• The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)
    Seated : Jerry Crutchfield . Standing : Gerald Nelson, Jan Crutchfield and Olin Bryant.

    The Escorts (2) (Paducah, Kentucky)
    aka The Country Gentlemen (2)



    Personnel :

    Jerry Crutchfield (Lead)

    Gerald Nelson (Tenor)

    Jan Crutchfield (Baritone)

    Olin Bryant (Bass)





    Discography :

    The Country Gentlemen (2)
    1956 - A Rose And A Baby Ruth / Why Did She Go (RCA Victor 47-6673)
    1956 - My Heart's Desire / Right Around The Corner  (RCA Victor DJ-46)

    George Hamilton IV & The Country Gentlemen (2)
    1956 -  A Rose And A Baby Ruth / If You Don't Know (George Hamilton IV) (Colonial 420)

    The Escorts (2)
    Singles :
    1957 - Arrow Two Hearts / Misty Eyes (OJ 1010)
    1960 - I Will Be Home Again / Leaky Heart And His Red Go-Kart (Scarlet 4005)
    1961 - Snow Dreams / Misty Eyes (De'Voice 777)
    Unreleased :
    1957 - Tragedy (OJ)

    Bobby Chandler & The Escorts (2)
    1958 - Winter Time / Junior Prom (OJ 1012)








    Biography :

    Gerald Nelson, the tenor, is a senior 8t Murray Stats College. Jerry Crutchfield , who sings the lead, is another Murray senior, Jan Crutchfield , baritone, is a senior at Tilghman High School in Paducah and Olin Bryant, is a sophomore in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.  Jerry and Jan Crutchfield are brothers. All four are natives of Paducah, hey started singing together since 1952. In those early days, they were Gospel singers, and were known at various times as the "Melody Masters" and the "Jubilaires." Gospel singing wasn't productive in the money department, but it was good experience. Later, when they left. Paducah and enrolled, at Murray, Jerry Crutchfield, Gerald Nelson and Olin Bryant branched out into popular singing, and worked with Jimmy Cooper in a quartet called the "Four Winds." They also started working parttime when Radio Station WCBL opened  in Benton. On the side, however, they continued to sing with the original quartet. In 1955, the Four Winds won the annual gospel-quartet-singing competition.

    The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)
    1955 - The Four Winds From left, Jimmy Cooper, Jerry Crutchfield, Gerald Nelson, Olin Bryant

    Jerry Crutchfield began to get in touch with recording companies about an audition. The break came in 1956, after one of his periodic visits, Jerry Crutchfield was told by a man at Victor's office in Nashville that the group should work out a distinctive style of singing. They had a style, the Victor  spokesman said, but it was too similar to that of the "Four Freshmen," a current top quartet. There might be a demand for change-of-pace singing group, one with a style that sort of combines rock'n'roll with straight harmony, they were told. With that encouragement, the four altered their style once again. In August 1956, they made four test recordings for Victor; and a contract followed almost immediately. The contract calls for a minimum of four records in six months.

    The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)  The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)
    George Hamilton IV                                                                                                     

    The first record offered "A Rose and A Baby Ruth" on one side and "Why Did You Go?", written by Jerry Crutchfield, on the other. "A Rose and A Baby Ruth" was Issued 2 month after the first press by George Hamilton IV and The group on Colonial # 420 (pressed by RCA). The second record combines "My Heart's Desire" and "Right Around The Corner." The name Country Gentlemen almost proved a disastrous stumbling block. When their first record was released, many radio disc jockeys didn't give it a play because, judging from the name, they thought the group was a hillbilly outfit.  RCA issued two singles by them before they were renamed "The Escorts" early in 1957.

    The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)
    1957 - The Escorts : Gerald Nelson, Jerry and Jan Crutchfield, and Olin Bryant

    In 1957, The Escorts Won the Arthur Godfrey "Talent Scouts' award Monday on Channel 11 and has been appearing many week on the Godfrey show. With these appearances the group sign a recording contract with OJ records. OJ RECORDS was the manufacturing arm of Old Judge Music Publishing whose offices were locate at 1018 North Watkins Street in Memphis, Tennessee.  The label seems to have begun operations sometime in 1956 or 1957 under the supervision of Bill Biggs and C. J. (Red) Matthews.  The Escorts had two release on O.J., "Misty Eyes"/"Arrow Two Heart" (OJ 1010), there's also Bobby Chandler & The Escorts: "Winter Time"/"Junior Prom" (OJ 1012).

