The Drifters

The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop Pop R&B band, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the D...

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{"key":"4485","name":"The Drifters","bio":"The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop Pop R&B band, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953 from New York City, NY, USA. There have been over 60 members since 1953. www.theofficialdrifters.com shows the current lineup and tour dates.The original DriftersAhmet Erteg\u00fcn of Atlantic Records approached Clyde McPhatter after he left The Dominoes and signed him. McPhatter first recruited several members of his former group, The Mount Lebanon Singers: William \u201cChick\u201d Anderson (tenor), David Baldwin (baritone), and James \u201cWrinkle\u201d Johnson (bass), plus David \u201cLittle Dave\u201d Baughan (tenor). This aggregation lasted for only a single session (from which \"Lucille\" was the only song released), after which Atlantic asked McPhatter to form a different group. He finally settled on Gerhart Thrasherand Andrew Thrasher on baritone and second tenor, respectively, Bill Pinkney on high tenor, Willie Ferbee as bass, and Walter Adams on guitar. This is the group on the second session, which produced the group's first major hit: \"Money Honey\".After the session, Ferbee was involved in an accident and left the group and Adams died (to be replaced by Jimmy Oliver). Ferbee was not replaced and the voice parts were shifted around: Gerhart Thrasher became first tenor, Andrew Thrasher was now the baritone, and Bill Pinkney shifted down to bass. The group released several more hits (\"Such A Night,\" \"Honey Love,\" \"Bip Bam,\" \"White Christmas,\" and \"What'cha Gonna Do\") before McPhatter was drafted in May 1954 (after which he pursued a solo career). McPhatter had demanded a large share of the group's profits, which he had been denied in The Dominoes, but, upon his departure, did not ensure that this would continue for his successor. He sold his share of the group to [bandmember from=1953 to=1956George Treadwell, manager, former jazz trumpeter, and husband of legendary singer Sarah Vaughan. As a result, the Drifters cycled through copious members, none of whom made much money. McPhatter later expressed regret at this action, recognizing that it doomed his fellow musicians to unprofitability.McPhatter was first replaced by David Baughn, who was on the group's first session. While his voice was similar to McPhatter's, his erratic behavior made him unsuitable in the eyes of Atlantic Records executives. Baughn soon left the group, and was replaced by Cleveland native Johnny Moore (of The Hornets). This lineup had a major R&B hit in 1955 with \"Adorable,\" followed by several others (\"Ruby Baby,\" \"I Got To Get Myself A Woman,\" and \"Fools Fall In Love\"). Johnny Moore was drafted in November 1957 and replaced by Bobby Hendricks (who had briefly been with The Swallows), but to no success; the group was not able to break into mainstream markets.In the mid 1950s, the Drifters began working with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, legendary songwriters, who eventually became the group's producers as well. This is widely considered the group's golden age, inaugurated by the 1956 hit \"(April, 1993)I Gotta Get Myself a Woman.\" Low salaries contributed to burnout among the members, particularly Bill Pinkney, who was fired after asking Treadwell for more money. Andrew Thrasher left as well, in protest. Pinkney formed another group, called The Flyers, with lead singer Bobby Hendricks (before he joined the Drifters to replace army-bound Johnny Moore).Bill Pinkney was replaced by Tommy Evans (who had replaced Jimmy Ricks in The Ravens). Charlie Hughes, a baritone, replaced Andrew Thrasher. By early 1958, the lineup was: Bobby Hendricks (lead tenor), Gerhart Thrasher (first tenor), Jimmy Milner (baritone), Tommy Evans (bass), and Jimmy Oliver (guitar). By May 1958, both Hendricks and Oliver had quit, returning only for a week's appearance at the Apollo Theater. During that week, one of the members got into a fight with the owner of the Apollo. That was the last straw for manager George Treadwell, who fired the entire group.Since Treadwell owned the rights to the name \"Drifters,\" and since he still had a year's worth of bookings for the Apollo, he recruited another group, The Five Crowns, featuring lead singer Ben E. King. The group changed its name to the \"Drifters\" and went out on the road to tour for almost a year, although this new group had no connection to the prior Drifters.Bill Pinkney's \"Original Drifters\"Meanwhile, Bill Pinkney and other \"fired\" Drifters once again joined with the Thrashers and David Baughan to begin touring as \"The Original Drifters\" (although their first recordings, for End in 1959, were as the \"Harmony Grits\"). Baughan left after a short time, leaving the group a trio. Bobby Lee Hollis joined in 1964 and took over the lead spot. Later that year, Andrew Thrasher was out and Jimmy Lewis was in. Bobby Hendricks returned, making the group a quintet for a short time, before Lewis left. Andrew Thrasher returned, replacing Hollis. Hollis and Baughan bounced in and out through the 1960s. By 1968, the group was Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Hollis, and Hendricks. At this point, the group split.Pinkney met with an existing group, The Tears, and recruited them as the new Original Drifters. The Tears were Benny Anderson, George Wallace, Albert Fortson, and Mark Williams. Shortly after recruiting them, they broke away from Pinkney and continued touring as the Original Drifters for over a decade (Pinkney filed suit and successfully stopped them at that time).Pinkney then brought in new members Bruce Caesar, Clarence \"Tex\" Walker, and Bruce Richardson. The lineup changed rapidly. In 1979 the group was Pinkney, Andrew Lawyer, Chuck Cockerham, Harriel Jackson, and Tony Cook. Their 1995 album Peace in the Valley, on Blackberry Records, credited vocals to Pinkney, Cockerham, Richard Knight Dunbar, Vernon Young, and Greg Johnson. They appeared on the PBS special, Doo Wop 51 with Pinkney, Dunbar, Johnson, and Bobby Hendricks. The current lineup is Pinkney, Cockerham, Dunbar, Young, and Clyde McPhatter's son, Billy McPhatter. Greg Johnson is now in Bobby Hendricks' Drifters.The second DriftersTreadwell had approached Lover Patterson, the manager of The Five Crowns. All but one member of The Five Crowns went along with the name change to become the Drifters. The new line-up consisted of: Benjamin Earl Nelson (known professionally as Ben E. King; lead tenor), Charlie Thomas (tenor), Dock Green (baritone), and Elsbeary Hobbs (bass). James \"Poppa\" Clark was the fifth member; he was not included in the new group.This new lineup released several singles that became chart hits: \"There Goes My Baby,\" the first commercial rock-and-roll recording to include a string orchestra, \"Dance With Me,\" \"This Magic Moment,\" \"Save The Last Dance For Me,\" and \"I Count The Tears.\" However, personnel changes started almost immediately. Lover Patterson (who had managed the Five Crowns and was now the Drifters' road manager) got into a fight with George Treadwell. Since Patterson had Ben E. King under personal contract, he refused to let King tour with the group. Thus, King continued to record with the group for about a year before beginning a successful solo career. New member Johnny Lee Williams did the touring (although he can be heard leading \"True Love, True Love\"). Williams was subsequently replaced by Rudy Lewis (of The Clara Ward Singers), who led the Drifters on hits such as \"Some Kind Of Wonderful,\" \"Please Stay,\" and \"Up on the Roof.\" While recording \"Please Stay,\" songwriter Burt Bacharach met Dionne Warwick, a backup singer, thus beginning a legendary partnership.Bass Elsbeary Hobbs was drafted and eventually replaced by the returning Tommy Evans (from the 1958 group). Dock Green left in 1962 and was replaced by Eugene Pearson (of The Rivileers and Cleftones). Tommy Evans left again in 1963 and was replaced by Johnny Terry. After his military service and a failed solo career, Johnny Moore returned in 1964, making the group a quintet of Moore, Charlie Thomas, Rudy Lewis, Gene Pearson, and Johnny Terry.Later that year, the group was scheduled to record \"Under the Boardwalk\" on May 21. However, Rudy Lewis died the night before the session, and Johnny Moore took over as the sole lead (he and Lewis had been alternating). Terry was replaced in 1966 by Dan Dandridge for a couple of months, then by William Brent, who had been with Johnny Moore in The Hornets in 1954. Gene Pearson was replaced by Rick Sheppard that same year. By late 1966, baritone\/bass Bill Fredricks replaced William Brent. Charlie Thomas, the group's last \"original member\" (from the day The Five Crowns had become the Drifters), left in mid-1967 and was replaced by Charles Baskerville, a former member of The Limelites. Baskerville stayed only a short time, leaving before a session (which was done as a trio). Baritone Milton Turner was added by the end of 1967. In late 1969, Milton Turner left and was replaced by another singer named Charlie Thomas (who took the nickname Don Thomas to avoid confusion with the former member). This lineup lasted only a few months. By March 1970, the Drifters had broken up. Johnny Moore and Bill Fredericks reunited in January 1971 (along with two unknown singers) to do an independently-produced session that was subsequently sold to Atlantic. \"A Rose By Any Other Name\" and \"Be My Lady\" became the Drifters' last Atlantic release.Post-Atlantic careerAfter this, the Drifters moved to [place[England and underwent the usual bewildering personnel changes. Throughout the 1970s, the only charted records for the group were on the British charts - notably \"Kissing In The Back Row Of The Movies\", \"There Goes My First Love\" and \"You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book\". Along with Moore and Fredricks, Butch Leake and former Ink Spots mamber Grant Kitchings[\/bandmember were members initially. Fredricks was replaced by Clyde Brown the next year, and Kitchings by Billy Lewis the year after. Leake was replaced by Joe Blunt in 1976, making the lineup Johnny Moore, Clyde Brown, Joe Blunt, and Billy Lewis. This year, Faye Treadwell renamed the group's management company Treadwell Drifters Inc.Moore left in 1978 and was replaced by Ray Lewis. Blunt and Billy Lewis left in 1979 and were replaced by the returning Johnny Moore and former Temptations lead Louis Price. Moore left again in late 1982, along with Clyde Brown. They were replaced by two returning members, Ben Nelson (a.k.a. Ben E. King) and Bill Fredricks.Around this time, members left and rejoined frequently. Fredricks, Lewis, and Price left in 1983 and were replaced by the returning Johnny Moore, Joe Blunt, and Clyde Brown. In 1986, the group changed all of its members and the new lineup consisted of new member Jonah Ellis and former members Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, and Louis Price. The next year, more former members came in as replacements, making the group Moore, Billy and Ray Lewis, and Gene Jenkins (replaced shortly after by George Chandler, then John Thurston). Ray Lewis was out in 1988, and was replaced by Joe Cofie. In 1989, Billy Lewis left, and replaced by the returning George Chandler, then Tony Jackson, Keith John, and finally Peter Lamarr in 1990.Thurston was out at the end of the year and was replaced by Roy Hemmings. Patrick Alan was in for Lamaar briefly. Lamaar left in 1991 and was replaced by Rohan Delano Turney. This lineup lasted until 1996, when Cofie was out and Jason Leigh was in. Leigh was replaced after two years by the returning Peter Lamarr.Tragedy struck in 1999 when the group's longest serving member, Johnny Moore, died. Patrick Alan returned to the group, keeping it a quartet. Lamarr left again in 2003, and was replaced by Victor Bynoe. Hemmings left in 2004 and was replaced by the again-returning Lamarr. The group's current lineup is Peter Lamarr, Rohan Delano Turney, Patrick Alan, and Victor Bynoe. This line up is fully endorsed by Johnny Moore's wife and in Allan, Lamarr and Turner actually contains three of the longest serving Drifters members.In 2001, Faye Treadwell left the United Kingdom, allegedly due to bankruptcy. Two members of her company, Mark Lundquist and Phil Lunderman, started a new management company, Drifters UK Limited, to run the group. Their new duties included stopping a patent by an imposter Drifters group. As of December 2006, writs have been served in the London High Court by Tina Treadwell, daughter of George and Faye, against Lundquist and Lunderman, alleging they are not the rightful controllers of The Drifters. Tina's group features Roy Hemmings and Jason Leigh. It should be noted that Hemmings remained with Lundquist and Lunderman initially, leaving three years after the formation of Drifters UK Limited. It will be interesting to see how things transpire should Treadwell win her case, since the current Drifters lineup touring the UK has built up a fan base selling out one tour after another with Johnny Moore and continuing after his death. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has inducted both 'The Original Drifters' (1998) and 'Ben E. King and The Drifters'(2000).In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked The Drifters #81 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.On July 4, 2007, Bill Pinkney died of a heart attack in his room at the Hilton Hotel, Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was in town to perform for the 4th of July Red, White and Boom Event.In 2009, the lineup consists of Damion Charles, Michael Williams, Steve V. King and Maurice Cannon. For tour dates and more info go to www.theofficialdrifters.com There was also a Japanese vocal group called the Drifters although the romanisation of their name (\u30b6\u30c9\u30ea\u30d5\u30bf\u30fc\u30b9)\u3000yields many variations: Doriftas, Dorifutas, Dorihutasu, etc.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/4485_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"200,000 - 50,000"}

