Chart Performance: *Did Not Chart; 1968
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Like many African-American singers of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Darrell Eubanks started singing in church. Raised in Buffalo, NY, it was there that he made the move from sacred to secular, singing at local clubs as Darrell Banks. One of those night spots was the Revilot, owned by Doc Murphy, who was, in fact, a real doctor. Darrell’s first debut single was Open The Door To Your Heart, released on a label named after the dentist’s club. Open The Door climbed to #2 R&B in the fall of 1966, and everything was going perfect for Banks, but not for the song’s writer. It seems Banks had taken composer credit – and, therefore, royalties – for a song written by Darrell’s friend, Donnie Elbert. Things didn’t go as well for Darrell after that: his second single lasted only four weeks on the R&B chart. Other fine sides followed, including The Love Of My Woman, yet Darrell’s day was done. In March of 1970, he was killed by an off duty policeman in an altercation over a woman.
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- Don Davis
Lyrics Written by:
- Don Davis
- Freddie Briggs