Thursday, July 20, 2023

National Fortune Cookie Day (Music to Someone’s Ears)

July 20 is the first of two National Fortune Cookie Days. The next one is on September 13. 

The Fortune Cookies publicity still
Top Center: Joanne Lee; Bottom, left to right: Joann Lee, Sue Jean Lee and Rose Lee

In the book, Asian Americans in the Twenty-first Century, the group was identified as follows: “The Fortune Cookies, 1965 (top: Joanne Lau; bottom, left to right: Rose Lau, Sue Jean Lee, and Joann Lee)”. 

Lyrics by Philip Barr and Sol Meschel. Barr was a music teacher at Lee’s high school. 

The Fortune Cookies

Cash Box, August 14, 1965, Smash Records: The Fortune Cookies

KRLA Beat, August 21, 1965, page 14: The Fortune Cookies, a cute female vocal group, have a smash in the making for their first release on Smash records titled “It Sould [sic] Have Been Me”.

Billboard, December 25, 1965

Discogs, The Fortune Cookies
45cat, The Fortune Cookies
Rate Your Music, It Should Have Been Me / A Girl in Love
WFMU, Crayons to Perfume with GlynisGirlGroup Girl: Playlist from February 26, 2020
The Mercury Labels: The 1964–1969 Era, Michel Ruppli, Ed Novitsky, Greenwood Press, 1993 

Asian Americans in the Twenty-first Century: Oral Histories of First-to Fourth-generation Americans from China, Japan, India, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Laos
Joann Faung Jean Lee
New Press, 2008

Gems: Twenty original songs of love and heartbreak, featuring the classic 60’s girl group sound. (no date)
Side one, track three: The Fortune Cookies ‘A Girl in Love’

Groovy Tuesdays, Gems Volume 1—Girl Group Anthology 

Doo-Wops from the Smash Archives Volume #1, track 21: A Girl in Love—Fortune Cookies


“Hey Jackie”
Ben Fong-Torres and the Fortune Cookies
Carousel Records

“Young Brothers”
Ben Fong-Torres and the Fortune Cookies
Carousel Records

“Moo Goo Gai Pan or How I Found Love in a Fortune Cookie Factory”
“John Goldfarb, Please Come Home” (1965) film promotion
20th Century Fox Records

“A Man and a Woman”
The Fortune Cookies
Swingphonic Records

“Toy Balloons”
The Fortune Cookies
Swingphonic Records

“The Great American Fortune Cookie”
Rick Kershaw
Columbine Records

“Fortune Cookie”
The Mad Planets
Elbo Head Records, 1990

The Cucumbers
Zero Hour, 1994

(Next post on Wednesday: Howard Lee and the New Chinatown Souvenir Photograph Folders)

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