• The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes

    The Legends (1) (Manhattan, New York)
    Ref : The Kartunes

    Personnel :

    Marshall Samples (Tenor vocals)

    Ron Warwell (Baritone vocals)

    Bobby Weinstein (Tenor vocals)

    Dominick Fleres (Piano)

    Richard "Chico" Brunson (Tenor)

    Sampson Reese (Bass)

    Discography :

    The Legends (1)
    1956 - The Eyes Of An Angel / I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Melba 109)
    1957 - The Legend Of Love / Now I'm Telling You (Hull 727)

    The Kartunes
    Singles :
    1957 - Raindrops / Will You Marry Me? (When We Graduate) (M-G-M 12598)
    1958 - Willie The Weeper / Dedicated To Love (M-G-M 12680)
    Unreleased :
    1958 - Ringalivo (M-G-M)
    1958 - Victim  (M-G-M)


    Biography :

    Bobby Weinstein grew up in New York City, and attended the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan. While there, he formed a vocal group, The Legends, with fellow students Marshall Samples, Ron Warwell, Richard "Chico" Brunson, Sampson Reese and Dominick Fleres. The group won a talent contest at the Apollo Theater in 1955.

    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes
    Morty Craft                                                                                                                                         

    Around June of 1956, the guys decided the time was right for getting the Legends sound down on wax, They just walked in to Morty Craft's Melba label (at 1674 Broadway) and auditioned for him, Craft was impressed and set up a session. Melba released "The Eyes Of An Angel" b/w "I'll Never Fall In Love"  around September 1956.

    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes
           Bobby Weinstein                      Dominick Fleres                        Ron Warwell                   Richard "Chico" Brunson

    In late 1957, they had another go at recording. This time, they went down the block from Melba, to Hull Records, at 1595 Broadway. Again they walked in cold, and auditioned for Bea Caslon (owner of Hull, along with Billy Dawn Smith and William Henry Miller). Bea signed them on the spot. At Hull, the Legends recorded  two songs: "The Legend Of Love" and "Now I'm Telling You" .  The record sold moderately well but some internal problems triggered the separation of the group. Bobby Weinstein  and  Dominick Fleres joined the Kartunes  with Vincent Cassaro , Paul Rubenstein and Bill Barbaris. The Kartunes recorded two singles released by MGM.

    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes
    Bill Barbaris (The Kartunes), Don Costa & Bob Weinstein  (The Legends & The Kartunes)                                                      

     In 1957, Bobby Weinstein began writing songs with Teddy Randazzo, who had sung in another vocal group, The Three Chuckles.  Their first major hit as co-writers was "Pretty Blue Eyes," recorded by Steve Lawrence and produced by Don Costa, which reached no. 9 on the pop charts at the start of 1960.


    Songs :

    The Legends (1)

    The Eyes Of An Angel                     I'll Never Fall In Love Again

    The Legend Of Love                       Now I'm Telling You

    The Kartunes

       Raindrops                                      Will You Marry Me?

    Dedicated To Love                       Willie The Weeper




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  • The Fairlanes (4)
    Left to right: Charles Pennywell, Eddie Lejay, Thomas Odom, Steve Ross

    The Fairlanes (4) (Shreveport, Louisiana)
     by Hans-Joachim


    Charles “Diamond” Pennywell (Lead)

    Eddie Lejay  (First Tenor)

    Steve Ross  (Second Tenor)

    Thomas Odeom (Baritone & Bass)


    The Fairlanes (4)
    1959 - Seventeen Steps / Johnny Rhythm (Lucky Seven 102)
    1959 – Bullseye / Just For Me (Dart 109)

    Charles Perrywell [sic!] & His Fairlanes
    1961 - Your [sic!] Lonesome Now / Come Along With Me (Tic-Toc 104)

    Unreleased demo:
    1961 - I Hear Someone (Goldband)


    Charles “Diamond” Pennywell was born in Shreveport, LA and formed a little vocal group called the Fairlanes for whom he sang lead. Their first record was “Seventeen Steps” b/w “Johnny Rhythm” for Dee Marais’ Lucky Seven label, released in April 1959. The haunting ballad "Seventeen Steps" tells the feelings of a death row inmate watching fellow inmates, one by one, walk the seventeen steps from the holding cell to "...that death cold chair..." knowing he'll be walking them tomorrow. Johnny Rhythm" is an up tempo tune rocker.