The Platters

The Platters were a successful black vocal group of the early rock n roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge betw...

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{"key":"23704","name":"The Platters","bio":"The Platters were a successful black vocal group of the early rock n roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock n roll Tin Pan Alley tradition of the Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers and the explosion of teenage music in the mid 1950s. The most successful incarnation of the group comprised lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, and Zola Taylor.The Platters formed in Los Angeles, CA, USA in 1953 and were initially managed by Ralph Bass. They had a contract with Federal Records but experienced little record success until they met music entrepreneur and songwriter Buck Ram. He added lead vocalist Tony Williams (who gave the Platters their distinctive sound) and female vocalist Zola Taylor. Under Ram's guidance, the Platters recorded seven singles for Federal in an R&B\/gospel style, scoring minor regional hits on the West Coast. One song recorded at Federal, \"Only You (And You Alone)\", originally written by Ram for the Ink Spots was deemed unreleasable by the label.Despite lack of chart success, the Platters were a profitable touring group\u2013so successful that The Penguins, fresh from their No. 2 single Earth Angel, asked Ram to manage them too. With the Penguins as a bargaining chip, Ram persuaded Mercury Records into a 2-for-1 deal. In order to sign the Penguins, he insisted, the label also take the Platters. Ironically, the Penguins never had a hit for the label.Convinced by Tony Williams that \"Only You\" had potential, Ram had the group re-record it during their first Mercury session. Released in the summer of 1955, it became the group's first Top Ten hit on the pop charts, and topped the R&B charts for seven weeks. It has since become one of the most played records in any genre and the song has been covered by innumerable artists. Ironically, the follow-up, The Great Pretender, with lyrics written by Ram in the washroom of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, exceeded the chart success of their d\u00e9but and became the Platters' first national No.1 hit. The Great Pretender was also the act's biggest R&B hit, with an 11-week run at the top of that chart. In 1956. The Platters appeared in the first major rock n roll movie, Rock Around the Clock, and performed both \"Only You\" and \"The Great Pretender\" and they sang \"You'll Never Never Know\" in The Girl Can't Help It, produced the same year.The Platters' unique vocal style touched a nerve in the music-buying public, and a string of hit singles followed, including two more Top 100 No. 1 hits, one Hot 100 No. 1 hit, and more modest hits such as \"I'm Sorry\" (No. 11) and \"He's Mine\" (No. 23) in 1957, \"Enchanted\" (No.12) in 1959, and \"The Magic Touch\" (No.4) in 1956. The Platters hit on a successful formula of updating older standards, such as \"My Prayer\", \"Twilight Time\", \"Harbor Lights\", \"To Each His Own\", \"If I Didn't Care\" and Jerome Kern's \"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes\". This latter release caused a small controversy after Kern's widow expressed concern that her late husband's composition would be turned into a \"rock n roll record\". It topped both American and British charts in a tasteful Platters-style arrangement.The group was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in its inaugural year of 1998. The Platters were the first rock n roll group to have a Top Ten album in America. They were also the only act to have three songs included on the American Graffiti soundtrack that sparked an oldies revival in the early to mid-1970s: \"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes\", \"The Great Pretender\" and \"Only You (and You Alone)\".Many groups have toured bearing the name The Platters but only one member of the original line-up, Herb Reed, was still touring and performing with Herb Reed's Platters in 2008.Zola Taylor died on April 30th 2007 of pneumonia whilst recovering from surgery.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23704_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Coasters

The Coasters were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1955 by Carl Gardner (tenor) and Bobby Nunn (bass) after the spli...

