Newports produced two more records in 1965. Little Heart (listen) was released in the spring, and became a local hit for
the band -- remaining for two weeks as WPGC’s “Boss Record
of the Day” (a distinction awarded a new record by the
station, based on listener call-in votes). It was followed by The Trouble Is You in the fall (listen), released
initially on the band’s own label but quickly picked up
nationally by Laurie Records. Little Heart was backed with
Maybe You’ve Changed” (listen), and
The Trouble Is
You was backed with I Want you (listen). All four
recordings feature stunning vocals by the Willett Brothers
joined by John Hurd.
band also recorded some unreleased tracks that year, including Susan,
a ballad sung by Tom Willett and written by
Smith (listen), and
Jungle Soul, a raucous instrumental jammed
by the band (listen).