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    The Hill Sisters (Hazel Park, Michigan)

     

    Personnel :

    Lynne Hill

    Carol Hill

    Beverly Hill

     

    Discography :

    The Hill Sisters
    Single :
    1959 - Hit And Run Away Love / Advertising For Love (Anna 1103)
    Unreleased:
    1959 - Love Me (Anna)

    Jackie Carbone bb The Hill Sisters
    1960 - Let Me Go Daddy-O / The Lovely Lady In Blue (Ciro’s 1002)
    1960 - Song Of Napoli / The Voice Of Love (Ciro’s 1003/1004)

     

    Biography :

    Lynne Hill, Carol Hill and Beverly Hill started their music career back in 1955 and was part of a singing trio, The Hill Sisters, singing for school and church functions. They also performed live on the "Soupy Sales" show in 1959 performing "I hear It Everywhere". In 1959, they  released a record on Barry Gordy's "Anna Records" with the songs "Hit And Run Away Love" and "Advertising For Love".

      
    Jackie Carbone                                                                   The Hill Sisters

    Anna Records was a short-lived record label, known as a forerunner of Motown, founded by sisters Anna and Gwen Gordy and Roquel Billy Davis in 1959 and located in Detroit, Michigan. Gwen Gordy and Davis had written hit songs for Jackie Wilson and Etta James prior to founding the label.  The Trio sang back-up vocals on a few different records for a promising young vocalist named Jackie Carbone on "Let Me Go Daddy-O" and "The Lovely Lady In Blue",  "Song Of Napoli" and " The Voice Of Love" both singles released by Circo's Records .In 1960/61, the Hill Sisters  decided to end their music career.

     

    Songs :

    The Hill Sisters

      
     Advertising for Love                         Hit And Run Away Love


    Jackie Carbone bb The Hill Sisters

      
      Let Me Go Daddy-O                      The Lovely Lady In Blue

      
             Napoli                                      The Voice Of Love


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  • The Tune Tones (1)

    The Tune Tones (1) (Brooklyn, NY)

     

    Personnel :

    Gilbert Kaplan

    Allen Levy

     

    Discography :

    1959 - Please Baby Please / Little Sandy (Herald 524)
    1959 - She's Right For Me / Lonesome Soul (Herald 539)

     

    Biography :

    The Tune Tones, who recorded for Herald Records in the late 1950s, were formed in Brooklyn by two friends, Allen Levy and Gilbert Kaplan.  Kaplan heard Levy playing the piano in the gym at Tilden High School, and told him that he knew somebody in the music business.  The two wrote some songs and then went to Manhattan and auditioned for Jim Gribble, who owned a recording studio and was a budding manager. Gribble later went on to manage The Passions and The Mystics, and his recording studio and offices became a hangout for such later notables as Paul Simon and Al Kooper.  The Tune Tones were his first group.  Gribble liked what he heard, christened them The Tune Tones, and took them to Al Silver, of Herald Records, a few floors up in the same building. 

    The Tune Tones (1)                  The Tune Tones (1)                  The Tune Tones (1)

    Silver signed them and released two 45s by The Tune Tones:  “Little Sandy” b/w “Please Baby Please,,” (H-524, 1958) and “She’s Right for Me” b/w “Lonesome Soul” (H 539, 1959). Neither were hits, although “Please Baby Please” received solid airplay (it was the b-side) and has become something of a completist fan favorite.After the release of “She’s Right for Me”, Kaplan decided to break up the group and try for a solo career.  He ended up a veterinarian in Long Island and died several years ago.  Levy went to become a rock critic (writing for Changes), Assistant Editor of music industry trade paper Record World, and then held public relations posts at United Artists, A&M and ASCAP.  He later became Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California, a post he held for 25 years.  He is now a member of Southern California doo-wop group The Expectations.  


