• The Trends (2)

    The Trends (2) (New York ?)


    Personnel :

    Tony Amaral

    Jim Romero

    Herbie Lopes

    Joe Lopes


    Discography :

    1959 - Silly Grin / Once Again (Scope 102)


    Biography :

    Formed in 1955 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where all the members were stationed in the U.S. Air Force,  the 4 Deuces change their name when a five member join the group. The new name they decided on was the "Del Vikings." They were  Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson, David Lerchey, Norman Wright, Don Jackson, Clarence Quick. There was actually a sixth member of the Del Vikings, Joe Lopes was added to the group as their guitarist.

    The Trends (2)    The Trends (2)
              The Mercury Del-Vikings with Joe Lopes (Top)                                    The Trends / Tren-Dels  with Joe Lopes (Top right)

    Joe Lopes will be present at the first recordings of the group on Fee Bee Records, and will be an integral part of the Del-Vikings on Mercury until 1959. In 1959, Joe Lopes joined Tony Amaral, Jim Romero and Herbie Lopes. The quartet, originally named The Tren-Dels will record "Silly Grin" and "Once Again". Scope Records will release the single as the Trends.


    Songs :


    Silly Grin


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  • The Sultans (3)  

    The Sultans (3) (Louisville, KY)

     

    Personnel :

    Tom "Cosmo" Cosdon (Lead)

    John St. Clair (Tenor)

    Ralph Zehnder (Baritone)

    Lenny Whatley (Bass)


    Discography :

    The Sultans (3)
    1961 - It'll Be Easy / You Got Me Goin (Tilt 782)
    1962 - Toss In My Sleep / I Feel Your Love Growing Cold (Jam 103)
    1962 - Mary, Mary / How Far Does A Friendship Go (Jam 107)
    1963 - Christina / Someone You Can Trust (Guyden 2079)
    1964 - Poor Boy / Don't Tie Me Down (Jam 113)
    1964 - She’s Got It / Stay My Love (Backstage 1101)
    1965 - Don't You Just Know It / She Loves Me (Afco 522)

    Cosmo bb The Sultans (3)
    1962 - Sweetheart Please Don't Go / Just Words (Tilt 789)


    Biography :

    The Sultans were organized in the basement of Charles Woodring in 1959. Michael Woodring started the group and sang with them for eighteen months. He developed ulcers and had to quit. Mr. and Mrs. Woodring continued furnishing the group a place to practice and remained their biggest fans. The basement of the Rush Inn, located at Brownsboro Rd. and Melwood Ave., was also a frequent place to rehearse.


    The Sultans 1962 : R.Metzger, J. St. Clair, B. Summitt, L. Whetley, G. Owens, B.Crabb, G.Fawbush, R.Deetch, F.Rush

    The Sultans were Tommy “Cosmo” Cosdon, Lead Vocal, replaced by Richard Metzger ‘61, replaced by Wayne McDonald ‘63 ‘til ‘64; John St. Clair, Tenor; Ralph Zehnder, Baritone replaced by Bill Summitt ‘61; Lenny Whatley, Bass; George Fawbush, Lead Guitar; Vince Tabler, Rhythm Guitar, replaced by George Owens on keyboards ‘61; Ronnie Deetch, Sax; Bill Crabb, Bass Guitar; Frank Rush, Drums. Their first paying job was a breakfast at Trinity High School in ‘59. It was after the junior prom and it payed $20. They also frequently played at the VFW’s in St. Matthews.


    1959 - (L to R) Tom "Cosmo" Cosdon, John St. Clair, Ralph Zehnder  & Lenny Whatley

    In 1961 the Sultans recorded their first record, “It’ll Be Easy”, a song written by Charles Woodring. In the sixties, Mr. Woodring’s songs were recorded by several local artists including “Just Words” by Cosmo, “Till I Hear It From You” by the Monarchs, and “Someone Like You” by Eddie Morris. “It’ll Be Easy” was the first record by a local artist to go to the number 1 spot on the local charts. It remained in the number 1 position for five weeks and remained on the charts all summer.


    1959 - Top : George Fawbush, Ronnie Deetch, Frank Rush & Vince Tabler
     Bottom : Eddie Hess, Mike Woodring, Tom "Cosmo" Cosdon & Ralph Zehnder

    After the Sultan’s second recording session which produced “Sweetheart Please Don’t Go”, a management decision was made to release the record listing only Cosmo and not the Sultans. Cosmo began appearing with a new backup group, the Counts. He was replaced by Richard Metzger. Through the sixties the Sultans had a string of local and regional hits. In ‘62, “Toss In My Sleep” went to number 7 on WKLO’s charts. In ‘63, “Mary, Mary” went to number 16 on WAKY. “She’s Got It” and “Poor Boy” also charted locally. The group broke up in 1970 and reformed in 1972.




