No fooling

I am reeling from the idea that Rachel Sweet is fifty today.

Fool Around by Rachel SweetSweet — that’s her real name — was born in Akron in 1962, and in 1978, after a couple of flop C&W singles in the Tanya Tucker mode, she wound up on Stiff Records, alongside the likes of Ian Dury and Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. In the clip above, she’s appearing on the UK series Top of the Pops, backed by The Records, who didn’t record for Stiff; you may recall their glorious ’78 single “Starry Eyes”. (Rachel’s song here, of course, you remember from Carla Thomas’ 1966 waxing; it was an early composition by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter.)

Her music career held up for several years, after which Sweet got a literature degree from Columbia (not the record label) and started working in television, co-producing for Dharma & Greg, George Lopez and, most recently, Hot in Cleveland. Truth be told, though, I still think of her in terms of, you know, records:

Rachel Sweet and Nipper

You’d think Nipper would have retired by now, but no.

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2 comments

  1. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    1 August 2012 · 10:54 pm

    Fifty? Don’t you mean ten Celsius?

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    4 August 2012 · 10:38 am

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