• Clarence E. Quick 

    The Eastmen (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
    aka The East-Men

     

    Personnel :

    Clarence E. Quick (Bass)

    Watsie Lumbard (First Tenor)

    Jethro Worthy (Second Tenor / Baritone)

    Russell Worthy (Second Tenor / Baritone)

    Harold Allen (First Tenor)


    Discography :

    The Eastmen
    1959 - Lover Come Home / Bye Bye My Baby (Mercury 71434)

    Watsie Lumbard & The East-Men (Featuring Hal Jaxon)
    1960 - Passion/ Hum-Dibby-Do-Wah (Glow 100)


    Biography :

    In late 1958, Del Vikings founder, bass singer, and principal songwriter Clarence E. Quick  having received his discharge from the United States Air Force, left the Del Vikings to join the Eastmen, another act that was signed to Mercury Records.  Consisting of Watsie Lumbard, brothers Jethro and Russell Worthy, Harold Allen, and Quick, the Eastmen recorded one single for the label before Jethro left the group in the spring of 1959. Seeking a replacement, Quick brought in Ayers, who was capable of singing lead , first tenor, and second tenor.

    The Eastmen aka The East-Men    The Eastmen aka The East-Men

    This lineup of the Eastmen remained intact for over a year, until Quick and Russell Worthy left. Ayers, Lumbard, Allen, and new members LaVangelis Hicks and Ivan “Lincoln Fig” Figueroa, of Lincoln Fig and the Dates, recorded “Passion” and “Hum-Dibby-Do-Wah" For Glow Records  in Late 1960. After “Come Go With Me” lead singer Norman Wright was discharged from the service in January of 1960, he and Quick formed a new Del Vikings unit with Ayers and Clarence's cousin, William Blakely, who had initially joined the Mercury lineup in 1957.


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Eastmen


    Lover Come Home / Bye Bye My Baby

    Watsie Lumbard & The East-Men (Featuring Hal Jaxon)

      
           Passion                                  Hum-Dibby-Do-Wah
      

    ...


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    The Griffins (1)  (Washington, D.C)
    aka The Warblers

    (By Hans-Joachim)

     

    Personnel :

    William Ross (Lead)

    Bill Alford (First Tenor)

    Lewis "Flip" Thompson (Second Tenor)

    Lawrence Tate (Bariton)

    Joshua Bright (Bass)


    Discography :

    The Griffins (1)
    1955 - Sing To Me / I Swear By All The Stars Above (Mercury 70558)
    1955 - Bad Little Girl / Scheming (Mercury 70650)
    1956 - Forever More / Leave It To Me (Wing 90067)
    1956 - Why Must You Go / My Baby's Gone (Mercury 70913)

    The Warblers
    1973 - Is This The Real Thing / It’s Wrong (The Ontarios) (Baron 101)
    1973 - Love Me Baby (The Ontarios) / Scheming (Baron 106)
    1974 - She's Too Tall For Love / Lonesome Again (The Serenaders) (Outhouse 102)

    Marie Knight (bb The Griffins (1))
    (not credited)
    1956 - As Long As I Love / Tell Me Why (Wing 90069)


    Biography :

    Lawrence Tate and William Ross joined the Griffins in 1953 from the RCA Heartbreakers, who had disbanded in 1953.The Griffins were previously known as the Warblers. The tunes shown below as by the Griffins on Mercury, Entitled "Scheming", was earlier cut by the Warblers.In February of 1955 Mercury Records signs The Griffins to their label.

    The Griffins (1) aka The Warblers   The Griffins (1) aka The Warblers
    Marie Knight                                                                                                                The Griffins (1)

    In less than a month Mercury # 70558 is released featuring the group's versions of the songs "I Swear By All The Stars Above" and "Swing To Me".In July "Bad Little Girl" and "Scheming" on # 70650. In March of 1956 The Griffins are moved to the Wing label from Mercury . In April "Forevermore" and "Leave It To Me" are released on Wing # 90067. In August The Griffins are back on Mercury with "Why Must You Go" and "My baby's Gone" on # 70913.

     

    Songs :

    The Griffins

      
                  Sing To Me                      I Swear By All The Stars Above

      
    Bad Little Girl                                          Scheming

      
    Forever More                                     Leave It To Me


    Why Must You Go / My baby’s Gone

    Marie Knight (bb The Griffins (1))


    As Long As I Love / Tell Me Why

    The Warblers

      
    Is This The Real Thing                             Scheming         

     

    ...


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  • Jimmy Mack & The Watts  

    Jimmy Mack & The Watts (Hamden, Connecticut)

     

    Personnel :

    Jimmy Mack

    Betty Watts

    Ann Watts

    Discography :

    Jimmy Mack & The Watts
    1959 - I Believe I Love You / True Lover Girl (Elgin 1028/1029 / Gee 1056)

    Betty Watts & The Watts / Annie Watts & The Watts
    1959 - Do Me A Favor / Let It Be (Elgin 1030/1031)

    Bette Watts
    1960 - Do Me A Favor / Let It Be (Wand 104)
     

    Biography :

    Jimmy Mack & The Watts were a trio from Hamden, Connecticut whose "I Believe I Love You" / "True Lover" (Gee 1956) from 1960 was originally issued on Elgin 1028 in 1959. (There is no connection between this Jimmy Mack and the Detroit or Chicago based singer of the same name who recorded for labels Palmer, Hamster and other in the ‘60s and ‘70s), The Watts were the Watts sisters (Betty and Ann) who had their own record "Let It Be" / "Do Me A Favor" on Elgin 1030 (Reissued on  Wand 104)

    Songs :

    Jimmy Mack & The Watts

      
    I Believe I Love You                            True Lover Girl  

    Betty Watts The Watts


    Do Me A Favor

    Annie Watts & The Watts


    Let It Be



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  • Gino & The Barons (5)
    Seated  : Gino Custode , Richard Larson (Manager) - Standing : George Cranden. Kenneth Parsons & Lee Parker

    Gino & The Barons (5) (Woodbridge, N.J.)


    Personnel :

    Gino Custode (Lead)

    Kenneth Parsons

    Lee Parker

    George Cranden


    Discogrphy:

    1959 - Peggy / Pretty Lu (Larsen 100)

     

    Biography :

    Gino Custode Is the group’s organiser and the lead singer. Kenneth Parsons, Lee Parker and George Cranden are the other members of The Barons and Richard Larson of Bergenfield Is the boy’s manager.  The boys, all of whom are 16 years of age, have only been practising together four months. They have sung at several Friday hight teen dances In the Township, and are slated to appear at School 19, Menlo Park Terrace, and have already sung at the School dances In Colonia. In Early December 1959, The Four teen­agers re­corded two songs In Newark. The next week they picked up the 1000 copies of the disc which they must plug and sell them­ selves. Gino Custode composed “Peggy,” a cha-cha with he composed himself. On the reverse side is “Pretty Lou,” a jitter-bug number by professionals, Irv Decker and Luclle Hobbs.


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


      
    Peggy                                                    Pretty Lu


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  • The Enchanters The Enchanters (Pittsburgh, PA.)

    Personnel :

    Eddie Newson (Lead)

    Louis Dominick

    Eddie Yates

    Rodney Williams

    Dwayne Fulton 

     

    Discography :

    ?

    The Enchanters
    1954 - Louis Dominick, Eddie Yates , Eddie Newson, Rodney Williams and Dwayne Fulton


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