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    Richard Berry & The Pharaohs (1) (Los Angeles)
    Aka The Pharaos

     

     

    Personnel :

    Richard Berry (Lead)

    Godoy Colbert (First Tenor)

    Robert Harris (Second Tenor)

    Noel Collins (Baritone)




    Discography :

    Ricky & The Pharaohs (1)
    1956 - Teenager's Love Song / Watusi (Class 202)

    Richard Berry & The Pharaohs (1)
    1956 - Louie Louie / You Are My Sunshine (Flip 321)
    1956 - Take the Key/ No Kissin' and A-Huggin' (Flip 318)
    1957 - Louie Louie / Rock Rock Rock (Flip 321)
    1957 - You're the Girl / You Look So Good (Flip 331)
    1958 - Besame Mucho / Do I, Do I (Flip 339)
    1959 - Have Love- Will Travel / No Room (Flip 349)
    1960 - I'll Never Ever Love Again / Somewhere There's A Rainbow (Flip 352)
    1961 - You Look So Good / You Are My Sunshine (Flip 360)

    Trudy Williams  bb The Pharaohs (1)
    1958 - You’re My Boyfriend / A Foolish Little Girl (Flip 340)

    The Pharaos
    1960 - Heads Up, High Hopes Over You / The Tender Touch (Donna 1327)

     

     

    Biography :

    The Pharaohs were formed out of the Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, in 1954 by Godoy Colbert and two friends, Robert Harris, and Noel Collins. Richard Berry parted ways with Modern Records after frustations over songwriter royalties. Waiting for his Modern contract to expire, he signed with Max Feirtag's fledgling Flip label, but still seemed hesitant about a solo career.


    Richard Berry

    He used  the Pharaohs for his new recordings on Flip, trying out a new, Latin influenced sound. Stacked away on the flip of the first Flip single by Richard Berry and the Pharaohs ("You Are My Sunshine", Flip 321) was a little ditty called "Louie Louie", a calypso-styled song that Berry had based on "El Loca Cha Cha" by Rene Touzet. It would be an exaggeration to say that "Louie Louie" went unnoticed at the time of its release in March 1957.

      

    It sold well enough to be reissued as the A-side, with "Rock Rock Rock" on the reverse, later in 1957. But his future wife Dorothy wanted an expensive wedding ring and Berry decided to sell the rights to "Louie Louie" and three other songs to Max Feirtag for $ 750. In 1958 Trudy Williams (of The Six Teens) recorded “A Foolish Little Girl” and “You're My Boyfriend”, backed The Pharaohs. Berry's recording career petered out in the late '50s, though he remained an active performer. In the early '60s, several Northwest bands seized upon "Louie Louie" as cover material, scoring sizable regional hits.

      
    Richard Berry

    Finally, in 1963 the Kingsmen broke the song nationally, reaching # 2. In the decades since then, "Louie Louie" became one of the most oft-covered rock standards of all time; there probably exist well over 1,000 versions. After the departure of Berry from the group, Colbert and the Pharaohs cut one singles for the Donna (DelFi Subsidiary) Record Label under the name of The Pharaos (h?) , and more performing. It was soon after this that Colbert and the Pharaohs themselves decided to call it quits and disband.



    Songs : 
     (Update By Hans-Joachim)


    Ricky & The Pharaohs (1)

      
    Teenager's Love Song                          Watusi


    Richard Berry & The Pharaohs (1)

         
    Louie Louie                 Have Love Will Travel               You Look So Good

         
    Take the Key                   Rock Rock Rock        Somewhere There's A Rainbow

          
    You Are My Sunshine               You're the Girl       No Kissin’ And A Huggin’

           
    I’ll Never Ever Love Again         Besame Mucho              Do I, Do I, Do I

       
    No Room                     I'll Never Ever Love Again


    Trudy Williams  bb The Pharaohs (1)

       
    A Foolish Little Girl               You’re My Boyfriend

     

    The Pharaos

      
    The Tender Touch                      Heads Up, High Hopes Over You

     

     

     

     

     

     

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