• George Goodman & The Headliners (2)
    L to R : Melvin Peters, George Goodman and Rodney Williams.

    George Goodman & The Headliners (2)  (Pittsburgh, PA.)

    Personnel :

    Rodney Williams (Lead)

    George Goodman (Baritone)

    Melvin Peters (Tenor)

    Discography :

    George Goodman And His Headliners (2)
    1964 - Let Me Love You / Let Me Love You (Inst.) (Val 1/WB 5632)
    1964 - Starlight And Moonbeams / I'm So Tired (Val 3)

    George Goodman's Headliners (2)
    1964 - I'll Cherish Your Love / Secret Love (Val 5)

    George Goodman & The Headliners (2)
    1966 - Need You / Starlight And Moonbeams  (Val 6)

    The Headliners (2)
    1966 - Let Me Love You /I'm So Tired (Val 1000)


    Biography :

    From Doo Wop To Soul. Vocal group from Pittsburgh composed by George Goodman (baritone), Rodney Williams (lead) and Melvin Peters (tenor). In 1964, they  recorded "Let Me Love You", a wonderful ballad who sold over 100,000 copies and a Number 1 record in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. The record was first released in 1964 on Sharpsburg's Val label (#1), credited to George Goodman & His Headliners, and reissued a couple of times. (Val Records was local label operated by florist Augie Bernardi.) It was released again on Warner Brothers in 1965 (#5632), and pressed again by A&M (#1011) in 1968 under The Headliners. It became a huge regional hit but never charted nationally.

    George Goodman & The Headliners (2)     George Goodman & The Headliners (2)

    In fact, the group had a little cottage industry going on with the label for a brief spell and was Val's big act. Goodman was also heavily into the industry side, producing, distributing, and promoting records. George Goodman, from the Hill District, got his start in the mid 60's working for Herbie Cohen's Fenway Distributors on Fifth Avenue, Uptown. He was very involved in distributing and promoting R & B records for them and helped break Charlie and Inez Foxx's "Mockingbird" on Sue Records. Melvin Peters started his career with The Five Mellows, and also worked with the Del Vikings and Marcels. In the early 1960's, he joined Chuck Jackson and the Motown group The Originals. Then it was back home as a Headliner. He spent the seventies working with Solid Gold, Flashback, and the Katch.

    Songs :

        Let Me Love You                           Starlight And Moonbeams

        I'm So Tired                                 I'll Cherish Your Love

     Secret Love                                       Need You



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  • The Canjoes
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    The Canjoes (New York)

    Personnel :

    Joe Louis Johnson (Lou Johnson)

    Theresa Cleveland

    Ann Gissendanner

    Discography :

    1961 - Speaking Of Love / Dance The Boomerang (Featuring Joe Louis Johnson) (Dapt 208)

    Biography :

    Lou Johnson (born 1941 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American soul singer and pianist who was active as a recording artist in the 1960s and early 1970s. Coming from a musical family, he started singing in gospel choirs in his teens, before studying music at Brooklyn College. He learned keyboards and percussion, forming a gospel group, the Zionettes, who recorded for Simpson Records and achieved some local success. Johnson then formed a secular vocal group, the Canjoes, with Tresia Cleveland and Ann Gissendammer. They signed to the New York, Amy/Bell/Mala affiliated DAPT label. The partnership saw the release of one single 'Dance the Boomerang' b/w 'Speaking of Love (Dapt 208) before Johnson struck out in pursuit of a solo career.  . The single was also released on Dapt D-208 with the spelling The Coanjos featuring Joe Louis Johnson b/w he Coanjos.

    The Canjoes     The Canjoes
                                                                                         Lou Johnson

    Cleveland and Giessendanner continued their partnership, reappearing as The Soul Sisters.  A one-shot single on Guyden was followed by a move to Sue Records. In 1962, Johnson signed as a solo singer with Bigtop Records, run by the Hill & Range music publishing company in the Brill Building. There, he met the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who wrote Johnson's first single, "If I Never Get to Love You". Neither that song nor his second record, "You Better Let Him Go", were hits, but his third single, "Reach Out for Me", also written by Bacharach and David and this time produced by Bacharach, reached # 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1963.

    Songs :

    Dance The Boomerang                            Speaking Of Love     



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  • Roger Gerbino, Ray Forte, Shorty Johnson & Fred Morabito

    The Velvetones (7) (New York)

    Personnel :

    Ray Forte

    Roger Gerbino

    Shorty Johnson

    Fred Morabito

    Discography :

    Unreleased :
    1963 - Tell Me
    1963 - Pretty Girl

    Songs :

    Tell Me                                                  Pretty Girl




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  • The Note-Ables
    The Note-Ables (Toronto, Canada)


    Personnel :

    Keith Nowell






    Have they recorded ??? 



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  • The Belvederes (4) (Joliet, ILL.)


    Wilbert Woods

    Al Dawson

    Evell Kelly

    James Kelly


    1959 – Walkin’ In The Garden (ft Jim Kelly) / Buona Sera (ft Dick Dawson)(Jopz 1771)

    Biography :

    Vocal group from Joliet, Illinois, The Belvereres  consisted of  Wilbert Woods, Al Dawson, Evell Kelly and James Kelly


    The Belvederes Cut 1960 "Walking In The Garden" b/w  "Buona Sera" in 1959 released by Jopz Records based 407 South Ottawa Street in Joliet.

    Songs :

    Walkin’ In The Garden                            Buona Sera       


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