Penny and the Quarters
Presumably teenagers at the time, Penny & The Quarters were invited to audition by Harmonic Sounds Studio in Columbus, Ohio, recording three demo songs in all. The group consisted of Jay Robinson, the lead male vocalist and songwriter, and a female lead, Nannie Sharpe, with three or four male backup singers and an accompanying guitarist.
The songs were recorded some time between 1970 and 1975 at either Harmonic Sounds Studio or at the home of studio co-owner Clem Price in Columbus. Relegated to storage, the songs were discovered after Price's death in 2006 when a collection of tapes and acetate records was purchased at his estate sale. They were subsequently given to an archival record company, The Numero Group, after a Columbus, Ohio, musicologist came into possession of the recordings.
"You And Me"
One of the songs they recorded, "You And Me" was released by the Numero Group and was later heard by actor Ryan Gosling, who recommended it to the director Derek Cianfrance as the song meant to bring the two lead characters together in Blue Valentine.
The Numero Group announced in 2011 that they were actively seeking members of Penny & The Quarters or their surviving relatives in order to share the growing record royalties from "You And Me". Ken Shipley of Numero Group told reporters, "We have played this recording to over 100 movers and shakers from the time and no one has a clue." The members have since been identified as Nannie "Penny" Sharpe and her brothers Preston, Johnny and Donald Coulter. Jay Robinson, a singer associated with the siblings, died in 2009.
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