As I mentioned last week, I’ve been converting all my old cassette tapes into mp3s. Most of the songs contained on those tapes are top 40 hits from the 80s we’ve all heard a million times. Occasionally, I run across a lessor known song. This is one of those.
“Sweepstakes” was a song released by Nursery School in 1983 by Epic Records.
I’d write more but that’s all I can find about this song or this band. All Google links about this song lead to eBay sales of the single. I can’t even find if Nursery School released a full album, or who was in the band.
On the record label, the song is credited to S. Bray, R. Janquitto, and V. Ghent, and was produced by two of those people (Stephen Bray and Ramona Jan, aka R. Janquitto). Stephen Bray (Wikipedia) is a musician and producer who has written and produced several of Madonna’s songs. Ramona Jan (Discogs) is a recording engineer and was a vocalist for the Comateens, Dizzy And The Romilars, and Buster Poindexter’s all girl backing group, the Venis Fly Trap. V. Ghent appears to be musician/vocalist Valerie Ghent (valghent.com).
I’ll save you the trouble; none of those links mention Nursery School or “Sweepstakes”. If you can find out any more information about this song or this band, please share it with me. For years I thought this song was performed by The Waitresses and couldn’t even track it down.