• The Standards (3)

    The Standards (3) (New York)

    Personnel :


    Discography :

    1962 - The Girl Across The Way / Why Can't It Happen To Me (Gambit 1102)
    1963 - No No No / Tears Bring Heartaches (Debro 3178 / Roulette 4487)

    Biography :

    Vocal trio from New York, they recorded in February 1962 "The Girl Across The Way" b/w "Why Can't It Happen To Me" released by Gambit Records.

    The Standards (3)     The Standards (3)

    In December 1962, The Standards signed to Joe LaMonaco's Debro Label an recorded "No No No" b/w "Tears Bring Heartaches" the single was released in January 1963.


    Songs :

            No No No                            Tears Bring Heartaches


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  • The Dreamlovers

    The Dreamlovers (Philadelphia)
    aka The Dream Lovers
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


    Personnel :

    Don Hogan (Lead)

    Morris Gardner (Lead)

    Conrad "Clifton" Dunn (Baritone)

    Tommy Ricks (First Tenor)

    Cleveland Hammock (Second Tenor)

    James Dunn (Bass)

    Discography :

    The Dream Lovers
    1960 - For The First Time / Take It From A Fool (Len 1006)
    1960 - Annabelle Lee / Home Is Where The Heart Is (V-Tone 211)
    1961 - May I Kiss The Bride / Time (V-Tone 229)
    1965 - You Gave Me Somebody To Love / Doin’ Things Together With You (Warner Bros 5619)

    The Dreamlovers
    1961 - When We Get Married / Just Because (Heritage 102)
    1961 - Welcome Home / Let Them Love (And Be Loved)* (Heritage 104)
    1961 - Zoom Zoom Zoom / While We Were Dancing (Heritage 107)
    1962 - If I Should Lose You / I Miss You (End 1114)
    1963 - Sad Sad Boy / If I Were A Magician (Columbia 42698)
    1963 - Sad Sad Boy / Black Bottom (Columbia 42752)
    1963 - I'm Thru With You / Pretty Little Girl (Columbia 42842)
    1963 - Amazons And Coyotees / Together (Swan 4167 / Casino1308)
    1964 - Oh Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely) / Those Will Be The Good Old Days (Cameo 326)
    1966 - The Bad Times Make The Good Time / Bless Your Soul (Mercury 72595)
    1966 - You Gave Me Somebody To Love / Calling Jo-Ann (Mercury 72630)
    *Re-released in 1982 on Collectables LP 5004, but erroneously labeled as “Let Them Talk”

    1982 - Mother (Collectables LP 5004)
    1982 - Let's Twist Again (Collectables LP 5004)

    1963 - The Bird and Other Golden Dancing Grooves (Columbia CS 8820)
    The Bird / Black Bottom / Ballin' The Jack / Charleston / Loco-Motion / The Slide / South Street / Let's Turkey Trot / Let's Twist Again / Limbo Rock / Pony Time / Mashed Potato Time

    The Dreamlovers


    Biography :

    The Dreamlovers were formed in 1956 in Philadelphia by Conrad "Clifton" Dunn , his brother James, William Johnson, Tommy Ricks and Cleveland Hammock. Originally using the name the Romancers, they recorded a demo for Cameo/Parkway before changing their name to the Midnighters. In 1958, while still under that name, they went into the studio to back Chubby Checker on his original recording of The Twist.

    The Dreamlovers

    After lead William  Johnson was killed in a street fight, the group brought in Morris Gardner and a sixth member, Don Hogan, changing their name to The Dreamlovers. After a short time with Len and V-Tone Records in 1960 and early 1961, they signed with Heritage who released their biggest hit, When We Get Married, which peaked at number 10. After a couple of non-charting singles, they move to End Records who released their only other Hot 100 song, If I Should Lose You (1962 / #62).

    The Dreamlovers

    They returned to the charts on a smaller scale the next year with "If I Should Lose You," a ballad for George Goldner's End Records, and then managed to record quite a few delicious samples of East Coast R&B groove and vocal harmony, including a slow doo wop-styled ballad ("I'm Thru With You") and an infectious up-tempo dance number ("Anna Belle Lee"). The group released singles for a variety of labels over the next four years, including Casino, Swan, Columbia, Cameo, Warner Brothers and Mercury, to no avail.

    The Dreamlovers    The Dreamlovers

    As they continued recording, their vocal style seemed to change with the times, always sounding ahead of their time. "When We Get Married" was later revived by the Intruders in 1970. The group continued performing, including a short stint under the name A Brother's Guiding Light, before breaking up in 1973. Members reformed in the early 80's and continued to tour into the 2000's.

    Songs :

    Take It From A Fool                   For The First Time                 When We Get Married 

    Home Is Where The Heart Is / Anna Belle Lee               Let Them Love / Welcome Home 

          Just Because                             Time                               May I Kiss The Bride

    Zoom Zoom Zoom / While We Were Dancing      I'm Thru With You / Pretty Little Girl 

    If I Should Lose You                    I Miss You                         Oh Baby Mine 

    Amazons And Coyotes / Together                         Sad Sad Boy / Black Bottom

    You Gave Me Somebody To Love    Doin Things Together With You     Bad Times Make The Good Time

    Bless Your Soul                    Callin Joann                            Mother

    Let's Twist Again      Those Will Be The Good Old Days



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  • 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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