• The De Vaurs
    aka  Henrietta & The Hairdooz aka Baby Jane & The Rockabyes
    aka The Elektras aka The Lullabyes (1)  (Bronx, New-York)

    Personnel :

    Brenda Carrow

    Yvonne DeMunn

    Paula Hutchinson

    Estelle McEwan

    Discography :

    The De Vaurs

    1958 - Baby Doll / Teenager (D-Tone A-3/A-4)
    1959 - Where Are You / Boy In Mexico (Moon 105)

    Baby Washington  Backed by The De Vaurs
    1959 - The Bells / Why Did My Baby Put Me Down    (Neptune 104)
    1959 - Work Out / Let's Love In The Moonlight    (Neptune 107)
    1960 - Medicine Man / Tears Fall    (Neptune 120)
    1961 - Nobody Cares / Money's Funny (Neptune 122)

    Biography :

    Girl group Baby Jane & the Rockabyes formed in the Bronx, New York in 1958 -- according to John Clemente's exhaustive article on the Spectropop web site. The original lineup comprised vocalists Estelle McEwan, Yvonne DeMunn, Paula Hutchinson and Brenda Carrow, schoolmates united in their common affection for the Chantels. Originally dubbed the DeVaurs, a moniker inspired in part by DeMunn's surname, the fledgling group soon won a local talent show, earning the chance to cut a record with the small Brooklyn label D-Tone; Hutchinson assumed lead vocal duties on the finished single, "Baby Doll," a McEwan-penned original that failed to catch on with local radio.

    The DeVaurs relocated to the Moon label for the 1959 follow-up, "Where Are You," which hit the Top 20 on local station WNJR; Moon owner Al Browne also recruited the group to handle backing vocals behind a then-unknown Baby Washington, appearing on four of her Neptune label singles, among them "The Bells" and "Nobody Cares".

    But despite the regional success of "Where Are You," the DeVaurs began to splinter as its members married and took on day jobs -- Carrow's 1961 exit prompted the addition of five-octave dynamo Madelyn Moore, and following Hutchinson's departure, the remaining group forged ahead as a trio.

    While recording demos for songwriter Arthur Crier, the DeVaurs worked with fellow session vocalist Yolanda Robinson, who soon signed on as a full-time member -- the reconstituted quartet would soon become one of the busiest session groups in New York City, regularly recording demos for writers including Bert Berns and the team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. When Phil Spector protégés Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans scored a Top Ten pop smash in 1962 with their update of the Disney chestnut "Zip-a-Dee Doo-Da," Lieber and Stoller borrowed the formula to remake the Patti Page smash "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" with the DeVaurs on lead .

    Baby Jane & the Rockabyes

    The group was shocked when the record appeared on United Artists credited to "Baby Jane & the Rockabyes.
    Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide


    Songs :

    Where Are You                            Boy In Mexico

    Teenager                                   Baby Doll

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