• The Inspirators (1) aka The Five Stars (1)

    The Inspirators (1) (Brooklyn, New York)
    aka The Five Stars (1)





    Personnel :

    Cleo Perry (Lead)

    William Massey (First tenor)

    Clifton Johnson (Second Tenor)

    Barney Fields (Baritone)

    Buster Boyce (Bass)




    Discography :

    The Inspirators (1)
    1955 - If Loving You Is Wrong / Three Sixty (Treat 502)
    1958 - Starlight Tonight / Oh What A Feeling  (Old Town 1053)

    The Five Stars (1)
    1955 - We Danced In The Moonlight / Let's Fall In Love [as the 5 Stars] (Treat 505)



    Biography :

    The Inspirators were among the myriad doo wop groups to emerge from Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. According to Marv Goldberg's profile in the March 1997 issue of Discoveries, lead Cleo Perry, first tenor William Massey, second tenor Clifton Johnson, baritone Barney Fields, and bass Buster Boyce were all high-school students when they began their collaboration in 1949. Inspired by local heroes including the Velours and the Strangers, the Inspirators were a regular presence on the Brooklyn club circuit and placed second during their lone appearance at the Apollo Theater's renowned amateur showcase, but their career remained stuck in neutral until the mid-'50s, when they became fixtures of the neighborhood surrounding New York's famed songwriting capital the Brill Building. While harmonizing on the street corner, the quintet captured the attention of Treat Records general manager Larry Newton, who extended a contract offer.

    The Inspirators (1) aka The Five Stars (1)    The Inspirators (1) aka The Five Stars (1)

    The Inspirators' debut single, "If Loving You Is Wrong," hit retail in April 1955 but attracted little attention. For reasons unknown, Newton credited the follow-up, "Let's Fall in Love," to the Five Stars, but it too failed to catch on at radio. The Inspirators returned to Treat to cut several additional sessions, all of which remain unreleased. Newton finally terminated the group's contract in early 1958, and at mid-year their final single, "Starlight Tonight," appeared on the Old Town label. Its failure essentially spelled the Inspirators' demise, although Perry later toured clubs and the Catskills as a solo act, cutting singles for Dot under the aliases Lee Perry and Perry Lee. ~ Jason Ankeny

     



    Songs :

    The Inspirators (1)

      
    If Loving You Is Wrong                                Three Sixty       

      
     Starlight Tonight                             Oh What A Feeling


    The Five Stars (1)

      
    We Danced In The Moonlight                    Let's Fall In Love            


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