|David M. McKee|
8th Jul 2011
| ||Following upon ‘Rock Love’ (HL8126) the Fontanes' next hit, ‘Seventeen’, which made No.3 in the US charts, was a bit unusual in that it was a cover of a recording made by a white group – Boyd Bennett & the Rockets.|
Bennett, as co-writer of the number, was not too unhappy at the way things panned out. “The Fontane Sisters covered and copied me and they sold about 1,700,000.”
Boyd recalls how things were done in those days. “Randy Wood was a master of promotion. I was in Kansas City in a big record shop and this guy at the shop had about 5,000 of my record of ‘Seventeen’ on the floor and he received by special delivery 15,000 copies of the Fontanes with an invoice for 5,000. Now, if you think he’s going to carry on buying my records ... so that’s how promotion was done.”
‘Seventeen’ is a strong rendition of the song, while the flip is a strong contender, too.