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{"key":"22921","name":"The Coasters","bio":"The Coasters were formed in Los Angeles, California in 1955 by Carl Gardner (tenor) and Bobby Nunn (bass) after the split of doo wop group The Robins.Their collaboration with legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller gave them a unique sound that was very humorous most of the time. Their first huge hit came with \"Young Blood\" and \"Searchin'.\" They also had success with hits such as \"Yakety Yak,\" \"Charlie Brown,\" and \"Little Egypt.\"Gardner was still touring with The Coasters as late as 2005, although he is the only surviving original member. Gardner is now semi-retired and has handed the reins over to his son Carl Jr.In 1987, they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, thus becoming the first group to be inducted (the other inductees at the time were solo acts). In 2000, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame. In 2004, \"Young Blood\" was #414 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 Songs Of All Time. \"Young Blood\" and \"Yakety Yak\" were part of The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll. The band's song \"Down In Mexico\" appears on the new film, Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/22921_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Flamingos

The Flamingos are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted doo wop group from the United States, most popular in the mid to...

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{"key":"4553","name":"The Flamingos","bio":"The Flamingos are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted doo wop group from the United States, most popular in the mid to late 1950s and best known for their 1959 cover version of \"I Only Have Eyes for You\". Billboard magazine wrote The Flamingos are universally hailed as one of the finest and most influential vocal groups in pop music history; their music being defined as elegant and sophisticated.Jacob Carey (Jake) and Ezekial Carey (Zeke), bass and 2nd tenor, respectively, formed the group in Chicago, Illinois, after meeting cousins baritone Paul Wilson and first tenor John E. \"Johnny\" Carter at a Hebrew Israelite congregation. Earl Lewis (not the Channels lead) soon joined, and after a series of name changes, (The Swallows, El Flamingos, The Five Flamingos), wound up being known as The Flamingos. Sollie McElroy soon replaced Lewis (who joined The Five Echoes). The Flamingos' first single (for Chance Records), \"If I Can't Have You\", was a moderate local success, as was the follow-up \"That's My Desire\", but it was Johnny Carter's composition of \"Golden Teardrops,\" with its complex vocal harmonies and Carter's soaring falsetto, that cemented their reputation as a top regional act of the day.The Flamingos left Chance Records sometime after their December 1953 session and signed with DJ Al Benson's Parrot Records. Sollie McElroy was on their first Parrot session, but left the group in December 1954, to be replaced by tenor Nate Nelson (who was on their second Parrot session; he's lead on \"I'm Yours,\" released in January 1955). In early 1955, the Flamingos signed with Chess Records, to record for their Checker Records subsidiary. At Chess\/Checker, the Flamingos achieved their first national chart hit with \"I'll Be Home\", which went to #5 on Billboard's R&B chart (Pat Boone's cover version, complete with incorrect lyrics, was a hit on the pop charts). The group also had moderate success for the label with other chestnuts like \"A Kiss From Your Lips,\" \"The Vow,\" and \"Would I Be Crying\". The Flamingos also appeared in the 1956 Alan Freed movie, Rock, Rock Rock. Both Zeke Carey and Carter were drafted that year (Carter was drafted in September).Nate Nelson, Jake Carey, and Paul Wilson continued the group with new member Tommy Hunt (added in October 1956). Another new member, tenor\/lead, guitarist, and arranger Terry \"Buzzy\" Johnson, joined in late December of that year. This group (Nate Nelson, Tommy Hunt, Terry Johnson, Paul Wilson, and Jake Carey) began recording for Decca Records in April 1957. Their most notable single was Johnson's arrangement of \"The Ladder of Love\", but legal entanglements between Checker and Nate Nelson ruined any chance of commercial success. Zeke Carey returned to the Flamingos in 1958, making the group a sextet. (When Johnny Carter was discharged from the service, he joined The Dells, performing with them for almost 50 years until his death in 2009.) Zeke and Jake Carey were not blood-related, but were considered cousins, because of Zeke being adopted by Jake's aunt and uncle.That year, the Flamingos began recording for George Goldner's End Records in New York City, where they had several national hits. Almost immediately, the group had their first pop chart hit with \"Lovers Never Say Goodbye\", written by Terry Johnson, who shared lead chores on the song with Paul Wilson. The formula was a winner as Terry and Paul also led three of the 12 songs selected for their first album Flamingo Serenade - George Gershwin's \"Love Walked In\", \"But Not For Me\" and \"Time Was\". The Flamingos would have their biggest seller in 1959 with another old standard from that LP, on which Nate Nelson handled lead chores. \"I Only Have Eyes for You\" (written in 1934 by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin for the film Dames) became their biggest seller, and has been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows. A long series of hits followed, including the Johnson-penned \"Mio Amore\", Doc Pomus' composition \"Your Other Love\", \"Nobody Loves Me Like You\" (written for the group by Sam Cooke), and \"I Was Such a Fool\". LP cuts \"Love Walked In\" and \"Time Was\" were also issued as singles. That same year, they appeared in the Alan Freed movie, Go, Johnny, Go, singing a frenetic version of \"Jump Children\" (originally recorded for Chance Records in the early days). The group became known almost as much for their stage show and choreography as for their harmonies. Groups including The Temptations and The Tavares would later credit the group as major influences.The group began to come apart at the turn of the decade. Tommy Hunt left for a solo career in 1960. Nate Nelson and Terry Johnson split to form the \"Modern Flamingos\" in 1961, and went on to record as The Starglows on Atco Records in 1963. (The Modern Flamingos name was used later; the group would include members of the defunct Del-Knights in the late 1960s). New members were brought in, making the group Zeke Carey (tenor), Jake Carey (bass), Paul Wilson (baritone), Billy Clarke (tenor), Eddie Williams (tenor), Alan Fontaine (guitar), and Julien Vaught (saxophone). Also Johnny Carter left in 1961 to join The Dells. Clarke and Williams took duties on most new lead vocals.A sixth vocalist, Doug McClure, was added in 1962. Shortly afterwards, Clarke and Williams left the group. Founding member Paul Wilson left in 1964, new member Sidney Hall joined in 1966, and Jacob Carey's son J.C. Carey joined in 1969. They recorded several uptempo songs through the 1960s, peaking at #26 in the UK Singles Chart with \"The Boogaloo Party\". Around this time, the Flamingos formed their own label, Ronze, and produced many of their own recordings.The group continued recording into the 1970s. A new album was released in 1972 on Ronze, entitled The Flamingos Today. By this time, the group was the Careys, McClure, Fontaine, the returning Billy Clarke, and former Limelite Clarence Bassett, Jr. New member Frank \"Mingo\" Ayers joined soon after. More mildly successful recordings came in this decade, including the uptempo \"Heavy Hips\", and \"Buffalo Soldier\".By 1980 the group was Jake Carey, Zeke Carey, Frank Ayers, and Jerome Wilson. Ayers left around this time, joining the Del Vikings. In 1984, two new members joined: Bennie Cherry and Archie Satterfield. In 1988, the group was featured at the 1988 Grammy Awards.By the early 1990s, the group was the Careys, Satterfield, Ron Reace, and Kenny Davis. Later, it was the Careys, Reace, and King Raymond Green. Jake Carey died in 1997. The group recorded a new album, Unspoken Emotions, under the Ronze label in 1999. It featuring re-recordings of \"Ain't Nothing But A Party\" and \"I'll Be Home\", led by Zeke Carey. The group appeared on the PBS television special Doo Wop 50 that same year. The lineup was Zeke Carey, J.C. Carey, Ron Reace, King Raymond Green, and Larry Jordan. Zeke Carey died in 2001. King Raymond Green and Ron Reace left around that time and were replaced by Earnest \"Just Mike\" Gilbert and former Dynamic Superior George Spann. James Faison entered shortly thereafter. Tommy Hunt has flown in from England (where he has lived since 1970) to perform with this group twice since 2001.The group split up in late 2005 due to money disputes. Spann, Jordan, Gilbert, and Faison grouped together to reform Spann's old group, The Dynamic Superiors. Carey brought in new members, and toured with Tommy Hunt starting in April 2007.Terry Johnson is the owner of \"The Flamingos\" federal trademark and leads the current incarnation of the group. The current lineup is Johnson, Starling Newsome, Stan Prinston and musical director Theresa Trigg. The Flamingos featuring Terry Johnson appeared on two PBS specials: Rock and Roll at Fifty (in which they were the only group to have more than two songs featured) and Doo Wop Cavalcade: The Definitive Anthology. In 2013, The Flamingos released the Diamond Anniversary Tour CD. They continue to perform in concerts across the country.J.C. Carey Jr., Terry Johnson, Tommy Hunt, and descendants of Nate Nelson and Paul Wilson, sued PepsiCo for having used \"I Only Have Eyes For You\" in a 1998 television commercial, allegedly without having consulted the group. The group was awarded $250,000.The Flamingos received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award in 1996 (where Terry Johnson, Jake Carey, Zeke Carey, Tommy Hunt and Johnny Carter performed) and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame in 2004. The group that performed at the Rock Hall ceremony included Terry Johnson on lead, Tommy Hunt and Johnny Carter. In 2003, The Flamingos recording of \"I Only Have Eyes For You\" (co-written by Walle (Walter) Dillard) was inducted into the Grammy Award Hall of Fame.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/4553_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Harptones

