The Hi Tones (3) (New Orleans, LA)
1961 – What Was The Cause Of It All / Don’t Leave Me No Choice (Eon 101)
The Hi-tones recorded "What Was The Cause Of It All” (Writer & Composer, Paul Williams) in 1961 at Cosimo Studio in New Orleans. Members of the group included "Smooth" Curtis, Reginald Bassett, Ronald Bassett and Paul Williams. Curtis was originally from Tennessee and sang background vocals for Carla Thomas ("Gee Whiz").
The Bassett twins grew up in Jamaica, NY, and were greatly influenced vocally by their older brother, Clarence Bassett, who was an original member of the group, Shep and the Limelites. Clarence also sang with The Videos, The Five Sharps, The Flamingos and Creative Funk.
After Shep died in 1970, Ronald Bassett joined the Limelites, and sang a number of years with his older brother before Clarence passed away in 2005. Ronald continued to sing with The Limelites until his death on 4/3/13.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
What Was The Cause Of It All Don’t Leave Me No Choice
The Five Reasons (Manhattan, New York)
1958 - Three o'Clock Rock / Go To School (Cub 9006)
Vocal group from the Lower East Side in Manattan, The group did a show with the Crests (16 candles) and the Elegants (Little Star) before there smash hits came out.
Sylvester Bradford (writer of "Tears On My Pillow") introduced the young group to Don Kishner of Aldon Music. In 1958, They recorded "Three o'Clock Rock" b/w "Go To School", the two song were released on Cub records.
Three o'Clock Rock Go To School
(Clockwise from Top) : Annette Swinson Smith, Valerie Swinson, Barbara Joyner & Lorraine Joyner
The Veneers (Bronx, New York)
aka The Cashmeres (4) aka The Relatives (3)
Ref: The Chantels
Ref: The Swensons
Annette Swinson Smith
1956 - Remember Me To My Darling / Golly Boo (X-Tra 100 )
Eddie Jones & The Cashmeres (4)
1959 - Daddy Can I Go To The Hop (Red Lightnin' 0059)
1960 - Believe Me (My angel) / I (Princeton 102)
1963 - With All My Love / Recipe Of Love (Treyco 402)
1961 - Believe Me (My angel) / I (End 1103)
The Relatives (3)
1963 - (My Heart Goes) Zigga Zagga Zoom / I'm Just Looking For Love (Almont 303)
1964 - Never Will I Love You Again / I'm Just Looking For Love (Almont 306)
1965 - Hadn't Been For Baby / Eternally (Musicor 1063)
1965 - A Change Of Heart (Musicor)
The Veneers came from Manhattan and from Brooklyn, in New York City. Sisters, Lorraine and Barbara Joyner joined their cousins, Valerie and Annette Swinson, to sing in the park, for fun, and at family functions. The young teens did began getting the attention of the local songwriters who were looking for artists to record their material. As The Swensons (sic), Annette and her mother recorded one single for X-Tra Records in 1956, entitled, “Remember Me To My Darling”. In 1959, the quartet, now known as The Cashmeres, went into the studio with Eddie Jones ( former lead singer of The Demens & the Emersons) to record a novelty tune called, “Daddy Can I Go To The Hop”. Herb Abramson, founder of Jubilee and Atlantic Records, produced the single. Unfortunately, the single was not released.
In 1960, The Cashmeres had signed on to be produced and managed by Richard Barrett. He had written two songs for the group, “Believe Me (My Angel)” and “I”. At this time, the young ladies decided to change their name because they found that too many groups had already recorded under the name “Cashmeres”. They Choose the name "Veneers". Two songs were recorded and released on Barrett's short-lived Princeton Records. The record achieved a level of success in New York, but failed to chart nationally. Their release went unnoticed but it helped Barrett solve his Chantels problem by matching Veneers lead singer Annette Swinson with the three remaining Chantels, Sonia, Jackie, and Rene. In April 1960, still trying to capitalize on the group’s name, End released “Whoever You Are,” formerly the B side of “Every Night”; it had all the original Chantels magic but still lacked the driving commitment of the label.
