• The Hi Tensions (Los Angeles)
    aka The Angels (8)



    Personnel :

    Bobby Parker (Lead)

    David Cook (Tenor)

    Jonathan "Sonny" Allen (Baritone/Tenor)

    Roy Haggins (Baritone)

    Jack Johnson (Bass)



    Discography :

    The Hi Tensions

    Singles :
    1960 - The Clock / So far away (Audio 201)

    1963 - Got a Good Feeling / Ebbing on the tide (Milestone 2018)

    1964 - She'll break your heart / Mary had a little man (Whirlybird 2005)

    1963 - Wedding song (if you say i do) (Audio)

    1963 - Old times (Audio)
1963 - Traveling lady (Audio)

    1963 - Come what may (Audio)


    Leon Peels & The Hi Tensions 
    Singles :
    1964 - A Magic Island / Darlene (Whirlybird 2008)   

    Unreleased :
    1964 - Woe Is Me  (Whirlybird)
    1964 - Thats All It Took  (Whirlybird)


     The Angels (8)
    1960 - I'm saying goodbye / A real sensation (Audio 203)


    Biography :

    The Hi Tensions were led by Bobby Parker, a fine R&B singer who  had been whith the Chanteclairs on Lyric. Bobby met the other Hi Tensions through Roy Haggins who became the Baritone for the group, in 1960. The rest of the group included David Cook, the tenor, Jack Johnson, the Bass and Jonathan "Sonny" Allen who sang baritone & tenor.

    The Boys were from south-central LA aera around Fefferson High School and their first effort for Audio label was "The Clock"/"So Far Away" (Audio 201) recorded in October 20, 1960.


    Out of the same session came "I'm saying goodbye" / "A real sensation" but for some unknown reason, the Hi Tensions were called the Angels on this release (Audio 203). This 45 came out shortly after "The Clock" and it's probable that name change was made for just this one record to gain additional airplay.

    Jackson & Madelon Baker (Audio Arts recording Studio's Owner)

    "Wedding song","Old times", "Traveling lady" and "Come what may" were recorded at Audio Arts in the spring of 1961, all unreleased, but "Got a Good Feeling" / "Ebbing on the tide" were tried for a later release on Milestone, but this nice ballad didn't get far.

    Leon Peels                                                                 

    The Hi Tensions then backed up Leon Peels, the former lead of the Blue Jays, and finally recorded "She'll break your heart"/"Mary had a little man" for the new Whirlybird label.



    Songs :

    The Hi Tensions

    The Clock                         Come what may   

    She'll break your heart             Wedding song               Mary had a little man

    So far Away                             Ebbing of The Tide

    Leon Peels & The Hi Tensions

    A Magic Island / Darlene






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