• The Boss-Tones  

    The Boss-Tones (Philadelphia, PA.)
    ref : The Four Casts

    Personnel :

    Duval Young "Babbo"

    Robbie Robinson

    Willie Weaver



    Discography :

    The Boss-Tones
    1961 -  Mope-Itty Mope / Wings Of An Angel (Boss 401 / V-Tone 208)

    The Four Casts
    964 - Stormy Weather / Workin' At The Factory (Atlantic 2228)

    Wee Willie Weaver bb The Ly-Dells
    1965 - You're Gonna Be So Glad / Automatic Reaction (Tandy 101)


    Biography :

    Vocal group from high school at Philly's Edison HS (8th and Lehigh Avenue) composed by Duval Young "Babbo", Robbie Robinson, Willie Weaver and Buck (last name unknown). The Group recorded "Mope-Itty Mope" b/w "Wings Of An Angel" in 1961. The single was issued on the Boss Label (distributed by Ember) before the rarer V-Tone pressing. Matt Atkinson who sang with many Philly groups during the era - matter of fact he did several performances with the Bosstones on-stage singing with the Boss-Tones but was not on the original record. "Mope-Itty Mope"  has been a huge oldie in Philadelphia in Philly since Jerry "Geator" Blavat featured it at his popular hops. The Boss-Tones received regional attention but never achieved the national success initially hoped for. The Dovells, even covered it for Cameo-Parkway.

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    Jim Drucker worked as a teenager for Jolly Joyce Theatrical Booking Agency (JJA), Philadelphia and ran weekend WIBG Record Hops with Harold B. Childs, for Buzzy Curtis (Promotions) and was in high school at Philly's Edison HS  with members of the Boss-Tones. In 1964 he combined Chuck Hatfield, Paul O' Lone from The Ly-Dells and Babbo and Willie Weaver from the Bosstones, and in the dark of night (at Chancellor Records Studios, 9th and Vine Streets), He produced: "Stormy Weather" b/w "Working at the Factory" . Jerry Blavat, Russ Faith (Chancellor Records) and Buzz Curtis sold the master (RCA Tape Recorder deck) tapes to Atlantic Records. The record was released in the spring of 1964, under the name of “the Four Casts” (Atlantic 2228)


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Boss-Tones

     Mope-Itty Mope                                  Wings Of An Angel

    The Four Casts

       Stormy Weather                     Workin' At The Factory

    Wee Willie Weaver bb The Ly-Dells

    Automatic Reaction



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