    The Fairlanes (4)     The Fairlanes (4)

    November 1959 saw the release of “Bullseye”, a Coasters-style up tempo song, backed with another great Charles Pennywell led ballad "Just For Me," on Pappy Dailey’s Dart label. The Fairlanes were back in the studio in 1961 to record "You're Lonesome Now" and the up tempo flip, "Come Along With Me". This time they recorded directly for Eddie Shuler's Tic-Toc label, a subsidiary of Goldband.

    The Fairlanes (4)
    Charles Pennywell (1963)

    "You're Lonesome Now" was a soulful group ballad, again led by Charles Pennywell. Oddly, when the record came out there were two misprints on the label. First, the title was printed as "Your Lonesome Now" instead of "You're Lonesome Now". And second, the artist was listed as "Charles Perrywell" instead of "Charles Pennywell". Charles “Diamond” Pennywell recorded for Smash in 1963 and formed the soul harmony group The Sunlover’s in 1967. He is still performing.



    Seventeen Steps                      Johnny Rhythm

    Just For Me / Bullseye                    Your Lonesome Now

    Come Along With Me                        I Hear Someone



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  • Oscar Toney Jr.

    The Searchers (2) (Columbus, GA)

    Personnel :

    Oscar Toney Jr.

    Roosevelt Toney

    James Toney

    Discography :

    The Searchers (2) (bb The Kayos)
    1960 - Little Wanda / Yvonne (MAC 351)

    Sonny Williams & The Searchers (2) (bb The Kayos)
    1960 - Love / Oh Why Cha Cha Cha (MAC 352)

    Biography :

    Oscar Toney, Jr. grew up in the forties in Columbus, Georgia. He began singing with local Gospel quartet The Sensational Melodies Of Joy while barely into his teens. Young Oscar won the amateur competition at the landmark Liberty Theater so many times that he wasn't allowed to enter them anymore. By the late fifties, The Sensational Melodies took to singing doo-wop as well, calling themselves, simply, The Melodies. In 1958, Toney and his two brothers formed another vocal group called The Valentines, eventually changing their name to The Searchers, as their own version of the Coasters' Searchin' had become their signature song.

    The Searchers (2)     The Searchers (2)
                                                                                                  Oscar Toney Jr.

    Although now a ‘Kayo’, Oscar also remained with The Searchers who, in November 1960, cut a 45 for Cement McNally’s Mac label (#351) at a New Orleans radio station. The ballad side “Yvonne” was written by (and features thee-part harmony by) Oscar and his two brothers, while Walker and Thomas weren’t present. The backing is supplied by The Kayos. The flip was the more up-tempo “Little Wanda”. Cement McNallywas also the leader of the 'house band', The Kayos. Another Searchers Mac single, “Love” c/w “Oh Why Cha Cha Cha”, it was really a Kayos recording put out by McNally under The Searchers’ name, with the Kayos other front-man Sonny Williams on lead vocals.The Searchers had been around for about 4 years but now the other members decided not to make a career out of singing and Oscar was left to carry on both as a solo act and as a featured vocalist with the Kayos.

    Songs :




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  • Rickie & The Hallmarks

    Rickie & The Hallmarks (Queens, New York)

    Personnel :

    Ricky Lisi

    Bixie Boyle

    Denis McMahon

    Jack Scandura

    Discography :

    Rickie & The Hallmarks

    Single :
    1963 - Joanie Don't You Cry / Wherever You Are (Amy 877)

    Demos :
    1963 - This I Swear
    1963 - When I Fall In Love
    1963 - That Lucky Old Sun
    1963 - My Man The Moon

    Ricky Lisi
    1963 - The River / Don't Go Now (Roulette 4511)

    Biography :

    Ricky Lisi grew up in Queens, New York and was in his first group "The Pharo's" when he was only 12 years old. In 1959, The Pharo's cut four sides, "Gloria", "Lorraine", "Sunday Kind Of Love" and the original "Mama Twist". After the group broke up Ricky formed the Original Hallmarks with  Bixie Boyle, Tommy Oliveri, Tony DeFeo and the lovely Beverly Warren. Ricky really liked the Skyliner's at this time and on the back of their album was written hallmark of their style, he liked the word so much he christened the group the Hallmarks.

    Rickie & The Hallmarks    Rickie & The Hallmarks
    Beverly Warren                                                                                 Ricky Lisi   

    One night while singing under the "El" (an elevator train line) on Queens Blvd. and 43rd St in Woodside Queens, they were discovered by Tony Powers on his way to the movies. Tony was a writing partner at this time with Ellie Greenwich. Tony took the group into Bell Sound where they would record "Like A Million Years". The next step was the Brill Building where Leiber & Stoller pass on the group. Ellie liked Bev and pulled her from the group to do background vocals and eventually had her record "Like A Million Years" released on the United Artists label.

