• The Clintonian Cubs

    The Clintonian Cubs (Harlem, New York)

    Personnel :

    Leon Johnson

    Donald Sturkley

    Alfonzo Johnson

    Vernon Smith

    Jimmy Sturkley

    Discography :

    1960 - Confusion / She's Just My Size (My brother's 508/7)

    Biography :

    By the early 1960’s Jimmy Castor and Johnny Pruitt were getting quite proficient at song writing. One of their first writing assignments was for a very young vocal group called the Clintonian Cubs. The Clintonian Cubs were just some kids, eight and nine years of age from the Lincoln Projects (135th St. and 5th Avenue in Harlem) managed by the astute James Warren Jr. and by a guy named Mr. Johnson (father of two of the kids) .


    The Clintonian Cubs needed a song and Castor and Pruitt wrote ‘She’s Just My Size’ for them. They were Leon Johnson, Donald Sturkley, Alfonzo Johnson, Vernon Smith and Jimmy Sturkley. The song was issued on the tiny My Brother’s label. Just how many copies the record sold is unknown.

    Clintonian Cubs on stage at the Apollo (1959)                                                                                           

    The Clintonians appeared on several talent show and on August 4, they appeared at the Apollo, as part of a Dr. Jive show. Others on the show were Larry Williams, the Cadillacs, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Skyliners, Frankie Lymon, the Hollywood Flames, and Eugene Church.



    Songs :

    Confusion / She's Just My Size





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