• The Tads aka The Dots (4)
    (L to R) Duke Draper, Leroy Fullylove, Emerson Bilton and Charles Fullylove 

    The Tads  (Phoenix, Arizona)
    aka The Dots (4)


    Personnel :

    Leroy Fullylove

    Charles Fullylove

    Emerson Bilton

    Robie Robinson

    Discography :

    The Tads

    Singles :
    1956 - Your Reason / The Pink Panther (Liberty Bell 9010/Dot 15518)
    1957 - She's my Dream / Wolf Call  (Rev 3513)
    Unreleased :
    1957 - Glowing Moon (Porter)
    1957 - Hey Little Girl (Porter)
    1957 - Mixed Up Mama (Porter)
    1960 - Bumble Bee (Demo) (Atlantic)

    The Dots (4)
    1957 - Ring Chimes / Wolf Call (Rev 3512)

    Biography :

    The most prolific Phoenix black vocal group The Tads, Who had already recorded for the liberty Bell label (The Supreme Your Reason and Hazlewood's Pink Panther, later leased to Dot.) produced by air-conditioning salesman and musical entrepreneur Frank Porter in 1957.

    They are four songs on a small tape that Porter remembers recording in the laundry room of his house on Stella Lane.In October 1957, Rev released Ring Chimes and Wolf Call as by the Dots for some unknown reason.

    Then in January 1958, Rev released Wolf Call Backed with She is my dream.
    Anchored by leader and songwriter Leroy Fullylove with brother Charles, Emerson Bilton and Robie Robinson who was replaced by Madero White (brother of Carl White of The Sharps and The Rivingtons).


    The quartet would feature an ever-changing cast of members, including Duke Draper, through the end of 1961 when they disbanded. The group recorded Three songs for Porter Records, but all were unreleased.

     The Tads almost made it big, though, when Loy Clingman sent Fullylove’s demo of his composition “Bumble Bee” to Atlantic in 1960 via Duane Eddy’s manager Al Wilde.  Unfortunately, instead of signing The Tads, Atlantic lifted the arrangement, note for note, for LaVern Baker’s very successful recording.

    She also claimed half of the writer’s credit on the first pressings, although that mistake was later corrected to give Fullylove his proper due…and royalties.

    Thanks to Markowee



    Songs :

    The Tads

    Glowing Moon                          Your Reason                               The Pink Panther

    Hey Little Girl                              Mixed Up Mama                          Bumble Bee

    The Dots (4)

    Ring Chimes




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