• The Escos

    The Escos (Cincinnati, OH)

    Personnel :

    Lonnie Carter (Lead Baritone/Tenor)

    Winfred Gerald (Tenor)

    George Carter

    Wilbert Bell

    Discography :

    1959 - Chick-A-Dee / I'm Lonesome For You (Esta 100) 

    1960 - Diamonds And Pearls / We Dance (Federal 12380)

    1961 - Golden Rule Of Love / Watcha Bet (Federal 12430)
    1961 - Thank You Mr. Ballard / Yes, I Need Someone (Federal 12445) 

    1963 - Shame Shame Shame / That's Life (Federal 12493)

    Biography :

    In 1959 Lonnie Carter and Winfred Gerald left the Otis Williams' Charms and started their own group, called the Escos. The others were George Carter  and Wilbert Bell.

       "The Escos" - formely "Impalas"???                                                                                                                                           

    In June 1959, they recorded "Chick-A-Dee" and "I'm Lonesome For You," which were released on Eve Dodds' Esta label (out of Hamilton, Ohio) in July. Syd Nathan (Federal label Owner, a King Records subsidiary) got the Escos to record for him. The quartet recorded a handful of singles for the Federal subsidiary label from 1960 to 1963.

         The Escos

    Otis Williams' then transferred to OKeh Records but without success, before signing to Stop Records as a solo country artist.


    Songs :
     (Update By Hans-Joachim)

    I'm Lonesome For You          Yes, I Need Someone           Diamonds And Pearls

    Golden Rule Of Love                     That's Life                               Watcha Bet      

    We Dance                    Shame Shame Shame                 Thank You Mr. Ballard




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  • Frani & The Frantics (2)
    from left: Fran Russak, Karla Major, Alayne Major and Jim Morabito

    Frani & The Frantics (2) (New York)


    Personnel :

    Fran Russak (Lead)

    Karla Major

    Alayne Major

    Jim Morabito


    Discography :

    1964 - You Threw A Line / Skin And Bones (Giant Star 401)


    Biography :

    Frani & the Frantics were a vocal quartet of Fran Russak, sisters Karla Major and Alaine Major, and Jim Morabito. Fran Russak came from Carmel, New York, the others from Peekskill. Their one and only single from the spring of 1964, “You Threw a Line” b/w “Skin and Bones” was also the first on the Giantstar label of Mahopac, owned by Raymond Meltzer. Giantstar would release three singles by the Mark IV of Poughkeepsie. The labels of Giant Star GS 401 credit Dorothea Meltzer & Jeannie Villetto for both songs. Ray Meltzer owned Jemel Publishing, JNR Production and Music-All Inc. Copyright registration shows another song, “Why Ya Make Me Wanna Cry” which Frani & the Frantics attempted but didn’t finish. Jeanne Villetto had previous experience in song-writing, composing “I Dig That Guy” for the top side of a single by Claire Lane (aka Claire Litke, a member of the Ramrods) on Josie 904 (b/w “Run Run Run Away”). Villetto and Litke also wrote “Do You Hear Me Call?” in 1962, but I’m not sure if this was recorded.


    You Threw A Line                             Skin And Bones


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  • Darwin & The Cupids (5)
     Bobbi Brown, Darwin lamm and Janet Peters

    Darwin & The Cupids (5) (Vancouver, Wa)

    Personnel :

    Darwin  Lamm

    Bobbi Brown

    Janet Peters 


    Discography :

    1960 - How Long / Chloe  (Jerden 1)
    1960 - Goodnight My Love / Won't you give me a chance (Jerden 9)


    Biography :

    Darwin Lamm was an 18 year-old singer/songwriter living in Vancouver, Washington in 1960 when he heard Bonnie Guitar was appearing in town at the “Frontier Dinner Club.” Bonnie had several hit records on her own but was also credited with discovering the group The Fleetwoods.
Not yet of legal drinking age, Darwin nonetheless grabbed up a couple of songs he had written with The Fleetwoods in mind, and headed for the club where Bonnie was singing.   The doorman, of course, stopped him at the door for I.D., but, by claiming he had some important papers for Bonnie, young Darwin was allowed to enter and sit back by her dressing room.
After Bonnie finished her set, Darwin met her outside her dressing room, where he actually sang his compositions in a live audition. Little did Lamm know, but Bonnie was looking for another Fleetwoods-like group.

