The Metronomes (2) (New York)


    Personnel :

    Harold "Sonny" Wright (Lead)

    Al Avant

    Bobby Vaughn

    John Coleman


    Discography :

    Singles :
    1957 - I Love My Girl / I'm Gonna Get Me A Girl Somehow (Cadence 1310)
    1957 - How Much I Love You / Dear Don (Cadence 1339)

    Unreleased :
    1957 - Heaven Help Me (Cadence)
    1957 - Lonely Woman (Cadence)


    Biography :

    Harold "Sonny" Wright was a part of the great  vocal groups The Diamonds  (not to be confused with the much later white Canadian group of that name famous for "Little Darlin'"). When The Diamonds broke up in 1955, Sonny had already been moonlighting for several years with the Regals, a hot quintet with a modern harmony style.

    When the Regals (named after a Regal shoestore) agreed to become Sonny Til's new Orioles, Wright went his own way. He formed a new group who auditioned for Archie Blyer's Cadence Records and became the only black vocal group on this predominantly pop label.  The members (Al Avant,  Bobby Vaughn, John Coleman, and Sonny Wright) were named the Metronomes by Blyer in keeping with the name of his company. Two fine but unsuccessful singles later and the Metronomes, like the Diamonds, were just a footnote in vocal group history.

    Songs :

    How Much I Love You                Dear Don                      I Love My Girl

    I'm Gonna Get Me A Girl Somehow       Lonely Woman




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