‘If You Really Want Me To . . .’

As I was digging around this morning for a post I now hope to put up tomorrow, I came across a little gem that should fill today’s gap quite nicely – “If You Really Want Me To, I’ll Go,” a 1965 release on the Smash label by a duo called the Ron-Dels.

I was digging into the Billboard Hot 100 from July 21, 1965, and I ran into the tune as it sat at No. 97. The first time I listened to it, I heard huge echoes of Gordon Lightfoot’s sound from the mid-1960s, and I began to do a little digging. It turns out the Ron-Dels were, says Joel Whitburn in Top Pop Singles, a pop duo formed in Texas. The “Ron” half of the pair was the late Ronnie Kelly, about whom I can find nothing this morning. But the “Del” half of the group was Delbert McClinton, who ended up with a lengthy career that found him mostly in the honky-tonk neighborhood of country music.

The Smash release – which was on the chart for only that one week – followed a release of the same track earlier that year on the Brownfield label, Whitburn notes. And the tune – written by McClinton – would be recorded at least once more: Waylon Jennings covered the song on his 1966 album, Leavin’ Town, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard. I may have to dig that one up.

I should be back tomorrow with a look at some of the other records on that Hot 100 from July 21, 1965.

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