• The Quintones

    The Quintones (Imperial, PA)

    Vocal group from West Allegheny High School in 1957 consisted  by Ken Dodds, Jim mar stellar, Al Puhlman, Bob Provost & Ray DeFade.

     

     

     

     


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  • The Catalinas

    The Catalinas

    (from Charlotte, North Carolina 1958)

    If anyone have informations .... doowop@club-internet.fr

     

     

     

     


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    Oz & The Sperlings  (click on picture)

     

     

     

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  •  The Philharmonics

    The Philharmonics (Springfield, Missouri)
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

     



    Personnel :

    Elbridge Moss

    Homer Boyd

    Chick Rice (Baritone)

    James Logan (Tenor)

    George Culp (Bass)

     




    Discography :


    1958 - Why Don't You Write Me / Teen Town Hop (Future 2200)





    Biography :

    The Philharmonics were a versatile African-American vocal quintet from Springfield, Missouri who became successful despite origins in a then-racially-intolerant town and era. They were at their peak in the 1950s and performed across the United States. The group could adapt to many styles of music from gospel, rhythm and blues and pop to country and Western. They had splendid harmony, choreography, a colorful wardrobe and an impeccable stage presence.

     The PhilharmonicsThe Philharmonics in the 1950s (l-r): Chick Rice, James Logan, Elbridge Moss, Homer Boyd and George Culp

    The group was originally a quartet, composed of Homer "Jolly" Boyd, George Culp (bass), Elbridge "Old Man" Moss , and Clarence "Chick" Rice (baritone) . Joe Neal Hardin  was an earlier member. The group became a quintet with the addition of James Logan (tenor) .Their roots were in gospel music. Moss, from Kentucky, performed with vocal groups during his World War II service in the US Army.

    Upon discharge, he visited his brother in Springfield, met and married a local girl, and moved to the town in the mid-1940s.  He met the others in the choir at Gibson Chapel Church where they performed with pianist Florence Sample Thompson. Boyd was 17 and in high school when he joined. In the early 1950s, the group won twice on a talent show on CBS-TV, The Original Youth Opportunity Program, hosted by Horace Heidt, which showcased young performers from across the country. They also toured with the show.

    The Philharmonics 

    (L-R Elbridge 'Old Man' Moss, Homer 'Jolly' Boyd, George Culp, James Logan, Clarence 'Chick' Rice)

    The Philharmonics, nicknamed the Phils, were regularly featured on ABC's nationally broadcast television show, Ozark Jubilee, from 1955 to 1960 and provided background vocals for many of the country music stars on the program. They also appeared on ABC's The Eddy Arnold Show in 1956, and briefly had their own show on Springfield's KYTV-TV. They recorded on the Cardinal Records label.Their singles included "Teen Town Hop" and "That's Why I'm Losing You", both written by Moss.

     

      

     

     


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    Teen Town Hop                        Why Don't You Write Me




     



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  • The Cordials (3) aka The Stompers (2)

    Bobby (Boris) Pickett


    The Stompers (2) (Los Angeles)
    aka The Cordials (3)





    Personnel :

    Bobby (Boris) Pickett

    Leonard "Lenny" Capizzi

    Bill Capizzi,

    Ron Deltorto

    Lou Toscano




    Discography :

    The Stompers (2)
    1962 - Quarter To Four Stomp / Foolish One (Landa 684)

    The Cordials (3)
    1962 - Eternal Love /  The International Twist (Reveille 106)




    Biography :

    Bobby (Boris) Pickett was born in Somerville, Massachusetts. After high school, he spent three years in Korea in the US army signal corps. Upon demobilisation, Pickett headed for Hollywood, where he wanted to break into movies and stand-up comedy - his first nightclub act included a horror film routine. His initial success was modest, and in 1961 he joined a vocal group called the Cordials.  The Cordials were Leonard "Lenny" Capizzi, Bill Capizzi, Ron Deltorto, Lou Toscano and Bobby Boris Pickett. It specialised in the doo-wop close-harmony style and occasionally Pickett would enliven shows by intoning the spoken section of Little Darlin', a hit by the Diamonds, in his Karloff voice.

    The Cordials (3) aka The Stompers (2)     The Cordials (3) aka The Stompers (2)

    The Cordials soon came to the attention of the record producer and songwriter Gary Paxton. Under his guidance, the Cordials, a white group in a mainly black genre, recorded "Eternal Love"  and "The International Twist" both written By the Capizzi brothers .  Gary Paxton produced the Next single "Quarter To Four Stomp", a surf-orientated adaptation of Garу US Bonds’ “Quarter To Three” . The single was released under the name of the Stompers.

    The Cordials (3) aka The Stompers (2)     The Cordials (3) aka The Stompers (2)

    Shortly after this release Bobby Boris Pickett left for a solo career and co-wrote "Monster Mash" with Cordials/Stompers member Leonard Capizzi to take advantage of the Mashed Potato dance craze. Pickett's half-spoken, half-sung narration includes a brief snatch of a heavily accented Bela Lugosi impersonation as well as the Karloff voice. The refrain ran, "He did the mash/ He did the monster mash/ The monster mash/ It was a graveyard smash".





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    The Cordials (3)

      
    Eternal Love                      The International Twist 


    The Stompers (2)

      
    Quarter To Four Stomp                            Foolish One


    Bobby Pickett


    Monster Mash




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