• The Ray Dots
    (L to R) : Delmar Goggins, Frank Hosendove, Tony Maples, Leroy Brown and Roosevelt McDuffie

    The Ray Dots (Asbury Park, New Jersey)
    aka The V-Eights 


    Personnel :

    Tony Maples

    Frank Hosendove

    Delmar “Kirby” Goggins

    Leroy Brown

    Roosevelt McDuffie


    Discography :

    1959 - I Need Someone / Lu La (Vibro 1651)


    Biography :

    Born in Florida in 1934, Herbert “Tony” Maples moved with his family to Asbury Park around 1950. As a young man he enlisted in the Air Force and, while stationed at Charleston, South Carolina, he formed an R&B singing group called the “Five Hearts.” He later performed with a group that would become recording stars “The Del Vikings” while stationed in Pittsburgh. After he left the service, Maples returned to Asbury Park and started a new singing group he called the “Ray Dots.”

    The Ray Dots   The Ray Dots
                                                                                                   Herbert “Tony” Maples

     The Ray Dots became the first group to record for Gervis Tillman’s Vibro label. Their recording of “I Need Someone” was the first R&B record ever made for an Asbury Park record label. The group eventually evolved into the “V-Eights,” and went on to record three records for Vibro, including the local hit, “Papa’s Yellow Tie.” When the V-Eights broke up in 1964, Maples went solo, and joined a group of artists being managed by Stormin’ Norman Seldin. He was often backed by the Soul Set and recorded “Pretty Girls Everywhere” for Seldin’s Selsom record label in 1965.

    Songs :

    I Need Someone                                      Lu La           


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