    Songs :

      
    Please Baby Please                              Little Sandy       

      
    She's Right For Me                                     Lonesome Soul


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  •  The Cordials (4)

    The Cordials (4) (Newark. N.J)

     

    Personnel :

    Mike Bonczek (Lead)

    Raymond LaBranche (Tenor)

    Ray Andrejcik Sr (Baritone)

    Manny Cruz (Bass)

     

    Discography :

    1962 - My Hearts Desire   / Listen My Heart (Whip 276)

     

    Biography :

    Vocal group from Bloomfield Ave. in Newark. composed by Mike Bonczek (Lead), Raymond LaBranche (Tenor), Ray Andrejcik Sr (Baritone) and Manny Cruz (Bass). The group will record two tracks "My Hearts Desire" and "Listen My Heart" which will be released by Whip records in 1962.

     The Cordials (4)

     

    Songs :

      
     My Hearts Desire                                Listen My Heart


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  • The Arc-Angels
    James W. Kisling

    The Arc-Angels (Pasadena, CA.)

     

    Personnel :

    James W. Kisling (Lead)

    Robert G. Whiteside

    Tony Smith

    Bill Hutton (Piano)

     

    Discography :

    1961 - Goddess / Little Wheel (Lan-Cet 142)

     

    Biography :

    When Bill Aken (Zane Ashton) was a teenager in the San Joaquin Valley, most of his peers were listening to Patti Page, Johnny Ray, etc, etc. I was being influenced by an entirely different kind of music... 1950's Groups like The Crows, The Ravens, and The Dominoes.  Lots of his  schoolyard friends in the San Joaquin Valley couldn't understand him, saying, "You're white... how can you like that kind of music ???" . His family moved to East Los Angeles in 1952, Bill found others who were into R & B like him and they formed their own band, The Nomads (Los Nomadas) to do their own kind of music.  In 1958, even tho they was recording 'pop' music,  Rochelle and The Candles came along and re-kindled his desire to do real 'R & B.'

    The Arc-Angels    The Arc-Angels
    Bill Aken (Zane Ashton)                                                                                                                          

    In 1961 his own record label and production company division was in it's infancy and  a vocal group called 'The Arc-Angels' would be his first independent 'R & B' production.... The group was composed by James W. Kisling (Lead), Robert G. Whiteside , Tony Smith and Bill Hutton (Piano). The Arc Angels showed up with a song named "Goddess" written by Kisling. Kisling and Whiteside wrote "Little Wells" on a Saturday before their first recording session because they needed an original song for the B side. "Little Wheel" was done in two takes and "Goddess" was done in five.

     

    Songs :

      
    Goddess                                          Little Wheel


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  • The Golden Tones (2)
    1959 The Golden Tones (Joe Simon - second from right)

    The Golden Tones (2) (Richmond, Ca.)

     

    Personnel :

    Joe Simon (Lead)

    Bill johnson Jr

    James Spells

    Lynn Foster

    Lawrence Thomson

     

    Discography :

    1959 - Little Island Girl / Doreetha (Hush 101)
    1960 - You Left Me Here To Cry Alone / Ocean Of Tears (Hush 102)

     

    Biography :

    Joe Simon (born September 2, 1943, Simmesport, Louisiana) is a chart-topping, Grammy Award winning, soul and R&B artist. Like many other African-American artists from the era, Simon began singing in his father's Baptist church. He pursued his vocal abilities full-time once the family moved to Richmond (near Oakland, California) in the late 1950s. There Simon joined the Golden West Gospel Singers and became influenced by Sam Cooke and Arthur Prysock.


    The Golden West Gospel Singers

    In 1959, Golden West Bass Bill Johnson persuaded Joe Simon to quit gospel singing and try his hand at R&B. Johnson offered Simon a place in his son's secular quartet the Echo Tones. The Echo Tones were then composed of James Spells, Lynn Foster, Lawrence Thomson & Bill johnson Jr.

       
                      Joe Simon                                                                                      The Golden Tones

    The ensemble changed their name to the Golden Tones in 1959, releasing "Little Island Girl" b/w "Doreetha", which was followed by the single "You Left Me Here To Cry Alone" b/w "Ocean Of Tears". Following the release, Hush Records owners, Gary and Carla Thompson, urged Joe to take on a solo career, which he pursued with the Veejay imprint releasing 'My Adorable One' in 1964. He later had a successful career as a soul singer in the 60's and '70s

     

    Songs:

      
    Doreetha                                    Little Island Girl

      
    You Left Me Here To Cry Alone                Ocean Of Tears

     

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