• The Cheers (Los Angeles)

    Personnel :

    Bert Convy

    Gil Garfield

    Sue Allen

    Discography :

    The Cheers
    1954 - Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin') / Arivederci (Capitol 14189)
    1955 - Bernie's Tune / Whadaya Want? (Capitol 14248)
    1955 - Blueberries / Can't We Be More Than Friends (Capitol 14280)
    1955 - I Must Be Dreaming / Fancy Meeting You Here (Capitol 14337)
    1955 - Black Denim Trousers And .../ Some Night In Alaska (Capitol 14377)
    1956 - Chicken / Don't Do Anything (Capitol 14561)
    1956 - Que Pasa Muchacha / Heaven On Earth (Bert Convy) (Capitol 14601)
    1957 - Chug Chug Toot Toot / Big Feet (Mercury 71083)

    Bert Convy & The Cheers
    1957 - Two Hearts / You never have time (Mercury 71100)

    Biography :

    The Cheers were a rock and roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the mid 1950s starting with "(Bazoom') I Need Your Lovin'", which hit number fifteen on the U.S. charts in 1954. This was one of the first hits written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to chart on the Pop charts in the United States, and was one of the first rock and roll hits by a white group (after The Crew Cuts and Bill Haley and the Comets).

                                                                                     With Buddy Bregman (musical arranger, record producer and composer)

    The following year, they followed it up with "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots", a song about a wild-living leather-jacketed motorcyclist, which went to number six on the charts. "Black Denim Trousers" was covered for the French market by none other than Edith Piaf, as "L'Homme A La Moto".

    With Buddy Bregman                                                        

    Bert Convy,Born Bernard Whalen Convy, was the lead singers of the Cheers. The Cheers featured Bert Convy, Gil Garfield and Sue Allen. The songwriting Team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller used the group to sing demo records that Jerry and Mike had written. All five A-sides of their Capitol singles are Leiber-Stoller compositions and some of the B-sides too.

    After recording two more singles in 1957 for Mercury, the Cheers broke up towards the end of that year. Convy decided to become an actor and later became a very popular television personality, playing in countless TV shows and hosting his own long-running show "Tattletales".

                                                                           Bert, Sue and Buddy listening to the comments of Lee Gillette (engineer at Capitol Recording Studios)

    He kept making occasional solo records, like the monster novelties "The Monster's Hop"/"The Gorilla" on Contender Records. At the end of "The Gorilla", the Purple People Eater ends up being eaten by a gorilla. The late 70s and early 80s brought continued success to Mr. Convy, including a nomination for an Emmy Award. In 1990, Bert became ill with a brain tumor and passed away on July 15, 1991, aged 57.

    Songs :

    Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin')     Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots

    Chicken                                       Whadaya Want?

    Chug Chug Toot Toot                           Some Night In Alaska

    Big Feet




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