• The Gardenias (1)
    Luther Ingram


    The Gardenias (1) (Alton, IL.) 



     


    Personnel :

    Luther Thomas Ingram (Lead)

    Archie Ingram

    Richard Ingram

    Connie Perry

    Lawrence Witherspoon





    Discography :

    Single:
    1956 - My Baby's Tops / Flaming Love (Federal 12284)

    Unreleased :
    1956 - (All Alone And) Miserable (Federal)
    1956 - You Found The Time (Federal)





    Biography :

    Born in Jackson, Tennessee on November 30, 1937 and raised in the southern Illinois town of Alton from age 10, Luther Ingram started out singing gospel in The Midwest Crusaders before veering into doo-wop with The Gardenias, which included his brothers Archie and Richard, Connie Perry and Lawrence Witherspoon. On September 13, 1956, the Gardenias went to the Federal Studios in Cincinnati to record four songs: "My Baby's Tops", "Flaming Love", "(All Alone And) Miserable", and "You Found The Time". All leads were handled by Luther and they were backed by Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm. Federal released only “My Baby’s Tops” b/w “ Flaming Love”.

    The Gardenias (1)    The Gardenias (1)

    There was nothing much happening with the Gardenias in 1957, They still occasionally appeared with Ike Turner, and even though they were still singing gospel as the Midwest Crusaders. Soon, the group simply fell apart. Luther moved to New York and became a songwriter working with producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. His first solo recording came on Decca records in 1965, “You Never Miss Your Water” b/w “Ain’t That Nice”. After a few more unsuccessful recordings, he moved on to the Koko label, an obscure subsidiary of Stax records, and re-launched his solo career.
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    Songs :

      
       My Baby's Tops                                 Flaming Love

      
    You Found The Time                     (All Alone And) Miserable


     

     

     

     



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  • The Wonders (5)

    The Wonders (5) (Akron,OH.)




    Personnel :

    Fred Kalail (Lead)

    Wade Haddad (Tenor)

    Ron Kalail (Baritone)

    Harvey Russell (Bass)




    Discography :

    The Wonders (5)
    1957 - Well Now / Cuttin' Out (Reserve 122)
    1959 - I'll Write A Book / Hey Senorita (Ember 1051)

    Harvey Russell
    1963 - Out of My Teens / Cuttin' Out (Vicki 638)




    Biography :

    Harvey Russell began writing songs upon returning to Akron in 1955 after serving in the Air Force. With Fred Kalail (Lead), Wade Haddad (Tenor) and Ron Kalail (Baritone), they formed a group called the Wonders. They wrote a song called Cuttin' Out and they took it to a radio station and they wanted to play it. In 1957, "Well Now" b/w "Cuttin' Out" was released on Reserve Records. The Wonders were more of a pop group in the style of the Four Lads or Crew Cuts. Yet they knew what was selling, so they waxed "I'll Write A Book" with a nice version of the penguins' classic "Hey Senorita" in the winter of 1959.

    The Wonders (5)     The Wonders (5)

    The Wonders toured throughout the south and east for four years, but, according to Wade Haddad, never totally adapted to Rock and roll. Several members evolved into another band, playing Arabic music for Akron's large Middle-eastern constituency. In the early 60s Harvey Russell continued to sing 'solo'. He had a local hit with "Out of My Teens" on the Vicki label. In 1964 Harvey Russell started his own record label, Janie, named for his wife. He recorded a record of his own, but also released records by the Decades and Pacers. By 1965 he had decided to start singing for the teenage set, so he partnered with the Rogues, an Akron band who were pretty popular in the teen clubs.




    Songs :


    The Wonders (5)

      
    Well Now                                             Cuttin' Out

      
    I'll Write A Book                              Hey Senorita





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  • (L to R) Cynthia Badie, Wanda Burt, Ernie, George Banks and Odell Alford


    The Crescendos (2)  (Berkeley, CA.)
    aka The Casual Crescendos
    aka The Creschendos





    Personnel :

    Wanda Burt (Lead)

    Cynthia Badie (Tenor)

    Ernie (Tenor)

    George Banks (Tenor/Baritone)

    Odell Alford (Bass)





    Discography :

    The Creschendos
    1960 - My Heart's Desire / Take My Heart (Music City 831)

    The Crescendos (2)
    1960 - My Heart's Desire / Take My Heart (Gone 5100)
    1960 - I Don't Mind / Teenage Prayer (Music City 839)

    Wanda Burt (bb The Crescendos)
    1961 - Scheming / Your True Love Is Standing By (not them) (Music City 840)
       
    The Casual Crescendos
    1963 - Wish That You Were Here / Uncle Ben's Concentrated Blueberry Jam (MRC 12001)






    Biography :

    In 1950, Ray Dobard decided to open a record shop, Berkeley’s Music City in Adeline Street, San Francisco. Not long after that, Ray founded his first record label Delcro Records. Three years later, with his latest business expanding his record store, now called Music City Record Store moved to new premises. Music City Record Store’s new premises were at 1815 Alcatraz Avenue. Behind the shop, there was an empty space. Ray decided to build a small studio. This meant he could record artists, release their music on his own label and sell them in Music City Record Store. In 1960, Dobard signed a quintet composed of two young women and three men. The group had began at Willard Junior High several years before, with tenor/baritone George Banks and Bass Odell Alford . At Berkeley high, a tenor named Ernie, beauty queen alto Cynthia Badie and sweet-voiced lead singer Wanda Burt gravitated to the group, who now called themselves the Crescendos.


