• The Impacts (1) (Brooklyn, New York)
    aka The Blue Chips (2)



    Personnel :

    Kenneth Seymour (Lead and Baritone)

    Steve Liebowitz (Tenor & Baritone)

    Horace Brooks (Tenor)

    Robert Baber (Bass)

    Helen Powell  (Tenor)




    Discography :

    The Renditions (with Steve Liebowitz)
    Unreleased :
    1957 - Roses
    1957 - My Juanita

    The Impacts (1)
    Singles :
    1959 - Now Is The Time / Soup (Watts 5599)
    1959 - Croc-O-Doll / Bobby Sox Squaw (RCA 7583)
    1959 - Canadian Sunset / They Say (Watts 5600/RCA 7609)
    1961 - Help me Somebody / Darling Now you're Mine (Carlton 548)
    1965 - Just Because / Pigtails (DCP 1150)
    1967 - Could You Love Me / My World Fell Down (MGM 13726)
    Unreleased :
    1958 - Here I am (End)

    Kenny & The Impacts (1)
    1965 - Wishing Well / Heartaches (DCP 1147)

    The Blue Chips (2)
    1961 - Puddles Of Tears / The Contest (RCA 7923)
    1961 - Let It Ride / Adios Adios (RCA 7935)
    1962 - Promise / One Hen (Groove 0006)



    Biography :

    In 1957, Steve Liebowitz with his Brooklyn group the "Renditions" recorded a two-sided acappela Demo, "Rose" and "My Juanita". Steve would unite with fellow Bedford Styvesant Brooklynites, Horace Brooks (Tenor), Robert Baber (Bass), Kenneth Seymour (Lead and Baritone) and a Female tenor, Helen Powell who Steve eventually marry.

    They would record the novelty record "soup" backed with "Now is the Time" for the small Watts label in 1958. They left them for End records later in 1958, Recoding a song called "Here I am" which never came out.

    A year later they signed a contract with RCA where 4 sides were recorded and released. Steve Liebowitz was away on these recording and was replaced with Charles 'Churchill' Mattocks. After some personnel changes (Paul Fulton and Sammy Strain replaced Powell and Baber), the Group had one release for Carlton Records.

    The Two new members were both from the Chips "Rubber Biscuit" and Sammy Strain also sang with the Fantastics, later with the Imperials and the O'Jays. They Moved back to RCA (Two new releases) and would record for the Groove subsidiary but due to contractual problems they were forced to change their name to The Blue Chips.

         
    Pookie Hudson                   Earl Wade                         Little Peggy March                          Lenny Welch

    Bert Can now joined the group replacing Paul Fulton. Through their association with Richard Barret, they backed Pookie Hudson as his Spaniels and Earl Wade. They did Backup for Lenny Welch and Little Peggy March. Kenny Seymour saw the music scene changing and along with Sammy Strain he was joined by Harold Jenkins and Renaldo Gamble both from The Kodaks and The Schoolboys. The Group was rounded out by adding Allen Morton (Also from The Chips). The Group had two releases on DCP, the second as Kenny & The Impacts and a final release on MGM as the Impact.
    Thanks to Robert Baber



    Songs :

    The Impacts (1)

         
    Now Is The Time                        Soup                               Croc-O-Doll

         
    Bobby Sox Squaw                 Canadian Sunset                   They Say

         
    Help me Somebody            Darling Now you're Mine             Just Because


    Pigtails


    Kenny & The Impacts (1)


    Wishing Well


    The Blue Chips (2)

      
    Puddles Of Tears                      The Contest




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