• The Gadabouts (1) (Chicago)


    Personnel :

    Larry Craig

    Johnnie Barr

    Eddie Hayes


    Discography :

    Singles :
    1954 - Guiseppe Mandolino / By The Waters Of The Minnetonka (Mercury 70495)
    1955 - Go Boom Boom / Oochi Pachi (Mercury 70581)
    1955 - Two Things I Love / Glass Heart (Wing 90008)
    1955 - Teen Age Rock / If You Only Had A Heart (Wing 90043)
    1956 - Busybody Rock / All My Love Belongs To You (Wing 90062/Mercury 70823)
    1956 - Stranded In The Jungle / Blues Train (Mercury 70898)

    Unreleased :
    1955 - Lonesome Road (Mercury)
    1955 - Topsy Turvy Love (Mercury)
    1955 - All The Time (Mercury)
    1955 - Hurt (Mercury)
    1956 - I'm So Sorry (Wing)
    1956 - Hook, Line And Sinker (Wing)
    1956 - To Be With You (Wing)
    1956 - Little White Gardenia (Wing)


    Biography :

    The Gadabouts were a short-lived white doo-wop trio based in Chicago, Illinois They consisted Larry Craig, Johnnie Barr and Eddie Hayes. They were active in the 50s music era. Not much is known about the early years of their brief musical career. During the 1940s and 1950s, recording cover renditions was pretty much a standard way in the music industry. The song “Stranded in the Jungle” was recorded and re-recorded by a number of artists.

    R&B and doo-wop group the Jay awks (not the rock group of the same name) were the original performers of the song. Their own version, released in 1956, peaked at #18 on the Billboard “Best Selling Popular Retail Records Chart” (which can be equivalent to the Hot 100). The Cadets’ first cover of the song was the best-performing version, peaking at #16 on the Billboard pop chart in the same year. It was released moments after the Jay Hawks one.

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    The Gadabouts’ version was released also in 1956, pretty much after the Cadets’ own version. It peaked at #39 on the pop chart. It was to be their one and only charting hit single. They made a handful of other oldies music pieces like “Go Boom,” “Oochi Pachi,” “By The Waters Of The Minnetonka,” “Giuseppe Mandoli” but none of them charted. They disappeared from the music scene as quickly as they came, becoming a one-hit wonder.


    Song :

    Stranded In The Jungle

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