• Top : McKinley Anthony,  Eugene Williams - Bottom : Paul Long, Randy Hamilton

    The Cruisers (3) (Washington, D.C.)
    Ref : The Strollers (4)


    Personnel :

    Eugene Williams (Lead)

    Paul Long

    McKinley Anthony (Second Tenor)

    Randy Hamilton


    Discography :

    The Cruisers

    1960 - If I Knew / Miss Fine (V-Tone 207)
    1960 - Cryin' Over You / Don't Tease Me (V-Tone 213)
    1967 - I Need You So / Take A Chance (Gamble 207)
    1969 - Picture Us / Mink and Sable Mable (Gamble 4000)  

    Herb Johnson bb The Cruisers (3)
     1960 - Guilty / Have You Heard (Len 1007 )

     Bunny Sigler bb The Cruisers (3)
    1962 - Happy Dance / Hold On (V-Tone 500)

    The Strollers (4)
    1961 - Come on Over / There's No One But You (Carlton 546) 

    Biography :

    The Cruisers from Philadelphia, PA never had a significant record. Patterning themselves after the Harptones, group leader Gene Williams, Randy Hamilton, Paul Long, and McKinley Anthony began recording on V-Tone Records. The deal resulted in two single releases in 1960: "Miss Fine" b/w "If I Knew," and "Don't Tease Me" b/w "Crying Over You;" the latter got pegged for mass distribution two years later by Guyden Records only to die a second time. 


    Herb Johnson was the most notable single artist who sang for Len/V-Tone/Palm. Herb's first single for Len was "Guilty" "Have You Heard" released in the spring of 1960, According to Johnson, he was backed by the cruisers from Washington, D.C. who handled vocal harmonies. Eugene Williams form the Strollers with new personnel in 1961.  Their sole Carlton release,  "Come on Over" , made a fleeting appearance on the hot 100 that April but Carlton did not issue a follow-up and the new group soon floundered .

    Five years passed before their next deal in 1967 with Gamble Records, who were charting with the Intruders' records. "I Need You So" b/w "Take A Chance," reeked with sentiment but despite its charm didn't sell, and the Cruisers languished for nearly three years before their final release. Bunny Sigler brought the Cruisers' doo-wop skills out the closet with "Picture Us" b/w "Mink and Sable Mable," but Gamble Records only seem able to get hits on Sonny & the Intruders; while others including Ruth McFadden, the Jaggerz, the Futures, the Butlers, and the Epsilons always came up empty. Sigler later cut a solo version of "Picture Us" on Philadelphia International Records, and the Cruisers went on with their lives.

    Songs :

    The Cruisers (3)

    If I Knew                                     Miss Fine

    Cryin' Over You                            Don't Tease Me

     Herb Johnson bb The Cruisers (3)

    Guilty                                             Have You Heard

     The Strollers (4)

    There's No One But You                           Come on Over      




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