• Nick & The Nacks
     

    Nick & The Nacks (Long Island, New York)
     



    Personnel :

    Nick Sudano (Lead)

    Bill Hennessey (First Tenor)

    Jack Connolly (Second Tenor)

    Dennis Regan (Baritone)

    Roy Hitcznko (Bass)



    Discography :

    Nick & The Nacks
    1962 - The Night / That Old Black Magic (Barry 108)

    Nickie & The Nacks
    1977 - Linda / The ABC's Of Love (Crystal Ball 103)



    Lps:

    1963 - Night Train Special (Private Press 100?)
    Linda

    Nick & The Nacks


    1975 - The Best Of Acapella (Vol 3) (Relic LP 103)
    Love Is A Many Splendid Thing (acapella) / A lovely Way To Spend An Evening (acapella)

    1975 - The Best Of Acapella (Vol 4) (Relic LP 104)
    White Cliffs Of Dover (acapella)

    1975 - The Best Of Acapella (Vol 5) (Relic LP 105)
    Good Good-Bye (acapella)






    Biography :

    Wantagh, Long Island group started in 1961 as Nicky & The Chord-Lords; Nick Sudano (Lead), Phil De Angelo (1st Tenor), Frank Fink(2nd Tenor), Johnny Conte (Baritone) and Bruce Burger(Bass). They have soon a local popularity and soon they decided to try for a professional career with Ron Schubert as manager.

    Nick & The Nacks
    Left to right. Bill Hennessy, Roy Hitcznko, Nicholas Sudano, Dennis Regan, Jack Connelly.

    In 1964 Nick Sudano composed "The Night", The Chord-Lords soon recorded along with an arrangement of the classic "The Old Black Magic" as B side this demo was given to some companies but in this time by internal conflicts the group broke up almost Sudano formed yet another group Nick & The Nacks.  When the group manager know that the demo of the Chord-Lords soon were released in the Old Town subsidiary label Barry Records he ask this be credited to Nick & The Nacks.

    Nick & The Nacks

    The real first release of the group were with the inclusion on WGLI DJ Lou Dean's "Night Train Special" LP of one side they have recorded as a demo "Linda". (with_ABC's Of Love as B side) this have to Mark Russo as bassman. Finally in the mid-60's the group providing 7-8 acappella sides for the Eddie Grier’s "Best Of Acappella" Lp's.




    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


      
            The Night                                 That Old Black Magic

      
                          Linda                         A lovely Way To Spend An Evening

      
    Love Is A Many Splendored Thing               White Cliffs Of Dover       

     

     




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    The Invictors (2) (Atlanta, GA)



    Personnel :

    Levi (Tony) Moon (Lead)

    Chat

    Tommy

    Bill

    Eddie



    Discography :

    The Invictors (2)
    1962 - This Thing Called Love / The Wiggle (TPE 8217)
    1962 – Don’t Take My Love / Babalonian (TPE 8219)
    1963 - Where All Lovers Meet / That's All Right (TPE 8221)
    1963 - I Took A Chance/ Put Her Down (TPE 8223)

    The New Invictors
    1963 - Deeply In Love With You / She Wouldn't Quit It (Hale 500)




    Biography :

    Little information to date on this excellent group. Vocal group from Atlanta composed by lead singer Levi (Tony) Moon, Tommy, Chat, Bill & Eddie. Between 1962 and 1963 TPE records based in Atlanta released four singles by the Invictors.

      

    In 1963 Hale records, also based in Atlanta released another single from the group as The New Invictors. All the songs of the five singles were composed by Levi (Tony) Moon




    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


    The Invictors (2)

      
    This Thing Called Love                              The Wiggle         

      
                  Don’t Take My Love           Where All Lovers Meet / That's All Right

      
     I Took A Chance/ Put Her Down                          Babalonian                 

     

    The New Invictors

      
    Deeply In Love With You                       She Wouldn't Quit It  




     

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  • The Carnations (4) (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
    aka The Teardrops (6)




    Personnel :

    Carl Hatton (Lead)

    Matthew Morales (Lead)

    Harvey Arrington

    Edward Kennedy

    Tommy Blackwell (Bass)




    Discography :

    The Carnations (4)
    1961 - Long Tall Girl / Is There Such A World (Lescay 3002)

    Bo Diddley bb The Teardrops (6) (Uncredited)
    LP :
    1959 - Go Bo Diddley (Checker 1436)
     I'm Sorry / Crackin' Up / Don't Let It Go






    Bigraphy :