    The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)    The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)
    Bobby Chandler                                                                   Gerald Nelson

    The Escorts had records issued on Scarlett "I Will Be Home Again" b/w "Leaky Heart And His Red Go-Kart" and on the De'Voice label "Snow Dreams" b/w  "Misty Eyes". Gerald Nelson had co-written the song 'Tragedy' with Fred Burch and had recorded the original version with The Escorts. Nelson brought this song to the attention of Scotty Moore who decided that it suited the vocal stylings of Thomas Wayne. With Scotty playing the guitar fills and Bill Black on bass plus vocal backing by The De-Lons , the song was recorded along with 'Saturday Date' at Hi's Royalty Studio and released on Fernwood 109 in September 1958.

    The Escorts (2) aka The Country Gentlemen (2)
    At Station WCBL, in Benton, Seated is Jerry Crutchfield and standing are Gerald Nelson, Jan Crutchfield and Olin Bryant.

    At first 'Saturday Date' was plugged as the main side but in the spring of 1959, a disc jockey in Kentucky played the flip 'Tragedy' and the disc took off. It eventually peaked at #5 on the national charts and sold over a million copies along the way. Gerald & Fred were songwriters and they wrote many songs for Elvis including "The Love Machine", "Great Shakin' Fever" for Dorsey Burnette, "That's All Right With Me" for Ral Donner.







    Songs :

    The Country Gentlemen (2)

      
    Why Did You Go                    Right Around The Corner


    George Hamilton IV & The Country Gentlemen


    A Rose And A Baby Ruth



    The Escorts (2)

      
         Misty Eyes                                  Arrow Two Hearts


    I Will Be Home Again


    Bobby Chandler & The Escorts (2)


    Junior Prom





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  • Top : Richard Rollins, Richard Hargrove and Reginald Jenkins - Bottom : Skip Harrison, Baboo and Donald Swain

    The Delyrians (Cincinnati, Ohio)



    Personnel :

    Richard Hargrove (Lead)

    Richard Rollins (Bass)

    Reginald Jenkins (Baritone)

      
Skip Harrison (First Tenor)

    Donald Swain (Second Tenor)

    Baboo (Guitar)




    Discography :

    Unreleased :
    1958 - I Believe / I Love You So (Lin)





    Biography :

    The Five Fellows used to gather on the corner alter school to harmonize a ballad and belt out a rockin' tune or two just for the fun of it. It all started in early 1958, when Richard Hargrove, Donald Swain, Darryl Graham, Reginald Jenkins and Richard Rawlins were overheard by Hargrove's mother. She thought the boys might have some exceptional talent and decided to take them under her wing.


    (L to R) Reginald Jenkins, Richard Rollins, Darrell Graham, Donald Swain and Richard Hargrove

    Mrs Hargrove coached the kids, rehearsed with them and helped the 15-year-olds work out the flaws in their delivery. The Boys make some television appearances and they signed a recording contract with Lin Records owned by Ken charles. The boys adjourned to one of those song-filed studios and came up with the tag. Several names were considered during the caucas but, after the delegation of five was polled, they decided on the "Delyrians." "The Delyrians" claim a distinction few. Finally The group recorded "I Believe" and "I Love You So." Although the disc was never released, the group continues to sing over two years with some personnel change.



     




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  • The Unichords

    From Left : Laurie Arter, Vincent Campbell and Charles Conlan



    The Unichords (Melbourne)

     


    Personnel :

    Charles Conlan

    Vincent Campbell

    Laurie Arter (Bass)

     



    Discography :

    The Unichords
    1959 - Tell Him No  / Rock Mister Piper (W&G SL 779)
    1959 - Tweet Tweet Beat / Bone Dome (W&G SL 843)


    Frankie Davidson & The Unichords
    Singles:
    1959 - Dream Lover / The Chick  (W&G SL 804)
    1960 - I Care For You / You’re Driving Me Crazy (W&G SL 933)
    Ep:
    1960 - Three Little Fishes / Pennies From Heaven / Jezebel / Detour (W&G EP FL934)

    Heather Horwood  & The Unichords
    1959 - Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye / A Teenager In Love (W&G SL 803)

    Denis Gibbons & The Unichords
    1961 - Michael (Row The Boat Ashore) / The Spinning Wheel (W&G S 1254)
    1962 - Tina  / The Skye Boat Song (W&G S 1301)





    Biography :

    Vocal group from Melbourne composed by Charles Conlan, Vincent Campbell & Laurie Arter. The Unichords make a lot of appearance on TV  and released a couple of singles on W&G (White and Gillespie) in 1959. They were credited on records by Frankie Davidson, Heather Horwood and Denis Gibbons.

