• The Kuf-Linx (Los Angeles)
    aka  The Crescendos (4)

    Personnel :

    John Jennings (Lead Tenor)

    Johnny Woodson (Tenor)

    Gaines Steele (Tenor)

    George "Biggy" McFadden (Bass)

    Leo Z. Manley

    Darrell Johnson

    Gwen Johnson

    Discography :

    The Kuf-Linx
    1957 - So Tough / What'cha Gonna Do (Challenge 1013/59102)
    1958 - Eyeballin' / Service With A Smile (Challenge 59004)
    1958 - Climb Love's Mountain / All That's Good (Challenge 59015)

    Johnny Woodson & The Crescendos (4)
    1957 - Dreamer From My Heart / All That's Good (Spry 108)

    Biography :

    The Kuf-Linx are not an easy group to follow. Nor is the song So Tough, especially since there were at least three different group that sang the song, and close spellings of the same group. The Kuf-Linx consisted of John Jennings (lead tenor), Johnny Woodson (tenor), Gaines Steele (tenor), George (Biggie) McFadden (bass), Leo Z. Manley, Darrell Johnson, and Gwen Johnson. Jennings and McFadden had been in the Jubalaires in the mid-40s.


    L.Z. Manley was a well-known gospel lead singer, who had been with the Heavenly Gospel Singers and the Stars Of Harmony. Gaines Steele, younger brother of gospel great Silas Steele, sang with Detroit-area gospel groups and a West Coast Ink Spots group (with Clifford Givens); in the mid-60s, he was a member of the 4 Tunes. Gwen Johnson was a Los Angeles session backup singer singer. This basic group consisting of a whopping seven members, likely recording as John Woodson and the Crescendos on the Spry label.


     They only recorded three records in two sessions for Challenge, a Los Angeles label, one of whose owners was Gene Autry. Songs included: “So Tough” (a cover of a song by the Casuals), “What'cha Gonna Do”, and “All That's Good”.

    Songs :

    Johnny Woodson & The Crescendos (4)

    Dreamer From My Heart                          All That's Good


    The Kuf-Linx

    So Tough                     What'cha Gonna Do                        Eyeballin'

    Service With A Smile             Climb Love's Mountain       All That's Good






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