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Doc Phil & Tony's Doo Wop Clinic & Encyclopedia - SHOW # 546
The All Request - Virtual Vinyl* Vocal Group Harmony Show
January 27, 2022 (8:00 - 11:00 PM Eastern Time)
 
The value of original 45 RPM records is per the "45 RPM Vocal Group Record Price Guide," 9th Edition, by Jeff Kreiter. Total Value (Original First Pressings) this week's 45 RPM records: $6,865.
 
*All Released Recordings from 45 or 78 RPM Records. "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use."
MISSION STATEMENT
To provide listeners with an opportunity to request and hear the lesser-known vocal group harmony recordings of the 1950s and early 1960s, in addition to those standards and classics which are more commonly heard. Also featured are the roots of the music from the 1930s and 1940s (and sometimes even earlier) and post-1960s recordings inspired by the vocal group harmony sound of the 1950s. Whenever available, verified historical information about the recordings and the artists performing them are provided during the show, for the distinct purpose of teaching, scholarship and research.
Names of group members, when known, are provided in an effort to give them the recognition they desrved, but never received, during their music career.
INFORMATION IN THIS PLAY LIST
We seek to provide accurate and confirmed information on all recordings. This is not always easy as a good portion of what appears on CD and LP liner notes and on the Internet is not completely accurate and in some cases is no more thaan myth, rumor or speculation. OUR SOURCES: Release and Recording Dates of Vocal Group Recordings, Group Composition, Group Members and Parts Sung are generally from Disco-File, 6th Edition, by Ferdie Gonzalez. Additional sources are the Vocal Group Harmony Web Site (Vocalgroupharmony.com), Marv Goldberg's Yesterday's Memories Web Site (uncamarvy.com/marvart.html), several recognized authorities and in some instances, personal experiences from group members, producers and others involved with a recording's production.
If you have any additional information on any recording, or information that is not in agreement with what we report or which aplifies our information, contact Tony at: LYSABE@... (In your contact, please include the source for your information.)
 
GROUP COMPOSITION
BMG = Black Male Group: 27 (48.2%)
BCG = Black Mixed Gender Group: 4 (7.1%)
BMGWL = Black Male Group With White Lead: (1.8%)
IMG = Racially Mixed Male Group: 5 (8.9%)
WMG = Withe Male Group: 19 (33.9%)
 
OPENER
Nobletones (BMG): I Love You - 1958 C & M 182 ($100) [Last Played 4/24/14 (Angelo Pompeo); First Played 9/15/11 (George)]
b/w "I'm Really Too Young." C & M used # 182 for 2 completely different releases by the Nobletones. The 1st time the # 182 was used was for "Who Cares About Love."
Members of the Elizabeth (NJ) group: Ellis Dowles, Darnell Lamb, Howard “Punky” McDonald, Jerry Timmons & Spencer “Boop” Timmons.
This was the 2nd of the group's 3 releases; all were on the C & M label in 1958. (C & M was owned by Castino Queen & Mary Linkowich.) It was re-released in June 1963 on Times Sq. (# 17) & in 1965 on Relic (# 529).
 
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Vel-Tones (IMG): Playboy - 1958 Coy 101 ($500) [Previously played 4/18/13 (Donna)]
b/w "Cal's Tune." Alternate versions of both sides were released on Kapp (# 268) in March 1959. The group had no other releases as the Vel-Tones. However, they also recorded as the Firesiders, and under that name, had a 1961 release on the Swan label.
 
The Firesiders were CALVIN BRIGGS, NEAL DAVIS, EMILIO GIONDOMENICO & ERNIE VENDETTI. It is reported that ERNIE VENDETTI singing the lead on "Playboy."
 
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY MIKE SHALAWAY
Danny & Juniors (WMG): Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay - January 1958 ABC-Paramount 9888 ($20) [Last Played 1/16/20 (Johnny L); First Played 12/21/17 (Art CT)]
b/w "School Boy Romance." Members of the Philadelphia (PA) group on this recording: Frank Maffei (2nd Tenor), Danny Rapp (Lead) & Joseph Terranova aka Joe Terry (Baritone).
This recording was made by Artie Singer at Singular Records; he sold the masters to ABC-Paramount in January 1958.
The group was originally known as the Juvenairs. After their name change to Danny & the Juniors, they became one of the 1st White groups to have National success with a rock n roll vocal group recording.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY LARRY & ROZE D
Nino & Ebb Tides (WMG): Nursery Rhymes - February 1963 Mr. Peeke 123 ($30) [Previously played 3/28/19 (Vic)]
b/w "Tonight (I'll Be Lonely)." Members on this recording: Antonio "Nino" Aiello (Lead), Tony DiBari (Tenor), Vinnie Drago (Bass) & Tony Imbimbo (Baritone). They were from the Gun Hill section of the Bronx (NY).
This was the group's only release on the Mr. Peeke label; the label’s original name was Mr. Peacock. They also had 4 releases on the Recorte label (2 in 1958 and 2 in 1959), 1 on Acme (in 1957), 2 on Madison (in 1961), 1 on Mala (in 1964), 1 on Marco (in 1961) & 2 on Mr. Peacock (1 in 1962 & 1 in 1962).
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY DAVE
Cadillacs (BMG): The Girl I Love - Recorded May 16, 1956; Released October 1956 Josie 805 ($50) [Last Played 3/12/20 (Dave); First Played 1/3/13 (Joe S)]
b/w "(That's) All I Need." Members of the NYC group on this recording: James Ralph "J.R." Bailey (Tenor), Charles "Buddy" Brooks (Tenor), Earl "Speedo" Carroll (Tenor), Bobby Phillips (Bass; Baritone) & Earl Wade (Baritone).
This was the 8th of the Cadillacs' 22 singles released on the Josie label: 2 in 1954, 3 in 1955, 4 in 1956, 3 in 1957 (with 1 as by the Original Cadillacs), 2 in 1958, 5 in 1959, 2 in 1960 (with 1 as by Speedo & the Cadillacs) & 1 in 1963 (as by the Original Cadillacs).
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY ART & CATHY
Octaves (WMG): Your Too Young - October 1959 Val 1001 ($100) [Last Played 1/9/20 (Freddie); First Played 1/12/12 (Robbie)]
b/w "Mombo Carolyn." Members of the Detroit (MI) group: Richard Applin, Joseph Arcilesi, Dominic Chiaravalli & Chuck Mills. This was their only release.
Vocaltones (BMG): Darling (You Know I Love You) - Recorded December 22, 1955; Released April 1956 Apollo 492 ($200) [Last Played 1/14/21 (Cape May Lou); First Played 12/29/11 (Art & Cathy)]
b/w "Three Kinds Of People." Members of the NYC group on this recording: Tommy Grate (Bass), Roland Martinez (Tenor), Wyndham "Corky" Porter (Baritone), Eddie Quinones (Tenor; Guitar) & Bobby Robinson aka Bobby Johnson (Tenor). The lead was sung by Bobby Robinson.
This was the 2nd of the group's 3 releases on Apollo. All were in 1956. They also had a release on Cindy in 1957.
The group was closely related to the Dovers/Miriam Grate & the Dovers; Miriam was Tommy Grate's sister.
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY BULL
Legends of Doo Wop (WMG): Hey You - 2000 Ace CD 824 ("Legends Of Doo Wop") [Previously played 1/23/14 (Bull)]
The Legends Of Doo Wop on this recording were Frank Mancuso (of the Imaginations), Jimmy Gallagher (of the Passions), Steve Horn (of the Five Sharks; the Bronx, NY group) & Anthony Passalacqua (of the Fascinators). The lead on "Hey You" was sung by Frank Mancuso.
The group was based in Florida and sometimes called themselves the Florida Legends. They were all originally from NY. Frank Mancuso was from Long Island, Jimmy Gallagher was from the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, Anthony Passalacqua was from Brooklyn & Steve Horn was from the Bronx.
Legends of Doo Wop (WMG): The Search Is Over - 2000 Ace CD 824 ("Legends Of Doo Wop")
The Legends Of Doo Wop on this recording were Frank Mancuso (of the Imaginations), Jimmy Gallagher (of the Passions), Steve Horn (of the Five Sharks; the Bronx, NY group) & Anthony Passalacqua (of the Fascinators). The lead on "The Search Is Over" was sung by Frank Mancuso.
 
