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Colleen Kaye

Cleveland, early 1960s


Colleen Kaye - real name Coleen Siodla - had a couple years as a recording artist while attending Strongsville High School. She first started performing with Ricky Vac and the Rockaways, who were one of the top local bands in 1961. Thanks to that connection, she recorded a 45 at Hilltop with their backing. The A side "Two Girls" was written by Colleen and is heartfelt vocal group ballad in the style of the girl lead/male backing of the times. Andy Apperson must have liked it enough to issue a multi color pic sleeve.


The record got some national response, and by the blurb published in the Bridgeport, Conn newspaper (from Aug 16, 1962) she did some promotional touring for it.

In 1963 she was connected with Redda Robbins, who paired her with Cleveland's soon to be hitmaking Secrets. Robbins had connections with Big Top records (where the Visions had a record some months earlier) and got a a record released. The A side was written by NYC artist Rick Shorter, while the B side is credited to B. Chamers and uses Robbins' Beat publishing so it must have been a local writer.

The two 45s were the end of her recording career.

Two Girls / Tell Me Why - Hilltop 1878, July 1962
Joey's Diamond Ring / The One I Love - Big Top 3151, May 1963