• The Tifanos

    The Tifanos (Tifton, Ga)


    Personnel :

    Freddie Simmons


    Songs :
    1960 - It's Raining / Louisiana (Tifco 822)
    Unreleased :
    1960 - The White Cliffs Of Dover (Tifco)


    Biography :

    The Tifanos were local recording artists from the Tifton, Ga area. They recorded 5 songs for Tifco records. The early title was "Drip Drop" changed to "It's Raining". The single was released in 1960 during that time the Payola scandal, which was why it never took off back then without the help of Payola payments to the disc jockeys.

      The Tifanos

    Tifco records, a Label owned by James Newton & Gus Statiras, out of Tifton, GA. The label was started as a source for material for larger labels. The only one that ended up going to a larger label was the "Johnny Jenkins & the Pine-Toppers" which included Otis Redding as a band member. Atlantic picked it up (with a short in between label by the Atlantic guy that purchased the songs for Atlantic). The label included several styles of music, R&B, Blues, Teen, Girl Groups, Country, Pop.(

    updated by Hans-Joachim


    Songs :

    It's Raining                                             Louisiana


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  • Juanita Rogers & The Five Joys (Chicago, Il)
    (by Hans-Joachim)  



    Juanita Rogers (Lead)

    Lynn Hollings (Narrator)

    4 unidentified males


    Discography :

    Single :
    Juanita Rogers And Lynn Hollings (bb Mr. V's Five Joys) / Juanita Roger (bb Mr. V's Five Joys)
    1960 - Teenager's Letter Of Promises / I'm So Glad You Love Me (Pink Cloud 333)

    Juanita Rogers
    1959 - I'm So Glad You Love Me (studio rehearsal)



    Juanita Rogers was 15 years old, when she recorded “I’m So Glad You Love Me” b/w “Teenager’s Letter Of Promises” in 1959 in somebody’s living room. Lynn Hollings, the narrator on the A-side, was a jazz disc jockey in Chicago during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    Juanita Rogers & The Five Joys   Juanita Rogers & The Five Joys
    Lynn Hollings                                                                                                                                    

    It is not known whether the Five Joys are the same as the “Five Jays” (male lead, female lead, three male backup singers) whose publicity photo is in Robert Pruter’s collection.

    Songs :

    I’m So Glad You Love Me / Teenager’s Letter Of Promises

    I’m So Glad You Love Me (rehearsal)


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  • The Dupries aka Candy & The Corals
    The Dupries - Joanie Duprey, Dick Schulz & Carol Duprey

    The Dupries (St. Paul, Minnesota)
    aka Candy & The Corals


    Personnel :

    Dick Schulz (Lead Vocal / Bass Guitar)

    Annie Duprey (Vocal)

    Joanie Duprey (Vocal)

    Carol Duprey (Vocal)

    Dave Pilz (Drums)

    Dave Parpovich (Lead Guitar)


    Discography :

    The Dupries
    1965 - Kissy Face / Baby Doll (Test 100 / Thunderbird 106)

    Candy & The Corals
    1967 - I Should Have Loved You More / I Know (Test 110)

    Biography :

    The Dupries, Annie, Joanie & Carol Duprey were from St. Paul, Minnesota as was their band: Dick Schulz (bass and vocal), Dave Pilz (drums) and Dave Parpovich (lead guitar). Dupries was an altered form of the sisters’ last name. In 1965 , they singing in many shows in the Wisconsin area and local Dj and producer Dick Hoff aka Dick Hiliday co-wrote the song "Baby Doll" for the group."Kissy Face" and "Baby Doll " were recorded in May, 1965 for St. Paul label Test Records. Just month after that small-label release they were picked up and re-released on Thunderbird.

