The Eddie My Love Oldies Music Lyrics was written by Aaron Collins, brother of the original Teen Queens, Betty and Rosie Collins.
the early 50's Aaron moved from his home in Arkansas and began
recording for RPM and Modern, a pair of labels owned and operated by the
Bihari brothers of Los Angeles.
In the fall of 1955 Collins
recorded a song with The Jacks R&B group, giving Collins his first
hit record. By that time his family had left Arkansas and settled in
nearby Venice, California.
Betty and Rosie (ages 16 & 14) are fascinated by the apparent glamour of show business and ask Aaron to help them with his connections at the record company.
Aaron wrote a song and originally titled the song "Johnny My Love," as a tribute to R&B star Johnny Ace, who accidentally killed himself the previous year.
With his sisters eager for the spotlight he decided to change the title to "Eddie My Love."
Collins arranged for his sisters to record for the RPM label under the "Teen Queens" name.
The Bihari brothers agreed to let the sisters record the song, but there was a catch. Saul Bihari (using the pseudonym Sam Ling) and the record's producer-arranger, Maxwell Davis (who also played sax on the track), would share in the songwriting credits and potential royalties.
It has been well documented over the years that young artists and songwriters were taken advantage of by money hungry record owners and producers.
"Eddie My Love" hit the rhythm and blues charts in mid-February of 1956. Another similarly-named male act, The Teenagers, released their record, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" at about the same time.
March "Eddie My Love" became a contender for the #1 R&B spot, but
was held back by a strong showing from the Teenagers and lead singer
sensation, 13 year old Frankie Lymon.
The Teen Queens song did finish at #3 on the R&B charts, a first for any of the recently-emerging black "girl groups." Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers song ended up #1 on the R&B charts that same year.
Two older, more pop-oriented Girl Groups began to aggressively push their own versions of "Eddie My Love."
Dot records released their version with "The Fontane Sisters" and Cadence's "Chordettes" (Sandman & Lollipop fame) followed with their cover into the national Pop charts.
The competition with the three girl groups was fierce and the Teen Queens original entry was suddenly trailing both pop covers, which were getting more airplay.
All three wound up in the top 20 in the spring of 1956, a chart battle that prevented any one from making it to the top ten.
Please continue reading below this original recording of "Eddie My Love" and discover the tragic ending for these young women.
The Teen Queens toured in The Biggest Rock'N'Roll Show of 1956 (alongside Frankie Lymon, Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Drifters and others), selling out at major venues.
the ages of 16 and 14, Betty and Rosie Collins were unprepared for the
adult situations that came with their brief burst of fame.
The lyrics of their classic song ("Eddie my love...I'm sinkin fast...the very next day might be my last...") can be interpreted as tragically prophetic. (see lyrics in right column)
The sibling Teen Queens found themselves exposed to many situations involving alcohol and drugs. Aaron had second thoughts about getting his sisters involved in the music business at such a young age.
On the road, entertaining with grueling schedules, the girls shifted into "party mode" and developed hard-to-break habits that extended into adulthood. Aaron had once said his sisters "simply went wild."
The final tragic ending was when Rosie took her own life at age 27 in 1968, and Betty died at age 32 in 1971 after falling a victim to drugs.
Although many may think of the Teen Queens, Betty and Rosie Collins, as an example of a "one-hit wonder," they will not be forgotten.
youthful amateurishness of the singing on their one hit, "Eddie My Love"
probably helped to make the record a hit in 1956. It was one of the
first records specifically to direct its appeal to teenagers.
Those pop cover versions by The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes may have stolen a lot of the glory back in 1956, but it's The Teen Queens original recording of "Eddie My Love" that has stood the test of time.