The Eschelons (Grand Rapids, Michian)
Ron Beatty (Lead)
Vic Hill (Vocals)
Jack Hazewinkel (Bass)
Jim VanPutten (Sax/Vocals)
Al Bishoff (Sax)
Dick Beatty (Drums)
1961 - This Broken Heart / Lonely Christmas (Set-Co)
1962 - My Lonely Senior Year / Lonely Footsteps (Set-Co 109)
1962 - Tears Of Love / Angel In My Heart (Set-Co 110)
In 1957 two brothers, Dick and Ron, decided to join the fun. Starting with one old guitar, a bass drum the size of those used by marching bands and a snare drum, they practiced while searching for others that were interested in making music. The band settled with six-members who are considered the original Eschelons and were featured on the band's first record. They are: Vic Hill, Jack Hazewinkel, Jim VanPutten, Al Bishoff, Dick Beatty, and Ron Beatty.
(l. to r.) Jack Hazewinkel, Vic Hill, Dick Beatty, Jim VanPutten, Marty Chirgwin. and Ron Beatty.
In 1961, The Eschelons cut their first 45. Both sides of the single, "This Broken Heart" b/w "Lonely Christmas" were composed by Ron Beatty. They were recorded at Ted Mader's studio in Downtown Grand Rapids, one of several recording studios in town. Dick and Ron's stepfather came through for them by financing the 45 which was released on the SET-CO label, an acronym for his business, the Stalter Edge Tool Company. The single was pressed at the American Record Pressing Company in Owosso, Michigan.
"This Broken Heart" reached # 16 on WGRD's Fabulous "50" chart in January of 1962, shortly before the band underwent a major lineup change compliments of their biggest Grand Rapids rivals, the Kingtones. Gil King from the Kingtones joined up with the Eschelons adding keyboards to the band and when Vic Hill decided to leave the band , The Eschelons added two girls, Cheri Woudstra and Sue Greiner.
(l. to r.) Ron Beatty, Jack Hazewinkel, Dick Beatty, Jim VanPutten, Al Bischoff, Gil King, Cheri Woudstra & Sue Greiner.
Gil King assumed both roles on the second single by the Eschelons. "Lonely Footsteps" and "My Lonely Senior Year" were recorded in 1962 . The second 45 was once again released on the SET-CO label. Ron Beatty was listed as the vocalist on both of the songs that were written and produced by Gil King. "Lonely Footsteps" was the local hit, reaching # 12 on WGRD's Fabulous "50" chart on May 12th.
(l. to r.) J. Hazewinkel, A. Bischoff, G. King, R. Beatty, C. Woudstra, J. VanPutten & Sue Greiner.
Cheri Woudstra left the Eschelons in June of 1962. The band's final single was recorded in Gil King's home studio. "Angel In My Heart" was written by Ron Beatty and "Tears Of Love" by King. The 45 was again released on the SET-CO label with both sides listed as being produced and directed by Gil King. "Angel In My Heart" reached # 41 on WGRD's Classic "50" chart in the late fall of 1962, but the original members of the Eschelons had already begin to splinter due to high school graduation, marriage, and other factors.
Lonely Footsteps My Lonely Senior Year Lonely Christmas
Angel In My Heart Tears Of Love This Broken Heart
The Tri-Lads (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Billy Reynolds Eustis
1957 - Cherry Pie / Always Be True (Perspective Sound 6457/Bullseye 1003)
Billy Reynolds Eustis was born in Harden City, Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Billy sang in school group "the Contabulies" with Jim Scott, Mary Hazelton & Dan Smith. As The Tri-Lads, Billy With two other fellows from Tulsa Central High School, Bill Ragan and Chuck Fournier, went on studio and recorded "Cherry Pie" and "Always Be True" In 1957 . The Tri-Lads split up in 1957 after this record.
The Contabulies (L to R) - Jim Scott, Mary Hazelton, Dan Smith and Billy
The first pressing was released on the Oklahoma based Perspective sound label in June 1957 and in December on the Bullseye label based in New York for national distribution. "Cherry Pie" disc received regional attention, especially on the west coast, but it failed to chart nationally. A few months later, in early 1960, Skip & Flip's polished waxing came out and became a huge hit.
