• The Five Owls aka The Thunderbirds (1) ?
      

    The Five Owls (Birmingham, Alabama)
    aka The Thunderbirds (1) ?




    Personnel :

    Charles Henderson (Lead)

    Harris

    Sumton

    White

    Dickerson




    Discography :

    The Five Owls
    1955 - Pleading to You / I Like Moonshine (Vulcan 302)

    The Thunderbirds (1)
    1955 - Baby, Let's PLay House / Pledging My Love (Deluxe 6075)
    1955 - Love is A Problem / Rock Boom Boom (G. G. 518)





    Biography :


    Abbey Records his a little label based in New York City was the creation of Peter Doraine, and was his attempt to become a major player in the world of the Rhythm & Blues independent record companies during the late 1940s. In May of 1955, it is announced that former New York record producer Doraine, now located in Birmingham, Alabama, will begin a new R & B label called Vulcan Records. The first of only two known releases for the label is "Pleading To You" / "I Like Moonshine" by The Five Owls on Vulcan #1025.

    The Five Owls aka The Thunderbirds (1) ?    The Five Owls aka The Thunderbirds (1) ?

    Marv Goldberg say : The lead singer on "I Like Moonshine" is the same voice as on the Thunderbirds' "Love Is A Problem" (G G 103 - another Birmingham label - it's from November 1955 and the flip is "Rock Boom Boom"). The writers of "Love Is A Problem" were Peter Doraine (A&R man for the label, as he was for Vulcan) and "Sumtin", who has to be the same guy as the "Sumton" on the 5 Owls label (but I don't know which spelling is correct).  In 1940, there were several people named "Sumton" (all in North Carolina) and only one "Sumtin" (in Florida). It's the only unusual name out of the five, so looking up the others wouldn't do much good. (However, there is a Charles Henderson in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1940 census who was born in 1934, so he's a good choice.) I believe (although I don't remember why) that the lead singer on both those songs is Charles Henderson). I've always thought that the two groups were the same, but that would have to be checked with someone who has a very good ear for voices.






    Songs :


    The Five Owls

      
      Pleading to You                                   I Like Moonshine


    The Thunderbirds (1)

      
    Baby, Let's PLay House                             Pledging My Love    

      
    Love is A Problem                                Rock Boom Boom






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  • The Chandeliers (2) aka The Cheerios (1) aka  The Impossibles (2)
    Bobby Sanders

    Linda Carr & The Impossibles (2) (Los Angeles)
    aka  The Chandeliers (2)
    aka The Cheerios (1) 





    Personnel :

    Bobby Sanders (Lead)

    Ralph Chestnut (Bass)

    Clotelle King

    Andrew Bayone (Cheerios & Chandeliers)

    Joe Lawson (Cheerios & Chandeliers)




    Discography :

    Linda Carr & The Impossibles (2)
    1961 - I'll Never Get Married / Happy Teenager (Skyla 1111)
    1961 - (I'm In Love With) The Garbage Man / Shy One (Ray Star 779)

    The Cheerios (1)
    1961 - Ding Dong Honeymoon /  Where Are You Tonight (Infinity 11)

    The Chandeliers (2)
    1962 - Give Me Your Love / She's A Heartbreaker (Sue 761)







    Biography :

    Linda Carr was just 14 years of age at the time of this, her debut recording. Her powerful voice belied her tender years. In '61, talent scount, recording artists producer and writer, Bobby Sanders (real name: Jerome Lenoir) brought gifted singer, Linda Carr to producer Steve Venet. Happy Teenager happily launched her long and remarkable international singing career as one of the queens of the Northern Soul musical genre. The writer, Richard George, had written many songs while at UCLA and later while working in the Hollywood film industry.

    The Chandeliers (2) aka The Cheerios (1) aka  The Impossibles (2)

    He wrote Happy Teenager as an answer song to Dion's Lonely Teenager. Steve Venet  arranged to record her with Bobby Sanders, Ralph Chestnut and Clotelle King billed as the Impossibles. Steven Venet  next recorded Linda's follow-up release, I'm in Love With the Garbage Man, a clever and fun record. In '64, Linda signed with Sam Cooke's Sar label with Steve Venet producing the release with Sanders and Cooke doing the backup work.  Next she signed with Don Costa's DCP label and in '65 had a release that got some action. In '66, she had several releases on the Bell label and later with the Ranwood label. She had the talent but never had the song or promotion to make it big.

    The Chandeliers (2) aka The Cheerios (1) aka  The Impossibles (2)    The Chandeliers (2) aka The Cheerios (1) aka  The Impossibles (2)

    After their singles with Linda, the Impossibles,  Bobby Sanders, Ralph Chestnut and Clotelle King recruited Andrew Bayone & Joe Lawson. The Quintet with Bobby Sanders on Lead had a release on Infinity in September 1961 billed as The Cheerios. They also recorded for Sue Record as The Chandeliers.





