Merrilee was placed on AGP Records (Bell's imprint for Moman's Memphis-based American Sound) and the Turnabouts were out; a psychedelic, Vanilla Fudge-style reconfiguration of the Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There" (as "Reach Out") was her third chart single, then three Billboard "Bubbling Under" entries took her through the end of '69 (all of a sudden, with songs like "Everyday Livin' Days" and "Sign on for the Good Times," she had shifted into pop-country mode). After meeting the studio's owner, veteran hit producer Chips Moman, she was asked to cut some demonstration tracks. Neil Rush blew sax for The Amazing Aztecs, a band from Renton, some 20 miles southeast of Seattle. As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer noted a few years later: "Transistor radios from Alki Beach to Golden Gardens would shriek mile-a-minute superlatives describing the next appearance of Merrilee and her rock group. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. in 1970. Chip Taylor is an American songwriter, noted for writing "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing." They also hooked her up with producers Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman, who produced this song, using lush orchestration and even a pedal steel guitar. A year and a half later, Neil and Merrilee broke free and joined a red-hot Burien-based band, the Statics, that included former Gallahads doo-wopper "Tiny Tony" Smith (vocals), Dick Gerber (guitar), Randy Bennett (bass), and Dave Erickson (drums), and a sax player and organist who were bounced out to make room. It was in 1989 that the Northwest Area Music Association (NAMA) honored Rush with membership in the NAMA Hall of Fame (full disclosure: the author was a member of the NAMA Hall of Fame Committee). In 1960, Merrilee reluctantly auditioned against two more seasoned singers but Neil, drawn by her subtle beauty, gave her the gig (and married her three years later). The re-issue includes the entire original 1968 LP, and it features the Top Ten title track and the follow-up single That Kind of Woman, as well as nine non-LP album singles and B-sides as bonus tracks. The Statics, with Tiny Tony Smith (left) and Merrilee Rush, n.d. 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In 1984, Merrilee Rush sang "White Christmas" on a syndicated television special, Scrooge's Rock and Roll Christmas, which featured a who's-who of late-'60s stars: Bobby Goldsboro, Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean, Beach Boy Mike Love, The Association, Three Dog Night and even her old tourmates The Raiders. There were covers of Little Richard's 1956 rocker "The Girl Can't Help It" and Bob and Earl's 1963 hit "Harlem Shuffle" (Camelot Records 110). Merrilee Rush (born Merrilee Gunst, January 26, 1944)[1] is an American singer, best known for her recording of the song "Angel of the Morning", a Top 10 hit which earned her a Grammy nomination for female vocalist of the year in 1968. Penn also produced many hits, including "The Letter", by The Box Tops. Merrilee Rush was born in Seattle, Washington, and got a break when fellow Pacific-Northwest musicians Paul Revere and the Raiders asked her to join their tour. She grew up in the north end of Seattle, Washington, USA. Merrilee Rush Wiki: Salary, Married, Wedding, Spouse, Family Merrilee Rush (born Merrilee Gunst, January 26, 1944, Seattle, Washington) is an American singer, best known for her recording of the song "Angel of the Morning", a Top 10 hit which earned her a Grammy nomination for female vocalist of … When Rush had signed her contract back in Memphis, the fine-print details weren't really all that favorable to her and she ultimately only received about $5,000 from a record that would go on to sell more than one million copies by 1970. Rush appeared on numerous television programs in the 1960s and 1970s, including American Bandstand, The Joey Bishop Show, Happening, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Everly Brothers Show, and Something Else hosted by John Byner. As 1967's "Summer of Love" unfolded and the counterculture flowered, the Turnabouts began playing to a different kind of audience, at a different kind of gig that would be promoted via psychedelic art posters. On the evening of July 28, 1962, the band -- with Merrilee playing a new Hammond organ -- performed on a bandstand erected at the International Plaza where the attendees were thrilled to see "Hey Mrs. Jones" performed live. In 1969, now formally a solo artist, she released four more singles ("Reach Out", "Everyday Livin' Days", "Sign On for the Good Times", and "Angel on My Shoulder") on the Chips Moman-run Bell subsidiary, AGP Records. While in Memphis, Tennessee, Raiders lead vocalist Mark Lindsay introduced Rush to record producer Chips Moman. "Hey Mrs. Jones" (a remake of a ten-year-old Jimmy Forrest hit) came out on the Seafair Bolo label with dual vocals by Tony and a feisty Merrilee, plus some blistering sax work by Neil, and received a fair amount of exposure on Seattle-area stations that summer. Q - Merrilee, what's your background? The album covers her career from 1975 to 1989 and features 19 songs taken from her albums Juice Newton & Silver Spur, Juice, Quiet Lies, Can't Wait All Night, Old Flame, Emotion, and Ain't Gonna Cry. Rush's version was recorded at Moman's American Studio in Memphis in early 1968, and was produced by Moman and Tommy Cogbill. in 1970. In January 1968 Rush was back in Seattle, and soon thereafter the song was released by the New York-based Bell label.