• The Crescents (4) (Sidney, Australia)


    Personnel :

    Col Loughnan (Lead Tenor)

    Mike Downes (Baritone)

    Kel Palace (Second Tenor)


    Discography :

    Singles :
    1959 - Everlovin' / You Broke My Heart (Leedon LS565)
    1959 - Mr. Blue / You Mean Everything Yo Me (Teen TC-008)
    1959 - Mr. Blue / How Important Can It Be? (Leedon LS581)
    1960 - The Hand Of God / When You Wish Upon A Star (Lee Gordon LS598)
    1960 - One More Kiss / Picture Of Love (Lee Gordon LS602)
    1961 - Way Of The Cross / Story Of The Cross (Chris Christensen) (Leedon LK12)
    1961 - Get A job / Silhouette (Leedon LK101)
    1961 - The Stars Will Remember / Love, Llove, Love (Leedon LS6056) 

    EP :

    1960 - Rock Time
    Down By The Riverside / Why Do Fools Fall In Love / Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) / Dreaming (Leedon LEP314)

    1960 - Hit It For Six
    Everlovin' / You Broke My Heart / Mr. Blue / How Important Can It Be? (Leedon EP316)


    Biography :

    The Crescents were a vocal harmony group which formed in Sydney, Australia in late 1958 under the name The 4 Tops (not associated with American quartet, the Four Tops). The Crescents were best known for their Top 10 hit "Mr. Blue" and for their tours with Lee Gordon's "Big Shows" supporting Johnnie Ray, Fabian, and Ricky Nelson.

     The Crescents (4)

    Dennis O'Keefe, Kel Palace, Mike Downes, and Col Loughnan formed The 4 Tops, however a few months later O'Keefe left, and the remaining trio changed their name to The Crescents. Johnny O'Keefe became their manager, and promoted his young vocalists with live performances, appearances on his television program, "Six O'Clock Rock", in print media, and by signing them to Leedon Records. O'Keefe used his connection with Gordon to secure inclusion in the Big Shows. This move paid dividends when the audiences showed strong appreciation, in particular teenage girls.


    The Crescents released seven singles, and two EPs, with "Mr. Blue" reaching the Top 10 in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, their only hit record. In 1962, Downes left the group, followed later the same year by Loughnan, who joined the Delltones. Shortly thereafter, the group disbanded.

    Songs :

    The Hand Of God                            Mr. Blue

    Dreaming                                      Everlovin

    Picture Of Love



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