The Dootones (1) (Los Angeles)

    Personnel :

    Charles Gardner (Tenor)

    Ronald Barret (Second Tenor)

    H.B. Barnum (Baritone)

    Marvin Wilkins (Bass)

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1955 - Teller of Fortune / Ay Si Si (Dootone 366)
    1962 - Down The Road / Sailor Boy (The Dootones 2) (Dooto 471)

    Unreleased :
    1955 - Please Don't Stop Me (Dootone) (Unreleased)

    Biography :

    Ron Barrett was an aspiring musician from L.A.'s Fremont High School and knew of the success that many of the students of that school had met under the tutelage of record producer and entrepreneur, Dootsie Williams. Soon with his friend H.B. Barnum, they joined Charles Garner and Marvin Wilkins and formed a vocal quartet.


    In early May of 1955, Dootsie announced the signing of this new group which he christened The Dootones after his newly successful record label. In June Dootone #366 was released - "Teller Of Fortune" and "Ay Si Si". Soon because of the breakup of The Medallions, The Dootones took their place behind Vernon Green and became the new version of The Medallions for the rest of the year.

    Courtesy of Ron Barrett/The Star Revue Photo Archives

    The group soon called it quits and went their separate ways. The Dootones never recorded as the Medallions. Surprisingly, Dootsie revived a new Dootones in the early '60s and released two singles.


    Songs :

     Down The Road                            Teller of Fortune

    Ay Si Si                                          Please Don't Stop Me





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