The group was based in Florida and sometimes called themselves the Florida Legends. They were all originally from NY. Frank Mancuso was from Long Island, Jimmy Gallagher was from the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, Anthony Passalacqua was from Brooklyn & Steve Horn was from the Bronx.
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Ocapellos (BMG): The Stars - May 1966 General 107 ($200) [Last Played 7/30/20 (Bronx Lou); First Played 3/3/11 (Unknown)]
b/w General 106: "Anytime." In June 1966, Checker purchased the General masters and released them in August 1966 on Checker (# 1144).
Members of the one-record, East Orange (NJ) group: Patrick Coleman, Artie Johnson, Walter Tooney, James Tymes & Vincent Williams.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY ART NJ
Cleftones (BMG): Little Girl Of Mine - Recorded February 1956; Released March 1956 Gee 1011 ($25) [Last Played 2/1/18 (Art CT); First Played 3/29/12 (Ruby)]
b/w "You're Driving Me Mad." Members of the Queens (NY) group on this recording: Warren Corbin (Bass), Herbie Cox (Lead Tenor), Charlie McGhee aka Charlie James (1st Tenor; Guitarist), William "Buzzy" McClane (Baritone) & Berman Patterson (2nd Tenor). Herb Cox sang the lead.
 
The group had 14 singles released on the Gee label: 1 in 1955, 3 in 1956, 3 in 1957, 1 in 1958, 3 in 1961, 2 in 1962 & 1 in 1963. This was the 2nd.
They also had 3 on Gee's parent company, Roulette: 1 in 1958, 1 in 1959 & 1 in 1960.
“Little Girl Of Mine” was their biggest seller of the 1950s. Their biggest commercial sellers were their early 1960s releases of "Heart And Soul," and "For Sentimental Reasons."
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY JOE S
Spaniels (BMG): Trees - Recorded October 17, 1958; Released March 1959 Vee-Jay 310 ($50) [Last Played 6/29/17 (Joe S); First Played 1/10/13 (Joe K)]
b/w "I Like It Like That." Members of the Gary (IN) group on this recording: James "Dimples" Cochran (Baritone), Gerald Gregory (Bass), Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson (Lead Tenor), Donald Porter (2nd Tenor) & Ernest Douglas Warren (1st Tenor). The lead was sung by Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson.
The Spaniels had 21 singles released on the Vee-Jay label: 4 in 1953, 1 in 1954, 2 in 1955, 4 in 1956, 3 in 1957, 3 in 1958, 3 in 1959 & 1 in 1960. This was the 18th.
Vocal-Teens (IMG): Be A Slave - Recorded 1960; Released December 1972 Downstairs 1000 ($20) [Last Played 3/1/18 (Joe S); First Played 3/21/13 (Angelo Pompeo)]
b/w "Till Then." Known members of the Jersey City (NJ) group: Charles "Cator" Brooks & Michael Dennis Kelly (who wrote the song and sang the lead.)
This was the group's only release. The label was owned by Roy (Adams) and Nick. Their retail store (Downstairs Records) was located in the same 6th Avenue Subway arcade as was the last location of Times Square Records.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY ART CT
Arlando King & Earthquakes (BMG): Look What You Done - March 1962 Fortune 549 ($75) [Last Played 6/11/20 (Fran); First Played 5/12/11 (Unknown)]
b/w "Baby Only You." Members of the Detroit (MI) group: Armond Abney aka Arlando King (Lead; 1st Tenor; Guitarist), Butler Abney, Jr. (2nd Tenor; Lead), Cliff Lance (Tenor; Lead) & Butler Abney, Sr. (Bass).
The group had 3 releases on Fortune (1 in 1959, 1 in 1960 & 1 in 1962) & 1 was on Fortune's Hi-Q subsidiary in 1961. This was their 3rd on Fortune.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY BARB
Nolan Strong & Diablos (BMG): I Don't Care - January 1962 Fortune 544 ($50) [Previously played 2/15/18 (Tony-Bklyn_Vinyl)]
b/w "Blue Moon." Members of the Detroit (MI) group on this recording: Walter Hamilton, Willie Chastain Hunter (Baritone), James W. "Jay" Johnson (Bass), Jimmy "Big Jimmy" Strong (2nd Tenor) & Nolan Strong (Lead Tenor).
The group had 25 singles released on the Fortune label: 2 in 1954, 3 in 1955, 2 in 1956, 1 in 1957, 2 in 1958, 6 in 1959, 2 in 1960, 1 in 1962, 2 in 1963, 1 in 1964, 2 in 1965 & 1 in 1978. This was their 19th on the label.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY FRAN
Gems (WMG): The Night Is Over - 1958 Win 701 ($500) [Last Played 6/17/21 (Joe K); First Played 8/11/11 (Tony-Bklyn_Vinyl)]
b/w "Nursery Rhymes." The group had 1 other release, also in 1958, on Recorte (# 407): "Waiting" b/w "Please Change Your Mind." The only known members (unconfirmed) of the group are David Gordon & Richard Cerny. They were a NYC group; the exact borough is not known.
 
