• Alfred & Joe

    Alfred & Joe (Los Angeles, CA.)

    Personnel :

    Alfred Garcia

    Joe Silva

    Discography :

    1964 - Darling Dear / Soul Shuffle (The Noblemen) (Kay Gee 101)

    Biography :

    Alfredo Garcia was born in Mexico in 1945. In 1955 his family moved to Los Angeles. He came from a musical background influence by his grandfather & father and later the Los Angeles music scene. He attended Catherdral High School and then went on to East Los Angeles College. His singing partner, Joe Silva was from Lincoln Heights, California. Alfred & Joe formed a band, The Noblemen whose members were from Cathedral and Belmont High Schools.

    Alfred & Joe    Alfred & Joe

    The band included Richard Duran on lead guitar and drummer Alfred Rubalcava. The band performed locally at weddings and quinceaneras. Alfred & Joe used to buy records at the Flash Record Store where they met Rudy Benavides, an employee. Rudy attended a couple of Alfred & Joe's gigs and after liking what he heard sent them to Godfrey Kerr who owned the Kay-Gee record label.

    Alfred & Joe

    Godfrey picked a song, "Darling Dear" which was a 1953 classic recording by The Counts for them to record. In 1964, Alfred & Joe & The Noblemen recorded "Darling Dear" released on the Kay-Gee label (Kay-Gee 101). The B-side of the record, "Soul Shuffle" an instrumental with a surf flavor recorded by The Noblemen.


    Song :

    Darling Dear


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  • The Sabians

    The Sabians (Newark, N.J.)

    Personnel :




    John Matts

    Discography :

    1960 - Blue Summer Wind / Living Flame (Yale 212)
    1960 - Your Cheating Heart / Crazy Dream (Yale 240/241)

    The Sabians    The Sabians

    Biography :

    Vocal group from Newark, N.J. composed by V.Brigida, John Matts, B.Burns and D.Silsbee. In Mars 1960, the group recorded "Blue Summer Wind" and "Living Flame" released by Yale records in Elizabeth N.J..

    The Sabians

    In September 1960, J.Madaio had replaced B.Burns and John Matts leaves the group. As a trio, the Sabians recorded two more tunes, "Your Cheating Heart" and "Crazy Dream" released again by Yale.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    Your Cheating Heart / Crazy Dream

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  • The Blends (1)  aka The Fabulous Blends 

    The Blends (1) (Brockton, Massachusetts)
    aka The Fabulous Blends



    Personnel :

     Big John Croft (Lead)

    Richie Harris

    Charlie Garner

    Richie Solomon






    The Blends (1)
    1960 - Someone To Care / Now It's Your Turn (Casa Grande 3037)
    1960 - A Thousand Miles Away / Music, Maestro, Please (Casa Grande 5000)

    Big John & The Fabulous Blends
    1960 - Hey! Little Fool / Baby You're Wrong  (Casa Grande 5001)

    The Fabulous Blends
    1989 - Graduation Time / Starlight, Starbright (Casa Grande 3039)

    Unreleased :
    1960 - Everybody's Got A Home (But Me) (Casa Grande)




    Biography :

    This fine group was from the Brockton/New Bedford area and landed a contract with Casa Grande after winning a WBZ radio contest held at Fort Devens. The group was led by Big John Croft, who sang lead and played guitar. He was backed by three singers, a drummer and electric bass.


    They were famous for their tight harmony and exciting stage routines, including exceptional choreography. Billboard picked them as an outstanding up-and-coming group in 1960, but after touring the East Coast and Europe, the group split up and disappeared. The group was also known as the Fabulous Blends. They cut nine sides for Casa Grande in 1960 and 1961.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    Someone To Care             Now It's Your Turn             A Thousand Miles Away

     Music, Maestro, Please           Hey! Little Fool            Baby You're Wrong

            Starlight, Starbright               Graduation Time         Everybody's Got A Home (But Me)






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  • The Essentials 1962 (Alvin Brandon Jr., James Roberts, Levi Robert and Daniel Hurt)

    Darnell & The Dreams (8) (Westchester, NY)

    Personnel :

    Darnell Jessamay (Lead)

    Alvin Brandon Jr.

    James Roberts

    Robert DeBerry

    Garfield Dorsey

    Discography :

    Single :
    1964 - The Day Before Yesterday / I Had A Love (West Side 1020)

    Unreleased :
    1964 - New Love (West Side)

    Biography :

    The group was originally called The Essentials and consisted of Alvin Brandon Jr., James Roberts, Levi Robert and Daniel Hurt. The Essentials perform at various talent show from 1962. In early 1963, Levi Robert and Daniel Hurt leave the group, that replaces them with Robert DeBerry and Garfield Dorsey. With two new members, the Essentials change their name to The Dreams and added lead singer Darnell Jessamay. Jessamay became famous as a result of her affiliation with the Vestelles, who recorded for Decca.

    Lou Cicchetti

    Lou Cicchetti was the owner of the “Cousins Music Shop” in Fordham Road (The Bronx) and proprietor of the “Cousins” record label. Lou Cicchetti’s label became very important in the rock and roll music business. his record shop in Fordham Road was an important meeting point for all Italian American doo-wop bands (Dion & the Belmonts, Earls, Consorts) and fans alike.


    The Dreams were referred to Lou and approached him with 2 original songs: “The Day Before Yesterday“, written by group member Robert DeBerry and the flipside “I Had A Love“, written by Darnell Jessamay. In 1964 he recorded them as Darnell & The Dreams on his West Side label.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Day Before Yesterday                             I Had A Love        

    New Love

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  • The Horizons (2)

    The Horizons (2) (New York)

    Personnel :

    Kevin Driscoll (Lead)

    John Williams (Tenor)

    Discography :

    1964 - Hey Now Baby / Strange Oh Strange (Regina 1321)


    Biography :

    Inspired by neighborhood acapella groups in the early 1960’s, Kevin Driscoll and John Williams  started singing with The Congenials in 1961, which became The Premiers and then The Horizons in 1962 to 1965 where they recorded "Hey now Baby" and "Strange Oh Strange" on the Regina Label

    The Horizons (2)    The Horizons (2)

    Their local hit "Hey now Baby", won 3rd place against the Beatles in Murray the K's Record review board contest.


    Songs :

    Strange Oh Strange                     Hey Now Baby


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