• The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
    The Satans Four

    The Wonders (7) (New York)
    ref : The Satans Four




    Personnel :

    Frankie (Spinale) Paris (First Tenor)

    Chuck Howard (Baritone)

    Glen Hockaday

    Al Vega




    Discography :

    The Wonders (7)
    1963 - Say There / Marilyn (Colpix 699)

    The Satans Four
    1965 - I Can't Find The Girl On My Mind / Oh Kathy (B.T. Puppy 515)





    Biography :

    Frankie Spinale was born in 1941 in Boston. In 1958, he found a bunch of guys who felt the same way: the Crescents. That was his first vocal group and they were together for three years. They did a lot of record hops. Frankie took the name Paris from another singer he saw in Boston who was working in the clubs, he had the name Bobby Paris. Frankie need a name that is gonna be easy, Americanized. So he changed it up. Most Italian American artists, like Frankie Avalon, Fabian, they all changed their names becauseit made it easy for the public to remember.

    The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
    The Crescents L to R : Nelson Caruso, Jack Carroll, Frankie (Spinale) Paris, Butch Russo.

    Then in 1962, Frankie Paris ventured into New York with eighty bucks in his pocket on a Greyhound bus, with one suitcase. He met this guy, who was also in a singing group. His name was Al Vega. They went to Broadway a week later, and met two other guys. The first was Glen Hockaday playing a guitar. He came from Washington, D.C.. So they started singing. And the harmonies sounded great. So then the three walked farther up towards the Ed Sullivan Theater. And a guy comes down the street, his name is Chuck Howard, he hears the harmonies and join the group. An interracial group, Frankie Paris was Italian American, Al Vega was Spanish, the other two guys were black. They started singing in the streets. Later on they got the name the Wonders. 

    The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
    The Tokens - Hank Medress, Mitch Margo, Phil Margo et Jay Siegel.

    There was this rehearsal studio at 1697 Broadway, at 53 rd Street. They rented a hall, for like a buck and a half. And we started rehearsing, singing different songs and next room over was a production company. Independent producers were the thing at that time. They meet the Independent producers, there's four of them, and they’re The Tokens. The Tokens tell them - "The sound is interesting. Go write some songs. Come back on Monday." So The Wonders went to Glen Hockaday 's house in Brooklyn, wrote two songs, came back on Monday. They heard one song, they loved it and signed the Wonders to a two-year contract. Two months later they had a record out, "Say There." The B-side was "Marilyn," written by the Tokens themselves.

    The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four     The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
                                                                                                The Satans Four

    They got a lot of airplay, although the "Say There" side failed to crack either the Billboard or Cash Box "Top 100" it was a "Top 40" hit in several markets between August and October, 1963...Springfield, MA, Baltimore, MD, Bakersfield, CA, Detroit, MI, Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH. ..also "Top 50" in Buffalo, NY . In 1965 Frankie Paris took off for Vegas with one of the members of the original Wonders, and they put a band together. They were called Satan's Four and did a Motown repertoire, rhythm-and-blues stuff.  They were at a club called the Pussycat A Go- Go. The Satans Four recorded "I Can't Find The Girl On My Mind" and "Oh Kathy" released on the B.T. Puppy a company established by The Tokens.




    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


    The Wonders (7)

      
    Say There                                                   Marilyn



    The Satans Four

      
    I Can't Find The Girl On My Mind                        Oh Kathy                   







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  •  Tony & The Raindrops (5)
    Tony Acchione, Mark Stevens, Frankie Pettineo and Jimmy Dilks
     

    Tony & The Raindrops (5) (Philadelphia)



    Personnel :

    Tony Acchione (Lead)

    Mark Stevens (Baritone)

    Al Baron (First Tenor)

    Jerry Koracik (Second Tenor)

    Kenny Sax (Bass)




    Discography :

    1962 - While Walking / Our Love is Over (Chesapeake 609)
    1962 - Tina / My Heart Cried (Crosley 340)



    Biography :

    In 1959, Mark Stevens was part of The Gems with Jerry Gross who just left the Brooktones, Mike Freda, Warren Purdy, and Roland Scarinci. Shortly after the Brooktones signed to Parkway Records and added Jerry Sirlen and William Shunkwiler to the group, while changing the band's name to The Dovells. While rehearsing "Out in the Cold Again", which turned out to be the B-side of "Bristol Stomp", Len Barry called Jerry Gross and asked for help with the harmonies. After 2 days of trying, Len Barry asked Jerry to be part of the group and replace 2 of the guys. Sirlen and Shunkwiler were replaced by Jerry Gross and Mike Freda.

