• The Nitecaps (1)

    The Nitecaps (1) (Detroit, MI)

    Personnel :

    Al Hamilton (Al Kent) (Lead)

    Eugene Ronald Hamilton (Ronnie Savoy)

    Robert Hamilton (Rob Reeco)

    Freddie Pride

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1955 - A Kiss And A Vow / Be My Girl (Groove 0134)
    1955 - Sweet Thing / Tough Mama (Groove 0147)
    1956 - You May Not Know / Bamboo Rock And Roll (Groove 0158)
    1956 - In Each Corner Of My Heart / Let Me Know Tonight (Groove 0176)

    Unreleased :
    1956 - Snap Crackle And Pop (Groove)
    1956 - You're Gonna Be Sorry  (Groove)
    1956 - Oh, You Sweet Girl (Groove)

    Biography :

    The Nitecaps (or Nightcaps) were a Detroit vocal group who recorded 3 sessions for Groove in New York between November 1955 and October 1956. Four singles were released from the sessions but none made it into the national R&B charts, although ‚"A Kiss and a Vow‚" and ‚"Bamboo Rock & Roll‚" were local hits in Detroit.

    The influence of the Clyde McPhatter era Drifters is obvious on some of The Nightcaps' tracks, especially the unreleased ‚"Oh You Sweet Girl‚" which is very similar to ‚"Honey Love‚". The group was backed by some of the best New York session musicians including King Curtis, Mickey Baker and Panama Francis. 


    To these ears these are really good vocal group recordings, but perhaps there was a slight lack of originality which kept them from achieving more substantial sales. The Nitecaps also backed up Varetta Dillard on a few Groove releases (uncredited)


    Of the Hamilton Brothers, Al is well known to soul music fans as Al Kent, a name under that he entered both the R&B and Pop charts with "You Gotta Pay The Price" on Ric Tic in 1967. When the Nitecaps broke up, he went to New York with his brother Ronnie to study music. He returned to detroit in 1961, and the started working for Golden World Records. Later, he dealt with a lot of artists on the Ric Tic and Westbound Labels and also wrote for Edwin Starr and Jackie Wilson. Ronnie who sometimes appeared under the pseudonym of Ronnie Savoy, had later success with MGM records before he produced Ben E King.


    Songs :

    A Kiss And A Vow              Be My Girl                  You May Not Know

    Bamboo Rock And Roll           Sweet Thing               Tough Mama

    In Each Corner Of My Heart          Let Me Know Tonight       Snap Crackle And Pop

    You're Gonna Be Sorry             Oh, You Sweet Girl






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