The Chantels on Carlton with Annette Swinson Smith
Although The Veneers were not entirely happy about this change of plans, they knew that they could not stop Annette, who needed to be out on the stage. In 1961, she officially joined The Chantels. End 1103* was a reissue of a 1959 recording by The Veneers, with Annette Smith on lead, on Princeton 102. The Veneers, without Annette, recorded as The Relatives for the Canadian- American related Almont Records, with Lorraine taking the lead for “(My Heart Goes) Ziga Ziga Zoom” in 1963 and “Never Will I Love You Again”, released in 1964. In 1965 Barbara, Lorraine and Valerie recorded three songs for the Musicor label before they went their separate ways.
Remember Me To My Darling Golly Boo
Eddie Jones & The Cashmeres (4)
Daddy Can I Go To The Hop
Believe Me (My angel) I Recipe Of Love
The Relatives (3)
Never Will I Love You Again (My Heart Goes) Zigga Zigga Zoom I'm Just Looking For Love
Hadn't Been For Baby / Eternally A Change Of Heart
The Chorals (New York)
ref The Charmers
Irwin “Teddy” Williams (Lead)
Alfred Toddman (First Tenor)
Eugene "Sonny" Cooke (Tenor)
George "Danny" Daniels
1956 - In My Dream / Rock And Roll Baby (Decca 29914)
The vocal group The Charmers was formed in late 1953 and its members were Vikki Burgess, George Daniels, Alfred Toddman, James and Sonny Cooke . After two singles for Central, Vikki Burgess joins with Myrna Hamilton and Renee Stewart and form a group called The Solirettes. Later Burgess forms another group with Margaret Moore and Estelle Harper and call themselves The Joytones.
In 1954 the Checkers disbanded, Second Tenor Irwin "Teddy" Williams hooked up with the Charmers as their manager for two new singles on . In 1956, Irwin "Teddy" Williams replaced James Cooke and with the three other Charmers Alfred Toddman, Eugene "Sonny" Cooke, George "Danny" Daniels and with the addition of Robert Cassidy, they changed their name to the Chorals.
They made their name performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on November 1956. The Chorals cut one single for Decca before disbanded.
In My Dream Rock And Roll Baby
Fred Buckley (Lead)
Norman Palm (First tenor)
Robert Randolph (Second tenor)
Charles McKnight (Baritone)
Charles Williams (Bass)
1955 - Put Your Arms Around Me / Boom De De Boom (United 196)
1955 - Bye Bye (Unreleased)
1955 - Goodbye (Unreleased)
1955 - Patty (demo tape)
1955 - My Little Girl (demo tape)
1955 - Goodbye (demo tape)
in 1954, Fred Buckley, the group's lead organized the pastels from among High School Friends in his south side neighborhood, the other members were Vernon Thomas (first tenor), Trey Clark (second tenor), Charles McKnight (baritone), and Pettis Williams (bass). Thomas, Clark and Williams eventually dropped out of the group and Fred recruited Norman Palm (first tenor, whom he had met in the National Guard), Robert Randolph (second tenor), and Charles Williams (Pettis Williams' brother; bass). The group signed with United owned by Leonard Allen in October of 1955. The songs they did at the October 19 session were "Bye Bye" and "Goodbye," both of which were fairly good, but Leonard Allen for some reason chose not to release them.
1956 - Robert Mills, Robert Randolph, Norman Palm & Charles McKnight
Leonard Allen obviously had plans for the group, because on November 23 the Pastels were recording again, putting on wax an average ballad, "Put Your Arms around Me," with a bouncy El Dorados-type jump tune, "Boom De De Boom." The latter song was originally intended for the El Dorados to record (on Vee-Jay), but the group was out of town when the person who brought it arrived from New York, so he took it to United. "Boom De De Boom" got the original airplay on local station WHFC, but then listener requests pushed "Put Your Arms around Me" onto the playlist. After about a year, Buckley was replaced on Lead by Julius Collins. The Pastels continued on a few more years and they broke up in 1958.
Doowop: The Chicago Scene Par Robert Pruter
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
Boom De De Boom Put Your Arms Around Me Goodbye
Bye Bye Patty (audition) My Little Girl (audition)
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