    Billy & The Essentials (1) aka The Heatwaves aka The Panics (2) aka The Styles (5)

    Front Row : Tony & The Raindrops - Second Row : Billy & The Essentials

          With two fewer members in the group, the adventure of the Gems stops and Mark Stevens went on to start his own group Tony & the Raindrops. Tony & the Raindrops consisted of Tony Acchione (Lead), Mark Stevens (Baritone), Al Baron(1st Tenor), Kenny Sax(Bass) and Jerry Koracik (2nd Tenor). In 1962, the group recorded for the Baltimore based label Chesapeake Records "Our Love is Over" b/w "While Walking".After the recording Jerry Koracik  and Kenny Sax left the group. Jimmy Dilks and Frankie Pettineo join The Raindrops . Jimmy Dilks sang in three popular Philadelphia groups, The first group was The Clientelles who recorded a version of the Willows' "Church Bells May Ring" without success.

       

    After Jimmy Dilks left the one that made the charts. Ironically, that group Joey and the Flips, which hit with "Bongo Stomp" in 1962 had more problems than the other singers Dilks joined just before "Bongo Stomp" began its 10-week chart run, peaking at No. 33. He left the Flips to join Tony and the Raindrops, Tony & The Raindrops used to run into them at record hops. Dilks left the Flips to become a Raindrop after the Flips' manager brought in a new lead singer who was really great. Dilks didn't mind moving up to falsetto when Joey Hall joined, but it brought the group up to six members and that was just too many. The new formation of Tony & The Raindrops recorded in 1962 for Crosley Records "Tina" b/w "My Heart Cried". Finally Tony and The Raindrops auditioned for labels as Cameo-Parkway and Laurie Records but they not liked the group because their sound was too Black. The group broke up in the winter of 1963.
     


    Songs :

       
    Our Love is Over                                 While Walking

       
    Tina                                                    My Heart Cried

     

     

     

     

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  • The Pollyannas
     

    The Pollyannas (Oklahoma City)




    Personnel :

    Diana Johnson

    Jan Dye

    Betty




    Discography :

    1958 - Satisfied / Bermuda (Kings-X 3363)





    Biography :

    Female vocal group from Oklahoma City, composed of Diana Johnson, Jan Dye & Betty. In 1958, The Pollyannas recorded “Satisfied” and “Bermuda” in an Oklahoma City studio. The single was released on the tiny Kings-X Records In Oklahoma City.

    The Pollyannas    The Pollyannas

    With this disc, the group occurs locally and appears at Oklahoma Bandstand on Koco-TV.  Eventually Diana Johnson will leave the group for a solo career as Diana Allen Johnson.




    Songs :

      
    Bermuda                                                 Satisfied   





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  • Freddie & The Parliaments (3)
    Freddy Kelley
     

    Freddie & The Parliaments (3) (Detroit, Mi.)




    Personnel :

    Freddy Kelley

    Fred Kutzke

    Harold "Hal" Hedges




    Discography :

    1959 - Darlene / That Girl (Twirl 1003)


     



    Biography :

    Freddy Kelley (true spelling) was born in Mount Hope West Virginia in 1937, his family moved to Toledo's East Side in 1946 when he was 9 years old, he went to Navarre grade school and graduated from there in 1953 at which time his family moved to Toledo's South End where he attended and graduated from Libbey high school in 1957. As Kelley told me in 1992, at Libbey he got together with some "colored" fellows and claims to have had the first mixed or integrated group in Toledo, they were a vocal group and they called themselves the 5 lyrics, it was Kelley and 3 other guys from Libbey and 1 guy from Scott high school, they did a show at school and did some pretty nice gigs from here to Akron, they were together about a year.