    The Carnations  formed in 1954 at Watersville Junior High in Bridgeport, Connecticut (they were all 13 years old). Leads Carl Hatton and Matthew Morales, Harvey Arrington, Alan Mason, and Arthur Blackwell called themselves The Startones at first. Service stints broke them up for awhile, but they reformed as The Teardrops with Matthew, Carl, Harvey, Edward Kennedy, and Arthur's younger brother, Tommy Blackwell, taking over as bass. in 1959 as the Teardrops they backed Bo Diddley on "I'm Sorry", " Don't Let It Go" and "Crackin' Up".   While searching for a recording contract at 1650 Broadway (along with the Brill Building, ground zero for New York's indie labels), the quintet took a break to harmonize in the men's room. Beltone A&R man Joe Rene overheard their blend and invited them back to his office. The group had a couple of originals penned by Junius McKeithen: "Long Tall Girl" (bandleader Rene shared writer's credit) and the ballad "Is There Such A World". The riffing trumpet and Blackwell's bopping bass make for an unusual intro on "Long Tall Girl" (Hatton sang lead), cut March 2, 1961 but not out on Lescay until October under a new name: The Carnations. Like his brother before him, Tommy Blackwell joined the military, and the short-lived Carnations splintered. Beltone never bothered with an encore.




    Discography :

    The Carnations (4)

      
         Long Tall Girl                                   Is There Such A World


    Bo Diddley bb The Teardrops (6)

         
          I'm Sorry                                  Crackin' Up                             Don't Let It Go   



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  • The Nobles
     

    The Nobles (Washington)




    Personnel :

    Alvin Lloyd (Lead)

    Chester Woodard (First Tenor)

    Chester Manley (Second Tenor)

    Jerry Wheeler (Baritone)

    Walter Thomas (Bass)

    Russel Johnson (guitar).




    Biography :

    Spingarn high school spring festival held on may 1, 1959 and features "the nobles" singing group which included from left to right Alvin Lloyd (formerly of the Spaniels), Chester Manley (formerly of the Dippers), Walter Thomas (the lowest bass voice of the time), Chester Woodard (First Tenor) and without the guitar, Jerry Wheeler (Baritone), and Russel Johnson (guitar).

     

     


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  • The Desidero’s

    The Desidero’s  (Chicago)
    Ref: The Belvederes (3)
    Ref: The Four Gents (1)



    Personnel :

    Joe Manuel (Lead)

    Robert Goley (Lead)

    Albert "Eddie" Sullivan (Tenor)

    Marshal Thompson (Baritone)

    Del Brown (Tenor)

    Creadel "Red" Jones (Bass)
     

     

    Discography :

    1960 - I Pledge My Love / Flat Foot Charlie (Renee 1040)




    Biography :

    Around 1954, in grade school, Eddie Sullivan meet the futures members of the Four Gents, Sullivan was with these individuals through high school. After being together all those years and practicing for so long, they finally recorded a disc. "On Bended Knee". Around 1958, the Four Gents split in half. Louis Pritchett and Waymon Bryant joined Matthew Perkins and Calvin Baron to form the Twi-lites and Eddie Sullivan and John Staples joined with Willie Crowley, and brothers Jerry and Kenneth Brown to form the Belvederes. Eddie Sullivan on lead and the Belvederes recorded "Let's Get Married" b/w "Wow Wow Mary Mary" on Trend Records, a subsidiary of Kapp Records owned by Fred Kaplan.

     The Four Gents (1)    The Desidero’s

    The latter group lasted one year before breaking up. A few years later, in 1963, Eddie Sullivan recorded another record as a member of the Desideros. With a tongue-twisting moniker like the Desideros, these Chicago natives had little chance for success. The association of Joe Manuel (lead), Robert Goley (lead), Albert "Eddie" Sullivan (tenor), Marshal Thompson (baritone), Del Brown (tenor), and Creadel "Red" Jones (bass) had one record release on Renee Records in 1960 that went nowhere.  The lineup wavered between quintet and quartet. Two members, Thompson and Jones joined Eugene Record, Robert "Squirrel" Lester, and Clarence Johnson of the The Chaunteurs to form the Hi-lites. Noting that the name Hi-lites was already in use, and wishing to add a tribute to their home town of Chicago, they changed their name to "Marshall and the Chi-Lites" in 1964. Johnson left later that year, and their name was subsequently shortened to The Chi-Lites.


    Songs :

      
    I Pledge My Love                       Flat Foot Charlie



     

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