• The Montereys (5)  aka The Four Escorts (2) ???
    Manuel Canez


    The Montereys (5) (Bakersfield, CA)
    aka The Four Escorts (2) ???

    Personnel :

    Manuel Canez (Lead)
    Tom Lopez

    Tom Lopez

    Santos Cepeda

    Discography :

    The Montereys (5)
    1962 - Darlin Send Me A Letter / Darling (I Love You) (Trans American 10,000)
    1963 - (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / I Still Love You (GNP Crescendo 314)

    The Four Escorts (2)
    1961 - Don’t You Remember / My Special Girl (Skyla 1113)

    Biography :

    Chicano vocal group, The Montereys were from the Bakersfield area. They started out as the Belvederes but were asked to change their name by the producer. Their lead singer was Hector Canez. The other band members were Tom Lopez, Tom Rey and Santos Cepeda.

    The Montereys (5)  aka The Four Escorts (2) ???    The Montereys (5)  aka The Four Escorts (2) ???
                                                                                                           The Four Escorts (with Manuel Canez Top Left ???)

    In 1962 they recorded an extremely rare record for the Trans American label (Trans American 1001) "Darlin (Love You So) b/w "Darlin' Send Me A Letter". Manuel Canez wrote and sang both songs. The following year, they recorded "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" b/w "I Still Love You"  produced by Kim Fowley and released on the GNP Crescendo label.

    The Montereys (5)  aka The Four Escorts (2) ???

    The Montereys were related to the Four Escorts who recorded  for producer Steve Venet on Skyla Records owned by Starla Kaye with the sides "Don’t You Remember" b/w "My Special Girl".

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Montereys (5)

    Darlin Send Me A Letter                     Darling (I Love You)

    (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons                  I Still Love You         

    The Four Escorts (2)

    Don't You Remember / My Special Girl


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  • Rosie & The Originals (3)
    Rosalie Hamlin and Noah Tofolla


    Rosie & The Originals (3) (San Diego, Ca)

    Personnel :

    Rosalie Hamlin (Lead)

    Noah Tofolla (Guitar)

    David Ponci (Guitar)

    Carl Van Guida (Drums)

    Tony Gomez (Sax)

    Discography :

    Rosie & The Originals (3)

    1960 - Angel Baby / Give Me Love (Highland 1011)
    1961 - Why Did You Leave Me? / Angel from Above (Highland 1025)
    1961 - Lonely Blue Nights / We’ll Have a Chance (Highland 1032/ Brunswick 55205)
    1962 - My One And Only Love / It Kinda Makes You Wonder (Globe 401)
    1973 - You're No Good / I Don't Understand (Wax World 3265)

    Unreleased :
    I'm So Young
    A Thousand Stars
    There's No Other (Like My Baby)
    The One Who Really Loves You
    Happy Happy Birthday Baby
    Angel Baby (Re Recording)
    Guess Who?
    Just Because

    Lp :
    1962 - Lonely Blue Nights with Rosie (Brunswick, 1962)
    Lonely Blue Nights / Read the Story of Love / My Darling Forever / No Other Love Will Ever Do / We'll Have a Chance / Angel From Above / The Time Is Near / Baby Baby Baby / I Found a Dream / Maybe I'm Dreamin' / Cloud Nine / It's Time to Go Home

    Rosie & The Originals (3)

    1961 - My Darling Forever / The Time Is Near (Brunswick 55213)


    Biography :

    The band certainly had no thoughts of inviting such intellectual commentary when they formed in San Diego in 1960. Unable to find a recording studio in San Diego, then Rosalie Hamlin, then only 15, Noah Tofolla (guitar), David Ponci (Guitar), Carl Van Guida (Drums) and Tony Gomez (Sax)  cut "Angel Baby" in a barn-like building in the farming town of San Marcos, with a radically different B-side, "Give Me Love," with a vocal by Bluford D. Wade.

    Rosie & The Originals (3)    Rosie & The Originals (3)
    Rosalie Hamlin                                                                                                                          

     The group had trouble interesting Los Angeles labels in the song (a Hamlin original) until they convinced a department store manager in San Diego to play it. This attracted attention from kids in the store and a record distributor that happened to be there at the time. Through him they got the single "Angel Baby" released on Highland, and at the end of 1960 it shot up the national charts. Although Rosie & the Originals recorded a few more tracks, they broke up almost immediately after "Angel Baby" made the charts, in a dispute over the terms of a recording contract they were considering signing.