    Freddie & The Parliaments (3)
    The Five Lyrics 1957/58 (LtoR) George Boykin, "Wardy" Ward, Freddy Kelley, Gene Boykin, Freddy Marshal

    
Kelley did not play an instrument but music was a part of him and he sang and wrote songs and was always around the early Rock and Roll and R&B scene in Toledo from the late 50's to the mid 1960's. His first recording was around 1959 with all Toledo fellows, Freddie and the Parliaments, he sang one side and Fred Kutzke sang the other. Johnny (Paris) & the Hurricanes were taking their very first steps into the recording studio to provide back-up for Freddie & the Parliaments . Next Kelley recorded for the MGM subsidiary Metro, two songs that he wrote.

    Freddie & The Parliaments (3)     Freddie & The Parliaments (3)

    
Around 1961 sometime, Kelley was in T-Bones, a club on Main St. on the East Side that later became Kato's, when he first heard the Raging Storms. He started to work with them and got them a recording deal and wrote the tunes that they were to record, one of which was The Dribble Twist. It became a decent regional hit in 1962 and reached the billboard top 100 for a bit, it was well received in Toledo and got good airplay. He also got the B. G. Ramblers recorded and produced their record on Sparkel. He also wrote and produced a record on Connie Little with the Raging Storms as back up.



     


    Songs :

      
    Darlene                                                That Girl





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  • (l to r) Prentiss Anderson, Lee Moore & George Miller Ross


    Lee & The Leopards (1) (Toledo, Ohio)




    Personnel :

    Lee Moore (Lead)

    George Miller Ross

    Prentiss Anderson

    James Porter



    Discography :

    Lee & The Leopards (1)
    Singles:
    1962 - Come Into My Palace / Trying To Make It (Gordy 7002/Laurie 3197)
    1964 - What About Me / Don't Press Your Luck (Fortune 867)
    Unreleased :
    1964 - The Beatle Slide (Fortune)

    The Rivieres (Lee & The Leopards backed by The Rivieres)
    1964 - The Gypsy Said / Knock On Wood (K-Zee 811K-5218)




    Biography :

    Lee and the Leopards, like many Toledo groups, were swept up in the explosion of the Motown powered Detroit  R&B/soul explosion of the early 1960s. The group started around 1961, and included Lee Moore as the namesake and lead singer, George Miller Ross, Prentiss Anderson, and James Porter. Anderson had been in the Del-Rios (with William Bell) who recorded for the early Stax records. but had moved to Toledo, where he performed with a self-contrained group called the Gayhawks.. He was recruited to join the group and after a few weeks, they auditioned for Berry Gordy at Motown, who Anderson had met when he was touring with the Del-Rios.

    Lee & The leopards (1)

    The group had brought some of their own songs, but Gordy wanted them to sing some of the in-house songs. The group went back to Toledo and they reworked one of the songs "Come Into My Palace". The group returned to Detroit a few days later and within a day, they had the song recorded at Motown. James Porter was not able to make the session, so Prentiss Anderson sang Porter's part, with Eddie Kendricks singing Anderson's tenor part. The 45 was the first chronological release on Gordy, although it was the second assigned catalog number. Porter was not included on the contract.

    Lee & The leopards (1)    Lee & The leopards (1)

    The record was a big hit on WOHO and WTOD in Toledo and also on Detroit stations. The group did some promotonial shows with WTOD. The record was picked up by Laurie records because the Motown operation did not have a full scale national promotional system. The group recorded a second 45 at Fortune, and a final 45 for K-Lee label from Adrian, MI. For the last record, the group recorded their own song "The Gypsy Said" backed by a band called the Rivieres from Adrian. When the record came out, the label credited the Rivieres instead of Lee and the Leopards. Some of the copies had stickers for Lee and the Leopards.  After the group ended, Prentiss Anderson spent many years backing up various Motown related groups.





    Songs :

    Lee & The Leopards (1)

      
    Come Into My Palace                   Trying To Make It

      
    Don't Press Your Luck                          The Beatle Slide     


    Don't Press Your Luck (alternate take)


    The Rivieres

      
    The Gypsy Said                               Knock On Wood









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