Rosalie "Rosie" Hamlin, lead singer of Rosie & the Originals, passed away Thursday (March 30) at the age of 71. She had suffered from fibromyalgia for many years. She was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska before moving near San Diego, where she formed the Originals while still in high school. "Angel Baby" started out as a poem she wrote to her first boyfriend when she was 14. Adding a melody, the group traveled to San Marcos, California and recorded a demo. The haunting saxophone part was actually by bassist Tony Gomez because the real sax player couldn't make the trip-- having to mow his parents' lawn! The song was picked up by Highland records and reached #5 in 1961.
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