      Rosie & The Originals (3)   Rosie & The Originals (3)
    1961 - Dick Jacobs, Rosie & Nat Tarnopol                                                                                        

    In 1961, Jackie Wilson's manager, Nat Tarnopol, got Rosie a contract with Wilson's label, Brunswick. Brunswick did put out a follow-up single, "Lonely Blue Nights," which made number 66, as well as an album and another single, billing the artist solely as Rosie for all the releases. In the meantime Highland put out a couple of Rosie & the Originals 45s with tracks to which they had the rights.

    Rosie & The Originals (3)
    Rosie & The Originals (3)

    "Angel Baby," however, was one of those accidents of timing and unique material that couldn't be repeated, and none of Rosie's subsequent recordings -- which, like "Angel Baby," were usually simple pop/rock ballads with a doo wop feel -- could recapture the magic. Hamlin did make another single for the Globe label before leaving the music business to raise a family with her husband, Noah Tafolla, who had been leader and lead guitarist of the Originals. She did some tracks with producer Doug Salma in 1969 in a more updated doo wop/girl-group style that remained unreleased until 1999, when the Ace compilation The Best of Rosie & the Originals was issued. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

    Songs :

             Angel Baby                         Give Me Love                      Why Did You Leave Me?

    Angel from Above             Lonely Blue Nights                   We’ll Have a Chance

    My Darling Forever                 The Time Is Near             My One And Only Love

    Read the Story of Love       My Darling Forever           No Other Love Will Ever Do

     Baby Baby Baby              I Found a Dream                   Maybe I'm Dreamin'

              Cloud Nine               It's Time to Go Home           It Kinda Makes You Wonder

     I'm So Young                 A Thousand Stars                 There's No Other

    The One Who Really Loves You       Confidential            Happy Happy Birthday Baby

    Guess Who?                  Just Because                         You're No Good

    I Don't Understand


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  • The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes

    The Legends (1) (Manhattan, New York)
    Ref : The Kartunes

    Personnel :

    Marshall Samples (Tenor vocals)

    Ron Warwell (Baritone vocals)

    Bobby Weinstein (Tenor vocals)

    Dominick Fleres (Piano)

    Richard "Chico" Brunson (Tenor)

    Sampson Reese (Bass)

    Discography :

    The Legends (1)
    1956 - The Eyes Of An Angel / I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Melba 109)
    1957 - The Legend Of Love / Now I'm Telling You (Hull 727)

    The Kartunes
    Singles :
    1957 - Raindrops / Will You Marry Me? (When We Graduate) (M-G-M 12598)
    1958 - Willie The Weeper / Dedicated To Love (M-G-M 12680)
    Unreleased :
    1958 - Ringalivo (M-G-M)
    1958 - Victim  (M-G-M)


    Biography :

    Bobby Weinstein grew up in New York City, and attended the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan. While there, he formed a vocal group, The Legends, with fellow students Marshall Samples, Ron Warwell, Richard "Chico" Brunson, Sampson Reese and Dominick Fleres. The group won a talent contest at the Apollo Theater in 1955.

    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes
    Morty Craft                                                                                                                                         

    Around June of 1956, the guys decided the time was right for getting the Legends sound down on wax, They just walked in to Morty Craft's Melba label (at 1674 Broadway) and auditioned for him, Craft was impressed and set up a session. Melba released "The Eyes Of An Angel" b/w "I'll Never Fall In Love"  around September 1956.

    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes
           Bobby Weinstein                      Dominick Fleres                        Ron Warwell                   Richard "Chico" Brunson

    In late 1957, they had another go at recording. This time, they went down the block from Melba, to Hull Records, at 1595 Broadway. Again they walked in cold, and auditioned for Bea Caslon (owner of Hull, along with Billy Dawn Smith and William Henry Miller). Bea signed them on the spot. At Hull, the Legends recorded  two songs: "The Legend Of Love" and "Now I'm Telling You" .  The record sold moderately well but some internal problems triggered the separation of the group. Bobby Weinstein  and  Dominick Fleres joined the Kartunes  with Vincent Cassaro , Paul Rubenstein and Bill Barbaris. The Kartunes recorded two singles released by MGM.

    The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes  The Legends (1) Ref : The Kartunes
    Bill Barbaris (The Kartunes), Don Costa & Bob Weinstein  (The Legends & The Kartunes)                                                      

     In 1957, Bobby Weinstein began writing songs with Teddy Randazzo, who had sung in another vocal group, The Three Chuckles.  Their first major hit as co-writers was "Pretty Blue Eyes," recorded by Steve Lawrence and produced by Don Costa, which reached no. 9 on the pop charts at the start of 1960.


    Songs :

    The Legends (1)

    The Eyes Of An Angel                     I'll Never Fall In Love Again

    The Legend Of Love                       Now I'm Telling You

    The Kartunes

       Raindrops                                      Will You Marry Me?

