• Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-WaysStanding from left,  Skip Hadden, Tommy Esian & John Magyar.  Seated from left, Jimmy Harris, Ricky Vac & Paul Ticherich.


    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-Ways (Berea, Ohio)




    Personnel :

    Ricky Vaculig (Ricky Vac) (Lead)

    Paul Ticherich

    Jimmy Harris

    John Magar

    Jimmy Gillahan

    Tommy Esian






    Discography :

    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-Ways
    1961 - Collen / How Do You Think I Feel (Hilltop 1871)

    Collen Kaye & The Rock-A-Ways
    1961 - Two Girls / Tell Me Why (Hilltop 1878)

    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-Ways






    Biography :

    Ricky Vaculig, a 16-year-old Berea High student, decided to start a band after hearing Bill Haley’s "Rock Around the Clock" at the drive-in. Gathering a few fellow classmates and others in 1956, Ricky shortened his name and created the band, Ricky Vac and the Rock-A-Ways, a vocal and instrumental group . Members included Paul Ticherich, Jimmy Harris, John Magar, Jimmy Gillahan, Tommy Esian and later, Skip Hadden. They were also a racially integrated band - one of their guitarists, Jimmy Harris, was black.

    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-WaysTom Esian, Jimmy Harris, Paul Gillahan, Ricky Vac, Paul Techerich and John Magyar

    When Ricky was just sixteen he went to Cleveland and recorded a song he wrote titled "My Baby's Gone". Jack Scott picked it up and released it on one of his albums and it became a national hit. The Rock-A-Ways wrote and played their own original music. Jimmy Harris (the bands guitarist) composed three instrumentals, The Band signed a recording contract the first of which, "Rock-A-Way Boogie" became the bands theme song. The second tune was "Dream Theme", and the third was "Doo Flicky Junction".

    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-Ways    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-Ways 
     

    Ricky teamed up with Paul Ticherich (the piano player) to write a song about a native gal from Berea. Ricky named the song "Colleen" after classmate Colleen Kaye Siodla, who sometimes sang with the band. The tune was recorded on Hilltop Records, a subsidiary of DOT Records. Ricky Vac and the Rock-A- Ways performed that tune on the Danny Thomas "National Heart Fund" television show. The same year, they backed Colleen Kaye Siodla on Hilltop Records.

    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-Ways

    The band played at the old Sahara Motel in Cleveland. It was the anchor band for the KYW radio station’s road show. They also played at Paramount Theater on the same bill as The Flamingos and a new singer, Frankie Avalon. The band gained fame along the way. The band music stopped in the early 1960s when Ricky was drafted. He wanted to return to it in 1964, but discovered the British had invaded the nation.





    Songs :

    Ricky Vac & The Rock-A-Ways


    Collen

    Collen Kaye & The Rock-A-Ways

       
    Two Girls                                    Tell Me Why








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  • Candy & The Kisses   (click on picture)

     

     

     


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  •  

    The Challengers (2) aka The Executives (2) aka The Challengers III
     

    The Challengers (2) (Cleveland, Ohio)
    aka The Executives (2) aka The Challengers III

     



    Personnel :

    Anne Bogan (Lead)

    George Hendrix

    Dorothy Hutchinson

    James Hutchinson




    Discography :

    The Challengers (2)
    1962 - Honey, Honey, Honey / Stay With Me (Tri-Phi 1012)

    The Challengers III
    1962 - Honey, Honey, Honey / Stay With Me (Tri-Phi 1012)
    1963 - Every Day / I Hear An Echo (Tri-Phi 1020)

    The Executives (2)
    1963 - River Of Tears / Come On Now (Explosive 3821 / Mink 5004)
    1963 - Why / Come On Baby (Revenge 5003)





    Biography :


    Harvey Fuqua discovered Anne Bogan singing in a church on Quincy Avenue in Cleveland and championed the shy, petite soul singer's career. The original Challengers consisted of two neighborhood (79th & Central/Quincy area) friends: Dorothy and James Hutchinson and George Hendrix.  Harvey issued their first release in 1962 on Tri-Phi Records a label he ran with his wife,  Gwen Gordy-Fuqua.