The Harptones was an American doo-wop group.The group never had a top forty pop hit, or even a record on the national R&...

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{"key":"83082","name":"The Harptones","bio":"The Harptones was an American doo-wop group.The group never had a top forty pop hit, or even a record on the national R&B charts, yet they are still considered one of the most influential doo-wop groups, both for their lead singer, Willie Winfield and their pianist\/arranger, Raoul Cita. The Harptones may have been the first doo-wop group to number a full-time arranger among their members, and Cita knew how to work to Winfield's strengths. Their best-known recordings include Life Is But A Dream, Sunday Kind of Love and The Shrine of St. Cecilia. The song Life Is But A Dream is featured in the movie Goodfellas during Karen and Henry's wedding. The song can be found on the film's soundtrack. Sunday Kind Of Love by the Harptones was one of the must songs in every street corner dop wop group's songlist.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/83082_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Five Satins

The Five Satins are an American doo wop group, best known for their song, "In the Still of the Night".The group, formed ...

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{"key":"23536","name":"The Five Satins","bio":"The Five Satins are an American doo wop group, best known for their song, \"In the Still of the Night\".The group, formed in New Haven, Connecticut, consisted of leader Fred Parris, Lou Peebles, Stanley Dortch, Ed Martin and Jim Freeman in 1954. With little success, the group reorganized, with Dortch and Peebles leaving, and new member Al Denby entering. The group then recorded \"In the Still of the Night\", which was originally released as the b-side to the single, \"The Jones Girl\". The single was released the following year, and \"In the Still of the Night\" ended up charting at number three on the R&B chart and number 25 on the pop charts. Parris entered the Army soon after, and the group reorganized again, with Martin, Freeman, Tommy Killebrew, Jessie Murphy and new lead Bill Baker. This lineup hit with another highly successful song, Billy Dawn Smith's \"To The Aisle\".Upon Parris' return from the Army, a new lineup was assembled, consisting of Parris, Lou Peebles (who was in a previous incarnation of the Five Satins), Sylvester Hopkins, Richie Freeman and Wes Forbes. The group would be briefly known as \"Fred Parris and the Scarlets\", until the Baker-led group split up. At this point, they reverted to the Five Satins name, but had little success on the charts.By the early 1970s the group was Parris, Peebles, Richie Freeman, Jimmy Curtis and Corky Rogers, and they continued recording into the 1980s, with Parris, Richie Freeman, Curtis and Nate Marshall. Meanwhile, Bill Baker started his own Five Satins group in 1981, with former Satin Sylvester Hopkins and Hopkins' brothers Carl and Frank. By the late 1980s, this group consisted of Baker, Harvey Potts, Jr., Anthony Hofler and Octavio DeLeon.Fred Parris continues to perform. Bill Baker died in 1994.Awards and recognition:In 2003, the Five Satins were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.Present day:One of the original members of the Five Satins now works in the cafeteria at the University of New Haven. Jim Freeman lives in Norwalk, Iowa and owns a pest control company. Wes Forbes is a psychologist in the State of California, currently employed with Alliant International University as a Training DirectorFred Parris and Richie Freeman are still actively performing with the Five Satins. The lineup now also includes Eugene Dobbs and Nadina Perry.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23536_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Marcels

The Marcels were a doo-wop group known for turning beloved American classical pop songs into rock and roll. The group fo...

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{"key":"361","name":"The Marcels","bio":"The Marcels were a doo-wop group known for turning beloved American classical pop songs into rock and roll. The group formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with lead Cornelius Harp, bass Fred Johnson, Gene Bricker, Ron Mundy, and Richard Knauss. In 1961 many were shocked to hear a new version of the ballad, \"Blue Moon\" that began with the bass singer say, \"bomp-baba-bomp\" and \"dip-da-dip.\" Still, the record sold a million and is featured in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.The disc climbed all the way to number one in the UK singles chart. However all follow-ups sank without trace, and the group became known there as a one-hit wonder. Even in their U.S. homeland, later revivals in the same vein as \"Blue Moon\" - \"Heartaches\" and \"Melancholy Baby\" - were much less successful.In August of 1961, Knauss and Bricker left and were replaced by Alan Johnson (brother of Fred) and Walt Maddox. Mundy left soon after, leaving the group a quartet.In 1962, Harp and Alan Johnson left, and were replaced by Richard Harris and William Herndon. There was a brief reunion of the original members in 1973. The group made several recordings in 1975 with Harp back on lead.By the early 1990s the group was Johnson, Maddox, Harris, Jules Hopson and Richard Merritt.The group split around 1995. Fred Johnson formed his own group with new members, while the other four members recruited new bass Ted Smith. Maddox won a lawsuit against Sunny James Svetnic, the manager of Johnson's group, for trademark infringement in 1996. Svetnic died in 2002.Johnson reunited with Harp, Mundy, and Knauss in 1999 for the PBS special Doo Wop 50 with a fifth member.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/361_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Earls

The Earls, sometimes credited as Larry Chance and the Earls, were a popular recording group from the 1960s formed in The...

