• The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    Virgil & The Four Chanels  (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
    aka The Five Chanels  aka The Chanels

     



    Personnel :

    Sharon Scott (Lead)




    Discography :

    The Chanels
    1958 - The Reason / Skiddily Doo (Deb 500)

     

    The Five Chanels

    Singles :
    1958 - The Reason / Skiddily Doo (Deb 500)

    Unreleased :
    1958 - You Treat Me Mean (Deb)

     

    Virgil & The Four Chanels
    1959 - Waiting / Don't Keep It To Yourself (Deb 508)




    Biography :

    One of the few vocal group to have escaped the scrutiny of record researchers, the Five Chanels were the protégés of Julius Dixon, a veteran songwriter whose successes included (as co-writer) the Chordettes' 1958 smash 'Lollipop' and Bill Halley's 'Dim Dim the Lights'. Dixon dabbled in all aeras of the music business and in 1958, he launched the Deb Label as a vehicle for his protégé, 14 year-Old Beverly Ann Gibson who had won the amateur hour at the Apollo theatre. 

    The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels     The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    She in turn introduced Dixon to the Chanels who hailed from her hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Early pressings of 'the reason' credited the Chanels but this was changed to the Five Chanels after rival record boss, Georges Goldner, complained that the name was too close to that of the Channels, a group he had recorded for his Gone Label.

    The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    And not only that, but the Chanels' lead singer, Sharon Scott, sounded similar to Arlene Smith ot the Chantels, another of Goldner's groups. 'The Reason' benefited from some immediate plugs on American Bandstand, the nation's most influential TV pop show and Dixon set up a distribution deal with ABC Paramount Records in anticipation of the hoped for hit.

        The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    However, Dick Clark who hosted Bandstand, and had tried to acquire 'The Reason' for Swan Records, a Philadelphia Label with which he was associated, promptly lost interest causing 'The Reason' to stall at #98. A subsequent Release was credited to Virgil & the Four Chanels.

     



    Songs :

    The Chanels aka The Five Chanels

        
    The Reason                              Skiddily Doo

    You Treat Me Mean

     


    Virgil & The Four Chanels

        
    Waiting                               Don't Keep It To Yourself

     



     

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  • Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5)

    The Premiers (5) 
 (New Haven, Conn.)
    
aka Roger & The Travelers (4) aka The Frontiers (2) 

     


    
Personnel :



    Roger Koob (Lead)



    Billy Koob

    

Gus Delcos

    Frank Polimus

     



    
Discography :



     

    The Premiers (5)

    Singles :
    1958 - Jolene / Oh Theresa (Alert 706)
    1960 - Pigtails Eyes of Blue / I Pray (Fury 1029)
    1961 - Falling Star / She Gives Me Fever (Rust 5032)

    Unreleased :
    1958 - I'll Wait For You
    1959 - In The Still Of The Night (acap)
    1959 - When You Dance (acap)
    1960-  I Needed Love
    1958 - Linda
    1959 - P.S. I Love You (practice session - acap)
    1959 - The Glory of Love
    1960 - To Be My Love

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    Roger & The Travelers (4)

    
Singles :
    1961 - You're Daddy's Little Girl / Just Gotta Be That Way (Ember 1079)

    Unreleased :
    1961 - Little Boy
    1961 - You Are An Angel
    1961 - Smile

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    Johnny Maestro bb Roger & The Travelers (4)

    Singles :
    1961 - I. O. U. / The Way You Look Tonight (Coed 557 )
    1961 - Besame Baby / It Must Be Love (Coed 562 )

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    The Frontiers (2)


    Singles :
    1963 - I Only Have Eyes For You / Don't Come Cryin' (Philips 40113)
    1964 - I Just Want You  / I'm Still Loving You (Philips 40148)
    1967 - When I See You / You (Only You) (MGM 13722)

    Unreleased :
    1966 - The 10 Commandments of Love
    1967 - Run to Me Baby

     

     

     


    Biography :

    On November 19, 1956, from New Haven, came Lead singer Roger Koob and the Premiers. Brother Billy, Frank Polimus and Gus Delros took their name from "Premier Theater", a top T.V. Show at the time. Brothers Roger and Billy Koob students at Amity High in Woodbridge. The group performed locally and gained a loyal following. Roger was writing original songs for the group "Oh Theresa", "Linda", "I'll Wait For You". It was at the last moment before an audition with Leo Rogers that he penned the novelty tune "Jolene".

    Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5)   Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5) 

     (1957) - (L to R) : G. Delcos, R. Koob, F.Polimus and  Billy Koob (front)                                     

    It was this tune that began the groups recording career on the Alert label, a subsidiary of ABC Records. New Haven-area radio stations played the record regularly, and "Jolene"reached the Top 10 on WAVZ's "Giant 13" survey in January 1959. This record's success led the Premiers to an Alan Freed show and an extensive tour through the East Coast, as well a "Star of 59 Show" all through Canada.

    Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5)    Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5)

    Personnel and label changes followed with Joe Vence and Gordy Corvtmanche coming into the group and eventually Johnny Roddi replacing Gordy as they moved to Fury. After a mildly successful release on Fury in 1960 ("Pigtails Eyes of Blue"), The Premiers had their biggest hit and most successful year in 1961 with their recording of "She Gives Me Fever".    The disc topped the charts in the East, including a stint at the number one position on the "Fabulous 40" survey of WNHC in New Haven in May, 1961.   A tour with Dick Clark and an appearance on "American Bandstand" also increased their popularity.  Many Commitments and engagements kept the group busy.

    Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5)

    They were now being managed by Jim Gribble who would suddenly die of a heart attack. Their next single was due to be released on the Ember label when they were informed that another group had the name the Premiers and they had to change theirs. So was born Roger & The Travellers, in 1961. Before Gribbles death he had Roger and the group contracted to sing background on four songs for Johnny Maestro who had just broke with the Crests. In 1962, Roger teamed up with Bill Baker (Who formally sang with the Five Satins and the Chestnuts) recording as the Buddies.

    Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5)  Roger & the Travelers (4) Aka Premiers (5)

    Soon the group would find a new label as well as a new name "The Frontiers". Roger's brother, Billy had left the group to serve in the military and was replaced by Charlie of the Academics (Another local Connecticut group). Now at Philips records working with Van McCoy, Roger and grouper told to style themselves much like the popular Four Seasons of Vee Jay Records. After two releases, Philips signed the Four Seasons and the Frontiers were sent packing although they would have one last release in 1967 . At this time, with Roger Singing lead, the frontiers consisted of Jerry Warner Jr., Phil Vallie, Skip Bianco, Fred Maffeo and Andy Smith.


     

    Songs :

    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

     


    The Premiers (5)

         
    Jolene                        Oh Theresa                     Pigtails Eyes of Blue

         
    I Pray                           Falling Star                  She Gives Me Fever

         
    I'll Wait For You          The Glory Of Love / To Be My Love        Linda / I Needed Love


    In The Still Of The Night / P. S. I Love You / When You Dance

     




    Roger & The Travelers (4)

         
    You're Daddy's Little Girl       Just Gotta Be That Way               Little Boy

      
    You Are An Angel                         Smile





    Johnny Maestro bb Roger & The Travelers (4)

         
    I. O. U.                   The Way You Look Tonight              Besame Baby


    It Must Be Love





    The Frontiers (2)

         
     I'm Still Loving You        I Only Have Eyes For You            Don't Come Cryin'

         
    I Just Want You             When I See You          The 10 Commandments of Love

      
    Run To Me Baby                    You (Only You) 


     

     

     

     

     

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  • The Masquerades

    The Masquarades (Chicago)
    aka The Five Masqueraders aka The Masquerades




    Personnel :

    Howard (Seaphus) Scott

    Charles Scott

    Tommy Scott

    Ike HickMan

    Jimmy Thompson





    Discography :

    Singles :

    Seaphus Scott & The Five Masqueraders
    1958 - Summer Sunrise / Nature's Beauty (Joyce 303)

    The Masquarades
    1961 - The Whip / Fanessa (Boyd 1027)

    The Masquerades
    1960 - These Red Roses / Mister Man The Guitar Man (Formal 1012)

    Unreleased :
    N/A - Portia
    N/A - These Foolish Things
    N/A - Good Golly Miss Molly
    N/A - That's When Your Heartaches Begin




    Biography:


    The Masquerades were formed in 1957 as the Elpeccios and originally consisted of Howard, Charles, and Robert Scott, and cousin Jesse "Chico"Golden. Golden and Robert Scott soon dropped out, and in early 1958 the group reorganized as the Masquerades, consisting of Howard, Charles, and Tommie Scott, Jimmy Thompson, and Ike Hickman. Robert Scott entered the professional boxing ranks as a welterweight, fighting in the same stable as world junior welterweight champion Eddie Perkins. The group went down to St. Louis to record two sides for Ike Turner on the Joyce label, "Summer Sunrise" backed with "Nature's Beauty." But nothing happened for the group.

