• The Ospreys

    The Ospreys (East Harlem, NY.)

    Personnel :

    Robert Council (Lead)

    Maurice Williams (First Tenor)

    Jackson Thompson (Second Tenor)

    John Miro (Bass)

    Discography :

    The Ospreys
    Single :
    1958 - Do You Wanna Jump Children / It's Good To Me (East-West 110)
    Unreleased :
    1958 - Wrapped Up In A Dream (East-West)
    1958 - My Baby (East-West)

    Chuck Willis bb The Ospreys
    1958 - What Am I Living For / Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes (Atlantic 1179)
    1958 - You'll Be My Love / Keep A-Driving (Atlantic 2005)

    Biography :

    East Harlem, NY-based R&B group the Ospreys formed in 1955. According to Marv Goldberg's profile in the December 1977 issue of Yesterday's Memories, their lineup -- lead Robert Council, first tenor Maurice Williams, second tenor Jackson Thompson, and bass John Miro -- represented a kind of neighborhood supergroup assembling the best voices from four other combos. The first act represented by James A. Dailey, later a prominent New York City R&B manager, the Ospreys built a devoted fan base at local record hops and teen TV showcases, and in mid-1957 signed to Atlantic Records, also home to another Dailey act, the Bobbettes.

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    Chuck Willis

     "Do You Wanna Jump Children" followed on Atlantic's East-West imprint in the spring of 1958, around the same time they backed Chuck Willis on his posthumous smash "What Am I Living For." Atlantic declined to release a second Ospreys single, however, and in 1959 the group dissolved; Miro later resurfaced in the Lincolns, singing lead on their lone Mercury effort, "Baby Let Me Love You."

    Songs :

    The Ospreys

     Do You Wanna Jump Children                       It's Good To Me            

    Chuck Willis bb The Ospreys

            What Am I Living For                 Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes

    You'll Be My Love                               Keep A-Driving 


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