• The Mello-Tones (1) aka the Jets (3)
     

    The Mello-Tones (1) (New York)
    aka the Jets (3) 


     


    
Personnel :

    Ray Hulbert (Lead Tenor)

    Joe Lipscomb (Second Tenor)

    Oliver James (Baritone)

    Louis O'Neil (Bass)


     



    Discography :

    Singles :

     

    Marga Benitez & The Mello-Tones (1)
    1954 - Man Loves Woman / Winos On Parade (Decca 48318)

    The Mello-Tones (1)
    1954 - I'm Just Another One In Love With You / I'm Gonna Get (What I Came...) (Decca 48319)

    The Jets (3)
    1956 - Heaven Above Me / Millie Brown (Gee 1020)


    Ep :

    Rhythm and Blues Bit  (Decca ED-2399)
    1956 - I'm Just Another One In Love With You / I'm Gonna Get (What I Came For Last Night)

    The Mello-Tones (1) aka the Jets (3)


    LP :

    He Digs Rock'n Roll (Decca DL 8315)
    1956 - I'm Just Another One In Love With You / I'm Gonna Get (What I Came For Last Night)

    The Mello-Tones (1) aka the Jets (3)

     






    Biography :

    These were neighborhood friends who grew up on 132d Street in New York's Harlem. In 1953, responding to the R&B vocal group phenomenon taking place, they got themselves together and decided to form a vocal group. The members were between fifteen and eighteen years old at their start. They retained the services of manager Cliff Martinez but got their contract as a result of Hulbert's persistence with Decca management.  On April 6, 1954, they had their first session, they recorded "Man Loves Woman" and "Wino's On Parade" behind Marga Benitez and, under their own name, "I'm Just Another One In Love With You" and "I'm Gonna Get (What I Came For Last Night)."

    The Mello-Tones (1) aka the Jets (3)     The Mello-Tones (1) aka the Jets (3)

    The record didn't sell particularly well, but the group toured the East Coast on the strength of it. Lack of success caused O'Neil to leave, and he was replaced by Charlie Ca rrington. Next, they went to audition for George Goldner at Gee records. He agreed to record them, but insisted that they change their name to a more contemporary-sounding one: the "Jets." The group didn't like this, but they went along. Their only Jets record - "Heaven Above Me"/"Millie Brown" - recorded in April of 1956 and released in July, also failed to make any waves. Once again, the disc wasn't sent out for review.

    http://www.uncamarvy.com/MelloTones/mellotones.html





    Songs :

    Marga Benitez & The Mello-Tones (1)

      
    Man Loves Woman                              Winos On Parade


    The Mello-Tones (1)


    I'm Just Another One In Love With You / I'm Gonna Get (What I Came For Last Night)


    The Jets (3)

      
    Heaven Above Me                               Millie Brown    








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