• The Aladdins (1) (San Diego, California)


    Personnel :

    Edward Williams (Lead)

    Ted Harper (Second Tenor)

    Alfred Harper (Baritone)

    Gaylord Green (Bass)

    Discography :

    Single :
    1955 - Remember / Cry Cry Baby (Aladdin 3275)
    1955 - I Had A Dream Last Night / Get Off My Feet (Aladdin 3298)
    1955 - All Of My Life / So Long, Farewell, Bye Bye (Aladdin 3314)
    1955 - Help Me / Lord Show Me (Aladdin 3358)

    Unreleased :
    1955 - Eternally (Aladdin)
    1955 - Remember (first version)  (Aladdin)

    Biography :

    Edward Williams (lead), Ted Harper (2nd tenor), Alfred Harper (baritone) and Gaylord Green (bass) grew up in the same street in San Diego, California. The group toured as the Capris with Johnny Otis for a Year in 1953. Otis had discovered the group at a local show in San Diego and then introduced them to Eddie Mesner of Aladdin Records, who thought highly of the group, signed them, and changed their name to the Aladdins, after his label. The Aladdins cut four records for the Aladdin label, the first one was "Cry, Cry Baby".

    None of these discs ever lived up to the expectations that the label management had for them. In 1955, Al Harper and Eddie Williams joined the Colts and Ted Harper joined the Penguins and later the Coasters, staying with the group for ten years. When the Aladdins disbanded, their manager, Buck Ram, built a new group around Williams - the Fortunes, on Antler.


    Songs :

    Remember                            Eternally

    So Long Farewell Bye-Bye       I Had A Dream Last Nite

    Cry Cry Baby                          All Of My Life





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