Left to right: Jeannine, Terry and Marie
Dave & The Cardigans (2) (Worcester, Ma.)
Dave Witt (Lead)
Marie Belanger (Bass Alto)
Jeannine Doiron (High Alto)
Terry Belanger (Soprano)
Diane LeDoux (Soprano)
1962 - My Falling Star / Cha Cha Baby (Bay 216)
The Cardigans were three young women from Worcester, Massachusetts . Marie Belanger was bass alto, Jeannine Doiron was high alto, and Terry Belanger was soprano. The Cardigans also had Diane LeDoux who occasionally joined to do soprano as well.
At White City in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts -left to right: Terry, Jeannine, Dave, Diane and Marie
In 1962, After numerous appearances around Worcester area, The Cardigans have the opportunity to record a Single. "My Falling Star" b/w "Cha Cha Baby" were cut on Bay Records with a singer by the name of Dave Witt from Massachusetts as well.
Left to right: Diane, Marie, Jeannine & Terry at the Worcester Auditorium
The Single was recorded with music from Tony Agbay and the continentals.
Thanks to Marie Belanger
My Falling Star / Cha Cha Baby
The Packards (New York)
Clive Williams (First Tenor)
Milton Turner (Second Tenor)
Bill Atkins (Baritone)
Ray Hayes (Bass/Baritone/Piano)
Bill Fredericks (Bass/Baritone)
1956 - Ding Dong / Dream Of Love (Pla-Bac 105/Paradise 105)
1956 - Ladise / My Doctor Of Love (Pla-Bac 106)
Best remembered by doo wop aficionados for their cult classic "Ding Dong," New York City vocal quintet the Packards formed in late 1955. According to writer Marv Goldberg's profile on his R&B Notebooks website, second tenor Milton Turner and bass/pianist Ray Hayes met while attending Manhattan's Benjamin Franklin High School, while baritones Bill Fredericks and Bill Atkins studied at a nearby vocational school. In time first tenor Clive Williams completed the lineup, which borrowed its name from the luxury automobile and took its cues from acts like the Flamingos and the Clovers. In the spring of 1956, manager Joel Weeks landed the Packards a record deal with Bronx-based label Pla-Bac. Turner assumed lead duties on "Ding Dong" and its flip side, "Dream of Love," both originals composed by Hayes.
Although Pla-Bac quickly released a second single, the disappointing "My Doctor of Love," "Ding Dong" slowly but surely turned into a local hit, catching the attention of Old Town label chief Hy Weiss. Old Town licensed the single for re-release in late summer but spent next to nothing on promoting the record, and it tanked. Williams exited the Packards in the spring of 1957, with Hayes' wife, Barbara, signing on for the remainder of the group's existence. Both Ray and Barbara later reunited with Turner in the Visions, with Turner also serving as a member of Bobby Lester's Moonglows. Fredericks, meanwhile, resurfaced in the Drifters in 1966, remaining with the venerable R&B group for close to a decade. He also cut a handful of little-noticed solo singles.
Ladise Ding Dong
Dream Of Love My Doctor Of Love
Johnny Ballad & The Zodiacs (2) (New Braunfels, Texas)
Rudolph Valentino Cisneros "Johnny Ballad"
1959 - Another Day / My Song (Wildcat 0016)
1959 - Search For Love / I'll Gamble (Wildcat 0017)
In 1958, Rudolph Valentino Cisneros, while working as a bus driver in San Antonio, he discovered his voice was better than ever. There was no danger of it ever "breaking" again. He found that he had firm control through an almost limitless range. Sometimes he tested his voice by singing to the passengers on the buses he,drove. They were delighted and astonished with his vocal tricks and urged him to go into show business. Rudolph Valentino borrowed his sister Doris guitar and taught himself to play it. One warm evening in San Antonio he sat out on a terrace at his apartment house, practicing. On a patio down below, some other tenants were having ,a party. Impressed by his vocal gifts, they invited him to come down and join the fun. Rudolph Valentino Cisneros entertained them for a couple of hours.
When "the party broke up, some of the guests insisted that be go night-clubbing with them and take along his guitar. They wound up at the King of Clubs. Noticing Rudolph's guitar, the club's comic invited him up to the stage to do a number. Rudolph's vocal tricks and song stylings were such a sensation that the club owner offered him a job. He was paid 75$ a week for singing about 15 minutes nightly during the band's intermissions. After that he obtained work in other clubs, becoming so popular that he attracted the attention of a new San Antonio recording company.
The outfit, Wildcat Records, signed him to a contract and changed his name to Johnny Ballad. Its owners discovered that Johnny is a composer and lyricist as well as a performer. He writes fast and has composed about 160 tunes. The company recorded four of his compositions "I'll Gamble," "Search for Love," "My Son and "Another Day." Wildcat use The Zodiacs, a vocal group from high school in New Braunfels Texas composed by Eddie, Richard, Raul, and Rennie to back up Johnny Ballad. Unfortunately Wildcat Records made a technical mistake. Its discs were a hair too thick and wouldn't play properly on jukeboxes. The company quickly went broke and Johnny's tunes were never distributed.
Another Day My Song
The Dreams (1) (Philadelphia)
aka Kenny Esquire & The Starlites (3)
George Tindley (Lead Tenor)
Bernard Harris (First Tenor / Falsetto)
John Wesley "Wes" Hayes (Second Tenor / Guitar)
Robert "Flyright" Henderson (Baritone)
Stephen "Press" Presbery (Bass)
The Dreams (1)
1954 - Darlene / A Letter To My Girl (Savoy 1130)
1954 - Under The Willow / I'm Losing My Mind (Savoy 1140)
1955 - I'll Be Faithful / My Little Honeybun (Savoy 1157)
Kenny Esquire & The Starlites (3)
1956 - They Call Me A Dreamer / Pretty Brown Eyes (Ember 1011)
1957 - Tears Are Just For Fools / Boom Chica Boom (Ember 1021)
The Dreams began in 1953 in Philadelphia as the Royal Flames. This name was soon changed to the dreams. Lead George Tindley got the group their appearance at the apollo's amateur night and they took second place. Soon after the Apollo appearance, they were contacted by someone from the Newark-based Savoy Records who apparently was in the audience at the Apollo.
They went to Savoy and had their first session in April 1954, during which they recorded "Darlene" "A Letter To My Girl". The record did well locally. The Dreams' next session took place in October 1954, when they recorded "Under The Willow" "I'm Losing My Mind".
Their last session with savoy was in March 1955. In this session they recorded "I'll Be Faithful" "My Little Honeybun". Nothing ever happened with their discs, but they made many live appearances and tours on the East Coast. Since Harris was still in school, their touring was limited.
In Junes 1956, Herald Records announced that they had signed the Dreams. Henderson could not be found for the first session with Herald, and billy taylor of the Castelles filled in. Before this disc was released, Tindley felt that he wanted his name on the disc. Herald agreed, but Tindley chose Kenny Esquire and changed the group's name to the Starlites.
The Record was "They Call me a Dreamer". George Tindley eventually joined Steve Gibson and the Red Caps, with whom he recorded a number of well-remembered doowop 45s in 1959 and 1960, before Tindley took over leadership duties (changing the group name to the Modern Red Caps), continuing on into 1966.
The Dreams (1)
Under The Willow I'll Be Faithful Darlene
I'm Losing My Mind A Letter To My Girl My Little Honeybun
Kenny Esquire & The Starlites (3)
They Call Me A Dreamer Tears Are Just For Fools/ Boom Chica Boom Pretty Brown Eyes
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