Jennifer Tomkins ~ The Street People

This is a rare recording of this song — it is almost impossible to find anywhere.  I had to take the original 45, record it, then make my own video to post it on YouTube.  It was one of those songs that as a disk jockey, it drove you crazy to constantly have to play it over-and-over again.

The Street People were a studio band put together in order to release a song that had been recorded by Ron Dante and Rupert Holmes while they were together as another studio band, “The Cuff Links”. They had just come off of a number one song, “Tracy”, and an album of the same name, when they started recording for a second album, “The Cuff Links”.

Halfway through the recording of the second album, Ron Dante signed a contract with another television and recording studio to become the lead singer for The Archies.  He was prohibited by contract to release any further material or work on any other project.  So his voice was scrubbed from the recordings made for the second Cuff Links album and a replacement singer was brought in to complete that album.  One of the songs, “Jennifer Tomkins” had its lead vocals redone but was never as good as the original recording with Dante.

So Rupert Holmes got the bright idea of “creating” another studio band, called “The Street People” and took the original recording and released it under the new band’s name.  That song immediately reached #1 on Billboard in March of 1970 and stayed there for eight weeks.  It later became #35 for the year.

With no other promotion or followup, “The Street People” simply faded away, and along with it, any lasting memory.

Jennifer Tomkins

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Jennifer Tomkins was born on a Sunday
Her daddy got drunk, and left home on a Monday
Her mother died young when Jenny was seven
And Jennifer Tomkins went to work at eleven.
(to work at eleven)

Oh, I swear, just ain’t fair
Trouble, trouble everywhere
Oh, Lord come on down
Got to spread some love around.
I swear, just ain’t fair
Trouble, trouble everywhere
Oh, Lord come on down
Got to spread some love around.

Jenny she grew up to be quite a lady
And then she met Tony, who’s background was shady
She gave him a loved one, just like her mother
He left her one day and ran off with another.
(ran off with another)

Oh, I swear, just ain’t fair
Trouble, trouble everywhere
Oh, Lord come on down
Got to spread some love around.
(Oh Lord come on down
Got to spread some love around.
Look look everywhere ain’t no one who seems to care)

I swear, just ain’t fair
Trouble, trouble everywhere
Oh, Lord come on down
Got to spread some love around.

Oh Lord come on down
Ain’t no love that can be found
I swear, just ain’t fair
Trouble, trouble everywhere

Oh Lord come on down
Ain’t no love that can be found
I swear, just ain’t fair
Trouble, trouble everywhere…

(442)

About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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