• Otis Williams & His New Group (1)
     aka The Charms (1) (Cincinnati, Ohio)

    Personnel :

    Otis Williams (Lead)

    Winfred Gerald (Tenor)

    Rollie Willis (Bariton)

    Lonnie Carter (Tenor/ Baritone)

    Matt Williams (Bass)

    Discography :

    1955 - Miss the love / Tell me now (Deluxe 6088)
    1955 - Gum drop / Save me, save me (Deluxe 6090)
    1955 - That's your mistake / Too late I learned (Deluxe 6091)

    Biography :

    The Charms toured with The Clovers, Big Joe Turner and others in 1955.  In late 1955 the group split and The Charms left Otis Williams to join Henry Stone‚ new Chart Records label. 
    Otis immediately recruited his cousin, baritone Rollie Willis, and put an ad in the local papers to get some more singers.

    Otis Williams & The Charms (Originals)

    He ended up with tenor Winfred Gerald, tenor/ baritone Lonnie Carter, and bass Matt Williams. They, too, began appearing as the "Charms." At this point the original group sued for the use of the name. We'll see later how that worked out.


    Otis Williams continued to record on DeLuxe Records, as Otis Williams and His New Group.  Their first hit entered the R&B and the Top 100 chart on the same day, January 28, 1956.  "That's your mistake" became a #14 R&B hit and a #48 pop hit.


    Songs :

    That's your mistake                 Too late I learned

    Gum drop                               Save me, save me

    Miss the love                          Tell me now




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