Rosie Hamlin & the Originals
Rehearsal at the MeadowLands June 29, 1991

Angel Baby
#5 in 1960


Rosalie "Rosie" Méndez Hamlin was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 21, 1945. She started singing with a band at thirteen. She wrote the lyrics for "Angel Baby" as a poem for "my very first boyfriend" when she was 14 years old. "Angel Baby" made its radio debut in December 1960, before the group had even received their contract. When the contract finally came, Hamlin found that she was ineligible to collect record royalties from the song because she was not listed as the songwriter. This led to the group's break-up, and although Hamlin secured the copyright to her music in 1961, decades of battles over royalties followed. Rosie retired from singing in 1963 to become a housewife and mother. She started performing once again in the 1990's
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