• The Marquees (3)  

    The Marquees (3) (Los Angeles)

    Personnel :

    George Bonney

    Brink ?

    Herbert ?

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1959 - Who Will Be The First One / Love Machine (Warner Bros 5072)
    1959 - Christmas In The Congo / Santa Done Got Hip (Warner Bros 5127)
    1960 - Until The Day I Die / Don't Be Mean, Geraldine (Warner Bros 5139)

    Unreleased :
    1960 - Somebody Cares For You (Warner Bros)
    1960 - Yardbird Sam (Warner Bros)

    Biography :

    The Marquees were one of several singing groups represented by Bob Sherman and Music World Corporation in the late 1950s. The Group recorded many songs , most of which will be written by Bob & Richard Sherman. Three singles were released by Warner Bros between 1959 and 1960. The names of the band members are still uncertain, some names appear here and there, but not confirmed.

    The Marquees (3)   The Marquees (3)

    Robert Bernard (Bob) Sherman was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman. The Sherman Brothers were responsible for more motion picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history. Some of the Sherman Brothers' best known songs were incorporated into live action and animation musical films including: Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose, and Charlotte's Web

    Songs :

    Who Will Be The First One / Love Machine

    Christmas In The Congo                       Until The Day I Die     

    Don't Be Mean, Geraldine                        Santa Done Got Hip      


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  • The Cubs

    The Cubs (Brooklyn, New York)

    Personnel :

    Lee Witherspoon

    Beni Israel

    David Makonnen

    Tafari Makonnen

    Discography :

    Single :
    1956 - Why Did You Make Me Cry / I Hear Wedding Bells (Savoy 1502) 

    1956 - What Is The Proper Age (Savoy)
    1956 - Do You Know (Savoy)

    Biography :

    Savoy Records is an American record company and label established by Herman Lubinsky in 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. Savoy specialized in jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel music. In September 1956, Herman Lubinsky announced the signing of a new group of teenagers from the Brooklyn, The Cubs. The group consists of  Lee Witherspoon, Beni Israel, David Makonnen and Tafari Makonnen recorded four song in New York; "Why Did You Make Me Cry", "I Hear Wedding Bells", "What Is The Proper Age" and "Do You Know".

    The Cubs    The Cubs
    Herman Lubinsky                                                                                                               

    The first two titles will be released on Savoy # 1502. "I Hear Wedding Bells" by The group is a Masterpiece with a spoken bridge that combines diffidence and sincerity Quite a Trick. The Cubs have the classic kiddie lead voice ala the Schoolboys, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.

    Songs :

          I Hear Wedding Bells                   Why Did You Make Me Cry  


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  • The Scale-Tones
    Cleveland Still & James "Jake" Miller

    The Scale-Tones (New York)

    ref  The Dubs
    ref  The Five Wings (1)
    ref  The Marvels (1)

    Personnel :

    Cleveland Still (Lead/Tenor)

    Don Archer (Lead/Baritone)

    James Montgomery (Tenor)

    James "Jake" Miller (Baritone)

    Thomas Gardner (Bass)

    Discography :

    Single :
    1956 - Dreamin' And Dreamin' / Everlasting Love (Jay-Dee 810)

    Unreleased :
    1956 - Working For My Baby (Jay-Dee)
    1956 - Easy Baby (Jay-Dee)

    Biography :

    The Dubs formed from the merging of two short-lived vocal groups in Harlem, New York, The Five Wings and The Scale-Tones. The Five Wings (originally "The 5 Stars") were an up-and-coming group with members Jackie Rue (lead, later of Jackie and the Starlites), Frank Edwards (tenor), Billy Carlisle (second tenor), Melvin Flood (baritone), and Tommy Grate (bass). They recorded for King Records in 1955, but when they were unable to find success, the group began to splinter. Rue, Flood, and Edwards left, Kenny "Butch" Hamilton joined, and, shortly afterwards, Carlisle's cousin Richard Blandon was in following his discharge from the United States Air Force.

    The Scale-Tones     The Scale-Tones

    Meanwhile, The Scale-Tones had been formed by James "Jake" Miller and Thomas Gardner, who had added Cleveland Still (lead), James Montgomery, and Don Archer. They made one record on the Jay-Dee label in early 1956. After some prompting by Blandon when he showed up at a Scale-Tones' rehearsal, a new group emerged. This included Blandon and Carlisle from the Five Wings, and Still, Miller and Gardner from the Scale-Tones. The Five Wings' manager, Buddy Johnson's brother Hiram, offered to manage the new group. As The Marvels, they recorded an unsuccessful single, "I Won't Have You Breaking My Heart", for ABC-Paramount. The group then renamed themselves The Dubs, and released Blandon's song "Don't Ask Me To Be Lonely" on the Johnson label set up by their manager.


    Songs :

    Dreamin' And Dreamin'                        Everlasting Love       

          Easy Baby                             Working For My Baby




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  •  The Highlights (1)

    The Highlights (1) (Chicago)

    Personnel :

    Frank Pizani (Lead)

    Frank Calzaretta

    Tony Calzaretta

    Bill Melshimer

    Jerry Oleski

    Discography :

    Frank Devon
    1955 - Cry Baby / Tic Toc Melody (George Rank And Orchestr) (Klick 1602)

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    1956 - City Of Angels / Listen, My Love (Bally 1016)
    1957 - To Be With You / Will I Ever Know? (Bally 1027)
    1958 - Indiana Style / Turn Around Shoes (Bally 1044)

    Frank Pizani
    1957 - Angry / Every Time (Bally 1040)
    1958 - Lisa The Tower Of Pisa / You're Breaking My Heart (Carlton 476)
    1959 - Play A Slow One / So Goes My Love (Warwick 518)

