• The Hitmakers (1)
    Val Poliuto & Bobby Adams


    The Hitmakers (1) (Los Angeles, Ca.)

    Personnel :

    Rodney Gooden 5Lead)

    Bobby Adams (Bass)

    Val Poliuto (First Tenor)

    Don … (Second Tenor)

    Duke … (Baritone)

    Discography :

    1958 - Chapel Of Love / Cool School (Original Sound 1)

    Biography :

    Also in 1958, responding to the need to make extra money, Bobby Adams who have left The calvanes after their last single on Dootone  joined a newly formed Group, called the "Hitmakers". The group also consisted of Val Poliuto, 1st tenor, of the "Jaguars," Rodney Gooden, with two other singers. Original Sound Released "Chapel Of Love" b/w "Cool School" by the group in the summer 1958. Original Sound is a Los Angeles, California-based record label. It was founded in the early 1950s by KPOP deejay Art Laboe. It began as a small label that specialized in compiling and re-releasing "oldies" R&B and rock 'n' roll songs.

    The Hitmakers (1)    The Hitmakers (1)
    Art Laboe                                                                                                                                            

    "Chapel of Love" was recorded and became a hit song on the west coast, which was led by Rodney Gooden. Bobby Adams sang the non-lyrical chant at the beginning and. ending of "Chapel." Adams was also the bass singer during the middle of the song. The flip side was "Cool School" . After a few "gigs" the racially integrated "Hitmakers" went their separate ways.

    Songs :

    Chapel Of Love                                 Cool School

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  • Little Sammy & The Tones (4)  aka The Guys (1)
    (The Tones)  L to R : Kenny Cubicotti, Larry D'Angelo, Billy Hebert and Jimmy Avachini.

    Little Sammy & The Tones (4) (Philadelphia)
    aka Little Sammy Rozzi & The Guys (1)

    Personnel :

    Sammy Rozzi (Lead)

    Kenny Cubicotti

    Larry D'Angelo

    Billy Hebert

    Jimmy Avachini


    Discography :

    Little Sammy & The Tones (4)
    1962 - Christine / Over The Rainbow (Jaclyn 1161)

    Little Sammy Rozzi & The Guys (1)
    1963 - Christine / Over The Rainbow ( (Pelham 722)


    Biography :

    Vocal group from from 13th and Wharton in Philadelphia consisted by Kenny Cubicotti, Larry D'Angelo, Billy Hebert and Jimmy Avachini. At that time they just caled the "Tones".Larry D'Angelo went to school with Frank Pescatore, stage name (Dean Randolph) for 12 years. it was Frank who suggested to the group to make a new version of "Over The Rainbow". Kenny Cubicotti wrote the song "Christine" and Frank showed them the different parts and harmony to the song.

    Little Sammy & The Tones (4)  aka The Guys (1)     Little Sammy & The Tones (4)  aka The Guys (1)
                              Dean Randolph                                                                                                                            

    Unfortunately, Larry D'Angelo was drafted into the army  before the Tones entered the studio to record the two songs. Sammy Rozzi replaced Larry. The Group recorded the two songs into the A.M.S. Recording Studio at 17th & Jackson in South Philadelphia and the single was released by Jaclyn in 1962. Shortly after the release of the single, the Tones broke up. It was minor hit in the Delaware Valley, getting plenty of action, especially on pop stations like WIBG. In 1963, Pelham Records reissued the single as by Little Sammy Rozzi & The Guys.

    Songs :

           Christine                                         Over The Rainbow




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  • Rochell & The Candles (1)
    Mel Sasso, Rochell Henderson, Johnny Wyatt and T.C. Henderson


    Rochell & The Candles (1) (Los Angeles, California)
     (By Hans-Joachim)



    Rochell Henderson (Lead & Tenor)

    Johnny Wyatt (Lead & First Tenor)

    Mel Sasso (Tenor)

    T.C. Henderson (Bass)



    Rochell & The Candles (1)
    1960 - Once Upon A Time / When My Baby Is Gone (Swingin' 623)
    1961 - Hey, Pretty Baby / So Far Away (Swingin' 634)
    1962 - Beg Of My Heart / Squat With Me Baby (Swingin' 640)
    1962 - Each Night / Turn Her Down (Challenge 9158)
    1963 - Big Boy Pete / A Long Time Ago (Swingin' 652)
    1963 - Let's Run Away And Get Married / Annie's Not An Orphan Anymore (Challenge 9191)

    Johnny Wyatt (& Group)

    1963 - One Night With You / Goodnight (Swingin' 643)



    The curiously named Rochell and the Candles were an all-male black vocal group, formed in 1958 in Los Angeles, by Rochell Henderson (lead and tenor), Johnny Wyatt (lead and first tenor), Mel Sasso (tenor) and T.C. Henderson (bass). The two Hendersons were not related, but both came originally from Louisiana. Wyatt was a Texan and only Sasso was an L.A. kid. The foursome played clubs until they had enough original material to record.

