• The Jades (3) [Toronto, Canada]




    Personnel :

    Joseph Henry (Lead)

    Paul Gendron

    Less Chomolock

    Danny Kussel




    Discography :

    1958 - Beverly / I’m Pretending (Reo 8254/Dot 15822)
    1958 – I Sit Alone / I Wonder (Reo 8314)



    Biography :

    Vocal group formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1958 and composed by Joseph Henry (Lead), Paul Gendron, Less Chomolock and Danny Kussel. In early 1958, The Jades recorded "Beverly" b/w "I’m Pretending" released by Reo records and later by Dot in America. "Beverly" Reached # 1 on Toronto radio station CHUM during the summer of 1958.

    The Jades (3)

    Joseph Henry stepped down as lead singer after Beverly was released and his brother Frank Henry sang lead on their second and last release also from 1958 titled "I Sit Alone" b/w "I Wonder" on Reo 8314, there was no American release of the single.




    Songs :


      
        Beverly                                        I’m Pretending

      
    I Sit Alone                                           I Wonder     




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  • The Reveres

    The Reveres (Jersey City, N.J.)



    Personnel :

    Paul Horowitz

    Jimmy Spinelli

    Jerry Wlzack

    Steve Engelson

    Joe Equino




    Discography :

    1963 - Beyond The Sea / The Show Must Go On (Jubilee 5463)




    Biography :

    Vocal group from Jersey City composed by Jimmy Spinelli, Jerry Wlzack, Paul Horowitz, Steve Engelson and Joe Equino. In 1963, The Reveres recorded a version of "Beyond The Sea" b/w "The Show Must Go On" on Jubilee Records.

    The Reveres    The Reveres

    Jimmy Spinelli also sang with the group's The Impala's 1972 to 1975, Vito and The Salutations.1975 to 1989 and he joined the Duprees in 1989.



    Songs :


    Beyond The Sea / The Show Must Go On







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  • The Strangers (2)
     

    The Strangers (2) (San Francisco, Calif.)



    Personnel :

    Richard Cabrera




    Discography :

    1959 - We’re In Love, We’re In Love… / Crab Louie  (Christy 107)
    1959 - A Song About J-U-D-Y / The Lord Will Always Love You (Christy 108)

    The Strangers (2)
    French Ep's

     


    Biography :

    Vocal group from SF Bay Area group that had 2 45s out on the Christy label. Christy was owned by by band leader Joe Jaros & Peter Uharriet at 15520 El Gato Lane, Los Gatos.

    The Strangers (2)

    The Strangers recorded cut "We’re In Love, We’re In Love…" b/w "Crab Louie" and "A Song About J-U-D-Y" b/w "The Lord Will Always Love You". "Crab Louie" was a regional hit.  The two 45 was reissued in France as a part of a 4-song 7″ record on the America Records label.

    The Strangers (2)

     

     





    Songs :

      
           A Song About J-U-D-Y             We’re In Love, We’re In Love


      
             Crab Louie                                   Crab Louie (Take 5)

      
    Crab Louie (False start alternate take)        We’re In Love (master tapes)      

     

     

     

     

     


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  • The Gothics (1) aka The Gothic’s
    Stephanie & The Gothic’s


    The Gothics (1) (Queens, N.Y.)
    aka The Gothic’s



    Personnel :

    Mike Franco (Lead)

    Stephanie Adessa (Lead)

    Nicholas Santelli (Bass)



    Discography :

    The Gothics (1)
    1959 - Marilyn / Sunday Kind Of Love (Dynamic 101)

    The Gothic’s
    1961 - My Dream / Love You Too Much (Carol 4115)

    Unreleased :
    1960 - Poor Billy
    1960 - Lucky Old Sun
    1961 - Valley Of Tears (Carol)
    1961 - Raid Sails In The Sunset (Carol)
    1961 - The ABC’s Of Love

    Stephanie & The Gothic’s
    1961 - Oh Happy Day / I’ll String Along With You (Shelley 126)

    Mike Franco
    1962 - Humma-Humma-Hummin' Bird / Leave My Past Behind (Duel 519)




    Biography :

    The Gothics (with or without the apostrophe) led by Mike Franco were a white group produced by Bayside, Queens, New York record entrepreneur Jerry Love. Jerry owned a record store in Bayside, and Produced/managed a number of vocal groups. His first group were the Boulevards, local boys with Frankie Zazzo, Lou Adessa, Jim Alessandria, Bobby Thomas and Ralph Lasher. Remaining in chronological sequence, Jerry's next group was the Gothics who hailed from the Whitestone section of Queens. The Gothics had two releases, ”Marilyn” b/w ”Sunday Kind of Love” on Dynamic and ”Love You Too Much” b/w ”My Dream” On Carol.

    The Gothics (1) aka The Gothic’s    The Gothics (1) aka The Gothic’s

    In 1961, On Shelley Records, Jerry Love produced, “Oh Happy Day” by Stephanie and the Gothics , it was a new version of the left-field Don Howard hit from 1952. The Gothic's was led by Stephanie Adessa, from Bayside, Queens. Their plaintive style at the turn of 1961 was reminiscent of fellow Long Islanders the Aquatones and also the then-hit sound of Kathy Young and the Innocents, and Rosie and the Originals.


     



    Songs :

    The Gothics (1)

      
              Marilyn                                    Sunday Kind Of Love


    The Gothic’s

      
          My Dream                                  Love You Too Much

      
         Valley Of Tears                            Raid Sails In The Sunset


    Stephanie & The Gothic’s


    Oh Happy Day


    Mike Franco

      
         Leave My Past Behind                   Humma-Humma-Hummin' Bird





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  • The Resolutions
    Billy Vera

    The Resolutions  (Wetchester, New York)



    Personnel :

    Billy Vera (Lead / Falsetto / Bass)



    Discography :

    1962 - January First 1962 / The Traveling Salesman (Valentine 1000)




    Biography :


    Billy Vera (born William Patrick McCord;[1] May 28, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, author and music historian. He has been a singer and songwriter since the 1960s, his most successful record being "At This Moment", a US number 1 hit in 1987. Vera was born in Riverside, California, and is the son of the radio and television announcer Bill McCord. His mother, singer Ann Ryan, was a member of the Ray Charles Singers backing Perry Como on his TV show and his hit records. His first recording was “January 1st, 1962” which came out on Billy Mure’s Valentine label. Under the direction of Jim Gribble associate, Stan Vincent, Billy sang lead, backed by a couple of Gribble’s singers. Billy also overdubbed the bass and falsetto parts. The group was dubbed the Resolutions, but of course, there never was an actual “Resolutions” group.

    The Resolutions   The Resolutions
    Stan Vincent                                                                                                              

    Billy’s second record was “My Heart Cries,” an interpretation of the Etta & Harvey record backed with “All My Love,” a Billy Vera composition. The record came out on the Rust label in 1962 as by Billy Vera and the Contrasts. The Contrasts were actually Billy’s band, the Knight-Riders who were under contract to another label at the time.





    Songs :

       
        January First 1962                              The Traveling Salesman

     

     

     

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