The greatest singing athlete ever! That’s what he said. I’m not going to argue. Just listen to this.
Oooh Rooba Lee
I’m trying to think of other singing athletes. Harmon Killebrew? Reggie Jackson? Yogi Berra? I don’t think so.
In the fifties and sixties, Arthur Lee Maye played pro ball during the season and recorded the rest of the time with groups like The Crowns, The Dreamers, and the Jayos.
Ding a Ling
His good buddy from high school was Richard Berry, who wrote Louie, Louie. They sang together for years. At the same time, other singers emerged from Jefferson High School in LA and sang in groups like, The Penguins (Earth Angel), The Platters (Only You), The Hollywood Flames (Buzz, Buzz, Buzz), The Coasters (Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown) and the Flairs (She Loves To Rock). Just imagine all those guys, hanging out in the halls, singing every day, studying and learning from each other.
Cause You’re Mine Alone
While he was singing and recording, he was playing ball for the Braves, Houston, Cleveland, and the White Sox. Twelve years. A .274 batting average, 94 homers, 419 RBIs, and 59 stolen bases. Holy cow!
During his baseball career and after, he recorded unforgettable tunes like, Truly, Ooochie Pachie, Get Out of the Car, Loop De Loop De Loop, Gloria, Oooh Rooba Lee, Cool Lovin’, and Honey, Honey.
I can picture it now, Arthur’s on first, he checks the pitcher, the catcher, he hits a high note that drives the first baseman crazy, while he steals second. Never a dull moment.