The Collegians (1) (Harlem, NY)
1957 - Let's Go For A Ride / Heavenly Night (X-Tra 108)
1958 - Zoom, Zoom, Zoom / On Your Merry Way (Winley 224)
1962 - Oh I Need Your Love / Tonite Oh Tonite (Winley 261)
Zoom Zoom Zoom / Oh I Need Your Love / Oh Tonight Tonight / Right Around the Corner / On Your Merry Way / Let's Go for a Ride / He Will Break Your Heart / Teenie Weenie Little Bit / Rockin' Time
The Collegians formed in the early 50s in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, NY. Group’s members were Roger Hayes, Harlan Jackson, Vernon Riley, Henry Brown, and William Tarkenton. They’re early recordings were issued on the X-Tra (1957) labels. They were eventually signed by record producer Paul Winley for his pioneering New York City label Winley Records. Winley Records was founded by Paul Winley in 1956 and went out of business in 1962, releasing some forty singles in between. This small, New York independent label released some doo-wop favorites from The Paragons and Jesters.
In 1958 the Collegians recorded they’re signature tune ”Zoom Zoom Zoom”, Winley #224, which Paul Winley co-wrote along with group members Jackson and Hayes. Other Collegians' charted hits include "Right Around The Corner," "The One You Love," "Hold Back the Night," and "Let's Go For a Ride." The Marcels later used the intro to "Zoom Zoom Zoom" as the intro to their 1961 smash hit "Blue Moon."
Let's Go For A Ride Heavenly Night
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom On Your Merry Way
Oh I Need Your Love Tonite Oh Tonite
Right Around the Corner Let's Go for a Ride
Teenie Weenie Little Bit Rockin' Time
(1957) L ro R: Johnny Woodson, John Jennings, Darrell Johnson, Jennell & Gaines Steele
The Kuf-Linx (Los Angeles)
aka Johnny Woodson & The Crescendos (4)
John Jennings (Lead Tenor)
Johnny Woodson (Tenor)
Gaines Steele (Tenor)
George "Biggy" McFadden (Bass)
Leo Z. Manley
1957 - So Tough / What'cha Gonna Do (Challenge 1013/59102)
1958 - Eyeballin' / Service With A Smile (Challenge 59004)
1958 - Climb Love's Mountain / All That's Good (Challenge 59015)
Johnny Woodson & The Crescendos (4)
1957 - Dreamer From My Heart / All That's Good (Spry 108)
The Kuf-Linx are not an easy group to follow. Nor is the song So Tough, especially since there were at least three different group that sang the song, and close spellings of the same group. The Kuf-Linx consisted of John Jennings (lead tenor), Johnny Woodson (tenor), Gaines Steele (tenor), George (Biggie) McFadden (bass), Leo Z. Manley, Darrell Johnson, and Gwen Johnson. Jennings and McFadden had been in the Jubalaires in the mid-40s. L.Z. Manley was a well-known gospel lead singer, who had been with the Heavenly Gospel Singers and the Stars Of Harmony.
Gaines Steele, younger brother of gospel great Silas Steele, sang with Detroit-area gospel groups and a West Coast Ink Spots group (with Clifford Givens); in the mid-60s, he was a member of the 4 Tunes. Gwen Johnson was a Los Angeles session backup singer. This basic group consisting of a whopping seven members, likely recording as John Woodson and the Crescendos on the Spry label. John Jennings was lead singer of the group. They signed to Challenge Records, a Los Angeles label, and recorded several songs including "So Tough" with backup band The Champs who recorded pop hit "Tequila" at the same recording session.
The Kuf-Linx version of "So Tough" was released soon after another version of the song was released by The Casuals (later renamed Original Casuals). The song versions duked it out on the charts. On March 17, 1958, Billboard listed "So Tough" as tied for Number 76 on "Top 100 Sides for Survey Week Ending March 8". The Kuf-Linx only recorded three records in two sessions for Challenge, They disbanded in 1958, and later some of the members went on to other bands.
Johnny Woodson & The Crescendos (4)
Dreamer From My Heart All That's Good
So Tough What'cha Gonna Do Eyeballin'
Service With A Smile Climb Love's Mountain All That's Good
Tommy Tucker & The Lullabyes (1) (Staten Island, NY)
Tommy Tucker (Lead)
Kenny Jones (Baritone)
Dennis Raney (First Tenor)
1961 - You Belong To Me / Do What You Did (Embassy 204)
1975 - Oh, Baby! (Don't Keep Chasing After Me) / That Lucky Old Sun (Kelway 111/112)
Tommy Tucker & The Lullabyes were all from Staten Island, New York (Tommy from South Beach and the other from Oakwood). They recorded "You Belong To Me" b/w "Do What You Did" in October 1960 at Allegro Sound Studios which was in 1650 Broadway in Manhattan. The recording was released in the late spring of 1961, but failed to get any promotion. Actually Tommy Tucker & The Lullabyes came out with this record just before the Duprees came out with their version. The Duprees version came out in 1962. It was a better production and became a big hit. Once the Duprees record came out, they never heard the Lullabyes’ version one played again. In 1975, Kelway Records from Staten Island released "Oh Baby ! Don't Keep Chasing After Me" b/w "That Lucky Old Sun" by Tommy Tucker & The Lullabyes, both song arranged by Tommy.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
You Belong To Me Do What You Did
Oh, Baby! / That Lucky Old Sun
The V Cashmeres (1961)
The Five (V) Cashmeres (Cleveland, Ohio)
Paul Pestello (Lead)
1962 - Walkin Through The Jungle / The Hitch Hiker (Golden Leaf 108)
vocal group from Cleveland fronted by Paul Pestello. The V Cashmeres recorded "Walkin Through The Jungle" b/w "The Hitch Hiker" released by Golden Leaf Records owned by Gerry Lee.
The V Cashmeres (1959)
The Hitch Hiker Walkin Through The Jungle
The Caravelles (1) (Detroit)
Harry Gates (lead)
1961 - Angry Angel / Pink Lips (Star Maker 1925)
Detroit vocal group with Harry Gates, Norman Hurst, Tommy Martin, and Charles Poole. Harry had been the lead singer of The Caravelles, who had sung “Pink Lips” and “Angry Angel” in late 1961, for Carmen Murphy’s Star Maker Records. She was the owner of House Of Beauty Records, who also owned Detroit’s original Soul Records (whose name was bought from her by Berry Gordy for his new label) . Gates was also lead singer for Detroit’s original Dramatics, who recorded “Toy Soldier” for Joe Hunter (then moonlighting from his Motown job (in late 1963), and he recorded as a solo act for Enterprise Records, and may have been a member of Enterprise’s Casual-Aires (although not lead singer). Harry Gates had a rich, very distinctive voice. He is also likely to have been the lead singer of Motown's Equadors - Miracle Records "Someone To Call My Own"/"You're My Desire".
Angry Angel Pink Lips
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