Dave "Baby" Cortez (b. 1938) is a veteran R&B/pop organist and pianist who became famous during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Best known for the jaunty "Happy Organ" (1959), which topped the Pop/Rock charts and made the R&B Top 5, his many other instrumental hits also include the Top 10 smash, "Rinky Dink" (1962). Cortez had a final hit on the R&B charts in 1973 with the sung "Someone Has Taken Your Place."
Born David Cortez Clowney in Detroit, Michigan, he began in the mid 1950s as a member of two doo-wop groups, The Pearls and The Valentines, and first recorded solo in 1956 for Ember Records under his real name. In 2011, after a nearly-four-decades break from recording, Cortez released a new album on Norton Records titled "Dave 'Baby' Cortez With Lonnie Youngblood And His Bloodhounds."
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- Rinky Dink 1962
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