Was any #1 group ever so young? Was teen love ever so innocent?
In one of the happier turns in regional pop, Seattle record promoter Bob Reisdorf started Dolphin Records(*) to record the trio and release the song. It’s the first of 11 hits for the group. In September they’d have their 2nd and last US#1 hit with Mr. Blue.
The following year Reisdorf helps launch the success of Seattle’s The Ventures (*) when Dolton releases their rockin’ cover of Walk, Don’t Run, written in 1955 by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith. It makes US#2, one of the first surfing songs to reach the top of the charts.
To the world’s credit, the album becomes an international #1; ‘Car’ rises to US#6, UK#5, CA#1 and earns Chapman the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Rolling Stone names it #165 of their top 500 songs.