Dance With Me Henry (The Wallflower) by Georgia Gibbs

October 29, 2012

Georgia Gibbs, 1919-2006, began her career on the big band circuit and was a regular on radio before signing a solo contract in 1948.

Her vocal style always had a jazzy side to it but during the mid-1950s she began covering some of the rhythm & blues hits of the day. During early 1955 her version of LaVern Baker’s “Tweedle Dee” reached number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Most Played By Disc Jockey’s Chart.

She returned several months later with a cover of Etta James’ number one rhythm & blues hit, “The Wallflower,” which she renamed “Dance With Me Henry.” While I prefer James’ version, it proved to be a wise choice as it spent three weeks on top of the BILLBOARD Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart beginning May 14, 1955.

She would chart her last single during 1958 and would retire from the music business in 1966