The Cavaliers (2) (Bronx, New-York)

    Personnel :

    Stephen Glaser "Scott Stevens" (Lead)

    lloyd Needelman (First Tenor)

    John Duff (Second Tenor)

    Jackie Morgan (Baritone)

    Junie Smith (Bass)

    Discography :

    The Cavaliers (2)
    1958 - Dance Dance Dance / Play By The Rules Of Love (APT 25004)
    Scott Stevens & The Cavaliers (2)
    1959 - Sunday In May / Why Why Why (APT 25031)

    Unreleased :
    1958 - Angel (Ivy)
    1958 - Bench Of Love (Ivy)
    1958 - You're Only Young Once (Ivy)
    1958 - Too Long Ago (Ivy)
    1958 - I Like Girls (Ivy)
    1958 - I Found A Girl (Ivy)
    1958 - Power Of Love (Ivy)
    1958 - Loved In Vain (Ivy)
    1958 - Gone Is My Love (Ivy)
    1958 - I Wonder (Ivy)

    Biography :

    The group, originally known as the Satellites, first got together in the Sedgwick Community Center at the Sedgwick Housing Projects in the Bronx in 1956. Lead singer Scott Stevens (real name Steve Glaser), who also wrote most of the group's repertory, and first tenor Lloyd Needleman both attended William Howard Taft High School; while original bass vocalist Junie Smith was a school dropout, and John Duff was a student at Cardinal Hayes High School.

    The group, which functioned as a quartet and a quintet at various times, reportedly made it onto Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour, where they ended up getting bounced from the competition for sounding too professional. With their sound, which freely mixed black and white harmony vocal influences, they were popular locally, and by 1957 events seemed to be moving the Cavaliers' way again.

    Following a show at the Sunnyside Ballroom in Queens, NY, they were approached by producer Ed Portnoy, who invited them to an audition. They were signed to his Ivy Records label, and they made their recording debut in early 1958. "Dance, Dance, Dance" seemed to have the potential to be another "At the Hop" with some more inventive singing and an even more rousing beat, and Portnoy sold that recording to ABC Paramount, who issued it on their APT Records imprint.


    It never charted nationally but it sold well in cities up and down the East Coast, and reportedly got the group a scheduled appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand (an appearance that was canceled, according to Glaser, over the group's mixed-race makeup). They did make it on to Alan Freed's television show on the strength of their single "Why, Why, Why," which seemed to hold a lot of promise, and Scott Stevens was interviewed by Freed. The group's history was cut short in 1958 by Stevens' decision to go solo

    Songs :

    Dance Dance Dance / Play By The Rules Of Love            Sunday In May / Why Why Why

    I Found A Girl





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