• DeRoy Green & The Cool Gents - ref :The Twilighters (1)

    The Twilighters (1)
    Top : Melvin Jennings, Earl Williams - Bottom : DeRoy Green, Robert Richardson and William Pierce

    The Twilighters (1) (Baltimore, Maryland)
    ref : DeRoy Green & The Cool Gents


    Personnel :

    Robert "Bob" Richardson (Lead)

    Melvin Jennings (Baritone)

    Earl Williams (Bass)

    DeRoy Green (Second Tenor)

    William Pierce (First Tenor)


    Discography :

    The Twilighters (1)
    Single :
    1953 - Please Tell Me You Are Mine / Wondering (Marshall 702)
    Unreleased :
    1953 - Longing For You (Marshall)
    1953 - Gee, Baby I Need You So (Marshall)
    1953 - I Wonder Who's Calling Her Now (Marshall)

    DeRoy Green & The Cool Gents
    Single :
    1961 - Beggar To A Queen / At The Teen Center (Cee Jay 584)
    Unreleased :
    1961 - Phoebe (Cee Jay)


    Biography :

    The Twilighters came from the "Old Town" district of Baltimore where they attented Dunbar High School. They neighborhood also produced the Cardinals & Four Buddies. The Group was composed of Robert "Bob" Richardson (Lead), William Pierce (First Tenor), DeRoy Green (Second Tenor), Melvin Jennings (Baritone) and Earl Williams (Bass).

    The Twilighters (1)
    1953 - The Twilighters

    The Twilighters recorded five songs at a recording session in Washington, D.C., in 1953, two of which became the Marshall sides :  "Please Tell Me You Are Mine" b/w "Wondering" with Frank Motley (Dual Trumpets) and his Crew. In 1953, The Twilighters made one of their appearances on a Cesar Romero telethon. Evidently the appearance didn’t generate significant interest in the Marshall record.

    The Twilighters (1)
    1953 - The Twilighters

    Without the appearances and record sales necessary to sustain interest in a singing career, and after a dispute with their manager because they are dissatisfied with the background music, the Twilighters broke up.

    The Twilighters (1)     The Twilighters (1)
                                                                                                         DeRoy Green

    Several years later, after his release from the Army in 1960, DeRoy Green formed the Cool Gents. The group recorded for Lillian Claiborne in D.C and "Beggar To A Queen" b/w "At The Teen Center" was leased to Cee Jay records in the Bronx in 1961. A previously unreleased tune from the same session , "Phoebe" will be released on Roadhouse.


    Songs :

    The Twilighters (1)

             Please Tell Me You Are Mine           I Wonder Who's Calling Her Now           

    The Cool Gents

    Beggar To A Queen                           At The Teen Center


  • Comments

    Venoris Scurry
    Thursday 18th February 2021 at 17:18

    DeRoy Green is my dad and Robert Richardson is my uncle. I used to watch them rehersal and was in 

    awe at the harmony. I only wish they could have gotten more exposure because they were

    on to something! Great group!!!

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