    Rochell & The Candles (1)

    Four tracks were recorded in the backyard studio of Ted Brinson (a professional bass player who can be heard on most of Larry Williams's early Specialty recordings) in Watts, where at least two major 1950s hits had been recorded, "Earth Angel" by the Penguins and "Western Movies" by the Olympics. The group took their demos to Hunter Hancock of KGFJ, then one of the hottest R&B deejays in L.A. Hancock had started his own label, Swingin' Records in 1959 and scored a hit with "There Is Something On Your Mind" by Big Jay McNeely. 

    Rochell & The Candles (1)   Rochell & The Candles (1)

    Hancock tested out their song "Once Upon A Time" on his show by playing their acetate and the studio phones started ringing immediately. Released in October 1960 on Swingin' 623, "Once Upon A Time" slipped into Billboard's Hot 100 in February 1961, eventually reaching # 26. The feminine sounding lead on this doowop number was by Johnny Wyatt. The record was not in keeping with the group's image : not only was Rochell not the lead, "Rochell" wasn't even a girl. The group got plenty of work out of their hit, but when both follow-ups flopped, the group switched to the Challenge label in 1962.

    Rochell Henderson                                                                                   Johnny Wyatt

    On "Every Night" they were backed by the Champs, but this ballad didn't sell either, in spite of a good Billboard review. Their best record came in 1963, but it never stood a chance, as it was not even the A-side. "Annie's Not An Orphan Anymore" (Challenge 9191, written by Dave Burgess of the Champs) was a mid-tempo rocker that confounded its 1963 release date by harking back to an earlier era, with a "fat" sax sound. It was co-produced by Gary Usher and Mike Borchetta.

    T.C. Henderson, Rochell Henderson, Johnny Wyatt,                                                                               Johnny Wyatt

    The A-side was what you could call a proto-funk recording, "Let's Run Away And Get Married", that crashed on takeoff. Four older cuts were released in 1963 on two singles, including an odd arrangement of "Big Boy Pete", before the Candles were snuffed out. Johnny Wyatt went on to record as a solo vocalist and had releases on Challenge, Magnum and Bronco. Jay Warner writes in his otherwise excellent Billboard book of American singing groups (1992) that he was the leader of the soul group Johnny and the Expresions, but that was Johnny Matthews. Johnny Wyatt died in December 1983 at the age of 45. Rochell and the Candles were a typical one-hit wonder group with an atypical image. 
    Dik (Black Cat Rockabilly Europe)
    http://www.doowopy.de/old/02page/C/eCandles.html - http://www.soulfulkindamusic.net/jwyatt.htm




    Songs :

    Rochell & The Candles (1)

    Once Upon A Time                  Beg Of My Heart               When My Baby Is Gone

    A Long Time Ago                     So Far Away                    Hey, Pretty Baby

    One Night With You                    Each Night                     Big Boy Pete

    Lets Run Away And Get Married            Annie's Not An Orphan Anymore               Squat With Me Baby



    Johnny Wyatt (& Group)

    One Night With You                      Goodnight







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  • The Enchantments (5)
    The Enchantments (1960)

    The Enchantments (5) (Queens, N.Y.)

    Personnel :

    Tom DeSantis

    Joey Ciarnelli

    Discography :

    Single :
    1960 - ??? (Variety Records)
    1960 - ??? (Liberty Records)
    1979 - I Could Never Love Another / Good Old Acappella (Rogue 1001)

    Lp :
    1979 - The Enchantments Present Acappella (Rogue 1000)

    The Enchantments (5)


    Biography :

    Tom DeSantis was born and raised on Doowop in Queens, N.Y.  Tommy started singing in the subways and hallways in 1958 with a group of local kids called The Velveteens composed by  Tommy DeSantis (Baritone), John Colwell (First Tenor), Ray Sharpe (Lead) and Jerry Garramone (Second Tenor). In late 1959 Tommy left the group to start a new group called The Enchantments recording for Variety, and Liberty records in the early 60's. Unfortunately, impossible to find these singles, maybe that they have never been released. After a short breakup of the original Enchantments they reformed in 1970.  The group performed, and toured throughout the 1970's until Tommy moved to S.W. Fla in 1979.