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY FREDDIE
Contenders (WMG): Why Must We Go To School - Recorded 1964; Released 1995 Java CD ("The Best Of The Contenders") [Previously Played 3/5/20 (Brad)
Members of the Philadelphia (PA) group on this recording: FRANK DI SANTIS (2nd Tenor), JACK STRONG (Lead Tenor; Bass), LOU TAVANI (Baritone) & FRANK TORPEY (1st Tenor).
This CD was produced by Jack Strong. Jack credited this recording to the Contenders. However, the recording was made when the group was using the name, the Acapellas. While they had no releases credited to the Acapellas, the Lytations on Times Sq. were actually the Acapellas; Slim Rose erred when he called the group the Lytations on his 45 RPM release of "Look Into The Sky."
Other related groups: the Beatles (on Quest, the Five Shits, the Kaptions, the Five Scripts, the Revolvers & the Zeppers.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY PHIL J
Marx (WMG): One Minute More - 1959 Dahlia 1002 ($200) [Last Played 8/8/13 (George); First Played 7/5/12 (Billy)]
b/w "You Are My Love." Also released (circa 1959) on the Chanté label (# 1002): $100. The group had no other releases.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY BOB BELNIAK
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Sophomores (BMG): Cool Cool Baby - April 1956 Dawn 216 ($25)
b/w "Every Night About This Time." Members on this recording: Eddie Brooks, Donald Clements, Roland Clements, & Daniel Hood. Eddie Brooks sang the lead. They were from the Roxbury section of Boston (MA)
The group had 6 releases on Dawn: 3 in 1956, 2 in 1957 & 1 in 1958. This was the 1st. They also had a release on Chord in November 1957 (which was re-released on Epic in January 1958).
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY BILLY
Billy Storm (BMG): The Way To My Heart - August 1958 Barbary Coast 1001 ($150) [Last Played 1/4/18 (Billy); First Played 10/2/14 (Donna)]
b/w "Angel Of Mine." The uncredited group backing Billy is the Squires (who at the time were: Bobby Armstrong (Baritone), Chester Pipkin (Tenor), Lee Goudeau (Tenor) & Leon Washington (Bass).
Capris (BMG): Endless Love - January 1959 Tender 518 ($200) [Last Played 9/16/21 (Billy); First Played 9/26/13 (Joe K)]
b/w Jessie Belvin & the Capris: "Beware." Members of the Los Angeles (CA) Capris on this recording: Stan Beverly (Lead), Maudice Giles (Bass; 2nd Tenor), Joe Lewis (Baritone), Charles Taggart (1st Tenor; Bass) & Nathaniel "Buster" Wilson (Bass).
The group was aka the Hollywood Saxons and the Tuxedos.
The "Capris" backing Jessie Belvin on the flip side ("Beware") is a different group: Eugene Church, Alex Hodge & Tommy "Buster" Williams. "Beware" was originally released on Cash (# 1056) with label credit only to Jessie Belvin.
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY ART S
Ecstasies (IMG): The Pleasure's All Mine - 1991 Ronnie 207 ($5) [Previously played 8/28/14 (Art S)]
b/w "Until The Real Thing Comes Along." Members of the Philadelphia group on this recording: Darrall Campbell (1st Tenor), Buzzy Garland (Lead Tenor), Joe Grimaldi (Baritone), Ray Murphy & Jerry Utter (Bass).
This was the 1st of their 2 releases on the Ronnie label: 1 in 1991 & 1 in 1994). They also had 4 singles and 1 EP releases on Clifton (2 in 1979; 1 in 1986, 1 in 1990 & the EP in the early 1990s), 1 on Starbound (in 1993) & 2 on U. G. H. A. (in 1979.)
The "roots" of the group go back to 1962 with the (original) Ecstasies (1 release on Amy (# 853)): "That Lucky Old Sun." Only 1 (or at times 2) of the group's original members sang with this reformed group.
Fi-Dells (BCG): Come Back To Me - December 1957 Warner 1014 ($75)
b/w "No Other Love." This record (with variations) was released 3 times. With each release, the group was given a new name.
The original 1st release was on Warner as by the Fi-Dells. The 2nd release was in 1961 on Brent (# 7018) with the group billed as the Holidays. The 3rd release was in May 1961 on Brent (# 7020) credited to Suzy & the Copycats. (The difference in the 3 releases is that on the 2nd and 3rd, a 15-second vocal Intro, present on the 1st release, was cut from the 2 (identical) Brent releases.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY DENNY T
Little Clem & Dew Drops (BMG): Plea Of Love - Recorded April 13, 1958; Released 1958 Zynn 504 ($125) [Last Played 4/22/21 (Art S); First Played 12/7/11 (George)]
b/w "Waiting In The Chapel." A 2nd pressing of Zynn # 504, also in 1958, had group name changed to the Gay Notes ($100).
They were related to (and may have been) Little Henry & Dewdrops (1 release on Zynn in 1959.) Little Henry aka Little Clem was Henry Clement; He was from Southwest Louisiana.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY TIM
Persuasions (BMG): With This Ring - 1974 A&M LP 3656 ("I Just Want To Sing With My Friends")
Members of the Brooklyn (NY) group on this recording: Jerry Lawson (Tenor Lead), Joseph "Jesse" Russell (2nd Tenor), Jimmy "Bro-Man" Hayes (Bass), Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad (Baritone) & Willie C. Daniels (Tenor).
The group had 2 LPs on the A&M label; both in 1974. This was on the 2nd. In addition, they had 5 singles on the label (2 in 1974 & 3 in 1975).
They also had 1 single (in 1972) and 1 LP (in 1979) on Catamount, 7 singles (2 in 1971, 3 in 1972 & 2 later releases for which the exact year is unknown) & 3 LPs (1 in 1971 & 2 in 1972) on Capitol, 1 single & 1 LP (both in 1977) on Elektra, 1 single on Erica (in 1970), 2 singles & 1 LP on MCA (all in 1973), 1 single on Minit (in 1969), 1 single on Reprise (in 1970), 1 single on Veep (in 1969), 1 single on Blue Sky (in 1973 as by Donna & the Persuasions), 2 LPs (1 in 1982 & 1 in 1984) on Rounder & 1 LP on Straight (in 1969).
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY BRAD
Sparrows Quartette (WMG): Our Love Is Here To Stay - 1974 Jet LP 56-33007 ("Rehearsal Session Vol. 3") [Previously played 3/30/17 (Tony-Bklyn_Vinyl)]
Members of the NYC group on this recording: Dominic "Dom" D’Elia (2nd Tenor; Lead - Queens), William "Billy" D’Elia (Lead; 1st Tenor - Queens), Robert "Bob" Friedman (Bass - Manhattan) & Salvatore Emilio "Sal" Mondrone (Baritone; Lead - Brooklyn).
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY NANCY
Quadrells (BMG): Come To Me - Recorded October 9, 1956; Released December 1956 Whirlin' Disc 103 (Brown Wax $125; Black Wax $75 [Last Played 7/22/21 (Tim); First Played 6/23/11 (Tommy Tunes)]
b/w "What Can The Matter Be." Members of the Philadelphia (PA) group: John "Pancho" Christian (Baritone; 2nd Tenor), Reggie "Tootie" Price (Bass), James Oscar "Cisco" Williams (Tenor; Baritone; Bass) & Earl Worsham (Tenor). The lead was sung by James Oscar Williams.
This was the group's only release. They were closely related to the Universals (on Ascot, Mark-X & Cora-Lee), the Turbans (on Imperial) & the Cameos (on Cameo.)
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY PHIL
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Majestics (WMG): Angel Of Love - 1961 Jordan 123 ($400) [Last Played 9/9/21 (Jersey Girl Carolyn); First Played 4/19/12 (Phil)]
b/w "Searching For A New Love." Re-released, later in 1961, on Nu-Tone # 123. A 3rd pressing, in 1961, was on the Pixie label (# 6901). This group had no other releases.
Members of the Trenton (NJ) group: Larry Steele, Bob Cooper, Jimmy Hannan, Bobby Marks, Bobby Hartnagle & George Faulkner.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY TOMMY TUNES
Norman Fox & Rob-Roys (IMG): Mary Lou - Recorded 1957; Unreleased [Previously played 11/24/16 (Tony-Bklyn_Vinyl)]
This unreleased demo has appeared on at least 1 compilation CD; possibly first on Crystal Ball CD # 1106 ("Norman Fox And The Rob-Roys - One Last Ride")
Members of the Bronx (NY) group: Norman Fox (Lead Tenor), Marshall "Buzzy" Helfand (Bass), Andre Lilly (2nd Tenor), Robert Thierer (Baritone) & Robert Trotman (1st Tenor). (Andre Lilly & Robert Trotman had previously been members of the Harmonaires ("Lorraine) on the Holiday label.)
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY PATRICK
Crows (BCG): No Help Wanted - April 1953 Rama 3 ($1,000) [Last Played 2/14/19 (Freddie); First Played 8/4/11 (Tony-Bklyn_Vinyl)]
b/w "Seven Lonely Days." Members of the NYC (142nd Street in Harlem) group on this recording: William Davis (Tenor; Baritone), Gerald Hamilton (Bass), Mark Jackson (Tenor; Guitarist), Harold Major (Tenor), Daniel "Sonny" Norton (Lead Tenor) & Viola Watkins (Female Lead; Pianist). The lead was sung by Daniel "Sonny" Norton.
(Viola Watkins was not a regular member of the Crows; she was their pianist and arranger.)
This was the 1st of the group's 6 releases on the Rama label: 3 in 1953 & 3 in 1954. They also had a 1954 release on Rama's Latin counterpart, Tico.
The group's 1st release was in 1952 as the Four Notes (backing Fat Man Humphries) on Jubilee. There also backed (without label credit) Viola Watkins on a 1952 release on Jubilee, & Lorraine Ellis on a 1954 release on Gee.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY JACK
Del Vikings (IMG): How Could You - Recorded July 1958; Released October 27, 1958 Mercury 71390 ($25) [Last Played 3/28/13 (Ruby); First Played 6/28/12 (Ruby)]
b/w "Flat Tire." The Mercury Del Vikings generally were Norman Anthony Wright, Jr. (Baritone; Tenor; Lead Tenor), David Lerchey (2nd Tenor; Baritone), Donald Edgar "Gus" Backus (2nd Tenor), Clarence E. Quick (Bass), William Blakely (1st Tenor) & Joe Lopes (Guitarist; Baritone). The lead on this side was sung by Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson. (All but William Blakely, who was Clarence Quick's cousin, were airmen stationed at Pittsburgh, PA's Air Force Base.)
Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson was not a member of the Mercury Del Vikings. He was a member of the competing Fee Bee/Dot group, but, after his Dot contract expired, he sang with the Mercury group on their last 2 Mercury sessions, including the one on which both sides of this 45 were recorded. (Johnson later signed with Mercury as a soloist.)
 