    Songs :

    Linda Carr & The Impossibles (2)

      
                             Happy Teenager                               I'll Never Get Married                          

      
    (I'm In Love With) The Garbage Man                       Shy One                     



    The Cheerios (1)

      
    Ding Dong Honeymoon                    Where Are You Tonight   


    The Chandeliers (2)

      
    Give Me Your Love                         She's A Heartbreaker




     



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  • Tony & The Twilights (5)
    (Paste-up picture) Top : Donnie Milo, Joe Gugliarda & Joe Agugliaro - bottom : Tony Passalacqua

    Tony & The Twilights (5) (Brooklyn, NY)




    Personnel :

    Tony Passalacqua (Lead)

    Joe Agugliaro (Baritone)

    Joe Gugliarda (Bass)

    Donnie Milo (Second Tenor)




    Discography :

    Tony Richards & The Twilights (5)
    Single :
    1960 - Paper Boy / Please Believe In Me  (Colpix 178)
    Unreleased :
    1961 - September Song (Colpix)

    Tony Richards
    1961 - Shout My Name / Summer Is Coming (Colpix 199)




    Biography :

    Tony & the Twilights, also known as Tony Richards & The Twilights, were an offshoot of three different groups from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY. Tony Richards, aka Tony Passalacqua, had sung with the Fascinators, a quartet formed in Bushwick in 1957. Among the Fascinators' rivals and contemporaries were the Clusters, who were friends of Passalacqua's, and the Markels, another Bushwick-based group, who scored a modest hit in 1958 with "Letter of Love." When the Fascinators broke up in 1961, Passalacqua hooked up with Joe Gugliarda (The Clusters) and Joe Agugliaro (who were cousins) of the Markels, and Donnie Milo, formerly of the Clusters, essentially forming a reconstituted Clusters.

    Tony & The Twilights (5)   Tony & The Twilights (5)
                                                                                                            Tony Passalacqua (Tony Richards)

    The new group was called the Twilights and the group was signed to Colpix Records, but they immediately ran into trouble when their first single was issued as The Twilights featuring Tony Richards, which was soon changed to Tony & the Twilights. The inevitable ego clashes ensued and the group split up in the next year. Tony Richards, as he was billed, later recorded as Tony Mitchell, but never recaptured the promise of his early work with the Fascinators.







    Songs :

    Tony Richards & The Twilights (5)

      
     Please Believe In Me                                    Paper Boy      

    Tony Richards

      
    Shout My Name                                Summer Is Coming





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  • The Fabulous Tones (1960) 1st row: Joe Alexander, Shirley Hunter, Herman Hill;
    2nd row: Teddy Rambo, Jesse Davis, Rudy Hunter; 3rd row: Count Yates, John Harris


    The Fabulous Tones (Los Angeles)

     



    Personnel :

    Rudy Hunter (Lead)

    Joe Alexander (Baritone)

    John Harris

    Norman Alexander





    Discography :

    1957 - You've Broken My Heart / Mr. Hog Face (Rushmore 103)
    1958 - Close To You /  ???  (Ebb 135)
    1959 - Lover, Lover, Lover / I’ll Never Cry Again (Mark 56 819)





    Biography :

    The Four Tones were a vocal group formed in the mid 1930s at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. By the late 1930s they started their recording career in Los Angeles and they appeared in a few films. Singing bass for this group was Dusty Brooks. He was often the featured performer and on several of their recordings they were billed as Dusty Brooks and the Four Tones.


    The Four Tones

    In early 1954, Rudy Hunter took over the leadership of the group, which consisted of Joe Alexander and Ruby Thrower Joined by Alexander's brother, Norman,  the group became Rudy Hunter & the Fabulous Tones with Brooks joining in as bass on occasion. Their minimum requirement for prospective group members was to have the ability to play 5 separate instruments as well as being able to sing. They make many appearances, for several years all over the country. The Fabulous Tones issued 45's on the Rushmore in 1957, The Ebb label in 1958  and George Garabedian's Mark 56 label in 1959. Garabedian would use the group to back demos that be contracted for songwriters and hopeful singing stars.

       
    Jesse Davis                                                                                                                    

    The group makes numerous staff changes over the years, Jesse Ervin, Rudy Hunter, Count Yates, Sammy Yates, Shirley Hunter, Herman Hill, Teddy Rambo, John Harris and Jazz singer’ Jesse Davis.  Jesse Davis is known as a Jazz singer but his repertoire includes, R&B, Pop, Latin, and Swing. Jesse Davis started his professional career singing in a few clubs in Michigan, with the Doug Cook Combo, and on his own, before joining in 1958 The Fabulous Tones in Los Angeles as a featured singer.


     




    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


      
    I’ll Never Cry Again                             You've Broken My Heart


    Close To You







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  •  Buzz & Al
     

    Buzz & Al (New York)


     


    Personnel :

    Ray Buzzeo

    A. De Felice

     



    Discography :

    1958 - When You're Gone / A Little Bit Of Lovin (Josie 848)
    1959 - Will You, Huh? / Caring For You (Jimskip 909)
    1960 - Jeannie Marie / Tomorrows That May Never  (ABC-Paramount 107)
    1961 - Secretly / Wierdo (MGM 13018)
    1962 - The Five Senses / For Stealing Her From Me (Columbia 42532)
    1962 - Here Come The Tears / Litle White Sneakers (Columbia 42355)

     Buzz & Al
    (Columbia 42355)

     

     





    Biography :

    Raymond J. Buzzeo is an American session musician and songwriter from New York. He has written for Jeannie C. Riley, Waylon Jennings, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Johnny Paycheck, Ferlin Husky and many other.

     Buzz & Al      Buzz & Al

    His career began in 1958 when he premiered a vocal duet with A. De Felice. Under the name of Buzz & Al they recorded a few singles between 1958 and 1962 under various label: Jimskip, ABC, Josie, MGM & Columbia. After his separation with Al, Raymond J. Buzzeo recorded some singles as Buzz Ray, but with little success he focuses on writing.




    Songs :

      
    Jeannie Marie                          Wierdo


    Tomorrows That May Never




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