Tommy Frederick & The Hi-Notes (1) (Boston, Massachusetts)
    Aka The Vibra-Tones (1)

    Personnel :

    Tommy Frederick (Lead)

    Discography :

    Sabby Lewis & The Vibra-Tones (1)
    1956 - Forgive Me My Love / Regretting (ABC 9687)

    Tommy Frederick & The Hi-Notes (1)
    1958 -  The Prince Of Players / I'm Not Pretending (Carlton 450/London 8555)

    Tommy Frederick & Group
    1960 - Sundown / ‘Where’d Ja Go (Coral 62170)

    Biography :

    Sabby Lewis started taking piano lessons when he was 5, and organized his first band in Boston in 1936. He later performed on Broadway and in ballrooms and clubs in Manhattan. He performed with Dinah Washington and Billy Eckstine. During World War II, Lewis' orchestra included long-time Ellington tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, and drummer Alan Dawson spent much of the 1950s in the band. In 1956, he performed in the Boston Area, and recorded with a local vocal group, the Vibra-tones,  « Forgive Me My Love » b/w « Regretting » for ABC.

    Sabby Lewis                                                                             

    Two years later, The Vibra-Tones changed their name to the Hi-Tones. The Carlton Record Corporation began in October, 1957, in New York, when the late Joe Carlton, a former A&R chief at RCA, set up offices at 157 W. 57th Street. The label started with a single by Tommy Fredericks & His Hi-Notes, "The Prince of Players"/"I'm Not Pretending" [Carlton 450]. 


    In 1961, a different Vibra-Tones’ vocal group recorded for ABC as backup singers For Evelyn Dell . This white Group from Brooklyn & Queens is composed by John Sescila, Sandy Anzalone, John Anzalone and Vinny Lombardy.

    Tommy Frederick & The Hi-Notes (1) Aka The Vibra-Tones (1)   Tommy Frederick & The Hi-Notes (1) Aka The Vibra-Tones (1)

    Who are they ???                                                                                              

    (Sonny, Darryl, Charlie Weils...) According to notes from "Rare 1950's Boston Doo Wop" this unknown group backed Tommy Fredericks on his Coral single in 1960 on "Sundown" and ‘Where’d Ja Go"


    Songs :

    Sabby Lewis And The Vibra-Tones (1)

    Regretting                                  Forgive Me My Love

    Tommy Frederick & The Hi-Notes (1)

    The Prince Of Players                         I'm Not Pretending

    Tommy Frederick & Group

    Sundown                                           ‘Where’d Ja Go

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