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY DJ DI
Cadillacs (BMG): Gloria - Recorded & Released July 1954 Josie 765 ($500) [Last Played 1/18/18 (Tim); First Played 1/3/13 (Jarvin)]
b/w "I Wonder Why." Members of the NYC group on this recording: Earl "Speedo" Carroll (Tenor), James "Pappa" Clark (Tenor), Laverne Drake (Tenor), Bobby Phillips (Bass; Baritone) & Johnny "Gus" Willingham (Baritone). The lead was sung by Earl Carroll.
This was the 1st of the Cadillacs' 22 singles released on the Josie label: 2 in 1954, 3 in 1955, 4 in 1956, 3 in 1957 (with 1 as by the Original Cadillacs), 2 in 1958, 5 in 1959, 2 in 1960 (with 1 as by Speedo & the Cadillacs) & 1 in 1963 (as by the Original Cadillacs). Surprisingly, only 2 of the 23 ("Speedoo" and "Peek-A-Boo") reached the National charts.
The story of how the Cadillacs' manager Esther Navarro "borrowed" the song "Gloria" is well-known by now. If you don't know it, read Marv Goldberg's article, "Gloria - A Short History" at: http://www.uncamarvy.com/Gloria/gloria.html
Over the years, “Gloria” has been recorded and/or sung by several hundred groups, with the Cadillacs’ version being, by far, the most well-known version. This was not always the case. When originally released in 1954, the recording was a commercial “flop.” It was virtually unknown until around 1959 after it appeared on an “oldies” LP.
Harptones (BCG): Three Wishes - Recorded August 7, 1956; Released August 1956 Rama 203 ($60) [Last Played 7/2/20 (Jack); First Played 3/14/13 (Angelo Pompeo)]
b/w "That's The Way It Goes." The NYC (around 115th Street & 7th Avenue) group on this recording consisted of William "Billy" Brown (Bass), Raoul Julius Cita (2nd Tenor, Baritone; Pianist; Arranger), Claude "Nicky" Clark (Tenor), William "Dicey" Galloway (Baritone), William Dempsey James (2nd Tenor), Harriet "Toni" Williams & Willie Lee Winfield, Jr. (Lead Tenor).
This was the 1st of the group's 5 releases on the Rama label: 3 in 1956 (with the 2nd of the 3 as the Royal Cita Chorus backing Mabel King), 1 in 1957 & a 1975 counterfeit pressing of 2 a cappella recordings.
They also had 8 singles released on the Bruce label (1 in 1953, 5 in 1954, 1 in 1955 & 1 in 1961), 1 on Essex in 1954 (sharing label credit with Bunny Paul), 1 on "X" in 1954 (the uncredited group backing the Woodside Sisters), 2 on Paradise in 1955, 1 on Andrea in 1956), 3 on Gee (1 in 1956 as the Royal Cita Chorus & 2 in 1957 with 1 as the uncredited group backing Carol Blades), 1 on Tip Top in 1956, 1 on Old Town in 1956 (the uncredited group backing Ruth McFadden), 1 on Rapid in 1957 (a bootleg as the Rapidtones), 1 on Domme in 1957 (as the uncredited group backing Valli Hilton), 3 on Warwick (2 in 1959 & 1 in 1960), 1 on Coed in 1960, 2 on Companion in 1961, 1 on Cub in 1961, 1 on KT in 1964 & 1 on Port in 1964 (as the Soothers).
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Capris (WMG): Where I Fell In Love - Recorded February 16, 1961; Released March 1961 Old Town 1099 (DJ $25; Stock $20) [Previously played 1/7/16 (Denny T)]
b/w "Some People Think." Members of the Queens (NY) group on this recording: John Apostol (Bass), Michael Mincelli (1st Tenor), Vinny Narcardo (Baritone), Frank Reina (2nd Tenor) & Nick J. Santamaria aka Nick Santo (Lead Tenor).
This was the 2nd of the group's 4 releases on the Old Town label: 1 in 1960 & 3 in 1961. It was the follow-up to the Old Town release of "There's A Moon Out Tonight" (which was a National Top 10 record).
“There's A Moon Out Tonight“ was a 1958 recording that had previously been released on the Planet and Lost-Nite labels. After the Old Town re-release of "There's A Moon Out Tonight" became a huge National hit (in 1961), Old Town signed the group.
 
