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Steve Alaimo

Steve Alaimo – was very active and very popular for a nice stretch in the 1950’s and particularly the 1960’s has the unique distinction of being the only musician to place the most singles on the Hot 100 (nine) without any entering the Top 40. (He also placed an amazing 11 songs on either the Billboard “Bubbling Under” charts or the combined “Music Vendor” and “Record World” equivalent to the “Bubbling Under” charts – eliminating any redundant listings.

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Steve Alaimo with The Red Coats

Alaimo was born the Nebraska in the town of Omaha and not long after moved with is family to New York.  He entered into the world of rock and roll in the late 1950’s when he became guitarist/vocalist for his cousin’s band “The Red Coats”.  The band would release five singles from 1959 up into 1961 on Marlin Records (2), Dickinson, Dade,  Lifetime and Imperial (1 each).

Steve’s career was given a boost in 1965 when he landed a ‘regular’ spot on Dick Clark’s “Where the Action Is”, which ran for two years.  In addition to performing he also would become the program’s co-producer.

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Alaimo would sign on with Atco/Atlantic Records in the later 1960’s recording solo and producing for Sam and Dave and Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes.  He had involvement with many other artists such as Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, George McCrae and K.C. and the Sunshine Band to name a few.

In 1968 Alaimo released a Colorado linked tune “Denver” on the Atco label (Denver being my home town)

Steve Alaimo is still out there – in his 80’s – probably plugging away somewhere in the world of music.

Steve Alaimo 45 Discography

Lifetime – 1957

Dade 1800 – Home By Eleven/I Wanna Kiss You – 1958

Marlin 6064 – 1959

Marlin 6065 – 1959

Marlin 6067 – July, 1959

Dade 1805 – August, 1960

Dickson M 6444 – August, 1960

Imperial X 5699 – October, 1960

Imperial X 5717 – January, 1961

Checker 981 – June, 1961 (B Side I Cried All The Way Home)

Checker 989 – Charted Number 120 – August, 1961

Checker 998 – November, 1961

Checker 1006 – Charted Number 81, February, 1962

Checker 1018 – June, 1962

Checker 1024 – Charted Number 136 – September, 1962

Checker 1032 Charted Number 46 – November, 1962

Checker 1042 – Charted Number 114 – B side Charted Number 140 – March, 1963

Checker 1047 – Charted Number 125 – June, 1963

Checker Extended Play EP 5135 – June, 1953

Checker 1047 (dupe catalog number) – August, 1963 (B Side “I Told You So”)

Checker 1054 Charted Number 100 – September, 1963

Imperial 66003 Charted Number 74 – November, 1963

ABC-Paramount 45-10540 – March, 1964

ABC-Paramount 45-10553 – May, 1964

ABC-Paramount 45-10580 – Charted Number – August, 1964

ABC-Paramount 45-10605 – November, 1964

ABC-Paramount 45-10620 Charted Number 77 – January, 1965

ABC-Paramount 45-10643 – March, 1965

ABC-Paramount 45-10680 Charted Number 89 – May, 1965

ABC-Paramount 45-10712 – August, 1965

ABC-Paramount 45 Extended Play – LP ABCS-531 – October, 1965

ABC-Paramount 45-10764 – January, 1966

ABC-Paramount 45-10805 Charted Number 92 – April, 1966

ABC 45-10833 – July, 1966

ABC 45-10873 – November, 1966

ABC 45-10917 – Charted Number 128 – March, 1967

Atco 45-6512 Charted Number 126 – August, 1967

Atco 45-6560 – Cuando Yo Vuelva A Mi Tierra/Todavia – February, 1968

Atco 45- 6561 – Charted Number 118 – February, 1968

Atco 45-6589 – Charted Number 131 – March, 1969 with Betty Wright

Atco 45-6710 – Charted Number 101 – August, 1969

Atco 45-6732 – February, 1970

Atco 45-6797 – December, 1970

Entrance ZS& 7501 Charted Number 72 – June, 1971

Entrance ZS& 7503 – October, 1971

Entrance ZS7 7504 – October, 1971

Entrance ZS7 7507 – Charted Number 79 – March, 1972

Entrance ZS7 7513 (B Side Gemini)

Steve Alaimo Long Play Discography

Steve Alaimo did not place any long plays on the Billboard Hot 200 Charts

Checker LP 2981 – Twist – December, 1961

Checker LP 2983 – Mashed Potatoes – 1962

Checker LP 2986 – Everyday I Have To Cry – 1963

ABC-Paramount ABC 501 – Starring Steve Alaimo – January, 1965

ABC-Paramount ABC 531 – Where The Action Is – October, 1965

ABC-Paramount ABC-551 – Steve Alaimo Sings And Swings – May, 1966

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