Jimmy Castor & The Juniors (1)
Jimmy Castor & The Juniors (1) (New-York)
Jimmy Castor (Lead)
Johnny Williams (First Tenor)
Orton Graves (Baritone)
Al Casey (Bass)
1956 - I Promise / I know The Meaning Of Love (Wing 90078)
1957 - This Girl Of Mine / Somebody Mentioned Your Name (Atomic 100)
Born on June 2, 1943, in Harlem’s Sugar Hill district and raised by his mother and grandmother, Jimmy Castor shined shoes and sold papers to help make ends meet. Learning violin, saxophone, piano and studying theory, he was accepted for the Music & Art High School (‘full of rich kids arriving in limousines with lots of talent but strung out on valium’) but back in Harlem he ran through the Projects with the Cobras and the Falcons (‘baseball teams but really gangs’).
Jimmy Castor & The Juniors
Doo-wop was the East Coast’s answer to the rock’n’roll explosion and teenage males could be found harmonising on streets, in stairwells and bathrooms. Aged 12 he formed Jimmy Castor & The Juniors and, in 1956, their song I Promise (written by Castor) was turned into a Top 10 R&B hit by the hottest doo-wop band in America: Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers.
Jimmy Castor & Lewis Lymon
He briefly sang with Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords . Jimmy later replaced Frankie Lymon in the Teenagers in 1957.
I Promise I know The Meaning Of Love
Somebody Mentioned Your Name This Girl Of Mine
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