• The Four Fellows (1) (Brooklyn, New York)
    Ref. Four Toppers (2)
     (By Hans-Joachim)

     


    Personnel :

    Jim McGowan (Lead)

    Teddy Williams (Baritone)

    Larry Banks (Bass)

    David Jones (Tenor)

     




    Discography:

    The Four Fellows (1)
    1954 - I Tried / Bend Of The River (Derby 862)
    1955 - I Wish I Didn't Love You So / I Know Love (Glory 231)
    1955 - Soldier Boy / Take Me Back, Baby (Glory 234)
    1955 - Angels Say / In The Rain (Glory 236)
    1956 - Hold ‘Em, Joe / Fallen Angel (Glory 238)
    1956 - Darling You / Please Don't Deprive Me Of Love (Glory 242)
    1956 - Please Play My Song / I Sit In My Window (Glory 244)
    1956 - You Don't Know Me / You Sweet Girl (Glory 248)
    1957 - Loving You Darling / Give Me Back My Broken Heart (Glory 250)

    Bette McLaurin & The Four Fellows (1)
    1955 - So Will I / Grow Old Along With Me (Glory 233)
    1956 - Petticoat Baby / I’m Past Sixteen (Glory 241)

    Cathy Ryan (bb The Four Fellows (1))*
    1955 - 24 Hours A Day (365 A Year) / [With You - Kathy Ryan solo] (King 1495)
    *credited as The Admirals

    Miss Toni Banks & The Four Fellows (1)
    1957 - Johnny The Dreamer / You’re Still In My Heart (Glory 263)

     




    Biography:

    The Four Fellows will always be remembered for “Soldier Boy,” a definitive mid-‘50s hit. Jim McGowan (lead), Dave Jones (tenor), Teddy Williams (baritone), and Larry Banks (bass) originally formed in Brooklyn, NY, calling themselves the Schemers, which they changed to the Four Fellows after landing an early TV appearance.

    In 1954, they recorded one single for Derby Records, but it failed to gain an audience. They soon signed with Phil Rose’s newly formed Glory Records and recorded a handful of singles, including “Grow Along With Me,” which featured a lead vocal by Betty McLaurin.

      
    (L-R) Teddy Williams, Jimmy McGowan (lead-standing), Larry Banks and David Jones

    In the late spring of 1955, the Four Fellows recorded “Soldier Boy,” which earned them a spot on the bill of Tommy Smalls’ Dr. Jive’s R&B Revue at the Apollo Theater in June of that year, performing alongside Harvey Fuqua’s Moonglows, Gene & Eunice, the Nutmegs, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra with Ella Johnson and Nolan Lewis.



    Meanwhile, “Soldier Boy” was covered by many popular artists, including Sunny Gale and Edyie Gorme. The group successfully toured the South and Midwest and ended the year by performing at the big Christmas Revue at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater.

        
    Bessie Banks aka Miss Toni Banks                                              Bette McLaurin          
    They were less successful with their releases, however, and didn’t hit again (after several attempts) until August of 1956, when up-tempo “I Sit in My Window” was released. Additional singles faltered .

    In 1957, the Four Fellows added Toni Banks (formerly of Three Guys and a Doll) as a lead vocalist and recorded a final single for Glory, but it failed to generate enough sales or airplay to merit keeping the band on their roster and except for the occasional backup singing job - including working with folk-blues artist Josh White - the Four Fellows career came to an end before the dawn of the ‘60s.
    Bryan Thomas, All Music Guide
     

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    Songs:

    The Four Fellows (1)

           
    I Tried                            Bend Of The River            I Wish I Didn't Love You So

         
    I Know Love                           Soldier Boy                    Take Me Back, Baby

         
    Angels Say                             In The Rain                    Hold ‘Em, Joe

         
    Fallen Angel                            Darling You        Please Don't Deprive Me Of Love

         
    Please Play My Song             I Sit In My Window             You Don't Know Me

         
    You Sweet Girl                  Loving You Darling      Give Me Back My Broken Heart



    Bette McLaurin & The Four Fellows (1)

         
    So Will I                     Grow Old Along With Me                Petticoat Baby


    I’m Past Sixteen


    Cathy Ryan (bb The Four Fellows (1))


    24 Hours A Day (365 A Year)


    Bette McLaurin & The Four Fellows (1)

      
    Johnny The Dreamer          You’re Still In My Heart

     

     

     

     

     

     

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