• The Arrows (Los Angeles)
    aka The Convincers aka The Appeggios

    Personnel :

    Leroy Bishop  (Lead)

    Mel Alexander  (Second Tenor)

    Frank Alexander (Bass)

    Frank Dixon (High Tenor)

    Malvin Perkins (Baritone)

    Discography :

    The Arrows
    Singles :
    1958 - Indian Bop Hop / Annie Mae (Flash 132)

    The Convincers
    Singles :
    1962 - Rejected Love / Go BacK Baby (Movin' 100)
    Demos :
    1959 - Betty
    1959 - Sufferin With The Blues
    1959 - My Baby Don't Love Me
    1959 - What Did I do

    The Appeggios
    Singles :
    1963 - Mary / I'll Be Singing (Aries 01)
    Demos :
    1956 - Rejected Love
    1956 - We Belong Together
    1956 - She's Not Bad
    1956 - Lonely
    1956 - Baby Let Me Come To Your House Tonight

    Biography :

    The group begin as the Arpeggios in New Orleans and sang strictly gospel, switching to the Arrows to sang R&B. The Original members are Mel Alexander (Second Tenor), Frank Alexander (Bass), Leroy Bishop (Lead), Frank Dixon (High Tenor) & Sidney Jones (Baritone).

    Mel Alexander                                                                                                                                     

    One by one  the Arpeggios came out to California. The Arrows composed of Mel Alexander, Frank Alexander, Leroy Bishop, Frank Dixon  & Malvin Perkins signed a contract with Charlie 'Flash' Reynolds of Flash record on 29th July,1958. Two months later "Indian Bop Hop" backed with "Annie Mae" hit the Streets.

    The Appeggios with Mel Alexander on lead (Los Angeles, 1957)

    They Changed their name from the Arrows to the Convincers. The Convincers were made up of Mel, his brother, Jones, Dixon and Willie Gibson on lead. The Group recorded the Beautifull "Rejected Love" spliced with "Go BacK Baby" for Movin' Records. In 1963, Mel & his quarter Friends, now renamed the Arpeggios (Misspelled Appeggios) with the Convincers' Line-up recorded "Mary" backed with "I'll Be Singing" for the Tiny Los Angeles based Aries label.


    Songs :
     (Update By Hans-Joachim)

    The Arrows

    Indian Bop Hop                    Annie Mae

    The Appeggios

    I'll Be Singing                    Mary        Baby Let Me Come To Your House Tonight

    Lonely                                 She's Not Bad                       Rejected Love

    We Belong Together

    The Convincers

     Rejected Love                   What Did I do                        Go BacK Baby

    My Baby Don't Love Me                       Betty



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