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    The Hi Tones (3) (New Orleans, LA)




    Personnel :

    "Smooth" Curtis

    Reginald Bassett

    Ronald Bassett

    Paul Williams





    Discography :

    1961 – What Was The Cause Of It All / Don’t Leave Me No Choice (Eon 101)




     

    Biography :

    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.





    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

      
    What Was The Cause Of It All             Don’t Leave Me No Choice







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  • The Five Reasons
    The Five Reasons (Manhattan, New York)




    Personnel :

    Fred ???



    Discography :

    1958 - Three o'Clock Rock / Go To School (Cub 9006)



    Biography :

    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.

    The Five Reasons    The Five Reasons                                                                           Don Kishner

    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.




    Songs :


      
    Three o'Clock Rock                            Go To School


     

     



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  • The Veneers Aka The Chantels   

    (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

    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

     

     


    Personnel :

    Annette Swinson Smith

    Valerie Swinson

    Barbara Joyner

    Lorraine Joyner


     



    Discography :

    The Swensons
    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)

    The Veneers
    1960 - Believe Me (My angel) / I (Princeton 102)
    1963 - With All My Love / Recipe Of Love (Treyco 402)

    The Chantels
    1961 - Believe Me (My angel) / I (End 1103)

    The Relatives (3)
    Singles :
    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)
    Unreleased :
    1965 - A Change Of Heart (Musicor)



    Biography :

    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.

    The Veneers Aka The Chantels      The Veneers Aka The Chantels   

    Richard Barrett                                                                       

    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 Veneers Aka The Chantels
    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.




    Songs :


    The Swensons

      
    Remember Me To My Darling                             Golly Boo


    Eddie Jones & The Cashmeres (4)


    Daddy Can I Go To The Hop


    The Veneers

         
    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





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    The Chorals (New York)
    ref The Charmers




    Personnel:


    Irwin “Teddy” Williams (Lead)

    Alfred Toddman (First Tenor)

    Robert Cassidy

    Eugene "Sonny" Cooke (Tenor)

    George "Danny" Daniels






    Discography :

    1956 - In My Dream / Rock And Roll Baby (Decca 29914)






    Biography :

    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.

    Alfred Toddman , Robert Cassidy, Irwin “Teddy” Williams, Eugene "Sonny" Cooke  and George "Danny" Daniels.

    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.
    http://www.uncamarvy.com/Checkers/checkers.html





    Songs :

      
    In My Dream                        Rock And Roll Baby









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  • The Pastels (1)

    The Pastels (1) (Chicago)


     

     

    

Personnel :


    Fred Buckley (Lead)

    Norman Palm  (First tenor)

    Robert Randolph (Second tenor)

    Charles McKnight (Baritone)

    Charles Williams (Bass)




    Discography :

    Singles :
    1955 -  Put Your Arms Around Me / Boom De De Boom (United 196)
     
    Unreleased :
    1955 - Bye Bye (Unreleased)
    1955 - Goodbye (Unreleased)
    1955 - Patty (demo tape)
    1955 - My Little Girl (demo tape)
    1955 - Goodbye (demo tape)





    Biography :

    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.

    The Pastels (1)      The Pastels (1)     

                                                                           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
    http://www.uncamarvy.com/Pastels/pastels.html
    http://myweb.clemson.edu/~campber/unitedstates2.html





    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


         
    Boom De De Boom                Put Your Arms Around Me            Goodbye 

         
    Bye Bye                         Patty (audition)‬                My Little Girl (audition)


    Goodbye (audition)







     





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