BIOGRAPHY AND DISCOGRAPHY


One of the top female rock vocalists of the early 1950’s when she scored three Top Ten national hits in just over a year, followed by some regional hits and other sides that may have been too hot to become hits.

Born Margaret Hoffler in 1926, Margie already had led a full life before becoming a rock star in 1950 upon teaming up with fellow Virginians The Griffin Brothers as their lead vocalist. She’d seemingly given up on music a number of times, dropping out of Virginia State College where she was a music major only to get back into it when she began accompanying a local musician on the bandstand in 1945 which led to her traveling north where she sang under the name Margie Day in New York and New Jersey and cutting her first single for Savoy in 1947 as part of a group called Four Bars And A Melody.

Soon after that she quit music for a second time to get married and have a child back in Virginia. When the Griffin Brothers band was looking for a female singer they asked her and she agreed to join them and soon the entire outfit was signed to the newly formed Dot Records where she gave them their first hits right out of the gate in the fall of 1950 and winter of 1951. A third hit in late 1951 followed and she scored another regional hit with the group before they parted ways in 1952.

She played with Floyd Dixon, had a regional hit as a solo artist and toured extensively with Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams before signing with major label Decca Records, for whom she delivered no hits despite some great output, and then followed that up with a stint with Atlantic Records where she got just one regional hit in 1955.

A series of short-lived contracts with various labels, big and small, produced no further hits and she gradually gave up performing to focus on her home life, though in the late 1960’s released a few well-received jazz-based albums.

Day’s vocals were remarkably expressive in a variety of approaches and utilizing different textures of her voice, from childlike innocence to sultry and suggestive, the latter forming the basis of some of her most notable records which pushed the boundaries of decency in rock’s pre-crossover days.

Midway through life she became a devout Christian and combined those beliefs with her singing and performing experience in setting up The Centerstage Children’s Art Workshop to give kids in Norfolk, Virginia training in the arts to boost self-esteem and build character. Day passed away in 2014 in her hometown, the same town she was born in 88 years earlier, but in between she traveled the world and helped to change it through music.
 
 
MARGIE DAY DISCOGRAPHY (Records Reviewed To Date On Spontaneous Lunacy):

STREET WALKIN’ DADDY
(Dot 1010; August, 1950)
A fully confident and seductive debut as Day sings with almost childlike innocence before turning that on its head with a sultry and suggestive payoff wherein she is in total control, of both the situation portrayed within and the record itself. (7)