The Regals (From Top) Billy Adams, Aaron Cornelius, Albert Russell, Jerry Holeman & Harold Wright
The Regals (2) (Cleveland)
Ref The Orioles (2)
Billy Adams (Lead)
Albert "Diz" Russell (Bass/Baritone)
Jerry Holeman (Baritone/Tenor)
Aaron "Tex" Cornelius (Baritone/Tenor)
1954 - Run Pretty Baby / May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You (Aladdin 3266)
1955 - Got The Water Boiling / I'm So Lonely (Atlantic 1062)
1955 - Cha Cha (Atlantic)
1955 - Gotta Find My Baby (Atlantic)
Albert “Diz” Russell first ran into Sonny Til around 1951 in St. Louis, where both were spending quality time with a young lady named Adell Chapelle. Russell was doing some gigs with his group, The Modern Sounds, a vocal quintet from his native Cleveland that leaned more toward jazz than pop. They met again two years later in New York City, after The Modern Sounds became The Four Jays and blew Cleveland in a rickety Buick belonging to Aaron “Tex” Cornelius.
The 4 Jays (Top) Jerry Holeman & James Brunson (Bottom) Aaron Cornelius & Albert Russell
After breaking down in Pennsylvania, borrowing money in Atlantic City, and living for days off of stale donuts in the Lower West Side of New York, Russell and The Four Jays abandoned their car by the Hudson River, tossed the tags, and headed up to Birdland, the famous Broadway jazz club, to find work. What they found was scat-cat Eddie Jefferson, an old singing buddy from their days of rehearsing at the Cleveland YMCA, who took them immediately for an audition with none other than Duke Ellington himself, in his office in the Brill Building.
At The Apollo Theater
Ellington was so impressed that he set them up with a gig at Snookie’s, a midtown Mafia-owned Italian joint at 47th Street and Broadway. From there, The Four Jays moved up to amateur shows at the Apollo, where they scored a management contract with Bobby Shiffman, son of the nightclub’s owner.
The Regals (L to R) Jerry Holeman, Billy Adams, Harold Wright, Albert Russell & Aaron Cornelius
The Four Jays became The Regals after deciding there were too many groups with the names of birds, such as the Orioles. The name Regals was taken from a shoe store. The Regals began performing regularly. The Regals began recording for Aladin Records, where Atlantic’s Jesse Stone was moonlighting. Specialists in modern harmony, the group signed with Atlantic Records in February 1955.
At The Apollo Theater
Albert Diz Russell and Aaron Cornelius of the group wrote the song “Got the Water Boiling” and presented it to delighted audiences at the famous Apollo Theater, complete with choreography by Cholly Atkins. Members of the Cadillacs were in the audience, and admit later that this performance inspired their smash hit “Speedo”. Sonny Wright was a member of The Regals, but never recorded with them. He had been lead singer of The Diamonds on Atlantic (1952-53) and would later become the lead of The Metronomes on Cadence (1957).
Sonny Til & The New Orioles (Top) Sonny Til & Albert Russell (Bottom) Aaron Cornelius, Billy Adams & Jerry Holeman
Left without the Orioles, Sonny Til picked up the Regals and pianist Paul Griffin. This group became the New Orioles. Til liked the Regals' modern harmony style, and the existing tunes were rearranged to match the Regals' style (in many cases, sounding rather different than they formerly had). During this time, they were often billed as "Sonny Til and his New Orioles". They left Jubilee and signed with Vee-Jay Records.