    The Challengers (2) aka The Executives (2) aka The Challengers III(L to R) Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy, Gwen Gordy Fuqua and Harvey Fuqua

    "Honey, Honey, Honey" did well where it got played. Bogan delivers a bloodcurdling performance on the underrated self-written ballad that's also known as "Honey Three Times." Tri-Phi just didn't have the clout or the resources to put it over the top.  The Challengers next Tri-Phi release was "I Hear an Echo," written by Bogan, Harvey Fuqua, and Pa Colman; it was similar to "Honey," complete with another thrilling vocal from Bogan, but was less successful. On this release they became the Challengers III featuring Ann Bogan. Cleveland native, George Hendricks, substituted for Hutchinson when James couldn't make a gig, but gigs weren't plentiful, so the work didn't amount to much. Hendricks would befriend Choker Campbell, Motown's road bandleader, and record for Campbell's company.

    The Challengers (2) aka The Executives (2) aka The Challengers III   The Challengers (2) aka The Executives (2) aka The Challengers III

    As the Challengers III, their career was over, but Fuqua started them anew as the Executives; they recorded two obscure singles in 1963, "River of Tears" and "Why." Both were initially released on Explosive Records then switched to Mink and Revenge Records, respectively. In May of 1963, Bogan recorded a duet on Harvey Records with Fuqua entitled "Will I Do" b/w "What Can You Do Now"; the A-side is a stark, simple ballad, and the flip is a classic '50s styled R&B duet. Neither the Executives nor the duet sold well and Harvey and Gwen joined the blooming Motown empire. Bogan became a Motowner in the merger, but nobody jumped to record her. She languished for years before replacing Gladys Horton in the Marvelettes, joining originals: Katherine Anderson and Wanda Young-Rogers.





    Songs :

    The Challengers (2) III


    Honey, Honey, Honey / Stay With Me

      
    Every Day                     I Hear An Echo



    The Executives (2)


    River Of Tears



     

     






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  • Reed Harper & The Three Notes (1) aka The Notes (2) aka Reed Harper Trio

    Reed Harper & The Notes (2) (Brooklyn, NY)
    aka The Three Notes (1) aka Reed Harper Trio





    Personnel :

    Reed Harper (Lead)

    Paul Cardile

    Joe Dopico

    Bobby Fiola





    Discography :

    Reed Harper & The Three Notes (1)
    1958 - Oh Elvis / O Sole Mio-Rock N Rol (Pyramid 4012)

    Reed Harper & The Notes (2)
    1958 - Shaky Little Baby / Walking Together (RCA 7426)
    1958 - Sweetheart Of The Prom / I Miss You So (Vik 328/Smart 1001)
    1960 - Three Charms / It's worth Remembering (Luck 105)

    Reed Harper Trio
    1960 - Mother Please / I've Got You Out Of My System (Terry 108)
    1962 - Cleopa-Ter-A / Meadowland (Ford 118)

    Unreleased :
    N/A - The Seniorita With The Golden Fan
    N/A - I'm Flyin'
    N/A - Shuffin' Along
    N/A - Wasting My Time









    Biography :

    Vocal group from Brooklyn fronted by Pop and doo-wop singer Reed Harper.  The members of the group were Paul Cardile, Joe Dopico and Bobby Fiola. In 1957, They recorded an obscure and much sought after Elvis tribute record entitled "Oh, Elvis on the Pyramid label under the name Reed Harper and the Three Notes.

    Reed Harper & The Three Notes (1) aka The Notes (2) aka Reed Harper Trio  Reed Harper & The Three Notes (1) aka The Notes (2) aka Reed Harper Trio


    On September 10 of 1955, RCA Victor announces that label "X" will be renamed Vik Records. In April of 1956 RCA reports that Vik will move into the R & B field. They have signed two performers who originated much of the R & B style, Bill Kenney former lead singer of The Inkspots, and Louis Jordan, and in May the label signs The Treniers. The label went on to sign a number of great R & B artists, such as Brook Benton, Mickey and Sylvia, Champion Jack Dupree, The Heartbreakers, The Sh-Booms (aka, The Chords) and Reed Harper.

