Bobby Lewis who recorded the huge hit TOSSIN AND TURNIN in 1961 learned piano and music in an orphanage. Adopted at 12 he had jobs as ice man, desk clerk, janitor and truck driver. His first song was Solid As A Rock in 1956.
MAMA HE TREATS YOUR DAUGHTER MEAN was a smash 1953 hit by Ruth Brown. Her backing band was directed by Ray Charles. Yes, that Ray Charles.