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Dave 'Baby' Cortez
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Musician
    (August 13, 1938- )
    Born in Detroit, Michigan
    Birth name is David Cortez Clowney
    Recorded 'The Happy Organ' and 'Rinky Dink'
    He is a two-hit wonder.
    What kind of a nickname is Baby for a fully grown adult?
    All his songs are instrumentals, so he probably has a lousy singing voice.
    'Rinky Dink' blatantly rips off a guitar riff from Mickey & Sylvia's 1959 hit 'Love is Strange.'
    He recorded an album in 2011, his first recording in 39 years!
    His father was a pianist and encouraged him to pursue a musical career.
    He sang in two '50s doo-wop groups, the Pearls and the Valentines, until he realized he'd have better luck as an organist.
    'The Happy Organ,' released in 1959, was the first pop/rock hit to feature the electronic organ as lead instrument.
    He was the first black artist to have an instrumental reach #1 on Billboard's Singles chart.
    'Rinky Dink' was used by the Saturday afternoon UK TV program 'Professional Wrestling' (with Kent Walton) as its signature tune.
    A record producer tracked him down through his son, New York Jets wide receiver David Clowney IV, and convinced him to record again for the first time since 1972.

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