Run Pretty Baby Got The Water Boiling
I'm So Lonely
1962 - (L to R ): I.V. Simpson , Walter Garrett, Sonny Holley J.r & Melvin Blackmore
The Fayatons (Battle Creek, Michigan)
I.V. Simpson (First Tenor)
Walter Garrett (Second Tenor)
Melvin Blackmore (Baritone)
Sonny Holley J.r. (High Tenor)
1962 - Let This Girl / Quiet (Tri-Phi)
The Fayatons were a four piece vocal group from Battle Creek in 1962. They comprised - I.V. Simpson (First Tenor), Walter Garrett (Second Tenor), Melvin Blackmore (Baritone) & Sonny Holley J.r. (High Tenor) (Sonny played in Jr Walker's All Stars at one time). They went to Tri-Phi Records in 1962 and recorded "Let This Girl" b/w "Quiet". Unfortunately the disc was never released.
1962 (L to R) Marshall, Sal, Franky, Tisziji and Augie
The Arrogants (2) (Brooklyn, New York)
Franky Ayala (Lead)
1963 - Mirror Mirror / Canadian Sunset (Lute 6226 / Candlelite 425)
1962 - My Heart Stood Still
1962 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
In 1959, Tisziji Munoz and his guitar join a local band called Quartet in Four, which consisted of Augie Miuzzo on saxophone and percussion, Sal Giarraffa on drums or timbales, and Marshall Rivera on congas. They performed on street corners and at show clubs and dances in New York City. As was typical in those ‘doo-wop’ days in New York, there were many street corner singing groups. It was a great time for doo-wop singing, which was very easy to sing . They found it to be a beautiful experience to be singing with his friends and experimenting with complex harmonic patterns other than the usual ‘1, 4, 5’ blues or rock structures.
1959 (Quarter In Four) Tisziji, Sal, Augie and Marshall
With Lead Singer Franky Ayala the new quintet recorded two demos in Brooklyn (“My Heart Stood Still” and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”). They ventured to California with the demos. The group went out there for a few weeks, toured Hollywood and visited many famous recording companies. Group was now called The Arrogants, a name given to them by their manager, who may have found the group to be a little too outspoken, honest and real for his purposes which were totally materialistic.
At the time, The Arrogants were seeking exposure and they playing at the same event as The Beach Boys, at the Peppermint Lounge. They recorded two songs for Lute Records: “Canadian Sunset” and “Mirror, Mirror”. The producer of the Lute sessions was Marshall Lieb, who had a hit in 1960 as a singer with the Hollywood Argyles on the song “Alley Oop”, and the Mar-Keys provided instrumental accompaniment.
Lute released a promotional single of “Canadian Sunset” with “Mirror, Mirror” as the B-side. “Canadian Sunset” was picked up by a number of radio stations, and began receiving considerable promotional play on some New York stations; the band returned to Brooklyn and performed until approximately 1965. In 1967, at the front side of a resurgence of interest in Doo-wop music, Candlelite Records acquired and re-released the single with “Canadian Sunset” and “Mirror, Mirror”.
Mirror Mirror Canadian Sunset
My Heart Stood Still
The Quaker City Boys (Philadelphia, Penn)
Tommy Reilly (Lead)
1958 - Teasin' / Won't Y' Come Out, Mary Ann (Swan 4023)
1959 - Everywhere You Go / Love Me Tonight (Swan 4029)
1959 - Goodbye 50's, Hello 60's / You Call Everybody Darlin' (Swan 4045)
Vocal and Instrumental from Philadelphia, Penn. The leader of the band was Tommy Reilly. They signed with Swan records in 1958. The Quaker City Boys make several appearances on American Bandstand and the group Charted at #39 on Billboard Hot 100 with "Teasin" in late 1958/early 1959. "Teasin" was supplied by veteran writers Al Hofman ("Mairzy Doats", "If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Baked a Cake") and Irving Fields.
That would be their only nationally-charting single, putting them into the books as bona-fide One Hit Wonders since neither of these two 1959 follow-ups could again dent the charts: "Everywhere You Go" b/w" Love Me Tonight" (Swan 4026) and "Goodbye Fifties, Hello Sixties" b/w "You Call Everybody Darlin'" (Swan 4045).
Love Me Tonight Teasin'
Won't Y' Come Out, Mary Ann