I thought I had already posted this cover of the Solomon Burke classic. But I didn’t. It’s, in my opinion, a well done cover with a powerful lead voice that does the song justice.
The Staccatos formed in 1961 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Another group with the same name, according to allmusic. com, formed in 1969 in Toronto, Canada.) Info on the group turned out to be rather scant. But the lead singer seems to be Steve Lonsdale.
And yes, I too think it is somewhat difficult to understand that a group of white guys from South Africa (of all possible places) should cover a song by the soul man Solomon Burke. In the early 60’s! But when I found out that the composer of this soulful song was the son of Jewish immigrants to the USA, I thought it made perfect sense. There are actually no boundaries to what music can do.
Here’s the link to Bert Berns’ bio, the composer of Cry To Me and lots of other beautiful, soulful songs. It’s sad that he has been all but forgotten despite the many beautiful songs he gave us.