    The Unichords
    From Left : Brian Harris & Geoffrey Dart and the Unichords  Laurie Arter, Charles Conlan and Vincent Campbell

    W&G Records was an Australian recording company that operated from the early 1950s to the 1970s. It was a subsidiary of the Melbourne precision engineering company White & Gillespie.  W&G released many significant recordings by Australian popular artists of the 1960s and also issued recordings of popular American artists, notably releases from the ABC-Paramount (Ampar) label, which W&G distributed from 1955 until 1960, when the Australian distribution was taken over by Festival Records.

    The Unichords  The Unichords
       Frankie Davidson                                                           The Billabong                                    

    in 1965, as a folk group, They changed their name as the Billabong Three and released "Outback" an Ep with six song..





    Songs :

    Frankie Davidson & The Unichords


    I Care For You


    Heather Horwood  & The Unichords

      
    A Teenager In Love                     Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye





     

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  • The Regals (2)

    Ralph Towner



    The Regals (2) (Bend, Oregon)




    Personnel

    Ralph Towner (Lead)

    Rick Brown (Tenor)

    Dave Finney (Baritone)

    Ray Ebert (Bass)



    Discography :

    1959 - See You In The Morning  / Yes, My Love (Lavender 1452)





    Biography :

    Ralph Towner, a 1958 Bend High graduate, is the lead singer and guitar player for a vocal group named the Regals. Other members of the singing group are Rick Brown (Tenor), Dave Finney (Baritone) and Ray Ebert (Bass). Ralph is a sophomore music major at the University of Oregon. The new group got together in dorm sessions, progressed to campus appearances and finally had a tape recording played by a disc jockey in The Dalles. An agent heard and liked The Regals and has booked them for professional appearances in Oregon and Washington.

    The Regals (2)    The Regals (2)

    Ralph Towner composed the words and music for the group's only recordings on the Lavender label "See You In The Morning" and "Yes My Love." The record was released in the Northwest in early 1960. Towner has also written most of the Regals' repertoire of 40 numbers. The group has been well received on both Oregon and OSC campuses, and has made several radio and television appearances in the state.





    Songs :

      
             Yes, My Love                             See You In The Morning

     



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  • The Spaniels
    The Trends (From left to right) Eddie Dunn, Ralph O'Neil, Jerrone Johnson, Emmett Gardner


    Ze-Majestics (Chicago, IL.)
    aka Ze Majestiks aka The Trends




    Personnel :

    Eddie Dunn (Lead)

    Jeronne "Jerry" Johnson

    Ralph O'Neill

    Emmett Garner Jr





    Discography :

    Ze-Majestics
    1959 - Garlens Mambo / Bobbi Ann (Fox 5014)

    Ze Majestiks
    1962 - Sapphire (Part 1) / Sapphire (Part 2) (ABC 10318/Sign 84533)





    Biography :

    The Trends were one of the Chicago soul vocal groups signed to ABC-Paramount through arranger/producer Johnny Pate. Pate produced hits for the label on Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. Hailing from the city's west side, its members were Emmett Gardner Jr., Jerome Johnson, Eddie Dunn, and Ralph O' Neal. Before recording for Smash in 1964 as the Trends, they recorded "Garlens Mambo" b/w "Bobbi Ann" for Fox Records under the name Ze-Majestics in 1959.

    The Spaniels    The Spaniels

    Three years later, the Group, now renamed Ze Majestiks, recorded "Sapphire" b/w "Part 2" release on Sign prior to be picked up by ABC Paramount.  After the two singles for Smash in 1964 as the Trends, a Mercury Records imprint, Pate signed the Trends and they put out seven singles including "Big Parade" b/w "Soul Clap," "Don't Drop Out of School," "Never Too Young to Cry," and "Check My Tears." They never had any nationally charting singles.





    Songs :

    Ze-Majestics
      
    Bobbi Ann                        Garlens Mambo

    Ze Majestiks

    Sapphire

     

     

     

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