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{"key":"64769","name":"The Earls","bio":"The Earls, sometimes credited as Larry Chance and the Earls, were a popular recording group from the 1960s formed in The Bronx, New York. In 1962, their single \"Remember Then\" was a hit, and \"Life Is But a Dream,\" \"Never\" and \"I Believe\" also charted. As the oldies revival scene started a strong run in the early 1970s and 1980s, the Earls became one of the most requested groups in the doo-wop genre. They are still actively performing and remain on the oldies circuit.Other recordings included \"Looking For My Baby\" and \"Kissing.\" Albums included Remember Me Baby, The Earls: Today, The Earls - Live, Earl Change, and Streets of the Bronx.Biography The Earls are one of the New York City doo-wop success stories. Discovered singing on the street corner in front of subway station, the Earls took the original black doo-wop street corner harmony sound, and refined and expanded it for new audiences.Larry Chance was the driving force behind the group's formation and success. Larry grew up in Philadelphia and attended high school with Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, and Danny Rapp of Danny and the Juniors. But it was not until 1957 that he moved with his parents to the Bronx after high school, that his musical career took off.Chance formed a group at the Tecumsa Social Club, known as the Hi-Hatters. The group was Chance, Bob Del Din, Eddie Harder, Larry Palombo and John Wray. In the fall of 1959 they were singing in front of a subway station when Johnny Powers, who had a fledging record label, Rome Records, heard them. Powers took them into the recording studio. They paid to record four tracks as the Hi-Hatters.About this same time, Chance picked the name the Earls at random out of a dictionary. Later, in 1959, the Earls lost their original member Larry Palombo in an army skydiving accident when his parachute failed to open during an exercise. In 1961, Rome released the Earls' first record \u2013 \"Life is But a Dream\" (Rome 101 \u2013 1961) b\/w \"Lost Love\" (and later released with \"Whoever You Are\" as the B-side). The group then performed with Murray the K and on Dick Clark's American Bandstand show. They released another record that year, \"Looking For My Baby\" (Rome 102) b\/w \"Cross My Heart\".In 1962, the group hooked up with Stan Vincent and recorded \"Remember Then\" for Old Town Records (Old Town 1130) b\/w \"Let's Waddle\". It was a hit, peaking at #24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963. Chance co-wrote the group's next single \"Never\" b\/w \"I Keep A-Tellin You\" (Old Town 1133\u20131963). The group scored another hit in 1963 on Old Town with \"Eyes\" b\/w \"Look My Way\" (Old Town 1141). Later, a demo \"I Believe\" was released (Old Town 1149\u20131963) b\/w \"Don\u2019t Forget\".Chance later had a brief solo career, recording \"Let Them Talk\". He returned to the Earls who, at that time, had two new members \u2013 Bob Moricco and Ronnie Calabrese. The group started playing their own instruments and, in 1967, recorded \"If I Could Do It Over\" b\/w \"Papa\" (Mr. G 801 \u2013 1967), and a track for ABC Records, \"Its Been a Long Time Coming\" b\/w \"In My Lonely Room\" (ABC 11109\u20131967).The group continued performing into the 1970s and, in 1977, they released a disco version of The Velvets' \"Tonight (Could Be the Night).\" By 1983, the group's personnel were Chance, Ronnie Calabrese, Colon Rello, Bobby Tribuzio and Tony Obert, and they recorded Larry Chance and the Earls \u2013 Today.Former member Art Loria died October 23, 2010. He performed and recorded with the group for 8 years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was the writer of the groups tribute to Elvis song, \"He's Alive. The song is also on LARRY CHANCE SINGS COUNTRY, a new album by ChanceMembers Larry ChanceBobby TribuzzioBobby Coleman Past members Jack WrayEddie HarderBobby Del-DinMike MoneLarry Palumbo (died 1959)Ronnie CalabreseArt Loria (died 2010)Bobby ColemanChris CassoneChuck MerizoGeorge Tuzzeo","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/64769_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Clovers

There are multiple groups by this name.1:The group formed in 1946 at Armstrong High School in Washington, D.C., with mem...

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{"key":"23067","name":"The Clovers","bio":"There are multiple groups by this name.1:The group formed in 1946 at Armstrong High School in Washington, D.C., with members Harold Lucas, Billy Shelton, and Thomas Woods. John \"Buddy\" Bailey was added soon after, and they began calling themselves the \"Four Clovers\", with Bailey on lead. In perfecting their sound, the group pushed Shelton and Woods out in 1948, and brought in Matthew McQuarter and Harold Winley.Their break came in 1950, when they were introduced to Lou Krefetz, who became their manager. They signed to New York's Rainbow Records and released two singles, \"Yes Sir, That's My Baby\" and \"When You Come Back To Me\". Soon after, Krefetz brought them to Atlantic Records' Ahmet Ertegun, and they were signed to Atlantic in 1951. At this point, Bill Harris was added as their guitarist. Their first appearance came in February of that year at the Apollo Theater.Their very first Atlantic session produced their first big hit, \"Don't You Know I Love You\", which hit #1 on the national charts in June of 1951. \"One Mint Julep\" (written by Rudy Toombs) and \"Fool Fool Fool\" also went #1 in September. Bailey was drafted in 1952, and John Phillip was brought in to replace him. He stayed for just a few months, before leaving and being replaced by Charlie White, who had been in the Dominoes and the Checkers.With personal problems, White was fired near the end of 1953. His replacement was Billy Mitchell. The group continued recording with Atlantic, without as much success as they'd previously seen. Buddy Bailey was discharged from the Army in May of 1954, and rejoined the group, making them a quintet. They continued in recording, and in 1955, found moderate success with \"Devil or Angel\".Mitchell left in 1957 to do solo work, but rejoined shortly thereafter, opting to do both solo work and work with the Clovers. Their Atlantic contract expired, and Krefetz moved them to his own label, Poplar Records. Poplar was purchased by United Artists Records shortly thereafter. The group's work with United Artists put them in contact with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. After a few recordings there, they had their biggest hit, \"Love Potion #9\", which came in July of 1959, and featured Mitchell on lead.Their UA contract expired in 1961, and they moved to Winley Records. With little success there, the group split. Lucas and Mitchell brought in new members James \"Toy\" Walton and Robert Russell, and recorded shortly for Atlantic. John Bailey recorded with his own Clovers group in 1962 for Winley (owned by Harold's brother Paul).Mitchell left in 1962, and was replaced by Roosevelt \"Tippie\" Hubbard. They recorded as \"Tippie and the Clovermen\" and \"Tippie and the Clovers\" for Tiger Records, a subsidiary of Rust Records. John Bailey's group, by this time consisting of Nathaniel Bouknight, Peggy Winley Mills (sister of Paul and Harold), and Ann Winley, Paul's wife, recorded for another Paul Winley label, Porwin records. Near the end of 1963, the two groups came back together, into a Clovers trio featuring Harold Lucas, John Bailey, and the returning Harold Winley.Following The Searchers' remake of \"Love Potion #9\" in 1965, some of the old Winley and Porwin tracks were leased to Pickwick International Records, who released them as the album The Original Love Potion #9 By The Clovers. Winley left for the second time in 1965. Bailey and Lucas recorded briefly for Atlantic with the returning Robert Russell and Jimmy Taylor. The sides were sold to Port Records and released with little success. Lucas and Bailey split that year.Lucas and Russell brought back Tippie Hubbard and Toy Walton and, with fifth member Al Fox, recorded as \"Tippie and the Wisemen\" for Washington D.C.'s Shrine Records. With Fox out, the changed back to The Clovers. John Bailey also formed a Clovers group, who re-recorded \"Devil or Angel\" and \"Love Potion #9\" for Lana Records in 1965. To add to this confusion, Harold Winley started a third Clovers group in 1968, with members Bobby Adams, Johnny Taylor, and Ray Loper, and recorded for Josie Records.Robert Russell died in 1969 and Lucas replaced him with John Bowie. They released a disco tune, \"Bump Jive!\", on D.C. based Alladin Records in 1975. Shortly after the recording, Toy Walton died, and was replaced by Johnnie Mason. Tippie Hubbard died in 1980 and was replaced by Steve Charles.A reunion was planned in 1988 in Austin, Texas. Lucas brought his Clovers, as well as reuniting with John Bailey, Matthew McQuarter, and Harold Winley. Lucas' group also performed at a benefit concert later that year for Bill Harris, the groups long-time guitarist. Also in 1988, Lucas' group recorded for Ripete records, in Elliott, South Carolina.Chuck Battle replaced Charles around 1990. Harold Lucas became ill and stopped touring around 1993. His place was taken by Richard Merritt. Battle left in 1992 and was replaced by Preston Monroe, who was later replaced by David Warren. This lineup performed on the PBS special, Doo Wop 51. John Bowie died in 2002, and the group split.Following the 1988 reunion, Bailey and Winley joined Jimmy Nabbie's Ink Spots. Winley is still in that group. Prior to his death, Bailey also performed solo, sometimes backed up by The Calvanes, who feature former Bailey-Clovers member Bobby Adams. No remnants of the former Bailey groups or Winley's group exist.The Clovers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.2: The Clovers is a celtic punk band from Japan.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23067_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Diamonds

