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"Ready 'n' Steady"Ready 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_0_0
Song by D. A.Ready 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_1_0
RecordedReady 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_2_0 1979Ready 'n' Steady_cell_0_2_1
GenreReady 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_3_0 Pop rockReady 'n' Steady_cell_0_3_1
LengthReady 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_4_0 3:15Ready 'n' Steady_cell_0_4_1
LabelReady 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_5_0 RascalReady 'n' Steady_cell_0_5_1
Songwriter(s)Ready 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_6_0 D. A. Lucchesi, Jim FranksReady 'n' Steady_cell_0_6_1
Audio sampleReady 'n' Steady_header_cell_0_7_0

"Ready 'n' Steady" is a song written by D. A. Lucchesi and Jim Franks, and performed by the group D. A. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_0

The song appeared on Billboard magazine's Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart for three weeks in June 1979; however, for many years, neither the record, nor any information about it or the artist, could be found. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_1

This led many collectors to label "Ready 'n' Steady" a "phantom record" that did not exist at all, until a recording surfaced in 2016 and its artist (by this point deceased) was identified. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_2

On the Billboard Bubbling Under chart Ready 'n' Steady_section_0

The June 16, 1979 issue of Billboard listed 10 songs on its Bubbling Under chart, including "Ready 'n' Steady" by D. A. at No. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_3

106. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_4

The record, listed as being released on the Rascal label, moved up to 103 on June 23, then up to 102 the following week before dropping off the chart. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_5

Whitburn's research Ready 'n' Steady_section_1

Music historian Joel Whitburn, whose company Record Research Inc. specializes in researching the Billboard charts, has published various books containing chart data. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_6

He has collected tens of thousands of records, including all of the 45s ever to hit the Hot 100 or Bubbling Under charts—all except "Ready 'n' Steady". Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_7

In a 1995 interview, Whitburn said he had never actually seen or heard the record, but added, "We think—we think—that it's a girl's rock group from Chicago. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_8

Punk group, we think—1979. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_9

And we think that the Rascal label was out of a guy's home in Detroit." Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_10

Whitburn had found a small ad for a Rascal label located in Detroit in a punk rock publication and had the address checked out; unfortunately, all that was found was a boarded-up vacant house. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_11

The entry in Billboard shows "Ready 'n' Steady" had a catalog number of 102; if there was a Rascal 101 released, it remains unknown to collectors. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_12

A female-fronted punk rock group from Chicago called DA! Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_13

were active in the early 1980s. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_14

The band released a single and an EP on the Autumn Records label in 1981–82. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_15

This is presumably the band that Whitburn thought (as of the 1995 interview) could have recorded "Ready 'n' Steady" in 1979; the band has stated that they did not record the song. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_16

In the fourth edition of Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Hot 100 book, published in 2005, the entry for "D. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_17

A." Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_18

was amended with a note stating, "The existence of this record and artist is in question", and quotes a price of $150 as its value; in 2009, Whitburn published his latest Top Pop Singles book, which includes both Hot 100 and Bubbling Under singles—but D. A. was not listed at all. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_19

In an interview with the website CelebrityAccess, Whitburn noted he still had not been able to find "Ready 'n' Steady" and said, "I don't think it exists". Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_20

Whitburn also thought that the song's listing on the chart could have been a copyright trap by Billboard. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_21

The 2002 16th edition of Jerry Osbourne's Official Price Guide to Records listed the record, with a value of $75–125, along with an unnamed LP on the Frontline label, dated 1985 or 1986. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_22

This is actually the album Fearful Symmetry by the Christian rock band Daniel Amos, which sometimes used the abbreviation "D.A.". Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_23

Resurfacing Ready 'n' Steady_section_2

The United States Copyright Office catalog contains a registration of a song titled "Ready & Steady" with authorship credited to D. A. Lucchesi and Jim Franks; it was registered on September 16, 1986 with a creation date of 1979. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_24

Dennis Armand "D. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_25

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Lucchesi (June 5, 1945 – August 18, 2005) was a California-based mortgage broker and part-time musician who performed locally as "D. A. and the Dukes." Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_27

In 2016, further investigation into this copyright registration by Paul Haney, of Record Research Inc., led to co-author Jim Franks, who provided Haney with a recording of the song. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_28

According to Haney, the song was recorded but never pressed as a vinyl record or offered for sale. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_29

As for how it appeared on the charts without any records for sale or any airplay, according to Haney, a record promoter with a major label took an interest in the band and somehow managed to get the song listed on the Billboard chart; this makes "Ready 'n' Steady" the only song ever to appear on any Billboard listing without actually being commercially released. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_30

The Rascal label, at that time, existed only on paper and was owned by a relative of one of the band members; in 1984, Rascal (based in Hollywood) would issue a few independent singles, though nothing by D.A. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_31

"Ready 'n' Steady" was probably never played on the radio until Haney appeared on the Crap from the Past radio show on KFAI in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 8, 2016, during which the recording was aired. Ready 'n' Steady_sentence_32


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