However, by that time, Nick's voice had changed, and their subsequent Old Town recordings, while very good in their own right, failed to achieve nearly the success of the earlier 1958 recording.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY JOE K
Donald Sheffield & Sonics (BMG): This Broken Heart - 1959 Harvard 801 (With Flag $500; No Flag $40) [Last Played 11/11/21 (Woody S); First Played 11/3/11 (Ruby)]
b/w "You Made Me Cry." "This Broken Heart" was also released on Checker (# 922) in March 1959 & on Harvard (# 922) on April 10, 1959.
Besides Donald Sheffield, the other known members of the Newark (NJ) group are William Franklin (2nd Tenor) & Larry Davis (Baritone). Both were also members of the Kodoks/Kodaks.
There were at least 6 groups who recorded as the Sonics. Disco-File shows this group as having 2 releases on Harvard (this one in 1959 and its re-release later that year), 1 on Checker (a 1959 re-release), 1 on Jamie (in 1962), 1 on X-Tra (in 1957), 1 on Candlelite (a 1963 re-release of the X-Tra single) & 1 on Clifton (a 1963 re-release of the X-Tra single). (Not all sources agree with this.)
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY NAN
Bobby Jacobs & Rhythm Rascals (BMGWL): How Deep Is The Ocean - 1961 Unreleased Custom Pressing
b/w "On The Sunny Side Of The Street." This 45 was a custom pressing, probably used by Bobby Jacobs to promote himself.
Both Bobby Jacobs and the Rhythm Rascals were from Toledo (OH). The Rhythm Rascals had a few releases of their own: 1 on the Toledo label (in 1960) 1 on Sonic (in April 1966) & a re-release of the Sonic 45 on Roulette (in July 1966).
Members of the Rhythm Rascals: Jerry Hilton, Cleveland “Butch” Martin, James Mitchell (Bass), Earl Thompson & Robert Thompson.
Medallions (WMG): Since You've Gone Away - October 1960 Card 1 ($50)
b/w "Love Letters." This was the group's only release on the Card label. They also had 1 on Sultan (in 1959) & 1 on Singular (in 1957). (Disco-File shows that the Card, Sultan & Singular groups are the same. Card and Sultan are confirmed as both labels were owned by Frank Cariola. Singular was a Philadelphia (PA) label owned by Artie Singer, and the connection of the group on Singular to the Card/Sultan group is not confirmed.
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY BILL-AUSTRALIA
Mills Brothers (BMG): I've Found A New Baby - Recorded September 14, 1934; Released October 1934 Decca 228 (78 RPM)
b/w "Some Of These Days." On this recording, the "Brothers" were Herbert "Dowles" Mills (2nd Tenor; Simulated 2nd Trumpet), John Charles Mills, Jr. (Bass; Guitarist; Simulated Tuba), Donald F. Mills (1st Tenor; Lead; Simulated Trombone) & Harry "Flood" Mills (Baritone; Simulated Trumpet).
They were originally from Piqua (OH), with their earliest work in the Cincinnati area.
This was the 5th of their 142 released Decca singles (not including re-releases): 6 in 1934, 3 in 1935, 2 in 1936, 6 in 1937, 5 in 1938, 5 in 1939, 10 in 1940, 8 in 1941, 5 in 1942, 1 in 1944, 1 in 1945, 6 in 1946, 6 in 1947, 6 in 1948, 13 in 1949, 14 in 1950, 8 in 1951, 7 in 1952, 6 in 1953, 5 in 1954, 8 in 1955, 5 in 1956, 3 in 1957, 1 in 1958 & 2 in 1961.
On 9 of these 142 releases, they shared label credit with other singers: 5 with Louis Armstrong (1 in 1937, 1 in 1938, 2 in 1940 & 1 in 1953), 2 with Ella Fitzgerald (1 in 1937 & 1 in 1939), 1 with Al Jolson (in 1948) & 1 with Peggy Lee (in 1954).
Prior to recording for Decca, they had 20 singles on the Brunswick label: 1 in 1931, 10 in 1932, 5 in 1933, 3 in 1934 & a reissue in 1947.
They also had hundreds of releases (singles, EPs and LPs) on many other labels including Banner, Conqueror, Dot, Everest, 51 West, Gannett, Harmony, Mellon, Oriole, Perfect, Romeo, V-Disc & Vocation.
Their recordings also appeared on dozens of transcription discs. In total, they made well over 2,000 recordings and sold over 50 million records.
Mills Brothers (BMG): What's The Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You) - Recorded February 20, 1935; Released March 1935 Decca 402 (78 RPM)
b/w "Don't Be Afraid To Tell Your Mother." On this recording, the "Brothers" were Herbert "Dowles" Mills (2nd Tenor; Simulated 2nd Trumpet), John Charles Mills, Jr. (Bass; Guitarist; Simulated Tuba), Donald F. Mills (1st Tenor; Lead; Simulated Trombone) & Harry "Flood" Mills (Baritone; Simulated Trumpet).
They were originally from Piqua (OH), with their earliest work in the Cincinnati area.
This was the 8th of their 142 released Decca singles (not including re-releases): 6 in 1934, 3 in 1935, 2 in 1936, 6 in 1937, 5 in 1938, 5 in 1939, 10 in 1940, 8 in 1941, 5 in 1942, 1 in 1944, 1 in 1945, 6 in 1946, 6 in 1947, 6 in 1948, 13 in 1949, 14 in 1950, 8 in 1951, 7 in 1952, 6 in 1953, 5 in 1954, 8 in 1955, 5 in 1956, 3 in 1957, 1 in 1958 & 2 in 1961.
On 9 of these 142 releases, they shared label credit with other singers: 5 with Louis Armstrong (1 in 1937, 1 in 1938, 2 in 1940 & 1 in 1953), 2 with Ella Fitzgerald (1 in 1937 & 1 in 1939), 1 with Al Jolson (in 1948) & 1 with Peggy Lee (in 1954).
Prior to recording for Decca, they had 20 singles on the Brunswick label: 1 in 1931, 10 in 1932, 5 in 1933, 3 in 1934 & a reissue in 1947.
They also had hundreds of releases (singles, EPs and LPs) on many other labels including Banner, Conqueror, Dot, Everest, 51 West, Gannett, Harmony, Mellon, Oriole, Perfect, Romeo, V-Disc & Vocation.
Their recordings also appeared on dozens of transcription discs. In total, they made well over 2,000 recordings and sold over 50 million records.
