The Teen Queens – Sovereigns of the jukeBox
Koko Mojo Records – KM-EP 115
Let’s Kiss – Just Goofed / Baby Mine – Zig Zag
The Teen Queens were from Los Angeles and were formed by Betty and Rose Collins. Their brother, who co-wrote their songs, was none other than Aaron Collins of the Cadets and the Jacks. The two sisters had a hit with Eddie My Love when they were still teenagers (respectively 16 and 14) but failed to find success again, and by their majority, they were almost forgotten and considered has-beens. In 1968, Rose died of an overdose, followed three years later by her sister.
Nevertheless, even if success eluded them, they managed to record some good tunes that KokoMojo assembled for this neat EP. The result is four rhythm’n’blues/teen rockers sung in harmonies by the two sisters. Maxwell Davis’ arrangements are pretty good. One will note the hot sax solo on Zig Zag and a scorching guitar part on Let’s Kiss.
Fred “Virgil” Turgis