• The Decoys (2)

    The Decoys (2) (Bronx, New York)


    Personnel :

    Connie Strachan "Questell" (lead)

    Herbert Joseph (First Tenor)

    Isaac Gordon (Second Tenor)

    Malcolm Quick (Baritone)

    Marian Green (Bass)


    Discography :

    Singles :
    1963 - It's Gonna Be Alright / Oh Baby (The Bel-Airs) (Time Square 8)
    1963 - For You / I Want Only You (Aanko 1005)
    1964 - Tomorrow / I Want Only You (Time Square 9)
    1972 - Memories    / Happy Honeymoon (The Four Fellows)(Aljon 1261)
    Unreleased :
    1972 - Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Aljon)
    1972 - Out In The Cold Again (Aljon)


    Biography :

    One of the strongest singles on Slim's (Irv Rose)Time Square Label was released in May, 1963; The Decoys "It Gonna Be Alright", produced specifically tor Times by Al Browne and Slim. The Decoys story is typical of many groups of that period; they met vet arranger and producer (Crests on Joyce) Al Browne by responding to an ad in the paper. Hailing from the Melrose section of the Bronx in New York Connie Strachan "Questell" (lead), Herbert Joseph (1st Tenor), Isaac Gordon (2nd Tenor), Malcolm Quick (Baritone) and Marian Green (Bass) were kids with a dream. They grew up listening to the Harptones, Cadillacs, and Valentines and knew it was still possible in 1963 to go places with the group sound.

    The Decoys (2)

    "It Gonna Be Alright" was one of the most popular Times Square 45's; it was known beyond its disappointing sales the first time around. The Decoys followed with "Tomorrow" and "I Want Only You", recorded for Aanko in 1964 and subsequently sold to Time Square. The group appeared in oldies shows at the Village Gate, Brooklyn Baby Grand, Carlton Terrace, and, of course, Palisades Park where Connie was so nervous she couldn't remember her musical key. The next thing she knew her hell was caught in the platform, and the mortified Decoys lead had to appear barefooted! The group performed up to 1972 when they waxed "Memories" For Al Browne's own Aljon Label.


    Songs :

    It's Gonna Be Alright                                 For You            

    I Want Only You                                   Tomorrow        

               Memories                          Why Do Fools Fall In Love

    Out In The Cold Again


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