"They called on me to do a whole bunch of things..." Ron remembers. "I had just finished The Archies, so I was doing a lot of ghost groups." He was juggling up to five or six recording sessions a day, but found time (often between sessions) to record for Vance and Pockriss. More often than not, Dante never knew what group name or record lable a song would have until the records were pressed. Among the aliases were Abraham & Strauss (on United Artists), Two Dollar Question (on the MGM subsidary Intrepid)... and The Cuff Links. while most of the other projects disappeared without a trace, "Tracy" became a huge worldwide hit.

As was his standard practice, Dante finished his work on Tracy in just a few hours. As Ron put it, "I put on a lead voice, doubled it a few times, and then put about 16 to 18 backgrounds." He never even heard the final mix until it was released as a single. it bounced it's way up the Billboard Hot 100 quickly, spending two weeks at #9 in October of 1969, just as another Dante-fronted single, Sugar, Sugar (by The Archies with Ron as the lead singer...) was descending from it's four-week stay at #1.

Dante had promised that if Tracywere successful, he'd record an entire Cuff Links album. When decca came through with the offer, Vance and Pockriss sifted through their catalog to take him up on his promise. Dante recalls "it was the quickest album I'd ever done. I think I did the entire vocal backgrounds and leads in a day or a day-and-a-half... for the entire album. I remember doing at least four or five songs in one day." To get the album completed as quickly as possible, Vance and Pockriss hired arranger rupert Holmes for one of his earliest assignments. Given the rush in which it was put together, and the one-hit nature of bubblegum in general, the Tracy album is a solid effort start to finish.

All The Young Women offered a poignant view of the casualties of war, a subject which bubblegum had affectively avoided altogether. But within a year, Ron Dante would record an anti-war song with the otherwise-lighthearted Archies called A Summer Prayer For Peace.

Lee Pockriss wrote Heather with lyricist Shelly Pinz., who had co-written a trio of bubblegummy singles for Buddah records' psychedelic pop group The Lemon Pipers, spearheaded by their US chart-topper Green Tambourine.

Early In The Morning was the victim of a low-impact cover battle in the last few months of 1969 between the two 60's chart stalwarts: both The Tokens and Gene Pitney had recorded versions, which battled the half bottom of the Billboard Hot 100. In order to avoid confusion with the Vanity Fare hit of the same name and firmly identify the song with it's roots as a shampoo commercial jingle, the song was retitled She Let's Her Hair Down (Early In The Morning) for a single release.


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