Several artists uses the name The Diamonds: One from Canada, another from Norway and yet another probably from Jamaica.1...

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{"key":"23173","name":"The Diamonds","bio":"Several artists uses the name The Diamonds: One from Canada, another from Norway and yet another probably from Jamaica.1. The Diamonds (Canada). The original vocal quartet consisted of Dave Somerville, Phil Levitt, Ted Kowalski, and Bill Reed. When Kowalski and Reed left they were replaced by Californians John Felton and Evan Fischer.In the beginning the group practiced several types of vocal styles, including four part \"barber style\" harmony. The Diamonds began their singing in local clubs, school functions, church socials, and anywhere they could find an audience.They came to the attention of Coral Records, a subsidiary of Decca Records, where they covered two records, Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots ( a hit for the Cheers) b\\w \"Nip Sip\" (a Clovers song) during the summer of 1955. Neither sold well enough to convince Coral to retain them. However, Bill Randle, an influential Cleveland deejay, liked them enough to mention their name to an executive at Mercury Records. the Diamonds signed with one of the labels that developed the market for \"covers.\"The Diamonds decision to cover rhythm and blues artist was the result of economic reality: cover records sold very well in markets where the original versions wouldn't be acceptable. Among their hits in 1956 were \"Why Do Fools Fall In Love,\" \"Church Bells May Ring,\" \"Love, Love, Love\" and \"Ka-King-Dong,\" originally recorded by the Teenagers, the Willows, the Clovers, and the G-Clefs, respectively.After their run with success in the 50s and 60s they continued performing till the present day.2. The Diamonds are a brand new popgroup \/ boyband from Bergen - Norway. Matias Tellez, H\u00e5kon Nj\u00f8ten, Axel Vindenes , Kim Furuhaug, Thomas S\u00e6vig og Stian S\u00e6vigThe Diamonds will sing \"European girl\" in the Norwegian edition of Eurovision song contest 23th. january 2010..3. The Diamonds are also a reggae band who appear on the Lee \"Scratch\" Perry compilation \"Open the Gate\" on Trojan Records performing a tune called \"Talk About It\".","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23173_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Crests

The Crests were a popular New York City R&B musical group of the late 1950s, often thought to be another all-black teena...

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{"key":"40845","name":"The Crests","bio":"The Crests were a popular New York City R&B musical group of the late 1950s, often thought to be another all-black teenage-sound band, they were in fact about as integrated as a group could get, with four men (two of them black, one Puerto Rican and one Italian) and one black female. The band was founded by JT Carter and included Talmoudge Gough, Harold Torres, and Patricia Van Dross (older sister of the late Luther Vandross) JT found lead vocalist Johnny Mastrangelo (later just Johnny Maestro). The group had several Top 40 hits including \"16 Candles\", \"Step By Step\" and \"The Angels Listened In\". Johnny Maestro later formed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1968 and had a Top 40 hit with \"The Worst That Could Happen\". JT Carter kept the band together and working steadily through the 1990's. The current version of the Crests contains no original members.Their most popular song was \"Sixteen Candles\" which rose to number 2 on the Billboard charts in 1958.The 1984 John Hughes teen movie Sixteen Candles took its title from The Crests' song, which was rerecorded by The Stray Cats for the Sixteen Candles soundtrack.It should be noted that Johnny Maestro went on to form the Brooklyn Bridge who had two number one hits including \"The Worst That Could Happen\" . His voice got better with age but unfortunately Mastroangelo passed away last year of throat cancer at the age of 65.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/40845_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Chantels

The Chantels were the first black female group to have nationwide success. The group was established in the early 1950's...

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{"key":"38728","name":"The Chantels","bio":"The Chantels were the first black female group to have nationwide success. The group was established in the early 1950's at St. Anthony of Padua school in the Bronx. The group consisted of Arlene Smith (lead), Sonia Goring, Rene Minus, Jackie Landry Jackson and Lois Harris. They got their name from a rival school, St. Frances de Chantal.They were discovered by Richard Barrett, lead singer of the Valentines and eventually signed to End Records. Their first single was \"He's Gone\" (Pop #71) in August 1957. In January 1958 they released their second single, \"Maybe\" (#15 Pop; #2 R&B). Several other singles were released on End, though none as successful as \"Maybe.\"The group was dropped by End in 1959, and Arlene Smith decided to go solo. Lois left to pursue a college education. In 1960, Annette Smith (no relation) replaced Arlene and the group went to Carlton Records, where they had their second huge hit with \"Look in My Eyes\" (#14 pop, #6 R&B). Several other singles followed and the group switched labels several times. Personnel changed throughout the 60's, with their final single released in 1970.Arlene fronted a new group of Chantels in the 1970s for oldies shows and continues to perform. The remaining original Chantels reformed as well and hired Noemi (Ami) Ortiz as their new lead singer. Jackie Landry died in 1997.The Chantels were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/38728_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Skyliners

The Skyliners are an American doo wop group from Pittsburgh fronted by Jimmy Beaumont. The original lineup included Wall...

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{"key":"42437","name":"The Skyliners","bio":"The Skyliners are an American doo wop group from Pittsburgh fronted by Jimmy Beaumont. The original lineup included Wally Lester, Jack Taylor, Joe Versharen, and Janet Vogel. They were best known for their 1959 hit, \"Since I Don't Have You\". Popular covers by Chuck Jackson, Don McLean, Guns N' Roses, and Ronnie Milsap have helped keep the song in the public consciousness. They had a few other minor hits, including \"Pennies From Heaven\" and \"This I Swear\". Their current lineup includes, in addition to Beaumont, Nick Pociask, Dick Muse, Mark Groom, and Donna Groom.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/42437_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Cleftones

Formed in Queens, NY, in 1955, the Cleftones consisted of five friends from Jamaica High School – Herb Cox (lead), War...