    Frank Pizani bb Harvey & The Moonglows (Uncredited)
    1959 - Wanna Dance / It's No Fun (Afton 616)
    1959 - Steady Cha Cha / The Stars Will Remember (Afton 617)

    Frank Pisani
    1959 - I Volunteer / If You Should Ever ( Argyle 1001)

    Tony Calzaretta
    1963 - Our Wedding Day / Tear Drops On My Pillow (Mal 1001)

    Biography :

    Born and raised in “The Patch” on Chicago’s Near Northwest Side, Frank Pizani graduated from Holy Rosary Grade School, St. Mel High School and DePaul University. His big break came in the mid- 1950s while he was working as an usher at WGN-TV for “Bandstand Matinee,” the No. 1 show for teens at the time. Frank would settle the audience down before the show by singing the current hits. One day, the audience convinced the show’s host, Jim Lounsbury, to let Frank sing live on television. He caught the eye of the show’s producer, who paved the way for Frank’s first record, “Cry Baby, Cry” under the name of Frank Devon.

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    In 1956 Frank joined Frank Calzaretta, Tony Calzaretta, Jerry Oleski and Bill Melshimer, The Highlights were born. The Highlights were catapulted to national fame when they won the “Arthur Godfrey Talent Show” . The group's first recording was of a song called "Jingle-lo", which they took to the local Bally Records. Bally Records was an independent record label formed in Chicago in December, 1955. It was active during 1956 and 1957. It was a subsidiary of Bally Manufacturing Company and was headquartered at 203 N. Wabash Avenue in Chicago. The label liked the group but not the song "Jingle-lo" , and gave them one called "City Of Angels" instead .

     The Highlights (1)     The Highlights (1)

    "City of Angels" [Bally 1016] reached #5 in Chicago and #19 nationally after its release in September, 1956, resulting in personal appearances and TV guest spots. In February The Highlights' followup single, "To Be With You" [Bally 1027], which reached #16 locally and #84 nationally.  There's no telling what could have happened to them, where it not for the petty jealousies of the other four boys, whom Frank brought together for the group. They went behind Frank's back and bought the rights to name "The Highlights", and then said to him: "We own the name now, so if you wanna keep being the star of this group, you're gonna have to work for us".

         The Highlights (1)      The Highlights (1)
    The Highlights  without Frank Pizani                                                                      Frank Pizani           

    There was no way he could accept this proposition, so he quit. The four other Highlights, without Frank fizzled like stale soda water, while Frankie couldn't get any work, because he was not allowed to bill himself as "formerly of the Highlights". About a decade later, another Chicago group wanted to call themselves The Highlights, but upon finding out that name was already taken, changed their names to the Chi-Lites, and the rest is history. In 1958, The Highlighs recorded "Indiana Style" & "Turn Around Shoes [Bally 1044] and broke up, Tony Calzaretta will record a single under his own name in 1963. Frank Pizani starts a solo career with "Angry" & "Every Time" [Bally 1040]. Frank Pizani made #14 locally and #70 nationally with "Angry". In 1958 {August 21st} Frank Pizani performed "Angry" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'.

     The Highlights (1)
       The Highlights  without Frank Pizani 

     In 1958, Frank recorded four songs for a new label, Afton Records. He recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. Leonard Chess helped Frank produce the session and Harvey and the Moonglows get credit for the arrangement and a great vocal background on "Wanna Dance" b/w "It's No Fun" (Afton 616) and "Steady Cha Cha "b/w "The Stars Will Remember" (Afton 617).

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Highlights (1)

    To Be With You                             City Of Angels

    Listen, My Love                            Will I Ever Know?

    Indiana Style / Turn Around Shoes


    Frank Pizani

     Angry / Every Time                      Lisa The Tower Of Pisa

    You're Breaking My Heart

    Frank Pizani bb Harvey & The Moonglows

       Steady Cha Cha                         The Stars Will Remember

     It's No Fun                                      Wanna Dance

    Tony Calzaretta

    Our Wedding Day


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  • The Magnets (1)
    The Magnets (1) (Canton, Ohio)



    Vincent DeMaria (Lead)

    Charles Errante (Baritone)

    Charles DiBella (Bass)

    Sal Grippi (Second Tenor)

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1958 - When The School Belll Rings / Don't Tarry Little Mary (RCA 7391)
    1965 - You Just Say The Word / Surprise (Groove 0058)

    Unreleased :
    196...- I Love Her (RCA)

    Biography :

    Vocal group whose lead singer Vincent DeMaria and some other members come from Canton, Ohio. The Magnets consisted of Vincent DeMaria (Lead), Charles Errante (Baritone), Charles DiBella (Bass, later with the Five Discs), Sal Grippi (Second Tenor) and unfortunately the name of the first tenor has been forgotten. The Magnets were managed by Stephen Guido and Kenneth Weber who gets them a recording contract at RCA Records, subsidiary of RCA, created in 1929 by General Electric, RCA Records is the result of the acquisition of record labels Victor and Bluebird. In 1958, RCA released "When The School Belll Rings" and "Don't Tarry Little Mary".

    The Magnets (1)

    Seven years later, subsidiary RCA label Groove Records released two more sides of The Magnets. Groove Records was founded by Billboard reporter Bob Rolontz in 1953 as a rhythm and blues label. The label tried hard to break into the R&B market. Two sides written by manager's Stephen Guido and Kenneth Weber. "You Just Say The Word" and "Surprise" were probably recorded in the early 1960s.


    Songs :

    When The School Bell Rings                   Don't Tarry Little Mary       

    You Just Say The Word                            Surprise           

    I Love Her


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