Steve Alaimo was a purveyor of so-called “blue-eyed soul.” His best-known hit, “Every Day I Have To Cry” (#46 on the Billboard pop chart in 1963), offered a good glimpse into the R&B rock style of the day.
Alaimo, who hailed from New York, eventually found his niche as a pop vocalist on Dick Clark’s late-afternoon Where the Action Is, a popular show of the mid to late ’60s. It made stars of Paul Revere & the Raiders, the clean-cut house band, and younger teens could see “teen idols” like Alaimo, a regular on the program.
“Denver,” written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (who were responsible for the Box Tops’ “Cry Like A Baby”), was a minor hit in March 1968, making Billboard’s “Bubbling Under the Hot 100’’ charts at No. 118.
“It was at the end of Where The Action Is—we did one of those big Dick Clark tours up in Colorado—and I met the woman that I ended up marrying later, in ’71,” Alaimo recalled. “Candy was going to Colorado Women’s College. That’s the reason I recorded ‘Denver.’ Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders was my closest friend at the time, so I ended up naming my daughter Lindsey after him.’’
Country singer Ronnie Milsap’s version of “Denver” reached No. 123 on May 10, 1969.
During the 1970s, Alaimo became Henry Stone’s right-hand man at Florida-based TK Records and helped to guide the careers of George McCrae, KC & the Sunshine Band and many others.