    Songs :

    The Sultans (3)

         
    It'll Be Easy                       You Got Me Goin                 Toss In My Sleep

           
    Mary, Mary                 How Far Does A Friendship Go                  Poor Boy

           
    She’s Got It                             Stay My Love                        She Loves Me


    Don't You Just Know It



    Cosmo bb The Sultans (3)

      
    Sweetheart Please Don't Go                 Just Words




     




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  • The Swingin' Phillies

    The Swingin' Phillies (Philadelphia, Pa)


    Personnel :

    Charles Cosom (Lead)

    Philip Hurtt (First Tenor)

    Richard Hill (Secod Tenor)

    Ronald Headon (Baritone)

    Al Hurtt (Bass)


    Discography :

    1958 - Frankenstein's Party / L-O-V-E (De Luxe 6171)


    Biography :

    The Swingin' Phillies are a Philadelphia based group and the members were: Charles Cosom, Philip Hurtt, Richard Hill, Ronald Headon and Al Hurtt founder of the group. The boys formed their group after discovering each other at their church, wich has music and voice classes. Charles and Phil still attend high school, while the other boys have been graduated. they range in age from seventeen to twenty.


    Songs :

      
    Frankenstein's Party                               L-O-V-E            


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  • The Team Mates (1) aka The Kilts (2)
    (L to R) Charles Jester, Jerry Terrell and Eddy Jester

    The Team Mates (1) (Fort Worth, Texas)
    aka The Kilts (2)

     

    Personnel :

    Charles Jester

    Eddy Jester

    Jerry Terrell


    Discography : 

    The Team Mates (1)
    1959 - Sooner Or Later / I Just Might (Le Cam 701)
    1959 - I Just Might / If Only I Had Known (Le Cam 701)
    1959 - Sooner Or Later / If Only I Had Known (Le Cam 706)
    1959 - If Only I Had Known / You Must Pay (Le Cam 706/ ABC 10760 ’65’)
    1960 - Come On Baby / In My Dreams (Twinkle 354)
    1961 - Once There Was A Time / Never Believed In Love (Le Cam 960 / Philips 40029)
    1961 - Just A Dream/ Please Believe Me (Le Cam 966)
    1965 - Most Of All / Please, Please Me (Paula 220 / Soft 104)

    Charlie Jester
    1960 - Come On Baby / In My Dreams (Le Cam 981)
    1960 - Come On Baby / Don't Let It End This Way (Le Cam 981)

    Charles Jester
    1960 - All For The Love Of A Girl / Once There Was A Time (Le Cam 707)

    Charlie Jester & The Team Mates (1)
    1962 - Sincerely Your Friend / Crazy Baby (Instr.) (Lanar 102)

    Charlie Jester & The Kilts (2)
    1961 - Sylvia / If Only I Had Known (Le Cam 722)

    The Kilts (2)
    1961 - Sylvia / If Only I Had Known (Le Cam 722)


    Biography :

    William Arthur “Major Bill” Smith was a Fort Worth record producer and music impresario who had several hit records in the early 1960.  Smith was a relentless self-promoter who seemed disinclined to let the facts get in the way of a good story, making the accounts of his life he told to various interviewers of somewhat dubious veracity. His bombastic manner earned him a reputation as a con man and hustler, but his savvy marketing instincts also made him a notable force in the recording industry.

    The Team Mates (1) aka The Kilts (2)     The Team Mates (1) aka The Kilts (2)
    Sometimes four? (Cash Box)                                                                                                 

    Smith had regional hits with such local acts as the Team-Mates, Ace Dinning, and the Straightjackets, led by a youthful Delbert McClinton. He also claimed to have turned down a singer named John Deutschendorf, who later changed his name to John Denver. Smith’s first national success came in 1962, however, with “Hey! Baby” by Bruce Channel. The Team Mates are  three handsome Texas football stars consisted by  Charles Jester, Jerry Terrell and Eddy Jester. Between 1959 and 1961, they recorded a good number of songs. The Cam released many singles, sometimes with the same music associated with others.

     

    Songs :

    The Team Mates (1)

      
    Sooner Or Later                                   I Just Might

      
    If Only I Had Known                                You Must Pay    

      
    Come On Baby                               In My Dream

      
    Once There Was A Time                    Never Believed In Love 


    Charles Jester


    All For The Love Of A Girl

    Charlie Jester & The Team Mates (1)


    Sincerely Your Friend


    Charlie Jester & The Kilts (2)

      
               Sylvia                                        If Only I Had Known

     

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  • The Debs (4)
    The Debs (L to R) : ?,  Rozanda and Delores Taylor

    The Debs (4) (Dayton, Ohio)


    Personnel :

    Delores Taylor

    Rozanda ...

    ?


    Discography :

    Clarence Lavelle bb The Debs (4) (Uncredited)
    1960 - Every Evening After School / Don't Come Back Knokin' (Buckeye 1004)


    Biography :

    This singing trio from Dayton Ohio, comprised Delores Taylor, Rozanda and another girl . They called  themselves the Debs. They recorded some songs, but unfortunately they will never be released. Finally, they backed singer Clarence Lavelle on "Every Evening After School" and "Don't Come Back Knokin" released in 1960 by Buckeye Records from Dayton, but the backed group does not appear on the single.


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


    Every Evening After School / Don't Come Back Knokin'


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