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{"key":"40815","name":"The Cleftones","bio":"Formed in Queens, NY, in 1955, the Cleftones consisted of five friends from Jamaica High School \u2013 Herb Cox (lead), Warren Corbin (bass), Charlie James (first tenor), William McClain (baritone), and Berman Patterson (second tenor). Originally signed to Gee, the group released its first single, \"You Baby You,\" late in 1955; an up-tempo doo wop song, the record became a regional hit. \"Little Girl of Mine,\" the Cleftones' second single, broke nationally, charting at number eight R&B and number 57 pop in 1956; two other similar singles, \"Can't We Be Sweethearts\" and \"String Around My Heart,\" were released the same year, yet they failed to attract national attention. \"See You Next Year,\" a ballad the group recorded in 1957, did not earn the group an audience outside of New York. Two years later, McClain left the group and was replaced by Gene Pearson from the Rivileers. Patricia Spann was also added to the Cleftones' lineup that year, which helped nudge the band away from traditional group-oriented doo wop harmonies and towards a vocal sound that was dominated by the lead vocals. In 1961, the Cleftones realized the potential of the sound with their smash hit version of the standard \"Heart and Soul;\" it became the group's biggest hit, reaching number 18 on both pop and R&B charts. Later that year, the group had another hit with \"For Sentimental Reasons,\" but the band had reached a peak with \"Heart and Soul\" and were never able to reach those heights again. The Cleftones broke up in 1964, three years after their greatest success. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All-Music Guide","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/40815_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Monotones

There are at least four bands who were called The Monotones:1) The Monotones were a six-member Doo Wop band in the 1950s...

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{"key":"42438","name":"The Monotones","bio":"There are at least four bands who were called The Monotones:1) The Monotones were a six-member Doo Wop band in the 1950s United States. They are considered a one-hit wonder, as their only song to reach widespread popularity was the doo-wop hit \"(Who Wrote) The Book of Love\", which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958.The Monotones formed in 1955 when the seven original singers \u2014 all residents of the same housing project in Newark, New Jersey \u2014 began performing covers of popular doo-wop songs. The members of the Monotones were lead singer Charles Patrick, first tenor Warren Davis, second tenor George Malone, bass singer John Smith, second bass singer John Ryanes, and his brother, baritone Warren Ryanes. Charles Patrick's brother James was originally a member, but he left soon after the group's formation. In 1957 the group recorded their first song, \"Book of Love\". The song was released in 1958 and propelled the group to short-lived fame. Later releases never gained popularity. The Monotones disbanded in 1962. Surviving members have met to revive \"Book of Love\" several times since the breakup.Don McLean, in his 1971 song \"American Pie\", made reference to \"The Book of Love\" as a symbol of the innocence of 1950s rock 'n' roll culture.2) The Monotones were a Dutch band, who had a novelty hit with their song \"Mono\" in 1980. The Monotones were a side-project of another Dutch novelty act: Rubberen Robbie.3) The Monotones are also a alt\/indie band from the Midlands, UK.4) The Monotones were a 1960s garage rock band from Southend-on Sea in Essex, UK.All of these are not to be confused with the group Little Jerry and the Monotones.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/42438_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Five Stars

The Five Stars are a family group formed in 1974 by Aloa Tu'uga consisting of his two sons, Alofa and Solomona, and othe...

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{"key":"211017","name":"The Five Stars","bio":"The Five Stars are a family group formed in 1974 by Aloa Tu'uga consisting of his two sons, Alofa and Solomona, and other relatives, Samu, Faifua, Fa'atoe and Uli Misa.The Five Stars are the most popular group to ever come out of Samoa. They have toured extensively and released 10 albums over their career.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/211017_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Bobbettes

The Bobbettes were a girl group who had a 1957 top 10 hit song called "Mr. Lee".The group, which originally formed in Ha...

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{"key":"38605","name":"The Bobbettes","bio":"The Bobbettes were a girl group who had a 1957 top 10 hit song called \"Mr. Lee\".The group, which originally formed in Harlem, New York, in 1955, was first known as 'The Harlem Queens.' The girls first met while singing at the Glee Club at P.S. 109 in Harlem. They were soon discovered by James Dailey, a record producer, who also became their manager, while playing a concert at the legendary Apollo Theater's amateur night, and were quickly signed to a contract on the Atlantic Record Label.In 1957, the girls released their first hit single, \"Mr. Lee\", a song based on a former grade school teacher of theirs. The song became their best recording ever. Over the next few years they followed up that single with such other recordings as, \"I Shot Mr. Lee\", \"Have Mercy Baby\", \"You Are My Sweetheart\", and \"Dance With Me Georgie.\" The recording of \"I Shot Mr. Lee\", was originally refused by the Atlantic Record Label, but the song started to climb the charts rapidly, and Atlantic was forced to release their own version of the song. In 1960, the group left the Atlantic Record Label and signed a contract with the End Records Label. For that label the girls released the songs, \"Teach Me Tonight\", \"I Don't Like It Like That\", and the follow-up, \"I Like It Like That.\" Although the recording of, \"I Like It Like That\", was the girls' last chart topper, they continued to record for a series of record labels, including Diamond and Mayhew, before disbanding in 1974. They also toured the oldies circuits for many years after their breakup. Other recordings by the Bobbettes include, \"Oh My Pa-Pa\", \"Speedy\", \"Zoomy\", and \"Rock And Ree-Ah-Zole (The Teenage Talk)\".\t\u20ac\tJannie Pought (8 November 1945 - September 1980) was a Rhythm and Blues musician and a native of Harlem. She died at the age of 34, stabbed to death while walking down a street in Jersey City, New Jersey.\t\u20ac\tLaura Webb, later known as Laura Webb-Childress (8 November 1941 - 8 January 2000), another native of Harlem, died at the age of 59 from the effects of colon cancer.\t\u20ac\tEmma Pought\t\u20ac\tHelen Gathers\t\u20ac\tReather Dixon","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/38605_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Elegants

The Elegants is a doo-wop band that was started in 1958 by Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogano, Carmen Romano an...

