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Dee Dee Sharp: Sisterly Love

Bill Holdship, Detroit Metro Times, 27 August 2008

DEE DEE SHARP is a perfect ambassador for the Jazzfest's Detroit-Philadelphia summit theme. After all, 'Mashed Potato Time', her timeless 1962 hit, mentions a Motown song ('Please Mr. Postman') right in its lyrics. 'Mashed Potato Time' — which featured a stunning sax solo that taught Clarence Clemons almost everything he ever needed to know (and which was later adapted by Dee Dee Ramone for his sole rap album, leading many to speculate as to where that Ramone had found his first name) — is a strong part of Sharp's legacy, along with her subsequent early rock hits.

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