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Four Vagabonds (BMG): There’s A Ray Of Sunshine - 1943 Standard X-131 (Transcription Disc) [Previously played 9/6/18 (Angelo Pompeo)]
Core members of the Chicago (IL) group whose roots go back to the 1930s in St. Louis (MO): Ray Conrad Grant, Jr. (Bass; Guitarist), John Albert Jordan (Tenor), Robert Arthur O’Neal (1st Tenor) & Norval Donahue Taborn (Baritone).
Recordings by the group appeared on 7 Standard transcription discs: 2 in 1942 & 5 in 1943. This recording was on the 4th disc.
Five of their recordings (all reissues of Standard transcriptions) also appeared in March 1945 on a KBS disc (# 495) that featured the Four Vagabonds on 1 side of the disc. In
addition, 1 of their recordings, a reissue, was on a 1945 AFRS disc.
They also had 4 singles released on Bluebird (1 in 1942 & 3 in 1943), 1 on Victor (in 1945), 1 on Atlas (circa 1945), 1 on Mercury (in 1946), 7 on Apollo (1 in 1946 & 6 in 1947), 1 on RCA Victor (in 1948), 1 on Miracle (in 1949), 1 on VRT (in 1949) & 2 on Lloyds (in 1953; 1 of which was an EP.)
Four Vagabonds (BMG): Thru The Darkness - 1943 Standard X-134 (Transcription Disc) [Previously played 1/22/15 (Angelo Pompeo)]
Core members of the Chicago (IL) group whose roots go back to the 1930s in St. Louis (MO): Ray Conrad Grant, Jr. (Bass; Guitarist), John Albert Jordan (Tenor), Robert Arthur O’Neal (1st Tenor) & Norval Donahue Taborn (Baritone).
Recordings by the group appeared on 7 Standard transcription discs: 2 in 1942 & 5 in 1943. This recording was on the 7th disc.
Five of their recordings (all reissues of Standard transcriptions) also appeared in March 1945 on a KBS disc (# 495) that featured the Four Vagabonds on 1 side of the disc. In addition, 1 of their recordings, a reissue, was on a 1945 AFRS disc.
They also had 4 singles released on Bluebird (1 in 1942 & 3 in 1943), 1 on Victor (in 1945), 1 on Atlas (circa 1945), 1 on Mercury (in 1946), 7 on Apollo (1 in 1946 & 6 in 1947), 1 on RCA Victor (in 1948), 1 on Miracle (in 1949), 1 on VRT (in 1949) & 2 on Lloyds (in 1953; 1 of which was an EP.)
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY ANGELO POMPEO
Jubilee Quartet (BMG): Father Prepare Me - Recorded April 1923; Released September 1923 Paramount 12035 (78 RPM)
b/w "My Lord's Gonna Remove This Wicked Race." On this release, the Norfolk Jubilee Quartette was credited on the record label as the Jubilee Quartet.
They were aka the Norfolk Jubilee Singers, the Norfolk Jubilee Four, the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet, the Norfolk Jazz Quartet(te) & the Virginia Four (on Decca).
The Norfolk (VA) group was active (under the various names shown above) from about 1917 to 1942. During this time period, there were variations in personnel.
Members on this recording; J. "Buddie" Archer (Tenor), Otto Tutson (Lead), Delrose Hollins (Baritone) & Len Williams (Bass; Manager). (Source: Robert M. W. Dixon: "Blues & Gospel Records, 1902 - 1943" 4th Revised Edition - New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).
Note: With respect to this specific release, Dixon notes that it appears that Paramount # 12035 was also released at a very much later date, using the same record number, but with masters re-recorded in September 1927. The re-recorded September 1927 masters were also released (dates unknown) on Broadway # 5048 & Herwin # 93028. (Both releases as by the Georgia Sacred Singers).
As the Norfolk Jubilee Quartette, they had 36 releases (including re-releases) on Paramount: 1 in 1923, 3 in 1924, 4 in 1925, 4 in 1926, 2 in 1927, 4 in 1928, 5 in 1929, 4 in 1930 & 9 in 1932. This was the 12th.
As the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet (note slight different spelling), they had 14 on Decca (2 in 1937, 5 in 1938, 5 in 1939, 1 in 1940 & a reissue in 1946) & 2 on Paramount (in 1927).
As the Norfolk Jubilee Four, they had 1 release on Okeh (in 1921) & 1 on Crown (in 1932). One side of the Crown release was reissued in 1943 on the Joe Davis label as by the Jubilee Male Quartet.
As the Virginia Four, they had 2 releases on Decca: 1 in 1939 & 1 in 1941. (In December 1929, a group named the Virginia Four recorded 4 sides for the Victor label which resulted in 2 releases on the label: 1 in 1930 & 1 in 1933. The exact connection (if any) between this Victor group and the later Decca group is not known at this time.)
As the Norfolk Jazz Quartet(te), they had 10 releases on Okeh (9 in 1921 & 1 in 1922), 6 on Paramount (3 in 1923, 1 in 1924, 1 in 1927 & 1 in 1929) & 4 on Decca (3 in 1937 & 1 in 1938)
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY WOODY S
Belangels (WMG): She's Gone - 1995 Little Maria CD 1004 ("That's The Way It Goes") [Last Played 1/30/20 (Woody S); First Played 12/8/16 (Woody S)]
Group is from Germany. They called themselves the "Bell Angels," which somehow became "Belangels" on their releases. In the early 1990s, they had 1 single released on the Little Maria label (# 003): "Street Corner Symphony."
Known members: Michael David (Lead) and Frank Buttgereit (Bass). They are reported to have a connection to one of the Chordliners groups.
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Consorts (WMG): Time After Time - June 1962 Apt 25066 (Promo $1; Stock $75)[Last Played 9/2/21 (Opener); First Played 8/4/11 (Retro Ray)]
b/w "Please Be Mine." According to Bobby Diskin, the pressing of this 45, on the Cousins label (# 1004), is a "phony" pressing and that Cousins never pressed the record. Cousins' owner, Lou Ciccheti, had the lebels (on Cousins) printed, but before he could press the record, he sold the masters to ABC Paaramount/Apt Records.
 