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{"key":"36257","name":"The Elegants","bio":"The Elegants is a doo-wop band that was started in 1958 by Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogano, Carmen Romano and James Mochella in South Beach, Staten Island Before their nursery-rhyme-inspired song, \"Little Star\", became a number one hit, the band usually performed informally under the boardwalk by their homes.Vito Picone (lead singer), born 17 March, 1940Carman Romano (baritone), born 17 August, 1939James Moschella (bass), born 10 May, 1938Arthur Venosa (first tenor), born 3 September, 1939Frank Tardogano (second tenor), born 18 September, 1941After Little Star dominated the radio, the band, still in their teens, toured with artists such as Buddy Holly, Dion and the Belmonts, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. However, none of their subsequent singles reached the success of Little Star and eventually the band fizzled out.In the late 1960s, lead singer Vito Picone restarted the group, this time with three new vocalists Fred Redmond, Nino Amato and Bruce Copp. The core of this group is still together and to this date have not stopped touring around country. They can be seen annually performing at the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, Manhattan.Mention The Elegants and you will say \"Little Star\". I doubt if many of you can think of any other title by the group. Like the Silhouettes and the Hollywood Argyles (not to mention Kyu Sakamoto and the Singing Nun), the Elegants have the dubious distinction of hitting the number one spot on the pop charts and then dropping out of sight completely.The Elegants were formed in 1957, but two of the founding members, Vito Picone and Carman Romano, had previously sung (and recorded one single, \"Darling Come Back\") with a short-lived quartet called Pat Cordel and the Crescents. Pat Cordel (real name Patti Croccitto) was the 15-year old female lead singer of the group and the three male members were not much older. Picone and Romano were not about to give up and recruited James Moschella, Frank Tardogno and Arthur Venosa to form a new group. All five members came from Staten Island, New York. While practicing and playing local talent shows and dances, they picked up a 19-year old manager, Kathy Watts, who schooled them choreographically and musically.In late 1957, Picone and Venosa wrote \"Little Star\", based on the nursery rhyme \"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star\" (the melody of which was NOT originally composed by Mozart, in spite of what many sources will have us believe). It went down very well at their performances, but as they did not yet have a recording contract, they could not record it. When the Elegants learned that another Staten Island group called The Secrets were about to record \"Little Star\" for Decca, they feverishly set about the task of finding a record deal. Enter Blanche Kaslin. In 1955, Blanche (Bea) Kaslin, comptroller for Al Silver's Herald label in New York, had formed her own label, Hull (and later Mascot). Working from two rooms at 1595 Broadway, Kaslin produced a number of vocal group classics such as \"A Thousand Miles Away\" by the Heartbeats, \"Been So Long\" by the Pastels, \"Book Of Love\" by the Monotones, and, later, \"Daddy's Home\" by Shep and the Limelites. Kaslin recognized the hit potential of \"Little Star\" immediately. She signed the Elegants to Hull and recorded the song in April 1958, along with its B-side, the quite different \"Gettin' Dizzy\", a straightforward rocker. But the record would not come out on Hull. From past experience, Kaslin knew that she could not bring home a hit on her own small label. So, to avoid distribution problems, she leased the master directly to ABC-Paramount without ever releasing it on Hull. \"Little Star\" was one of five inaugural releases on Apt Records, a subsidiary launched by ABC-Paramount in May 1958. By July the record was selling 80,000 copies a day and on August 25th it hit # 1 (for 1 week), a tremendous achievement for a debuting group. The importance of \"Little Star\" went beyond the record's own success : the sound influenced many young white groups of the late 1950s and early 60s, such as The Capris, the Mystics, Randy and the Rainbows and the Passions.The follow-up Apt single, \"Please Believe Me\"\/\"Goodnight\" was issued in October 1958, in the style of Dion and the Belmonts. Although it had widespread intial airplay, it never even touched the Top 100. After another flop in the shape of \"True Love Affair\", ABC dropped the group. Kaslin held on to the quintet for one more release on Hull, \"Little Boy Blue\", another nursery rhyme, but this made no impact either, nor did two United Artists singles in 1960. When Vito Picone was injured in an accident in 1961, the remaning group members decided to go it alone, prompting Vito to pursue a solo career when he recovered. In 1965 he was signed to Laurie Records and recorded a few singles with a new group as Vito and the Elegants. After a period of musical inactivity, Picone reformed the Elegants in the late 1970s and recorded an LP with them (their only album) called \"A Knight With the Elegants\". Since then, Picone has reassembled various groups, called them The Elegants and played the oldies circuit. They are still based on Staten Island.Along with Dion and the Belmonts, the Elegants were one of the best and most influential white doo-wop groups. But the records they released all tended to sound like \"Little Star\" and the group never regained their momentum after that colossal hit. \"Little Star\" was the only million seller for the group, and was written by Venosa and Picone. It spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, earning gold disc status.The song reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1958.After \"Little Star\" dominated the radio, the band, still in their teens, toured with artists such as Buddy Holly, Dion and the Belmonts, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. However, none of their subsequent singles reached the charts at all making them a prime example of one-hit wonders.In early 1970s, lead singer Picone returned to the group replacing Tardogno as the lead singer. That group comprising Vito Picone, Freddie Redmond, Nino Amato and Bruce Copp have been together ever since and to this date, have not stopped touring. They can be seen annually performing at the San Gennaro Festival, in Little Italy, Manhattan, New York.According to the Elegants website, Freddie Redmond died of emphysema in 2006, and was replaced by original member, James Moschella. As of 2012, the Elegants are still performing at concerts and events throughout the United States, under the name \"Vito Picone & The Elegants\". They still perform \"Little Star\", as well as their interpretations of many golden oldies. The Elegants band consists of Mike Catalano on bass guitar, Joe Lucenti on lead guitar, Mark Garni on keyboards and Sal Albanese on drums.Moschella performed with The Charts in the 1980s.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/36257_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Sensations

There were two groups known as The Sensations. The first was a vocal R&B group from Philadelphia who began recording in ...

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{"key":"42428","name":"The Sensations","bio":"There were two groups known as The Sensations. The first was a vocal R&B group from Philadelphia who began recording in the 50s. The second was vocal harmony quartet from Jamaica who recorded in the 60s.1) The Sensations, a quartet from Philadelphia, PA, were one of the first groups of the rock and roll era with an all male background and a female lead.The group formed in Philadelphia in 1954, with Yvonne Mills lead, Tommy Wicks tenor, Alphonso Howell bass, and one other forgotten member, and appeared in amateur shows as the Cavaliers. In 1955, the unique makeup of the group caught the attention of Atlantic Records and the Sensations began a three year association with Atlantic\u2019s Atco subsidiary. The first two singles by the Sensations were old standards that were given major musical overhaul. In November, 1955 the Sensations first single \u201cYes Sir, That\u2019s My Baby\u201d was released and by February 18, 1956 it had reached #15 on the R&B charts. On November 17, 1955 they appeared at Philadelphia Town Hall with Ray Charles.The follow up to \u201cAin\u2019t She Sweet\u201d was released on April 14, 1956 reaching #13 R&B in May. These were followed by \u201cMy Heart Cries For You,\u201d \u201cLittle Wallflower,\u201d \u201cKiddy Car Love,\u201dand \u201cMy Debut To Love.\u201d When the Atco contract expired Yvonne retired to marry (Yvonne Baker) and raise a family.In 1961, Howell feeling that vocal groups were once again in demand convinced Baker to re-form the Sensations. Tenor Richard Curtain and baritone Sam Armstrong were added, and the group convinced local Philadelphia disc jockey Kae Williams to manage them. William\u2019s arranged a record deal with Chess Record\u2019s Argo subsidiary. The Sensations recorded \u201cMusic, Music, Music\u201d which reached #54 Pop and #12 R&B in the summer of 1961. It was their first R&B hit in five years and first Pop hit ever.In the winter of 1961, the Sensations came out with the Baker written \u201cLet Me In.\u201d \u201cLet Me In\u201d became their biggest hit reaching #2 Pop and #2 R&B in early 1962.As so often happens after a major hit, the Sensations couldn\u2019t record any follow up hits to sustain their momentum. \u201cThat\u2019s My Desire\u201d made it to #69 in 1962 and there were two more Argo releases along with several on William\u2019s own Junior label. But nothing could bring the group back. Yvonne Baker latter attempted a solo career.2) The Sensations were a Jamaican vocal harmony quartet closely tied to similar groups the Techniques and the Uniques. The nascent version of the Sensations included singers Cornel Campbell, Jimmy Riley, Buster Riley, and Bobby (Aaron) Davis, although the makeup of the group was fairly fluid. They scored early hits in the 1960s for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label, including the classic \"Every Day Is a Holiday\" and a cover of the Supremes' \"Baby Love.\" By the time of one of their later hits, \"Warrior,\" the lineup consisted of Johnny Osbourne, Jackie Parris, Buster Riley, and Bobby Davis. Essentially a rotating group of interlinked Jamaican session singers, the Sensations were solidly professional, and on the strength of \"Every Day Is a Holiday\" alone, deserve to be better known. 3) A punk rock band from Japan. Contains members from United Skates. They play a mix of Ska, Hardcore, Funk, Thrashcore, and Pop Punk.MEMBERSVo: OSAWA17Gt\/Cho: REDBa\/Cho: BALLSAX\/Cho: MASAXDr: ICHIKAWA","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/42428_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Treasures

"The Treasures" were a Phil Spector-produced vocal group. They released a cover of the Beatles song "Hold Me Tight" in ...

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