•  The Beverly Hills Painters aka  The Altones   The Beverly Hills Painters aka  The Altones

    Tony Mastry & Albert Mastry

    The Beverly Hills Painters (Los Angeles, Ca)
    aka The Altones


    Personnel :

    Albert Mastry (Guitar / Vocals)

    Tony Mastry  (Guitar /Bass / Harmonica / Vocals)

    Ray Sharkey (Drums)

    Jack Freeman (Keyboards)


    Discography :

    The Altones (1)
    Singles :
    1961 -  Love Me, Love Me / Cileen (inst. by The Craftsman) (Gardena 121)
    1961 -  Love Me, Love Me / Summer Love (Archer 104)
    Unreleased :
    1961 - I Wonder Why / Little Girl

    The Beverly Hills Painters
    1961 - Model A Heap / Believe Me (Gateway 700)
    1962 - Five Foot Three (Little Girl) / I Know Why (Gateway 701)


    Biography :

    They started as the Altones in about 1959, using the first part of their names AL and TONY-thus the Altones. Albert Mastry (1930-2002) played guitar and was heard on vocals. Tony Mastry (1920- 1997) was on guitar, bass, harmonica, and vocals. The rest of the group included Ray Sharkey on drums and Jack Freeman on keyboards.  The Altones released two records. They had a release on Archer and they split billing on a sole release on Gardena. Apparently, they didn't copyright their name, and it was then taken by a black vocal group.

    The Beverly Hills Painters aka  The Altones    The Beverly Hills Painters aka  The Altones

    Tony Mastry was a paint foreman at the Beverly Hills Hotel from 1956 to 1963, and followed the owner, Hernando Courtwright, when Mr. Courtwright bought the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and sold the other. Albert Mastry worked with Tony at the hotel, and moved on to the Beverly Hilton around 1963. Through their common work as painters, they changed their group name from the Altones to the Beverly Hills painters. Under that name, they released two records on the Los Angeles based Gateway records. They had a short run of popularity which included opening for a young but established Aretha Franklin in 1960, and were reigning champs on a short lived "Star Search" type program hosted by used car dealer Cal Worthington around 1960/61, which was pulled off the air after just a few short months. Besides singing, they were frequent writers and arrangers.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Altones (1)

    Love Me, Love Me                           Summer Love

    The Beverly Hills Painters

    Believe Me                            I Know Why

    Five Foot Three (Little Girl)                       Model A Heap          


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