• Joey & Rodge & The Crysteles

    Joey & Rodge With The Crysteles (Leetsdale, Pa)


    Personnel :

    Joe Drake

    John Sradomski

    Daryl Adams

    Duke McGaughy


    Discography :

    1958 - The One I Love / I Should Live So Long (Tabby 100)


    Biography :

    The Tempos were the epitome of a one-hit wonder with "See You In September." They started in 1954 as a quartet called The Hi-Lites, consisting of Clairton's Mike Lazo, Gene Schachter,  Canonsburg guy Bobby Vinton, and Jim Drake from Leetsdale, a graduate of Quaker Valley High School, who arranged their songs.

    Joey & Rodge & The Crysteles   

    A few years later in 1958, Jim Drake's brother, Joe decided to form his own vocal group, a group also composed of students from Quaker Valley School, Class of 1959, called Joey and Rodge with The Crysteles. The group included Joe Drake, John Sradomski, Daryl Adams and Duke McGaughy. Ross Buck filled in when needed.  In 1958, The group recorded two songs "The One I Love" and "I Should Live So Long" released on Tabby. The group performs locally including Club Newman.

    Joey & Rodge & The Crysteles

    Some members come and go, and the group sometimes finds itself in a quintet with another lead singer like Dick Kruppa as described in "The Daily Collegian from November 14, 1958" : Crysteles to sing at club Newman - "Modern Sound for a modern crowd" will be featured at the Club Newman from 9 to 12 p.m. tonight. This innovation in music is the theme of the Crysteles, assigning group featuring Dick Kruppa, sophomore in industrial arts from Leetsdale. This five-man group has a hit record to its credit, "The one i Love". Unfortunately, compared to his older brother and his band "The Tempos", "The One I Love" b/w "I Should Live So Long" will be their only single.

     Songs :

    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The One I Love                            I Should Live So Long


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