Consorts' member, Sal Donnarumma, subsequently took the (previously printed) Cousins label and pasted it over the Apt pressing to make it appear that the record was pressed on Cousins.
 
Members of the Bronx (NY) group: William "Billy" Abbate (2nd Tenor), Salvatore "Sal" Donnarumma (1st Tenor), Edward Jacobucci (Baritone) & Bruce Laurent (Lead).
In 1963, the group (or a slight variation of it) had a release as the Chuckles on West Side (# 1019): "On The Street Where You Live" b/w "I'll Wait". West Side was also owned by Lou Cicchetti.
In December 1966, a cappella versions of both sides of the Cousins # 1004 were released on the B-J label (# 1000) with the group name changed to the Four Clefs.
In the late 1970s, the group reformed and had a 1977 release on Crystal Ball (# 111): "Star Above" b/w "Carrie."
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY JERRY ZIDEL AKA ZEKE
Arrogants (WMG): Get A Job - Recorded Circa 1991; Released 1994 Starlight CD 19941 ("Starlight Serenade Presents The Arrogants (Doo-Wop Acappella")
The original group, from the Red Hook section of Brooklyn (NY), had a single release in August 1962 on the Lute label (# 6226): "Canadian Sunset" b/w "Mirror, Mirror."
In 1989, the group reformed, and initially consisted of original members Frank Ayala, Sal Giaraffa & Augie Miuzzo, along with Brian Emer & Les Levine.
According to the CD's notes, the personnel on the recordings on the CD were: Fank Ayala (Lead), Sal Giaraffa (1st Tenor), Brian Emer (Baritone), Denis "Denny" Kestenbaum (Falsetto Tenor) & Les Levine (Bass).
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY JR
Apparitions (WMG): Valerie - 1967 Relic LP 109 ("The Best Of Acappella Volume 7")
Members of the Bergenfield (NJ) group: Joe Sudol (Lead Tenor; 1st Tenor), Owen O'Shaughnessy (1st Tenor), Les Weyant (2nd Tenor), Carl Ambrosano (Baritone) & Bill Roche (Bass).
The Apparitions had 7 recordings that appeared on 4 of Relic's "Best Of Acappella" LPs: 1 on Volume 3, 3 on Volume 5, 2 on Volume 6 & 1 on Volume 7. (They had no released singles.)
Zircons (WMG): (I Hear) Silver Bells - April 1964 Cool Sound 1030 ($50) [Last Played 3/11/21 (Larry & Roze D); First Played 8/23/12 (Wes)]
b/w "You Are My Sunshine." Re-released in 1964 on Old Timer (# 602). "Silver Bells" also appeared on Relic LP # 101: "The Best Of Acappella". (While not designated as Volume 1, this was the 1st of Relic's 7 "Best Of Acappella" LPs.)
Members of the Bronx (NY) group (183rd Street and Grand Concourse) on this recording: Mario Ibanez (Lead Tenor), Carlos Infante (Baritone), Robert McInerny (2nd Tenor), Leo Perez (1st Tenor) & Barry Zakar (Bass).
This was the group's only release on the Cool Sound label. They also had 4 singles released on the Old Timer label (2 in 1964 & 2 in 1965; the 1st was a re-release of their Cool Sound 45), 1 on Catamount (in 1966) & 1 on Amber (in 1966). The group also had an LP on the Snowflake label (in 1968) with their named spelled Zirkons.
In addition to "Silver Bells," the group had 1 other release on Relic's Best Of Acappella LPs; both were on the 1st LP. (The other recording was "Stormy Weather" which was originally released on a 1964 Old Timer 45.)
Note: This is NOT the Zircons whose recordings ("Lonely Way" b/w "Your Way") were released on Mellomood (# 1000) in November 1963. (Their recording of "Lonely Way" also appears on the same Relic LP that the Cool Sound/Old Timer group's recordings were on.)
 
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY JERSEY GIRL CAROLYN
Orchids (BMG): Met A Girl On The Corner - Recorded Circa 1955; Released 1994 Relic CD 7073 ("The Golden Era of Doowops - The Groups Of Parrot / Blue Lake Records, Part 2") [Last Played 2/5/15 (Billy); First Played 11/10/11 (Tony-Bklyn_Vinyl)]
This is a Parrot master (sold to the Vee-Jay label, but never released by Vee-Jay,) It is by the same group who in 1955 had 2 legendary releases on the Parrot label: "Newly Wed" (# 815) & "You Said You Loved Me." (# 819).
Members of the Chicago (IL) group: Ashley Farr, Robert C. Nesbary (2nd Tenor; Pianist), Gilbert Warren (Lead Tenor; 1st Tenor) & Hubert White & Buford Wright (Bass).
 