Billy Reynolds Eustis Chuck Fournier Bill Ragan
Billy Reynolds Eustis then went on to a solo career. His first solo was “The Rope” in 1960 , produced by Sonny Thompson and recorded at the famous Chess Studios in Chicago. Billy went on to record for Famous Music (Bobby Boyd, producer), Paramount (Marty Paich, producer) and Monument Records (as Billy Reynolds, Don Law, producer).http://www.eustismusic.com
Cherry Pie Always Be True
The Four Stars (2) (Chester, Pa)
Walter Johnson (Lead)
Harvey Hollis (Baritone)
James Dukes (Tenor)
William Brown (Bass)
1958 - My Sentimental Heart / The Chapel By The Sea (Kay-Y 66781)
The Quartet is composed of Walter Johnson, the lead Vocalist, Harvey Hollis, Baritone, James Dukes, Tenor and William Brown, Bass. Three of The Boys, Johnson; Hollis and Brown are graduates of Chetser High School in Martinsville, Va. Walter Johnson, well know in the Chester area for his activities in choir and chorus work, tried several times without success to form a Quartet. Hollis also was interested along the same lines. The Two met while singing with the senior choir at Bethany Baptist Church, and often were teamed as a duet.
The Search for a tenor and bass began. Dukes started rehearsing with the duos and blended well. The trio became widely know for its performances at benefits and clubs in Chester and in New Jersey. After many tryouts for a bass voice, William Brown was selected for the spot. Brown is a former member of one of the well known local religious quartet. After Months of hard work and training under the direction of Milton Harris Jr., talented young local musician, the group has reached its first success in the recording of "Chapel by The Sea" on Kay-Y Records of Chester. Al Czarenko is the Manager of the Group...
The Chapel By The Sea
The Dawns in 1956 - Top : (L to R) Jim Carling and Joel Greenspan
Lower : (L to R) Stan Goldstein and Bobby Carling - Center : Billy Campbell (Lead Singer)
The Dawns (2) (Chinatown/Little Italy, New York)
Ref The C-Tones
Mike Caminiti (Lead)
Louie Matos (First Tenor)
Harry Solomon (Bass)
1957 - On Your Mark / From Now On (Everlast 5005)
The Dawns (2)
1959 - How Deep Is The Ocean / Why Did You Let Me Love You (Climax 104)
The C-Tones were a group from NYC's (Chinatown & Mulberry Street in Little Italy) and was comprised Mike Caminiti on lead, Harry Solomon on bass, Tony Lee on piano & 2nd tenor, Donny DiRienzi on baritone and Louie Matos on 1st tenor. The Group consisted of 5 Italian American teenagers and practiced in Columbus Park. The Group cut "On Your Mark" b/w "From Now On" On Everlast 5005.
They re-formed as "The Dawns" with Oscar ? replacing Donnie & Stan Goldstein replacing Tony Lee. They recorded "How Deep is the Ocean" b/w "Why Did You Let Me Love You" . It was released on the short lived Climax Records founded by Jack Gold, label which issued a grand total of ten records between 1959-60 before closing. Jim Carling replaced Oscar in 1960 but The Group broke up in 1962 without having another record out. In 1962,
Jimmy Carling Trio At Willy Pep's Melody Lane, 57th St. NYC, March '62
Jim Carling continued in the music business in the Jimmy Carling Trio (Jim Carling on Piano, Gene Mitchell on Guitar and Bobby Nicastro on Drums) and many other groups over the years.
Thnaks to Jim Carling.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
On Your Mark From Now On
The Dawns (2)
How Deep Is The Ocean / Why Did You Let Me Love You
The Davenport Sisters (Monongahela, PA)
1962 - You've Got Me Crying Again / Hoy, Hoy (Tri-Phi 1008)
1963 - I Was Teasin' / Our Summer Vacation Is Over (Vida 0109)
Seven years ago, in 1955, the Davenport Sisters started singing for banquets, church affairs, private parties and eventually at a few night clubs. During this time, the girls sang on the Jan Andre Show and various radio stations in Pittsburgh and the Monongahela Valley. In the fall of 1955, Al Noble, MC for Wilken's Amateur Hour made it possible for the Monongahela singers to make a guest appearance on TV, after winning a weekly contest. Public appearances were made in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the Moonglows.
(L to R) Norma, Toni, Sylvia and Florence
The sisters then added to their talent with a six-months training course in modern jazz, tap and professional cha cha at the Cicci School of Dancing. In addition, the Sisters acquired the assistance of the noted Duncan Noble, choreographer for the Civic Light Opera, in preparing a professional act for night club engagements. Tri-Phi Recording Company of Detroit, Mich. was the brain child of Gwen Gordy (sister of Motown-man Berry Gordy) and Harvey Fuqua. The Label released their first single entitled, "You've Got crying again" written by Florence Davenport & Harvey Fuqua… In 1963, The Girls Recorded one other single "I Was Teasin" b/w "Our Summer Vacation Is Over" on Vida 109.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
You've Got Me Crying Again Hoy, Hoy
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