    (L to R) George Banks, Cynthia Badie, Odell Alford, Wanda Burt and Ernie

    Wanda Burt, of all Music City Artists should have achieved a measure of stardom. Born Arkansas in 1942 and raised in Berkeley, she worked at Dobard’s store on the Weekends. One day she gave Dotard a Crescendos’demo. Dobard decided he wanted to record this group. Tough all the members sang lead during their live shows, Wanda became the only Crescendo voice on Music City-and no wonder. The Crescendos first release, "My Heart's Desire" in October 1960, in fact inspired Goldner to lease the record for another one of his labels, Gone. The song made some noise on the East Coast but never broke out. Impressed with Burt Potential, Dobard made a concession to the white mass market on the Crescendos’ next records, "Teenage Prayer" by adding violins. The added expense must have gnawed on him. One thing is certain : Those strings did more harm than good to the ballad, which was in the first place not as interesting as it flipside "I Don't Mind".

    The Crescendos (2) aka The Casual Crescendos aka The Creschendos   The Crescendos (2) aka The Casual Crescendos aka The Creschendos
    Wanda Burt (1961)                                                                                                                                         

    The Crescendos’ third release, "Scheming" must have disappointed the other members of the group, because their name was nowhere in sight. Instead Dobard put it out as the B-side "Your True Love Is Standing By", which Burt had cut with another group. and he featured Burt as solo on the label. Wanda Burt had also stepped out on her own as a live performer. In late 1961, she appeared on the bill at a huge concert at San Fransisco’ Cow Palace with Chubby Checker, Eugene Church and girl group the Marvelettes. Unfortunately, health and personal problems sidelined her before she could build any momentum, and bought her promising career to a premature close. The Crescendos replaced her with a sound alike, Anna Lois Jones, and recorded as The Casual Crescendos for the MRC label. Cynthia Badie left the group to go to College, and nowadays she’s the manager of a successful young pop group, The New edition.







    Songs :

    The Crescendos (2)

      
    My Heart's Desire                            Take My Heart


    Take My Heart / I Don't Mind

     

    Wanda Burt (bb The Crescendos)

      
                    Scheming                           Your True Love Is Standing By




    The Casual Crescendos


    Wish That You Were Here






     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Johnny & The Jokers (2)

    Johnny & The Jokers (2) (New York)





    Personnel :

    Johnny "Power" Del Pizzol  (Lead)

    Ralph

    Jimmy

    Pat (Baritone)






    Discography :

    Johnny & The Jokers (2)
    Singles :
    1959 - Do Re Mi Rock / Why Must It Be (Harvard 804)
    1962 - Where Did You My Baby Go /  I Know  (Beltone 2028)
    Unreleased :
    1961 - Learning About Love (Rome)
    1961 - Comic Book Romance (Rome)
    1961 - The Seven Teens (Rome)

    Bobby Bare & Johnny & The Jokers (2)
    1959 - I’m Hangin' Up My Rifle / That's Where I Want To Be (Fraternity 861)







    Biography :

    Trade Martin's career has covered so many eras of music -- as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and even occasionally as a recording artist -- that he's almost impossible to pin down as a musical figure. In the late '50s, in a partnership with Johnny Power (Del Pizzol), he began recording acts such as Johnny & the Jokers and released their work on the Harvard Records  "Do Re Mi Rock" and "Why Must It Be". Johnny & The Jokers consists of lead singer Johnny "Power" Del Pizzol along with Ralph, Jimmy & Pat. Trade Martin and Johnny Del Pizzol formed Rome Records in 1960. The group recorded some songs for Rome records, unfortunately none of these titles will be released

    Johnny & The Jokers (2)    Johnny & The Jokers (2)

    Rome only lasted until 1962, weighted down by its lack of reliable distribution, which prevented the company from succeeding despite signing such talent as the Earls (who went on to score their hits for Old Town Records), Del & the Escorts, and the Glens. Martin usually played all of the instrumental accompaniments for these groups, overdubbing the instruments one at a time. In 1962, "Where Did You My Baby Go" b/w  "I Know" by Johnny & The Jokers was released on Beltone Records,a King Records subsidiary. In 1963, following the demise of the Rome label, Martin left the partnership and recorded under his own name on Roulette and other labels through the end of the '60s, and even got an entire LP, Let Me Touch You, out on Buddah Records in 1972.






    Songs :

    Johnny & The Jokers (2)

      
    Do Re Mi Rock                               Why Must It Be

      
    Where Did You My Baby Go                         I Know            

      
    Learning About Love                  Comic Book Romance


    The Seven Teens


    Bobby Bare & Johnny & The Jokers (2)

      
    I’m Hangin' Up My Rifle                   That's Where I Want To Be






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  • The Villette Sisters
    Elaine, Regina & MGM recording director Ray Ellis

     

    The Villette Sisters (New York)




    Personnel :

    Elaine Villette

    Regina Villette




    Discography :

    1960 - I Gave Him Back His Ring / The Rainbow (MGM 12928)





    Biography :

    Following success with the great French Star, Maurice Chevalier, Arnold Maxin (MGM president) has now packed a stunning pair of Parisian Teen-agers known as Les Soeurs Villette, Elaine and Regina. Aged 17 and 15, the sisters were discovered backstage at a Paris night Club by publisher and artist manager George Weiner. Weiner found the pair accomplished as Spanish guitarists, jugglers, dancers and singer. The Villette Sisters make appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the spring of 1960.

    The Villette Sisters    The Villette Sisters
    The Villette Sisters with MGM recording director Ray Ellis (left) and manager George Weiner.                                                     

    George Weiner who manages them, brought the girls to the attention of Arnold Maxin who signed them to an MGM contract. The girls recorded pop songs “The Rainbow” and “I Gave Him Back His Ring.” The record was released in August 1960. It will be the only girls' single.





    Songs :


    The Rainbow





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