The El Domingos (1) (Elmont N.Y.)
Ernie Edgerson (Lead & First Tenor)
Roland Pickney (Lead & First Tenor)
Ted Dralus (Lead & Second Tenor)
Don Bencivegna (Baritone)
Sherman Walker (Bass)
1962 - Lucky Me, I'm In Love / Made In Heaven (Chelsea 1009/Candelite 418)
The El Domingos were from Elmont N.Y., Graduated Sewanhaka H.S. in Floral Park N.Y. on Long Island. Originally know as the Spin-Tones, The group was discovered by Bert Salmirs and Wally Zober, Producers, songwriters and owners of Chelsea Records.The group consisted of bass Sherman Walker, baritone Don Bencivegna, Lead & first tenor Ernie Edgerson, Lead & second tenor Ted Dralus and Lead & first tenor Roland Pickney.
In October 1958 the El Domingos recorded in N.Y.C. "Lucky Me, I'm In Love" and "Made In Heaven", Both written by Bert Salmirs and Wally Zober. The single was not released until 1962 on the Chelsea Label. The Single was re-issued on Candelite 418 a few years later. The Group Broke up in 1960 when Ted Dralus & Don Bencivegna enlisted in the service.
Lucky Me, I'm In Love Made In Heaven
The Tremaines (New York)
Toney Hughes (lead)
Julius Williams (Bass)
1958 - Jingle, Jingle / Moon Shining Bright (Val 100/101 / Cash 100/101 / Old Town 1051)
The Tremaines were a vocal group from New York with Toney Hughes on lead and Julius Williams on Bass. The group recorded "Jingle Jingle" and "Moon Shining Bright" for Cash records. VAL Records bought the rights to Cash which produced the single.
In 1958, Old Town Records released the master purchased from Val Records "Jingle Jingle" and "Moon Shining Bright" under their name. But for some reason they reissued it in June, with the Tremaines renamed the "Packards." This has led many over the years to believe that there's a link between the "Ding Dong" Packards and the "Jingle Jingle" Tremaines. There isn't. The group will record nothing more and Julius Williams will join the Camelots in 1963.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
Moon Shining Bright Jingle, Jingle
Moon Shining Bright (Cash unreleased version)
The Personalities (Bronx, New-York)
Ralph Molina (Lead)
Larry Gilbert (First Tenor)
Billy Johnson (Second Tenor)
Bobby Schneider (Baritone)
Arthur Slaughter (Bass)
1957 - Woe Woe Baby / Yours To Command (Safari 1002)
1957 - Little Girl I Want You (Safari)
This group Started in the Morrisania section of the Bronx in New York in 1954. They would get together in the basement of the apartment house in which Arthur Slaughter lived, imitating the groups with the popular songs of the day. While Slaughter was at Morris High School in 1957, he started cutting classes and handing out in the halls in order to sing harmony. He Began assembling a vocal group. When finally structured, the group members were all fifteen years old except the lead - twelve Year old Ralph Molina - And they integrated as well.
They performed at school functions and other benefits until they felt ready to seek out a recording deal. In 1959, they called on Old Town Records, where they were redirected to the offices of Safari Records. Safari management liked them and their high tenor lead songs but told them to go home and write some original tunes and then return. They did just that and returned weeks later for a recording session at Bell Sound. For "Woe Woe Baby" and "Yours To Command", the Safari Label showed "The Personalities-Featuring Ralph Molina", deciding to spotlight the Lead Singer. They received no payment for the session, no royalties, and nothing for live appearances. Yet Safari management stated that the tune did well. This was a relatively later group from the Morrisania section of the Bronx.
Mitch Rosalsky "Encyclopedia of Rhythm and Blues and Doo-Wop Vocal Groups"
Woe Woe Baby Yours To Command Little Girl I Want You
The Infascinations (Staten Island, New York)
David Mapp “Frenchman“ (Lead)
BoJack Lovett (Bass)
Earl Allen (First Tenor)
Richard Hyter (Second Tenor)
Joe Smith (Baritone)
1961 - One Chance / I’m So In Love (Clauwell 003/004)
All the group members hailed from Staten Island, New York. They used to practice in a house on Richmond Terrace and cut their only record in Port Richmond released by Clauwell Records.
The Infascinations consisted of David Mapp “Frenchman“ (Lead), BoJack Lovett (Bass), Earl Allen (First Tenor), Richard Hyter (Second Tenor) and Joe Smith (Baritone).
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
I’m So In Love One Chance