Billy Abbott & The Jewels (4) aka The Tymes
Billy Abbott & The Jewels (4) (Philadelphia , PA)
aka The Tymes
Billy Vaughn aka Billy Abbott (Lead)
George Williams, Jr (Tenor)
George Hilliard (Second Tenor)
Albert Berry (First Tenor)
Norman Burnett (Baritone)
Donald Banks (Bass)
1963 - Groovy Baby / Come On And Dance With Me (Parkway 871)
1964 - It Isn't Fair / Hey Good Lookin' (Parkway 905)
Billy Abbott was actually named Billy Vaughn, but changed it so as not to be confused with the orchestra leader of that name. He previously recorded with The Corvells who released the Billy Jackson songs 'Daisy'/ 'Take My Love' on ABC-Paramount in 1962 (a group of that name also recorded on Lido, Tip Top and Blast).
Prior to their short tenure as The Jewels, Billy's backing band had been The Latineers and later had a string of hits as The Tymes.
The vocal group also later backed acts liked Chubby Checker and Johnny Maestro and can be heard on Len Barry's best known number, '1-2-3'. Billy and the group's follow up (and his last Parkway single), which featured noteworthy revivals of two 1950s favourites, Don Cornell's 'It Isn't Fair' and Hank Williams' 'Hey Good Lookin'', failed to chart.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
Come On And Dance With Me Groovy Baby
It Isn't Fair / Hey Good Lookin'
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