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“Mountain of Love”


Rita 1003

No. 21    May 23, 1960




There was a time when a rock’n’roller could become a “star” nearly over night; or so it seemed.   And

once again, nearly over night, with no effort at all and very little notice given that star could be returned

to the mire of the everyday reality near all inhabit.


Outside of his famlly and loved ones Harold Dorman is little known today.   But, for a very little time he

was notable to quite a few.   Harold was born in Drew, Mississippi on December 23, 1931 and raised in

Charlie Pride’s home town of Sledge.   From little on he loved music and loved listening to the saturday

night Grand Old Opray radio show.   He’s not sure when but he picked up on playing the guitar and

singing and he knew from hence forth that he wanted to create the songs that people sing.   As Harold

has said in an interview with Peter Grendysa, “There were obstacles along the way.”   Apparently so for,

Dorman didn’ t get to record any of his material or anything until he was near 30 and had crossed paths

with the owners of Rita Records, a very tiny operation in Memphis, Tennessee.   Rita was owned by Sun

artist and creator of rockabilly classics “Flying Saucer Rock’n’Roll” and “Red Hot,” Billy Lee Riley, and

by Sun session artist and one of Riley’s Little Green Men, Roland James.   The very first issuance with the

Harold Dorman name on it was the music moment of Harold’s life.   “Mountain of Love” made Harry’s

name flicker of recognition for a brief spell.   He met Dick Clark, appeared on “American Bandstand”

and toured the country those several spring weeks that his tune was being played on the nations radios.

The two follow-up Rita releases bombed.   It’s hard to say just why.   Possibly they sounded too much like

“Mountain.”   Then again their demise might have been the fault of the shakey distribution system the

Rita label was able to mustard up.   Three Sun singles followed.   Harry was sounding a little more

country.     Maybe “too” country for rock’n’rollers.   Santo Records issued “There On Yonder Hill,” but

not a noteable number of fans bought it.   In 1964 Johnny Rivers returned “Mountain of Love” to the

charts, to the top 10.   Four years later Ronnie Dove rode the “Mountain” once again through not quite

to the peaks.   Over the years Narvel Felts, Moon Mulligan, home-towner Charlie Pride and the Beach

Boys recorded songs Dorman had written.


Harold Dorman had been sick for most of the decades, following his lone chart-presence.   In the early

’80s, he suffered two strokes.   As he told Grendysa, “I am still optomistic.”   With his remaining time,

Harold worked at aiding his daughter Susan in attaining her career goal; to become a country music

star, something like her daddy.  Harold Dorman died October 8, 1988.  He was 56.