• Rickie & The Hallmarks
     

    Rickie & The Hallmarks (Queens, New York)




    Personnel :

    Ricky Lisi

    Bixie Boyle

    Denis McMahon

    Jack Scandura





    Discography :

    Rickie & The Hallmarks

    Single :
    1963 - Joanie Don't You Cry / Wherever You Are (Amy 877)

    Demos :
    1963 - This I Swear
    1963 - When I Fall In Love
    1963 - That Lucky Old Sun
    1963 - My Man The Moon


    Ricky Lisi
    1963 - The River / Don't Go Now (Roulette 4511)




    Biography :

    Ricky Lisi grew up in Queens, New York and was in his first group "The Pharo's" when he was only 12 years old. In 1959, The Pharo's cut four sides, "Gloria", "Lorraine", "Sunday Kind Of Love" and the original "Mama Twist". After the group broke up Ricky formed the Original Hallmarks with  Bixie Boyle, Tommy Oliveri, Tony DeFeo and the lovely Beverly Warren. Ricky really liked the Skyliner's at this time and on the back of their album was written hallmark of their style, he liked the word so much he christened the group the Hallmarks.

    Rickie & The Hallmarks    Rickie & The Hallmarks
    Beverly Warren                                                                                 Ricky Lisi   

    One night while singing under the "El" (an elevator train line) on Queens Blvd. and 43rd St in Woodside Queens, they were discovered by Tony Powers on his way to the movies. Tony was a writing partner at this time with Ellie Greenwich. Tony took the group into Bell Sound where they would record "Like A Million Years". The next step was the Brill Building where Leiber & Stoller pass on the group. Ellie liked Bev and pulled her from the group to do background vocals and eventually had her record "Like A Million Years" released on the United Artists label.

    Rickie & The Hallmarks   Rickie & The Hallmarks 
    Ricky Lisi                                                                                                                     

    At this time both Tony and Tommy exited the group as well. Replacement were Denis McMahon first tenor and from the Starlings, Jack Scandura. With a much better Knowledge of how things worked and now knowing about the Brill Building the group went into variety studios and once again cut some demos : "This I Swear", "When I Fall In Love", "That Lucky Old Sun" and the original "My Man The Moon". They would end up at the door of Wemar music where Johnny Brandon decided he would record the group. The group was brought into Mira Sound Studio as the Four Seasons were leaving. The two side recorded that night were "Joanie Don't You Cry" and "Wherever You Are". The songs were placed with Amy records a division of Bell. At the sessions, Paul Simon played guitar. The records didn't do much and the group broke up after they recorded "Don't Go Now". The Powers to be decided they didn't like the way the recording came out and shelved it. In the meantime the Concords would record it and Ricky himself would have a 45 release of the tune with the Concords on Back Up.


     



    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


    Rickie & The Hallmarks

      
       Wherever You Are                            Joanie Don't You Cry

      
    When I Fall In Love                        This I Swear

      
    That Lucky Old Sun                       My Man The Moon
     


    Ricky Lisi

      
    Don't Go Now                                         The River
     

     

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  • Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson And The Jackaels
    June Jackson

     

    J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels (San Diego, Ca)
    aka The Jackals aka Hank Blackman & The Killers




    Personnel :

    William E. 'June' 'J.J' Jackson (Lead)

    Hubert Richardson (First Tenor)

    James Famber (Second Tenor)

    Hank Blackman (Baritone)




    Discography :

    J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels
    Singles :
    1959 - A Lifetime From Today /  That Look In Your Eye (Storm 501)
    1959 - Oo-Ma-Liddi / Let The Show Begin (Storm 502/ Prelude 502)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - Port of Happiness (Brent)
    1962 - Don't Let Her Make You Cry (Brent)

    J.J. Jackson & The Jackals
    1962 - False Face / Ring Telephone (Everest 2012)

    Hank Blackman & The Killers
    1962 - Everyone Has Someone /Itchy Koo (Brent 7030)

    Bertha Tillman bb J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels
    1962 - Oh My Angel / Lovin' Time (Brent 7029)

    J.J. Jackson bb The Jackaels
    1963 - Time / Shy Guy (Crescent 632)

     




    Biography :

    There is much confusion about J.J. Jackson.  Jerome Louis 'J.J' Jackson (B. 4/8/41) was a Soul Artist who did 'But It's Alright".  He was in a doo wop group called 'Cordials'. William E. 'June' 'J.J' Jackson (B. 1931) from San Diego, Ca is the lead singer of The Jackaels  with Hubert Richardson (First Tenor), James Famber (Second Tenor) & Hank Blackman (Baritone) . In 1959, the group recorded  four songs released by Storm Records .

    Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

    In 1962, June Jackson & The Jackaels recorded four songs for Brent records. Because they had two releases under that name, the company decide to re-brand them and use the two song sung by group member Hank Blackman rather than the two June Jackson sang lead on. The group was renamed Hank Blackman & The Killers. the two songs left in the can were June Jackson sung and penned numbers "Port of Happiness" and "Don't Let Her Make You Cry".

    Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels    Hank Blackman & The Killers aka J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

    During the same session the Jackaels also recorded with Bertha Tillman.  Bertha Tillman was working as a department store salesgirl in San Diego when she was discovered by Hank Blackman . June Jackson had written "Oh My Angel" and the Jackaels were the uncredited group that backed Tillman on this tremendously soulful tearjerker. There were two more 45s with the Jackaels :  "False Face" b/w "Ring Telephone" on Everest and "Time" b/w "Shy Guy" on Crescent. June Jackson will continue to record for Imperial, Bell and Musette in the 60s and 70s.





    Songs :


    J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

         
    A Lifetime From Today             That Look In Your Eye                   Oo-Ma-Liddi       

      
    Let The Show Begin             Port of Happiness 


    J. Jackson & The Jackals

      
    False Face                           Ring Telephone


    Hank Blackman & The Killers

      
    Everyone Has Someone                             Itchy Koo             


    Bertha Tillman bb J.J. Jackson & The Jackaels

      
    Oh My Angel                                 Lovin' Time


    J.J. Jackson bb The Jackaels


    Time

     


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  • Debbie & The Diplomats (3)
     

    Debbie & The Diplomats (3) (Chicago, Illinois)
     



    Personnel :

    Debbie Kelly (Soprano)

    Mel Johnson

    Howard Berhalter (Baritone)

    Bert Steling (Tenor)







    Discography :

    1958 - Burnin' The Torch / Unchangeable Heart  (Stepheny 1826)




    Biography :

    Pop vocal group from Chicago, Debbie & The Diplomatswere composed by Debbie Kelly, Mel Johnson, Howard Berhalter and Bert Steling.  The group formed in the mid-1950s. In 1955, the quartet began to perform in the clubs, restaurants, cabarets & palaces of indianpolis. Debbie & The Diplomats gain a little notoriety in the region and multiply performances.

    Debbie & The Diplomats (3)     Debbie & The Diplomats (3)

    They backed some artist and orchestra  and in 1958, the group can recorded their own single "Unchangeable Heart" b/w "Burnin' The Torch" on Stepheny record based in Evanston, Illinois and owned by Norman Forgue. The group performed until 1962 before separating.



    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


      
    Unchangeable Heart                               Burnin' The Torch




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  • The Catalinas (9)
    Paul Buff

    The Catalinas (9) (Cucamonga, California)




    Personnel :

    Paul Buff

    Allison Buff





    Discography :

    1964 - Your Tender Lips / Gonna Tell (Original Sound)





    Biography :

    Pal Recording Studio (1957–1964) was an independent recording studio that operated in Cucamonga, California. The studio was started by engineer/innovator Paul Buff. The studio is known for its instrumental Surf music recordings such as "Wipe Out" by The Surfaris and the original demo recording of "Pipeline". Buff’s studio creativity and complete openness in recording musicians of all backgrounds and styles naturally resulted in studio bookings by many local artists. Pal Recording Studio quickly became a place where musicians could record their rehearsals and repertoire and leave with high quality recordings.

    The Catalinas (9)    The Catalinas (9)

    Paul Buff’s Original Sound output was credited to his own name as well as many other artists. Paul also recorded with his first wife Allison as The Catalinas. Terri And Johnnie had cut "Your Tender Lips" at Pal for release on Donna, but their version was not a hit. So, Paul Buff did his own version as The Catalinas for Original Sound. Unlike Terri And Johnnie's version as a male/female duet, all the vocals on The Catalinas' version were by Paul. The Catalinas released "Gonna Tell" as the Original Sound B-side of "Your Tender Lips." Unlike the A-side, "Gonna Tell" features Allison Buff in the lead with Paul doing the bridge.

    The Catalinas (9)     The Catalinas (9)
                         Paul Buff                                                                                        Frank Zappa
    Pal was also the training ground for a young Frank Zappa who worked at the studio starting in 1961. Zappa learned basic recording techniques at Pal. He recorded his first rock n' roll record, "Breaktime", by The Masters, which consisted of himself, Paul Buff, and Ronnie Williams. In 1964, Zappa bought the studio and renamed it Studio Z.






    Songs :

      
     Your Tender Lips                                  Gonna Tell          




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  • The Celebrities (3)

    The Celebrities (3) (Bronx, New York)



    Personnel :

    Jo Jo (Lead)

    Douglas Rodriguez

    Billy

    Pefly

    ???




    Discography :

    1961 - I Want You /  Mambo Daddy (Music Makers 101)



    Biography :

    The Celebrities were a racially mixed group from the Bronx composed by Jo Jo (Lead) , Douglas Rodriguez, Billy, Perfly and another guy.  "I Want You " b/w Mambo Daddy" was recorded in 1961 by the group at Musicmakers Studios W.57th St. in New York with King Curtis's Band  who did a fabulous solo on his Sax with "Mambo Daddy" on the B side. "I want You" charted in 1961 at #31 on the WABC Swinging Sound Survey April 18, 1961.

    The Celebrities (3)    The Celebrities (3)
    King Curtis                                                                                                       

    The same year, Douglas Rodriguez and his new group , The Rialtos with Hector Ruiz, Fred Campos, Francisco Zubillaca and Patrick Gaul recorded again at Musicmakers Studios with King Curtis's Band the tunes "It Hurts" and  "Let Me In" . In 1966 Douglas Rodriguez became a member of the The Latin Souls with Frank Ruiz,Anthony Florez, & Sammy Marrero.


     


    Songs :

      
     I Want You                                 Mambo Daddy

     



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