    Dedicated To Love                       Willie The Weeper




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  • The Fairlanes (4)
    Left to right: Charles Pennywell, Eddie Lejay, Thomas Odom, Steve Ross

    The Fairlanes (4) (Shreveport, Louisiana)
     by Hans-Joachim


    Charles “Diamond” Pennywell (Lead)

    Eddie Lejay  (First Tenor)

    Steve Ross  (Second Tenor)

    Thomas Odeom (Baritone & Bass)


    The Fairlanes (4)
    1959 - Seventeen Steps / Johnny Rhythm (Lucky Seven 102)
    1959 – Bullseye / Just For Me (Dart 109)

    Charles Perrywell [sic!] & His Fairlanes
    1961 - Your [sic!] Lonesome Now / Come Along With Me (Tic-Toc 104)

    Unreleased demo:
    1961 - I Hear Someone (Goldband)


    Charles “Diamond” Pennywell was born in Shreveport, LA and formed a little vocal group called the Fairlanes for whom he sang lead. Their first record was “Seventeen Steps” b/w “Johnny Rhythm” for Dee Marais’ Lucky Seven label, released in April 1959. The haunting ballad "Seventeen Steps" tells the feelings of a death row inmate watching fellow inmates, one by one, walk the seventeen steps from the holding cell to "...that death cold chair..." knowing he'll be walking them tomorrow. Johnny Rhythm" is an up tempo tune rocker.

    The Fairlanes (4)     The Fairlanes (4)

    November 1959 saw the release of “Bullseye”, a Coasters-style up tempo song, backed with another great Charles Pennywell led ballad "Just For Me," on Pappy Dailey’s Dart label. The Fairlanes were back in the studio in 1961 to record "You're Lonesome Now" and the up tempo flip, "Come Along With Me". This time they recorded directly for Eddie Shuler's Tic-Toc label, a subsidiary of Goldband.

    The Fairlanes (4)
    Charles Pennywell (1963)

    "You're Lonesome Now" was a soulful group ballad, again led by Charles Pennywell. Oddly, when the record came out there were two misprints on the label. First, the title was printed as "Your Lonesome Now" instead of "You're Lonesome Now". And second, the artist was listed as "Charles Perrywell" instead of "Charles Pennywell". Charles “Diamond” Pennywell recorded for Smash in 1963 and formed the soul harmony group The Sunlover’s in 1967. He is still performing.



    Seventeen Steps                      Johnny Rhythm

    Just For Me / Bullseye                    Your Lonesome Now

    Come Along With Me                        I Hear Someone



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  • Oscar Toney Jr.

    The Searchers (2) (Columbus, GA)

    Personnel :

    Oscar Toney Jr.

    Roosevelt Toney

    James Toney

    Discography :

    The Searchers (2) (bb The Kayos)
    1960 - Little Wanda / Yvonne (MAC 351)

    Sonny Williams & The Searchers (2) (bb The Kayos)
    1960 - Love / Oh Why Cha Cha Cha (MAC 352)

    Biography :

    Oscar Toney, Jr. grew up in the forties in Columbus, Georgia. He began singing with local Gospel quartet The Sensational Melodies Of Joy while barely into his teens. Young Oscar won the amateur competition at the landmark Liberty Theater so many times that he wasn't allowed to enter them anymore. By the late fifties, The Sensational Melodies took to singing doo-wop as well, calling themselves, simply, The Melodies. In 1958, Toney and his two brothers formed another vocal group called The Valentines, eventually changing their name to The Searchers, as their own version of the Coasters' Searchin' had become their signature song.

    The Searchers (2)     The Searchers (2)
                                                                                                  Oscar Toney Jr.

    Although now a ‘Kayo’, Oscar also remained with The Searchers who, in November 1960, cut a 45 for Cement McNally’s Mac label (#351) at a New Orleans radio station. The ballad side “Yvonne” was written by (and features thee-part harmony by) Oscar and his two brothers, while Walker and Thomas weren’t present. The backing is supplied by The Kayos. The flip was the more up-tempo “Little Wanda”. Cement McNallywas also the leader of the 'house band', The Kayos. Another Searchers Mac single, “Love” c/w “Oh Why Cha Cha Cha”, it was really a Kayos recording put out by McNally under The Searchers’ name, with the Kayos other front-man Sonny Williams on lead vocals.The Searchers had been around for about 4 years but now the other members decided not to make a career out of singing and Oscar was left to carry on both as a solo act and as a featured vocalist with the Kayos.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    Yvonne                                           Little Wanda



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