58 years old and would love to know more about this song and where to find it, if possible. Thank you for your assistance and expertise.

The short answer is, I'm afraid I haven't come up with anything to help you.
To be a little more specific, the lyric didn't immediately come into my head, so I considered some of the popular male falsetto singers of that time frame. Of course, when you think falsetto, the gold standard is Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons, but I reviewed his/their popular offerings and didn't find a song that fit. Then I checked into some lesser lights: Lou Christie, Jimmy Jones, and even some doo-wop harmony groups such as Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. Still no luck.
The "Philadelphia Sound," as popularized and promoted by Dick Clark on WFIL, and later on "Bandstand," of course, was headlined by Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte, Bobby Rydell, Charlie Gracie, and a few high profile other performers, but nothing in their catalogs seems to fit your inquiry.
If you can think of any other clues I'd be happy to give it another stab, but right now I'm afraid I've come up empty.

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Jimmy Drake


I see myself as a reasonably well-versed authority on '50's rock and roll, from its beginnings in the early '50's to the British invasion days of the early '60's. One of my strengths is matching songs and artists, as I suspect your site fields many "who sang that song?" questions. Additionally, I am particularly adept at identifying artists who performed obscure songs--one-hit-wonders, if you will.


I have an extensive vinyl collection and literally thousands of '50's .mp3's. I consider myself fortunate to have been around at the birth of this wonderful genre. Having lived through these years gives me a perspective on them, enabling me to put things in historical context. While the term "pop culture" didn't come into popular use until the late '70's-early '80's, my experience and modest expertise afford me the opportunity to explain the interrelation of music to the movies, television and radio programs, and indeed the current events of those times. I have some time to devote to responding to inquiries and look forward to participating.

Bachelor of Business Administration and LL.B from the University of Texas at Austin.

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