• Dale & The Cashmeres (3) (Philadelphia, PA)
    Top L-R Harold Avery, Jerry Gross John D'Amico - Bottom John Gonzalez & Brent Edwards



    Dale & The Cashmeres (3) (Philadelphia, PA)




    Personnel :

    Brent Edwards (Lead)

    John Gonzalez (Bass / Baritone)

    Jerry Gross (Second Tenor)

    Harold Avery (First Tenor)

    John D'Amico (Baritone)




    Discography :

    Dale & The Cashmeres (3)
    1959 - Last Night / Pete The Mongoose (Matt 161)

    Brent Edwards
    1962 - Time After Time / Satin Doll (Karen 57)
    1963 - Pride / Over The Weekend (Karen 60)              






    Biography :

    Interracial Vocal group from Overbrook High School In Philadelphia, formed by Harold Avery, called The Cashmeres-- The members were Harold Avery, Jerry Gross, John D'Amico, Johnny Gonzoles and Brent Edwards (Lead). In the late 50s as Dale & The Cashmeres, they recorded "Last Night" b/w "Pete The Mongoose" for the tiny label Matt Records, a Philadelphia label that will not release a lot of records but has in his studio Johnny Madera.

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    Brent Edwards                                                                             Johnny Madara

    Johnny Madara, singer-songwriter and record producer (who teamed up with David White and Arthur Singer to write the 1957 hit song "At the Hop") cut two singles for Matt Records and arranged both songs for Dale & The Cashmeres. Johnny Madara later co-wrote other hits including "1-2-3" for Len Barry, and "You Don't Own Me" for Lesley Gore. Later Jerry Gross joined Mark Stevens to form The Gems, the Brooktones, and then The Dovells . Lead singer Brent Edwards joined another group fronted by future legendary Leon Huff. Huff participated in several Camden "doo-wop" groups, including the Dynaflows, which auditioned for Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour.

    Dale & The Cashmeres (3) (Philadelphia, PA)
    The Dynaflows with Leon Huff (piano)

    Leon Huff was the piano player. With some personnel changes the group evolved into The Lavenders. The group recorded  "Slide" b/w "Angel" (CR 1003) and was an early Jerry Ross production of a song written by his partner Murray Wetch. “The Slide,” which was typical of the dance fad genre so popular during that era, was a commercial failure.  After leaving the Lavenders in 1962,  Brent Edwards recorded "Time After Time" b/w "Satin Doll" for Karen Records, a label formed in Philadelphia in April 1962 by Ed Barsky who ran a local distribution firm. In 1963, he is still with Madara & White for his second single on the label with  "Pride" b/w "Over The Weekend".





    Song :

    Dale & The Cashmeres (3)


    Last Night


    Brent Edwards


    Pride




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