       Darwin & The Cupids (5)                                                           Darwin                                                            Janet Peters, Bobbi Brown & Darwin lamm

    When she learned Darwin was working with Bobbi Brown and Janet Peters, two female singers known as The Cupids, Miss Guitar believed she had just found her next Fleetwoods trio.
At this time, Bonnie and Darwin met with Seattle music distributor Jerry Dennon who was anxious to start his own label. All that was missing was a singer and some songs, both of which were supplied when he signed Darwin & The Cupids. Within weeks “How Long” was the Northwest’s hottest hit, reaching the top of the charts. Darwin & The Cupids were in constant demand, playing rapid-fire dates for 10,000 plus crowds, such as the 1960 “Show of Stars.” “How Long” was included on the album Original Great Northwest Hits Volume I.
 On the heels of “How Long” came Darwin & The Cupids’ equally popular follow-up: “Goodnite My Love” (Jerden 9). After the two Jerden hits, Lamm moved to Los Angeles and from 1963 to 1965 recorded for Dore Records as “Darwin.” He also produced records by other artists for L.A.-based labels like Liberty, Dot and Dore Records.  


    Songs :
     (Updated By Hans-Joachim)

            How Long                              Won't you give me a chance

           Chloe                                           Goodnight My Love





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  •  Bobby Doyle & The Ideals (5)
    (L to R) George Millard, Merle Moden, Chuck Joyce, Jerry Squyres, Jeff Rampy and Bobby Doyle

    Bobby Doyle & The Ideals (5) (Austin, Texas)


    Personnel :

    Bobby Doyle (lead)

    Chuck Joyce

    George Millard

    Merle Moden

    Jeff Rampy

    Jerry Squyres


    Discography :

    1958 - Too Late / Chug-a-Lug (Trinity AR-112)


    Biography :

    Robert Glen "Bobby" Doyle was an American singer, bassist, and pianist. He is best known for his early work with a young Kenny Rogers and for a brief stint with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Doyle joined the doo-wop group The Spades (later The Slades) in 1957 while still at McCallum High School in Austin. The Spades, a white group, had a Black/Chicano sound. "You Cheated" became their biggest hit. Its flip "The Waddle, " a dance song, was the original plug side.  In 1958, Bobby Doyle left the group and fronted another group, The Ideals with other McCallum High School students.  The Ideals consisted of George Millard, Merle Moden, Chuck Joyce, Jerry Squyres and Jeff Rampy. Bobby Doyle & The Ideals Recorded "Too Late" written by Bobby Doyle  and "Chug-A-Lug" written by Jane Bowers, owner of Trinity records who released the single.

     Bobby Doyle & The Ideals (5)
    The Bobby Doyle Three (L to R) Don Russell, Bobby Doyle & Kenny Rogers

    In 1960 he formed The Bobby Doyle Three with Don Russell and standup bass player Kenny Rogers, then a student at the University of Texas. Rogers soon dropped out of college to join Doyle full-time, singing high harmony and playing bass on the 1962 album In A Most Unusual Way. The group appeared at clubs across the country including the New York Playboy Club in 1962.[2] The trio disbanded in 1965, and Rogers went on to become a country-pop sensation.

    Songs :



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  •  The Debs (1) (Austin, Texas)


    Personnel :

    Joyce Webb

    Eva Maxey

    Joan Zobel


    Discography :

    Joyce Webb bb The Debs (1)
    1958 -  I Don' t Care / Ain't That Just Like A Man (Joyce Webb) (Domino 600)

    Ray Campi & The Debs (1)
    1958 - My Screamin' Screamin' Mimi / With You (Domino 700)



    Biography :

    Joyce Webb started singing when she was 3 years old at "Tourist Courts" in Texas, and   she serenaded the soldiers for spare change. She loved it then and has continued singing ever since. She sang with the Marching band in school, had her first professional gig at age 14,   and soon went on to have a local TV show in the Austin area with Cactus Pryor.

    Joyce Webb                                                                                      Joyce Webb & The Slades                       

    "Now Dig This" was the show on local KTBC TV, and that soon lead to two singles of her own with   Domino records. She was also on the Slades "You Cheated"- she was singing the Doo Wop in the background! She continued singing backups on many Domino sessions and had her own group the "Debs" .


    Songs :(updated by Hans-Joachim)

    Ray Campi & The Debs (1)

               With You                                  My Screamin' Screamin' Mimi


    Joce Webb bb The Debs (1)                     Joce Webb (solo)      

              I Don't Care                                 Ain't That Just Like A Man



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