• The Masquerades

    The Masquarades (Chicago)
    aka The Five Masqueraders aka The Masquerades

    Personnel :

    Howard (Seaphus) Scott

    Charles Scott

    Tommy Scott

    Ike HickMan

    Jimmy Thompson

    Discography :

    Singles :

    Seaphus Scott & The Five Masqueraders
    1958 - Summer Sunrise / Nature's Beauty (Joyce 303)

    The Masquarades
    1961 - The Whip / Fanessa (Boyd 1027)

    The Masquerades
    1960 - These Red Roses / Mister Man The Guitar Man (Formal 1012)

    Unreleased :
    N/A - Portia
    N/A - These Foolish Things
    N/A - Good Golly Miss Molly
    N/A - That's When Your Heartaches Begin


    The Masquerades were formed in 1957 as the Elpeccios and originally consisted of Howard, Charles, and Robert Scott, and cousin Jesse "Chico"Golden. Golden and Robert Scott soon dropped out, and in early 1958 the group reorganized as the Masquerades, consisting of Howard, Charles, and Tommie Scott, Jimmy Thompson, and Ike Hickman. Robert Scott entered the professional boxing ranks as a welterweight, fighting in the same stable as world junior welterweight champion Eddie Perkins. The group went down to St. Louis to record two sides for Ike Turner on the Joyce label, "Summer Sunrise" backed with "Nature's Beauty." But nothing happened for the group.

    The Masquerades     The Masquerades
    The Masquarades                                                               The Masquerades

    The Masquerades were discovered by Entrepreneur Don Talty in 1958 singing in a North Side nightclub. At the time, the group consisted of Howard, Walter, Charles, and Tommie Scott, plus Ike Hickman and guitarist Howard Taylor. Jimmy Thompson had left the group to take up guitar, and years later would emerge as a well-respected Chicago blues performer  Jimmy Johnson. Thompson changed his name to "Johnson" after his brother Syl had achieved fame as a soul singer under the name "Syl Johnson."

    The Masquerades
    Buddy Scott, Ike HickMan and Howard (Seaphus) Scott

    The following year Buddy Scott replaced Taylor on guitar and the group came out with "The Whip" backed with "Fanessa"  on the Boyd label. "The Whip" was intended to promote a dance and was considered the A side. Talty even had artwork done to show the dance steps, but nothing came of the record. The few collectors in possession of the record (there are about ten records in existence) highly prize the ballad side.

    The Masquerades
    Tommy Scott, Walter Scott & Charles Scott

    The Masquerades released "Mister Man" backed with "These Red Roses" in 1960 on the Formal label. No more records by the Masquerades were released for Talty. They continued on, and guitarists who worked for them in the following years included their old vocal mate, Jimmy Johnson, and his brother, Syl Johnson. Around 1963-64, the Masquerades called it quits as a vocal group, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes re-emerged as the Scott Brothers Band.

    Songs :

    The Masquarades

    Fanessa                                           The Whip

    The Masquerades

    These Red Roses                     Mister Man The Guitar Man

    Seaphus Scott & The Five Masqueraders

    Nature's Beauty


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