• The Fairlanes (4)
    Left to right: Charles Pennywell, Eddie Lejay, Thomas Odom, Steve Ross

    The Fairlanes (4) (Shreveport, Louisiana)
     by Hans-Joachim



    Charles “Diamond” Pennywell (Lead)

    Eddie Lejay  (First Tenor)

    Steve Ross  (Second Tenor)

    Thomas Odeom (Baritone & Bass)



    The Fairlanes (4)
    1959 - Seventeen Steps / Johnny Rhythm (Lucky Seven 102)
    1959 – Bullseye / Just For Me (Dart 109)

    Charles Perrywell [sic!] & His Fairlanes
    1961 - Your [sic!] Lonesome Now / Come Along With Me (Tic-Toc 104)

    Unreleased demo:
    1961 - I Hear Someone (Goldband)



    Charles “Diamond” Pennywell was born in Shreveport, LA and formed a little vocal group called the Fairlanes for whom he sang lead. Their first record was “Seventeen Steps” b/w “Johnny Rhythm” for Dee Marais’ Lucky Seven label, released in April 1959. The haunting ballad "Seventeen Steps" tells the feelings of a death row inmate watching fellow inmates, one by one, walk the seventeen steps from the holding cell to "...that death cold chair..." knowing he'll be walking them tomorrow. Johnny Rhythm" is an up tempo tune rocker.

    The Fairlanes (4)     The Fairlanes (4)

    November 1959 saw the release of “Bullseye”, a Coasters-style up tempo song, backed with another great Charles Pennywell led ballad "Just For Me," on Pappy Dailey’s Dart label. The Fairlanes were back in the studio in 1961 to record "You're Lonesome Now" and the up tempo flip, "Come Along With Me". This time they recorded directly for Eddie Shuler's Tic-Toc label, a subsidiary of Goldband.

    The Fairlanes (4)
    Charles Pennywell (1963)

    "You're Lonesome Now" was a soulful group ballad, again led by Charles Pennywell. Oddly, when the record came out there were two misprints on the label. First, the title was printed as "Your Lonesome Now" instead of "You're Lonesome Now". And second, the artist was listed as "Charles Perrywell" instead of "Charles Pennywell". Charles “Diamond” Pennywell recorded for Smash in 1963 and formed the soul harmony group The Sunlover’s in 1967. He is still performing.



    Seventeen Steps                      Johnny Rhythm

    Just For Me / Bullseye                    Your Lonesome Now

    Come Along With Me                        I Hear Someone


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