• The Dappers (1) (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

    Personnel :

    Al Chambers (Lead Tenor)

    Roddy Waddie

    George Cromwell

    Edward Bishop Sr.


    Discography :

    1954 - Mambo Oongh / Come Back To Me (Peacock 1651)
    1960 - My Love Is Real / Baby You Know You're Wrong (Epic 9423)
    1961 - Lonely Street / Chicken Twist (Foxie 7005)

    1959 - Baby You Know You're Wrong
    1959 - Wonderful Mother
    1959 - Love Was Made For Everyone
    1959 - Say I Do
    1959 - Good Lovin' (acappella)
    1959 - The Bell Of St. Mary's (acappella)
    1959 - Baby Stop Your Crying (acappella)
    1959 - I Can't Forget (acappella)
    1959 - I Bring Home The Bacon (acappella)
    1959 - My Sweet Baby (acappella)


    Biography :

    The Dappers formed as the Rivieras in 1949 in Cambridge, Massachussets, and featured Al Chambers (Lead Tenor), Eddy Poindexter (Bass), Jimmy Williams (Guitar / Second Baritone), Abie Clemens (Lead Tenor), Rolly Clemens (Second Tenor), Donald Clemens (Baritone). George and Leo Cromwell came into the fold when Al Chambers left for the service in 1951. Abie and Donald Clemens would also depart, leaving the rivieras as a quartet. Irvin Marcus, A&R scout for Houston-based Duke Records discovered the group in 1954 at aBoston Club and soon had the group cut "Mambo Oongh" / "Come Back To Me" for Peacock, Duke's sisters label. The Company rechristened their new Boston acquisitions the Dappers.

    When Chambers returned from the Service, he rejoined the Dappers. Leo Cromwell was to be replaced by Roddy Waddie. Jimmy Williams took up an offer to join McPhatter & the Drifters, leaving Chambers, Waddie and Cromwell to work as a trio for the next two years. Edward Bishop Sr came into the group.

    On May, 10, 1959, a total of ten songs had been recorded, four with a band , earmarked for future event singles  and six acappella numbers cut as demos for future sessions. Nothing from this fruitful sessions was issued. The Dappers continued playing constantly, working New England night spots such as Shanty's Lounge, Wally's Paradise, Basin Street East, the Palace, as well as the Barn in Sunappe, NH.

    They also toured north to Canadian venues like the Ball Tavern and the Coronet in Quebec City, Larry Moquin's and the Casa Loma in Montreal and the Brown Derby and Brass Rail in Toronto. Stateside Road trips took the Dappers to Albany, New York city and Philly and on to the star-studded copa City in Miami Beach.


    They recorded "My Love Is Real" / "Baby You Know You're Wrong" for Epic in 1960. the following year they offered "Lonely Street" / "Chicken Twist" on Foxie. The Dappers expanded into a self-contained seven piece vocal/instrumental group. Their last trip was a canadian jaunt to montreal, Quebec city, Toronto and Hamilton where Chambers Left the group. The Remaining Dappers returned to
    Boston, worked for one week and then broke up for Good.

    Songs :

    Come Back To Me           Mambo Oongh                   My Love Is Real

    Baby You Know You're Wrong           Lonely Street              Chicken Twist

    Wonderful Mother         Love Was Made For Everyone             Say I Do

    Good Lovin' (acappella)      The Bells Of St. Mary's (acapella)     My Sweet Baby (acapella)

    I Can't Forget (acapella)    I Bring Home The Bacon (acapella)     Baby Stop Your Crying




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