    Reed Harper & The Three Notes (1) aka The Notes (2) aka Reed Harper Trio    Reed Harper & The Three Notes (1) aka The Notes (2) aka Reed Harper Trio

    Paul Cardile, Reed Harper, & Joe Dopico. Not pictured: Bobby Fiola.

    In 1958 with RCA Victor, the group recorded "Shaky Little Baby" b/w "Walking Together" under the name Reed Harper & The Notes and the same year, they Cut "Sweetheart Of The Prom" b/w "I Miss You So" on the Vik label. On the following disc, there is the great "Three Charms" recorded on Luck records in New York . "Three Charms" and " It's worth Remembering"  written by Vinny Catalino. They will record two new singles in the early 60s under the name of "Reed Harper Trio".



    Songs:
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

     

    Reed Harper & The Three Notes (1)

          
              O Sole Mio-Rock N Rol                       Oh Elvis

     

     

     Reed Harper & The Notes (2)

         
    Three Charms                Sweetheart Of The Prom                   Shaky Little Baby

      
     I Miss You So                  It's Worth Remembering

     

     

     

     

     

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  • The Escorts (6)
    The Escorts (6) (Brooklyn, New-York)





    Personnel :

    Rodney Garrison (Lead)

    Richard Berg

    Richard Perry (Bass)

    Richard Rosenberg




    Discography :

    The Legends
    N/A - Zoom, Zoom, Zoom  (Unreleased)

    The Escorts (6)
    1962 - Gloria / Seven Wonders Of The World (Coral 62302)
    1962 - As I Love You / Gaudeamus (Coral 62317)
    1962 - Somewhere / Submarine Race Watching (Coral 62336)
    1963 - My Heart Cries For You / Give Me Tomorrow (Coral 62385)

    The Escorts (6) Featuring Goldie
    1963 - One Hand, One Heart / I Can't Be Free (Coral 62349)

    Goldie & The Escorts (6)
    1963 - Back Home Again / Something Has Changed Him (Coral 62372)





    Biography :

    The Year was 1961 and a local high school group from Polly Prep in Bay Ridge Brooklyn had recorded a demo "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom ». Richard Rosenberg, Richard Berg, Richard Perry and lead singer Jim Picardi had stopped the demo around ending up at Coral Records. That attracted the interest of Dick Jacobs, a conductor/arranger/A&R man at Coral Records -- who also happened to be the father of a classmate from the school and they were signed to a recording contract.

    The Escorts (6)

    By the time of their first session, however, Rodney Garrison had replaced Picardi on lead vocals. Their first four sides, "Gloria," "Seven Wonders of the World," "Gaudeamus", and "As I Love You," revealed The Escorts as an unusually talented and spirited white doo wop group, reminiscent of the Mystics but with some fascinating wrinkles to their sound. And while those sides never charted, they did get local club bookings.

    The Escorts (6)      The Escorts (6)

    It was at one such booking, at the Lollipop Lounge, that they made the acquaintance of an aspiring female singer named Genya Zelkowitz, who used the nickname "Goldie." The next time The Escorts went into the studio, Garrison had departed and Zelkowitz was singing lead -- "Submarine Race Watching" was far more advanced than The Escorts' first sides, and their rendition of "Somewhere" from West Side Story showed how rich and compelling the mix of female falsetto and male doo wop accompaniment could be. They later worked and recorded for a time as Goldie & the Escorts, and Zelkowitz developed a very unusual girlish-yet-soulful approach to singing that might've carried them somewhere.

    The Escorts (6)    The Escorts (6)

    Goldie remained the lead singer up to the groups final release, turning the reins over her song writer friend Bobby Lance. Goldie wanted to continue singing but the guys were in college and had other ideas. She formed an all girl band with drummer , Ginger Panebianco, Margo Croccito and Carol MacDonald, so was born Goldie & The Gingerbreads.

     




    Songs :

    The Legends


    Zoom, Zoom, Zoom


    The Escorts (6)

         
    Gloria                     Seven Wonders Of The World             As I Love You

         
    Gaudeamus                    Somewhere                   Submarine Race Watching

      
    My Heart Cries For You         Give Me Tomorrow


    The Escorts (6) Featuring Goldie

      
    One Hand, One Heart                    I Can't Be Free



    Goldie & The Escorts (6)


    Back Home Again

















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