• Lil' June & The January's

    Lil' June & The January's (Chicago)

    Personnel :

    Claude "Little June" Johnson

    Sy Richardson

    Wilbert Johnson

    Lewis ? (Bass)

    Discography :

    Lil' June & The January's
    1959 - Oh What A Feeling / Oh My Love (Profile 4009)

    Little June & his Januarys
    1963 - Hello / Burgers, Fries & Shakes (Salem 188)


    Biography :

    Vocal group from Chicago. They were 16-17 years old and lived on the west side and area they called K-town. The group formed in 1957 and calls himself the Wonderliers. They practicing  on their high school and by the local streets.  A deal to record with Profile records, subsidiary of Chief Records, came about from a TV show They won. Sy Richardson , American film and television actor since 1977, was part of the group and wrote "Oh What A Feeling". They changed the Wonderliers  to Lil June and the January's in 1959 and  recorded "Oh What A Feeling" b/w "Oh My Love " for the label.

    Lil' June & The January's    Lil' June & The January's

    In 1960, several members of the group are called to military service and the group broke up. Richardson served two years on active duty with the United States Navy. in early 1963, After returning from the army, Sy Richardson wrote "Burgers, Fries & Shakes", a song about MacDonalds when he see this restaurant selling 15 cent burgers ten cent for fries. The same year, the group is reformed and recorded "Hello" b/w "Burgers, Fries & Shakes" for Salem. Sy Richardson &  Claude "Little June" Johnson formed their own recording company called Trans World Sound were they recorded the Mandells with  Claude "Little June" Johnson .


    Lil' June & The January's

    Oh What A Feeling                             Oh My Love

    Little June & his Januarys

    Burgers, Fries & Shakes                              Hello



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