    Rickie & The Hallmarks   Rickie & The Hallmarks 
    Ricky Lisi                                                                                                                     

    At this time both Tony and Tommy exited the group as well. Replacement were Denis McMahon first tenor and from the Starlings, Jack Scandura. With a much better Knowledge of how things worked and now knowing about the Brill Building the group went into variety studios and once again cut some demos : "This I Swear", "When I Fall In Love", "That Lucky Old Sun" and the original "My Man The Moon". They would end up at the door of Wemar music where Johnny Brandon decided he would record the group. The group was brought into Mira Sound Studio as the Four Seasons were leaving. The two side recorded that night were "Joanie Don't You Cry" and "Wherever You Are". The songs were placed with Amy records a division of Bell. At the sessions, Paul Simon played guitar. The records didn't do much and the group broke up after they recorded "Don't Go Now". The Powers to be decided they didn't like the way the recording came out and shelved it. In the meantime the Concords would record it and Ricky himself would have a 45 release of the tune with the Concords on Back Up.


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    Rickie & The Hallmarks

       Wherever You Are                            Joanie Don't You Cry

    When I Fall In Love                        This I Swear

    That Lucky Old Sun                       My Man The Moon

    Ricky Lisi

    Don't Go Now                                         The River



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  • Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson And The Jackaels
    June Jackson


    J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels (San Diego, Ca)
    aka The Jackals aka Hank Blackman & The Killers

    Personnel :

    William E. 'June' 'J.J' Jackson (Lead)

    Hubert Richardson (First Tenor)

    James Famber (Second Tenor)

    Hank Blackman (Baritone)

    Discography :

    J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels
    Singles :
    1959 - A Lifetime From Today /  That Look In Your Eye (Storm 501)
    1959 - Oo-Ma-Liddi / Let The Show Begin (Storm 502/ Prelude 502)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - Port of Happiness (Brent)
    1962 - Don't Let Her Make You Cry (Brent)

    J.J. Jackson & The Jackals
    1962 - False Face / Ring Telephone (Everest 2012)

    Hank Blackman & The Killers
    1962 - Everyone Has Someone /Itchy Koo (Brent 7030)

    Bertha Tillman bb J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels
    1962 - Oh My Angel / Lovin' Time (Brent 7029)

    J.J. Jackson bb The Jackaels
    1963 - Time / Shy Guy (Crescent 632)


    Biography :

    There is much confusion about J.J. Jackson.  Jerome Louis 'J.J' Jackson (B. 4/8/41) was a Soul Artist who did 'But It's Alright".  He was in a doo wop group called 'Cordials'. William E. 'June' 'J.J' Jackson (B. 1931) from San Diego, Ca is the lead singer of The Jackaels  with Hubert Richardson (First Tenor), James Famber (Second Tenor) & Hank Blackman (Baritone) . In 1959, the group recorded  four songs released by Storm Records .

    Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

    In 1962, June Jackson & The Jackaels recorded four songs for Brent records. Because they had two releases under that name, the company decide to re-brand them and use the two song sung by group member Hank Blackman rather than the two June Jackson sang lead on. The group was renamed Hank Blackman & The Killers. the two songs left in the can were June Jackson sung and penned numbers "Port of Happiness" and "Don't Let Her Make You Cry".

    Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels    Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

    During the same session the Jackaels also recorded with Bertha Tillman.  Bertha Tillman was working as a department store salesgirl in San Diego when she was discovered by Hank Blackman . June Jackson had written "Oh My Angel" and the Jackaels were the uncredited group that backed Tillman on this tremendously soulful tearjerker. There were two more 45s with the Jackaels :  "False Face" b/w "Ring Telephone" on Everest and "Time" b/w "Shy Guy" on Crescent. June Jackson will continue to record for Imperial, Bell and Musette in the 60s and 70s.

    Songs :

    J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

    A Lifetime From Today             That Look In Your Eye                   Oo-Ma-Liddi       

    Let The Show Begin             Port of Happiness 

    J. Jackson & The Jackals

    False Face                           Ring Telephone

    Hank Blackman & The Killers

    Everyone Has Someone                             Itchy Koo             

    Bertha Tillman bb J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

    Oh My Angel                                 Lovin' Time

    J.J. Jackson bb The Jackaels




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