Jaynetts, The

Also known as Jaynettes, Jaynettes, The, Jaynetts
Members of Jaynetts, The: Ada Ray, Ethel Davis, Johnnie Louise Richardson, Lezli Valentine, Mary Sue Wells, Yvonne Bushnell
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Discography of Jaynetts, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio 1963 Tuff
2 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio 1963 Tuff
3 Sally Go 'Round The Roses 12 Audio 1963
4 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman / Sally Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio Goldisc
5 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 4 Audio 1963 Stateside
6 Keep An Eye On Her 2 Audio 1963 Tuff
7 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio 1963 Soultown (3)
8 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio 1963 Tuff
9 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio 1963 Tuff
10 Peepin' In And Out The Windows 2 Audio 1965 J & S Records
11 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio 1963 Tuff
12 Snowman, Snowman, Sweet Potato Nose 2 Audio 1963 Tuff
13 No More / Sally Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio Collectables
14 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses 2 Audio 1963 Stateside

Female soul group from The Bronx, NY.

They recorded one of the more discussed recordings of all time, the mystical-sounding "Sally Go Round the Roses," which shot to No.2 on the pop charts in 1963.

Formed by producer/composer J & S Records label owner Zelma "Zell" Sanders, the Jaynetts were really more a studio concoction than a group. In fact, the three women in the usual Jaynetts publicity photo may not even be the Jaynetts that recorded the song. There were at least five female vocalists on the date the song was recorded-- Johnnie Louise Richardson, Ethel Davis, Mary SueWells, Yvonne Bushnell, and Ada Ray.

Zell had recorded for Hearts as a group and was looking to form a second group to absorb some of the Hearts' overflow members. Thus, the hearts came to be. After that the Jaynetts name went unused for five years,

The first Jaynnet single under the group's name was "I Want To Be Free" in 1958 was actually from Baby Washington and the Hearts 1957

In 1963 Chess Records had connections with J&S, sent Abner Spector to oversee production. Spector spent about a week creating "Sally Go Round the Roses"

Sally, Go 'Round The Roses was a number two song for the Jaynetts in 1963. Zell had this odd little number, "Sally, Go 'Round the Roses," when Tuff Record's producer-label executive Abner Spector came to town looking for some material; and a girl group. The meeting of Spector, the Jaynetts, and the mystifying lyrical ambiguity of Zell's "Sally" would culminate in the creation of a rock and roll classic

Follow up singles on Tuff, "keep An Eye On Her," "Snowman, Snowman," and Swet Potato Pie" falied to chart and Chess and Specor lost interest. Zell moved her J&S Records to upstate New York in 1965 and releases five more singles by the Jaynetts featuring her daughter Johnnie Richardson.

Johnnie Richardson recalled to one rock historian, "What happened was that Abner Spector was an electronics nut. He took the girls in the studio on a Friday, and they didn't get out of there until everybody was on the track. Anybody that came in the studio that week, he would put them on. Originally, I think he had about 20 voices on 'Sally.'" The cost of the project alone, Richardson figured was over $60,000 - an unheard of amount of money to spend on recording a pop single in 1961.

Zelma "Zell" Sanders was the mother of Johnnie Louise Richardson who was a touring member of the Jaynetts after she had been part of the singing duo of Johnnie & Joe. Johnnie suffered a stroke and died on 10-25-88.

Sally, Go 'Round The Roses was reprised by Grace Slick & the Great Society just prior to her joining the Jefferson Airplane.

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