    The Dupries aka Candy & The Corals    The Dupries aka Candy & The Corals
    The Dupries                                                                              Candy & The Corals       

    Thunderbird Records was formed in the early 1960s by Len and Ben Weisman. Like its allied label Sahara Records it was named after a Las Vegas gambling casino frequented by an affiliate who later became a partner. Len Weisman is better known locally as Buffalo’s biggest player in the record business, Lenny Silver. "Baby Doll" became a hit locally on WDUZ Green Bay, Wisconsin. After this the girls and band went back to Test Records and got a release as Candy & The Corals and again failing to hit, theydisappeared from our world of records and radio.


    Songs :

    The Dupries

    Kissy Face                                     Baby Doll

    Candy & The Corals

     I Should Have Loved You More / I Know


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  • The Apollos (1)
    Mike Azzolino

    The Apollos (1) (Newark, NJ)


    Personnel :

    Danny Studnicky (Lead)

    Joseph Bertolino

    James LaParra

    Mike Azzolino

    George Deutsch


    Discography :

    1959 - I Love You Darling / Bandstand Baby (Harvard 803)

    Biography :

    The Apollos from Newark, NJ. consisted of Joseph Bertolino, Danny Studnicky, James LaParra, Mike Azzolino, & George Deutsch (with Danny Studnicky singing the lead.) In 1959, The Apollos recorded "I Love You Darling" b/w "Bandstand Baby" released by Harvard records owned by Trade Martin and Johnny Power, the two formed Rome Records in 1960.  This was the group's only release. Legal action or the threat of legal action from Dick Clark over the word "Bandstand" in the flip side's title negatively impacted the sales of the record and caused the group to disband.

    Songs :

    I Love You Darling                                 Bandstand Baby


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  • The Cosmic Rays

    The Cosmic Rays (Chicago, IL)


    Personnel :

    Calvin Barron (Lead)

    Matt Swif

    Lonnie Tolbert



    Discography :

    Singles :
    1960 - Bye Bye Swift / Somebody's In Love (Saturn 223)
    1960 - Dreaming  / Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie (Saturn 401/402)

    Unreleased rehearsals:
    1954 - Africa**
    1955 - Daddy’s Gonna Tell You No Lie*
    1955 - Dreaming**
    1955 - Somebody’s In Love*
    1955 - Summertime**
    1955 - There’s A Small Hotel**
    1955 - The Second Stop Is Jupiter*
    1958 - Black Sky & Blue Moon**
    1958 - Bye Bye**
    1958 - Come Rain or Come Shine**
    1958 - Honey**
    1958 - Honey (diff. vers.)**

    *home rehearsal
    **studio rehearsal


    Biography :

    El Saturn Records is a Record label formed in Chicago in 1957 by Alton Abraham and Sun Ra, along with Abraham’s brother Artis, who founded El Saturn Research in 1957, which would record and distribute albums by the Arkestra as well as the vocal and R&B groups rehearsed by Sun Ra during the late 1950s. Before they were the Cosmic Rays, Calvin Barron, Matt Swif, Lonnie Tolbert and ? were a nameless vocal quartet working outdoors in Chicago’s black neighborhoods during the mid-‘50s. It was on the beach at 63rd and Jackson Park that a man named Raymond Dancer first heard them, liked them and suggested that he manage them. Like Sun Ra, Dancer was a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and he’d seen Ra lead a big band in Birmingham in what must have been a return engagement at a masonic hall sometime in the very early ‘50s. Late in ’56 or early the following year, Dancer met Sun Ra at Budland, during one of his Arkestra appearances at the club. He told Ra about the group and it was Ra’s suggestion that he bring them by and informally audition them. Saturn Records released two singles by the group. Calvin Barron would later join the Moroccos.

    Songs :

    Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lies               Somebody's In Love           

    Dreaming                                    Bye Bye Swift


    Unissued studio rehearsals:

         Summertime                        There's A Small Hotel       The Second Stop Is Jupiter

                 Honey                 Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie          Somebody's In Love

                Africa                          Black Sky & Blue Moon


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