The Dootones (2) (Los Angeles, CA)
    aka The Creators (2)

     Personnel :

    Gentry Bradley (Bass / Baritone)

    Gerald Middleton (Tenor)

    Hillary Conedy

    Royal Dillard

    Discography :

    The Creators (2)
    1961 - I've Had You / Drafted, Volunteered, Enlisted (Dootoo 463)
    1962 - Too Far To Turn Around / Hello There, Mister Gravedigger (Dore 635)

    The Dootones (2)
    Singles :
    1962 - Strange Love Affair / The Day You Said Goodbye (Dooto 470)
    1962 - Sailor Boy / Down The Road (The Dootones 1) (Dooto 471)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - If You Were My Darling (Dooto) (Unreleased)

    Biography :

    Formed in the Compton area of Los Angeles in 1960, The Creators rehearsed one of Perry's love ballads, "I've had you" and sent a tape of it to Dootsie Williams. Williams called the guys and had them come down to sessions man Austin McCoy's studio at 135th and Avalon. The Group cut "I've Had You" b/w "Drafted, Volunteered, Enlisted".

    Dootsie Williams                                                                                 

    The record sold pretty well around L.A and the Creators played the Pacific Ballroom in San Diego, The Moulin Rouge and Palladium on Sunset Boulevard, The Long Beach Arena, and The El Monte Legion Stadium where masquerading as The Penguins we backed Cleve Duncan. In September 1962, a neighbourhood entrepreneur named Danny Merlin operating from his home on Western Avenue, Los Angeles, introduced the quintet to Bedell who signed them on the strength of 'Too Far To Turn Around'.

    Top Lt to Rt . Gentry Bradley , Thomas Harris Bottom Lt. To Rt. Donald Neal, Charles Perry, Gerald Middlelton

    This featured Charles Perry and Hillary Conedy (who replace Donald Neal) handling the lead and falsetto parts respectively, supported by Gentry Bradley, Tom Harris and Gerald Middleton - all five being named on the contract. After the single failed to chart, Charles Perry then broke away to record a solo single for the obscure Melic label owned by songwriter Jessie Mae Robinson.

    Following their reformation with some replacement, Gentry Bradley, Gerald Middleton and Hillary Conedy along with Royal Dillard sang with Dootsie Williams' new group The L.A. Ebbs. Williams renamed them the Dootones, and seven years after the first group, put two more singles.

    Songs :

    The Creators (2)

    I've Had You           Drafted, Volunteered, Enlisted       Too Far To Turn Around

    Hello There, Mister Gravedigger

    The Dootones (2)

    Strange Love Affair / The Day You Said Goodbye

    Sailor Boy                      If You Were My Darling


    your comment

    Follow this section's article RSS flux
    Follow this section's comments RSS flux