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Larks (BMG): Fabulous Cars And Diamond Rings - 1962 Cross Fire 74-49 ($50) [Last Played 10/14/21 (PF); First Played 4/12/12 (PF)]
b/w Cross Fire 74-50: "Life Is Sweeter Now." Re-released on March 2, 1964 on Guyden (# 2103). This is the Philadelphia (PA) Larks, best-known for their 1961 releases on Sheryl (# 538): "There Is A Girl."
Members on this recording: Jackie Marshall (Tenor Lead), Weldon A. McDougal III (Bass), Calvin Nichols (2nd Tenor) & Bill Oxendine (Baritone).
The ("Philly") Larks had just this 1 release on the Cross Fire label. They also had 3 releases on Sheryl (in 1961; on 1 they were the uncredited group backing Cleopatra), 1 on Vegas (in 1962 as by Joe Hunter Charles & the Larks), 1 on Priority (in 1963 as by Irma & the Larks), 1 on Fairmount (in 1963 as by Irma & the Larks), 1 on Guyden (in 1964), 1 on Arock (in 1964), 3 on Crusader (1 in 1964 & 2 in 1965 as by Barbara Mason & the Larks; the same record released 3 times), 1 on Jett (in 1965), 1 on Scepter (in 1965 as by Irma & the Fascinators), 2 on Uptown (1 in 1967 & 1 in 1969) & 3 on Tower (1 in 1967 & 2 in 1968).
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY SAL
Channels (BMG): Flames In My Heart - 1957 Whirlin Disc 109 ($125) [Last Played 7/8/21 (Art NJ); First Played 11/13/14 (Tommy Tunes)]
b/w "My Lovin' Baby." Re-released on Port (# 70022) in 1961 and on Lost-Nite (# 354) in August 1971.
Members of the NYC group on this recording: Edward Dolphin (Baritone), Lawrence Hampden (1st Tenor), Earl Michael Lewis (Lead Tenor), William Morris (2nd Tenor) & Clifton Wright (Bass).
This was the last of the group's 5 Whirlin Disc releases: 2 in 1956 & 3 in 1957 with 2 of the 3 being alternate takes released with the same record number).
They also had 2 singles released on Gone (in 1957), 1 on Fury (in 1958), 1 on Fire (in 1959), 7 on Channel (1 in 1971, 2 in 1972, 2 in 1973 & 2 in 1974), 1 on Rare Bird (in 1971), 2 on Lana (in 1966; both earlier recordings with additional instrumentation dubbed in) & 1 on Classic Artists (in 1991).
Chimes (WMG): I'm In The Mood For Love - February 1961 Tag 445 ($10)
b/w "Only Love." Members of the Brooklyn (NY) group on this recording: Lenny Cocco (Lead), Joseph Croce (Baritone), Pat DePrisco (1st Tenor), Rich Mercado (2nd Tenor) & Pat McGuire (Bass).
This was the 3rd of their 5 releases on the Tag label: 2 in 1960, 2 in 1961 & 1 in 1962 as by Lenny & the Chimes. They also had a 1963 release on Metro (re-released that same year on Laurie) and a 1964 release on Vee-Jay as by Lenny & the Chimes.
REQUEST SUBMITTED BY RUBY
Flairs (BMG): I Had A Love - July 1953 Flair 1012 ($400) [Last Played 7/30/20 (Art CT); First Played 11/29/12 (Retro Ray)]
b/w "She Wants To Rock." On this recording, the Los Angeles (CA) group consisted of Richard Berry (Bass; Baritone; Lead), Thomas "Pete" Fox (2nd Tenor), Cornelius "Cornel" Gunter (Tenor), Obediah Jessie aka "Young Jessie" (Baritone) & Beverly Thompson (Tenor). Cornel Gunter sang the lead.
The group was previously known as the Hollywood Blue Jays, and under that name recorded an earlier version of "I Had a Love." (It was released in January 1953, on the Recorded in Hollywood label, # 396.)
This was the group's 1st of 8 releases on Flair: 2 in 1953, 4 in 1954 & 2 in 1955 (on 1 they shared label credit with Shirley Gunter.)
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Little Sylvia (BCG): Drive Daddy Drive - 1952 Jubilee 5093 ($125 est.) [Previously played 10/31/13 (PF)]
b/w "I Found Somebody To Love." Sylvia Vanterpool (aka Vanderpool) before her Mickey & Sylvia days. (She began recording as Little Sylvia in 1950 for Columbia Records.)
Sylvia Vanterpool was born in Harlem (NYC). Before becoming Little Sylvia she shared label credit with the Magichords on a release on Columbia in 1950.
Through her 60+ years in the music industry, she went under a number of names including Little Sylvia, Sylvia, Sylvia Robbins & Shirley Robbins. Her real name was Sylvia Vanterpool. In 1959, after marrying Joseph Robinson, she became Sylvia Robinson.
While achieving some commercial success (in the 1950s, as part of Mickey & Sylvia and in the 1970s as a solo performer), she was hugely successful as a record producer and record label executive. She was the founder of the hip hop label, Sugar Hill Records, and is credited as the driving force behind some of the most acclaimed recordings of that genre. (She became known in the music industry as "The Mother of Hip Hop.")
REQUESTS SUBMITTED BY DAN & AUDREY
Chaps (WMG): They'll Never Be - May 1961 Matador 1814 ($100) [Last Played 10/22/20 (Rox); First Played 6/19/14 (Art S)]b/w "Heaven Must Have Run Out Of Angels." Members: Joseph Cesario, Sonny DeNunzio, George Esposito, Ron Fulton & Bob Savastano. (It is reported that Lou Christie sometimes sang with the group, and when he did, he sang the "high parts.)" The group was from the Kiski Valley section of Pittsburgh (PA).
As the Chaps, they had 1 other release, in September 1960, on Brent (# 7016): "One Lovely Yesterday." After Ron Fulton left the group, they had a 1965 release as the Four Chaps on Co And Ce label (# 231): "True Lovers."
Chargers (BMG): Here In My Heart - Recorded October 27, 1958; Released December 2, 1958 RCA Victor 47-7417 ($20) [Last Played 8/26/21 (Dave); First Played 8/18/11 (George)]
b/w "The Counterfeiter." Members of the Los Angeles (CA) group: Mitchell Alexander (Bass), Bennie Louis Easley (Tenor), James Norman Scott aka Jimmy Norman (Lead Tenor; 2nd Tenor), Dunbar John White (Tenor) & Johnny "Junior" White (Baritone).
 
This was the 2nd and last of the group's 2 releases, both were on RCA-Victor in 1958. On their 1st release, the group was joined by Jesse Lorenzo Belvin; Jesse did not sing on this, their 2nd, release.
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Orioles (BMG): It's Over Because We're Through - Recorded January 10, 1952; Released April 1952 Jubilee 5082 ($500) [Last Played 10/17/19 (Art S); First Played 6/21/12 (Dan)]
b/w "Waiting." Members of the Baltimore (MD) group on this recording: Charlie Harris (Piano), George Nelson (Baritone), Alexander Sharp (1st Tenor), Earlington Carl Tilghman aka Sonny Til (Lead Tenor), & Ralph "Oopie" Williams (Tenor; Guitar).
 
The Orioles had 44 singles released on the Jubilee label: 2 in 1948; 7 in 1949; 8 in 1950; 6 in 1951; 5 in 1952; 6 in 1953; 6 in 1954; 3 in 1955; 1 in 1956. ("It's Over Because We're Through" was their 25th on the label.)