Cleveland, 1964 -
Laura Greene's recording resume is short, but sweet. The B-side to her shot at the big time has become legendary for the Northern Soul scene in the UK, and was used for a KFC commercial in the 2000s.
She is better known for her acting and voice over career which started when she was a teenager, cutting a few jingles for Cleveland ads. She recorded a soul 45 for Way Out, a good uptempo song written by Cleveland producer/writer Herman Wright. A year earlier, she recorded a 45 for DCP records that had a big production pop sound. The b-side "Sunday, Monday, and Always", was a an old pop song that became a theme song for Cleveland's Gene Carroll Show (sung by the show contestants). We don't know if there is any connection between the show and Laura's recording.
Not long after the Way Out 45 she moved to NYC for the acting opportunities and it was there she recorded her lone RCA label 45 that brought her the most notoriety. Her most famous movie appearance was in "Putney Swope" from 1969.
She made a couple more 45s that had no Ohio connection. She reconnected with the Cleveland music scene for a 45 in 1976, produced by Carl Maduri. The A side was her recording of a song from the 1976 movie "Rocky", and the flip side was written and co-produced by Joe Porello, the former leader of Joey and the Continentals who established himself in production and management.
Melancholy Serenade / Sunday, Monday. or Always - DCP 1102, July 1964
Don Deopo (Female Bandit Of Love) / Come Have A Drink With Me - Way Out no 920O-5945/6, March 1966
Love Is Strange / Moonlight Music and You - RCA 9164, April 1967
Memories and Souvenirs / Come On In - Capitol 3300, 1972
You Take My Heart Away / If I Had You - Epic 50317, Dec 1976