    The Masquerades     The Masquerades
    The Masquarades                                                               The Masquerades

    The Masquerades were discovered by Entrepreneur Don Talty in 1958 singing in a North Side nightclub. At the time, the group consisted of Howard, Walter, Charles, and Tommie Scott, plus Ike Hickman and guitarist Howard Taylor. Jimmy Thompson had left the group to take up guitar, and years later would emerge as a well-respected Chicago blues performer  Jimmy Johnson. Thompson changed his name to "Johnson" after his brother Syl had achieved fame as a soul singer under the name "Syl Johnson."

    The Masquerades
    Buddy Scott, Ike HickMan and Howard (Seaphus) Scott

    The following year Buddy Scott replaced Taylor on guitar and the group came out with "The Whip" backed with "Fanessa"  on the Boyd label. "The Whip" was intended to promote a dance and was considered the A side. Talty even had artwork done to show the dance steps, but nothing came of the record. The few collectors in possession of the record (there are about ten records in existence) highly prize the ballad side.

    The Masquerades
    Tommy Scott, Walter Scott & Charles Scott

    The Masquerades released "Mister Man" backed with "These Red Roses" in 1960 on the Formal label. No more records by the Masquerades were released for Talty. They continued on, and guitarists who worked for them in the following years included their old vocal mate, Jimmy Johnson, and his brother, Syl Johnson. Around 1963-64, the Masquerades called it quits as a vocal group, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes re-emerged as the Scott Brothers Band.



    Songs :

    The Masquarades

      
    Fanessa                                           The Whip


    The Masquerades

      
    These Red Roses                     Mister Man The Guitar Man


    Seaphus Scott & The Five Masqueraders


    Nature's Beauty



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  • The Knight Sisters


    The Knight Sisters (Benton, Ill.)





    Personnel :

    Myrna Knight

    Virginia Knight

    Karen Knight.





    Discography :

    1962 - Confess / Wooden Head Willie (Tempwood V 1033)





    Biography :

    Vocal trio from Benton , included Myrna Knight, Virginia Knight, and Karen Knight. Their older sisters, Thera, assisted by helping with arrangements and accompanying them on the piano. Calling themselves "The Knight Sisters" the trio sang for many church, civic club and other gatherings since 1956.

    The Knight Sisters

    1962 - Myrna (21), Karen (16) and Virginia (18)

    Their popularity also brought them appearances on local television programs. The Girls frequently sang at political rallies in the aera. In 1961, the sisters cut a record at the Owen Bradley Studio in Nashville (Tennessee).

     

    The Knight Sisters     The Knight Sisters

                                                                                                           1957 - Karen (11) , Myrna (16) and Virginia (13)

    One side of the disc features a novelty tune entitled "Wooden Head Willie". The other side of the record is "Confess" described as a slow "Tear-jerker".  The record, released in January on Tempwood V Label, has sold very well in Memphis, Dallas and other Southern cities. The girls are slated to make three more records on the Tempwood V Label. Unfortunately the girls did not register another single.






    Songs :


    Wooden Head Willie / Confess







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  • The Carousels (1)
     

    The Carousels (1) (Los Angeles, CA.)

     
    Personnel :

    ?



    Discography :

    1959 - I've Cried Enough / Lotsa Lotsa Lovin' (Spry 116)
    1959 - Rendezvous / Drive-In Movie (Jaguar 3029/Spry 121)




    Biography :

    Vocal group from Los Angeles, they auditioned for Mike Gradney, owner of Spry Records . He liked them and set up a recording session at which they did  "Rendezvous", "Drive-In Movie", "I've Cried Enough" and " Lotsa Lotsa Lovin".

    The Carousels (1)    The Carousels (1)

    The single  "Rendezvous" B/W "Drive-In Movie" was issued up by Jaguar Records owned George Bennett. The Jaguar label was out of Manhattan. It was actually located in the famous Brill Building.




    Songs :

         
    Rendezvous                   I've Cried Enough                Lotsa Lotsa Lovin'


    Drive-In Movie








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