•    The Minors : (L to R) back: Ernesto Colon, Benny Travies, Frankin Millin. front : Raymond "Rayfall" Diaz, Yvonne Lee and Harry Hillard

    The Minors (Manhattan, New York)
    aka. The Excels (1)


    Personnel :

    Yvonne Lee (Lead)

    Ernesto Colon

    Benny Travies

    Frankin Millin

    Raymond "Rayfall" Diaz

    Harry Hillard


    Discography :

    The Minors
    1957 - Jerry / Where Are You (Celeste 3007/Mello 554)

    The Excels (1)
    1957 - You're Mine Forever / Baby Doll (Central 2601)
    1960 - My Foolish Heart / Just You And I Together (Gone 5094)
    1961 - Can't Help Lovin' That Girl Of Mine / 'Til You Were Gone (RSVP 111)


    Biography :

    Celeste was one of the many short-lived (A little more than one year in duration) record label which specialized in R&b and headquartered in New York City during  the middle fifties heyday of Rock'n Roll. The label owned by David Levitt sign a recording contract with the Minors for a single in 1957. The Minors were Yvonne Lee, Ernesto Colon, Benny Travies, Frankin Millin, Raymond "Rayfall" Diaz and Harry Hillard . In 1957 the Minors appeared at the a apollo theater along with the Cadillacs, Crazy Cris Columbo and his "wild" Combo, Linda Hopkins, George Holmes and Spence Twins.

    The Excels (1) ref. The Minors      The Excels (1) ref. The Minors

    Some months later, Benny Travies, Raymond "Rayfall" Diaz & Harry Hillard join Joe Robles & Fred Orange to form the Excels. The new group  cut "You're Mine Forever" b/w "Baby Doll" for Central record with Al Browns & His Orchestra.  According to Excels' member Joe Robles and Bobby Diskin, the group continued for a while and recorded several songs "My Foolish Heart", "Just You And I Together", "Can't Help Lovin' That Girl Of Mine" and "'Til You Were Gone". Their songs were released years after the group disbanded, the first two were released on Gone Records in 1960, the next two on RSVP in 1961.
    Thanks to Marv Goldberg


    Songs :

    The Minors

    Jerry                                                Where Are You


    The Excels (1)

       Baby Doll                                 You're Mine Forever

      My Foolish Heart                           Just You And I Together

    Can't Help Lovin' That Girl Of Mine               'Til You Were Gone                


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