    The Enchantments (5)    The Enchantments (5)
    The Velveteens (1959)                                                                        The Enchantments (1969)            

    With Sal Cangialosi (Lead), John Mannino (First Tenor), Moe Ferrari (Second Tenor), Tom de Santis (Baritone) and Frank Amico (Bass), The New Enchatments recorded two songs on the Rogue record label "I Could Never Love Another" b/w "Good Old Acappella" and a LP "The Enchantments Present Acappella". In 1984 the birth of a group known as 'City Streets' occurred after two years and a few member changes the group name became 'The Uptown Express'.


    Songs :

    Good Old Acappella


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    The Diadems  aka The Torches aka The Rhythm Rascals

    The Diadems (Pittsburgh, Pa)
    aka The Torches aka The Rhythm Rascals


    Personnel :

    Cleveland "Butch" Martin (Lead)

    Earl Thompson (First Tenor)

    Robert Thompson (Second Tenor)

    Jerry Hill (Baritone)

    Jimmy Mitchell (Bass)


    Discography :

    The Diadems
    1961 - What More Is There To Say / Ala Vevo (LaVere 187)
    1963 - Why Don't You Believe Me? / Yes I Love You Baby  (Star  514)
    1964 -  I'll Do Anything / Goodnight Irene (Goldie  715)

    Jerry Hilton & The Diadems
    1964 - Dancing On Moonbeams / My Little Darling (Goodie 207)

    The Torches
    1965 - Darn Your Love / No I Won't (Ring-O 302)

    The Rhythm Rascals
    1965 - Why Do You Have To Go / Girl By My Side (Sonic 117)

    Biography :

    The Diadems got together as a gang of ten Homewood pre-teens in 1953, organized by Cleveland "Butch" Martin (who was blind, though it never hindered his ability to sing or write a song) and Earl Thompson. They called themselves the E l Moroccos.In 1956, the core of the act formed up. Martin was the lead, and was backed by Earl Thompson (first tenor), Jerry Hill (baritone), Alvin Allsberry, Gerald Johnson and Arlene Gore. Allsberry and Johnson left in 1958, and Gore in 1959. They were replaced in the lineup by bass Jimmy Mitchell and Earl's brother Robert, a second tenor that was singing with the LaRells. The revamped group renamed themselves the Countdowns.

    They didn't find any angel to back them in Pittsburgh as far as a recording deal went, so they motored to the Big Apple  in 1960 and met up with Teacho Wiltshire, of the Tin Pan Alley label. They did a demo of a Top Notes song called "Shake It Up Baby," and Wiltshire wanted them to stay in NYC to record it. But the boys were grown up now, and headed back to Pittsburgh, where their girls were.

    Can't beat that home cookin'! They became the Diadems, and recorded "What More Is There To Say" b/w "Ala Vevo" in 1961 on LaVerve #187. Wiltshire didn't forget about them. He called and asked them to come back to New York to cover "Shake It Up Baby," but they were under contract to LaVerve and passed. The Isley Brothers didn't; they recorded the tune as "Twist And Shout." They were that close.

    The Diadems  aka The Torches aka The Rhythm Rascals    The Diadems  aka The Torches aka The Rhythm Rascals

    The following year, they signed on with Joe Averbach's Fee Bee label, and released some wax for his affiliates. "Why Don't You Believe Me?" b/w "Yes I Love You Baby," (Star #514), written by the group, was released in 1963, and "Dancing On Moonbeams" b/w "My Little Darling," was issued on Goodie #207 in 1964, with Jerry Hilton on lead.The Diadems quickly followed with the doo-wop Martin-Thompson song "I'll Do Anything" b/w "Goodnight Irene" (Goldie #715) the same year. Buddy Sharpe and the Shakers, local rockabilly legends, provided the musical track behind them. That was the last hurrah for the Diadems. Jimmy Mitchell took ill, and the group disbanded for a bit. They came back as the Torches in 1965, and became the Rhythm Rascals in 1966,



    Songs :

    The Diadems

    What More Is There To Say               Why Don't You Believe Me

    I'll Do Anything                      Yes I Love You Baby

    Goodnight Irene                                    Ala Vevo


    Jerry Hilton & The Diadems

    My Little Darling                                 Dancing On Moonbeams 


    The Torches

    Darn Your Love                               No I Won't


    The Rhythm Rascals

    Why Do You Have                      To GoGirl By My Side



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