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Bobby Day: The Best of Bobby Day [Rhino, 1984]
To my surprise, this Chuck Berry look-alike and birds-and-bees sound-alike qualifies as another minor LA r&b novelty auteur. His original "Little Bitty Pretty One" may not cut Thurston Harris's, but his original "Over and Over" deserves to outlast Dave Clark's and when he got desperate for a lyrical hook sometimes he came up with a "Teenage Philosopher" or a "Mr. & Mrs. Rock and Roll." As you might expect, he longed to escape his unserious pigeonhole. As you might also expect, his voice was built for fun. B+