The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra has its own version of “Sixty Minute Man” originally recorded by Billy Ward and the Dominos. They were an R&B group from the early 1950s. The group helped launch the careers of Jackie Wilson and Clyde McPhatter. Clyde McPhatter went on to form The Drifters and to a solo career. We cover The Drifters’ “Save the Last Dance for Me”. But more about that later.
I first heard the song in the Kevin Costner/Susan Sarandon movie “Bull Durham” and again in Toby Maguire/ Reese Witherspoon’s “Pleasantville”. If you check out our web site at https://www.eclecticvo.com/song-list/ and click the Songs in Movies tab you can see some other movies that used the song in its soundtrack.
In “Sixty Minute Man”, the singer boasts of being able to satisfy his women with fifteen minutes each of “kissin”, “teasin”, and squeezin” before his climatic last fifteen minutes of “blowin his top”. It seems a little racy for the early fifties but it went to #1 on the R&B charts in 1951 and it was a crossover hit. It, however, was banned by many radio stations.
I’m also including alive acapella version of the song by Huey Lewis and the News.
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You can also see and hear our version of the song on our website.