Donnie Elbert was born in New Orleans in 1936 and died in 1989. Between those years he made a string of records, usually featuring his amazing falsetto voice. His first record as a solo singer was 1957’s “What can I do” for Deluxe records. He recorded “A little piece of leather” for Gateway in 1965. It flopped in America but when picked up by UK Sue became a hit. He re-recorded the song for All Platinum and that version was released on London American. Because of the success here, he came on a tour in 1966 and liked the place so much he stayed in the UK for four years, recording for Decca’s Deram label. Back in America, he recorded for All Platinum and for Avco Embassy Records. He then became director of Artists and Repertoire for Polygram Canada and died of a stroke aged 52.
Original recording did not chart in US. Re-release charted in UK, reaching no 27 in the UK pop chart in 1972.
Donnie Elbert | Last FM | 14511
Updated 21 August 2016