• Ronnie Jones & The Classmates (3)

    Ronnie Jones & The Classmates (3) (Philadelphia)


    Personnel :

    Ronald Jones (Lead)

    Alfred Brown

    James Jones

    Bernard Courtney

    Charles Phillips

    Jessie Cone (Guitar)


    Discography :

    1957 - Little Girl Next Door / Teenage Rock (End 1002/End 1025)
    1958 - Lonely Boy / My Baby Crys (End 1014)

    Biography :

    Ronnie Jones & The Classmates all hailed from North Philadelphia. The Group was originally known as the Regionaires. The Group appearing in & winning contests including at the Apollo in New York . Group members were brothers Ronnie & James Jones, Alfred Brown, Bernard Courtney, Charles Phillips and Jessie Cone on Guitar.Between 1954 and 1958, they were local Hero's and the biggest group in Philly during this era singing at the Uptown Theater, the Apollo Theater and appearances on American Band Stand, and many other venues, The group also traveled and shared the stages with such late greats like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Frankie Lymon, Etc...

    Sometime in early 1957, George Goldner formed the End and Gone labels and recorded the group. Ronnie Jones & The Classmates cut four sides for End: "Little Girl Next Door", "Teenage Rock", "Lonely Boy" & "My Baby Crys" . "Little Girl Next Door" and "Teenage Rock" was released again in 1962/1963 on End 1125. Ronnie Jones went on to record on the I & D and Philly Groove record labels with the group Broadway Express (Philly Soul) in the 1970's.


    Songs :

    Lonely Boy                               Little Girl Next Door

    Teenage Rock                                       My Baby Crys



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