• The Parakeets (2) Quintet (Newark/Elizabeth, N.J.)

    Personnel :

    Leroy Wiliams (Lead)

    James Pete Martin (Tenor)

    Willie Curry (Bass)

    Preston Fields (Tenor)

    Gerard Highsmith (Baritone / Second Lead)

    Discography :

    The Parakeets (2) Quintet
    1956 - I have a love / The Rain Start to Fall (Atlas 1068/Angletone 1068)

    Leroy Williams & The Parakeets (2) Quintet
    1956 - My Heart Tells Me / Yvonne  (Atlas 1069)

    Vic Donna & The Parakeets (2)
    1957 - Teenage Rose / Silly and Sappy (Atlas 1071)
    1957 - Love was a stranger to me / Count the tears (Atlas 1075/Angletone 1075)

    Al Jackson (bb The Parakeets)
    N/A - Y.O.U / No Wedding Today (Atlas) (Unreleased) 


    Biography :

    The Members of the Parakeets were all former High School glee participants who decided to form a vocal group late 1955.


    Their first Atlas " I have a love / The Rain Start to Fall" was issued in May, 1956, followed by "My Heart Tells Me / Yvonne" in October.

    They were chosen to back teen heartthorb Vic Donna (Atlas's answer to Fabian or Frankie Avalon...) on the Maudlin "Teenage Rose" in February, 1957 and " Love was a stranger to me / Count the tears" in May.

    Vic Donna

    Since Robinson paid Steady tribute to the region's black disc Jockeys, his records receveid constant airplay if only meager sales.

    For Posterity, the Parakeets included : Leroy Wiliams, James Pete Martin, Willie Curry, Preston Fields and Gerard Highsmith.
    Don Fileti (The Golden era of Doowops "The groups of Atlas Records")



    Their Songs :

    The Parakeets (2) Quintet

    I have a love                       The Rain Start to Fall

    My Heart Tells Me                   Yvonne

    Vic Donna & The Parakeets (2)

    Teenage Rose                          Silly and Sappy

    Love was a stranger to me         Count the tears

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