The late actor Tab Hunter, who died Sunday at age 86, for all his work on the silver screen, had one hit record noted in the wire service obits: the ballad "Young Love," a teen-themed tune destined to be a hit in the Elvis era, when Hunter was successfully promoted as the latest dream date for teen girls. Released in late 1956, it topped the pop charts six weeks in early 1957. But he wasn't the first singer to take the song to Number One, and the original version, by an unknown singer was basically copied by the two hitmakerss.
It's not surprising that Nashville's proud heritage in the R&B field isn't nearly well as recognized at its massive country music (and even rock) heritage. One of its biggest stars, Robert Knight, known for his 1967 hit "Everlasting Love," died yesterday at 72, following a brief illness. The song, to this day, continues to be covered. Knight's original is categorized as"Northern Soul" or "Beach Music."