Laverne Ray & The Raytones (1) (New York)
Laverne Ray (Lead)
1957 - I've Got That Feeling / I'm In Love Again (Okeh 7091)
According to Marv Goldberg' they seemed to be from New York. This vocal group were composed by Laverne Ray, John Davis, John Pope, and Vera Turner. They were around at the same time as Rudy Ray Moore & the Raytones, b Ray and Moore were not the same person. He's probably the Laverne Ray who was backed up by the 3 Riffs on Jubilee in 1949 (http://www.uncamarvy.com/3Riffs/3riffs.html).In 1957, Laverne Ray & The Raytones recorded two songs "I've Got That Feeling" and "I'm In Love Again" released by Okeh Records.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
I've Got That Feeling / I'm In Love Again
The Mixers (Chicago, Illinois)
Clyde Walker (Lead)
1958 - Johnny's Got A Girl Friend / You Said You're Leavin (Bold 101)
1959 - Casanova / Love And Kisses (Bold 102)
Percy Chatman was born in Shelby, Mississippi to loving parents, Robert and Ernestine Chatman. After the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, Percy began singing as a teenager in various local singing groups. In 1955, Percy Chatman, Clyde Walker, Jimmy Kelly and E. Edwards formed a singing group called The Mixers. The Mixers soon made their way to Chicago, Illinois, where they recorded four sides released by Bold Record "Johnny's Got A Girl Friend" b/w "You Said You're Leavin" in 1958 and "Casanova" b/w "Love And Kisses" in 1959. After returning to Omaha, and for many years thereafter, Percy began a solo singing career, performing in local Omaha night clubs such as The Workman Club, The Off Beat, The Elks Hall, Allen's Show Case, Club Lido and The Midwest Club.
You Said You're Leavin / Johnny's Got A Girl Friend
Casanova / Love And Kisses
(L to R) : Steve Gaston, Bobby Calhoun, Andre Williams, "One" Riff McGriff (Guitar), Jay Johnson & Geno Parks
Andre Williams & His New Group (2) (Detroit)
Andre Williams (Lead)
Gino Purifoy "Geno Parks"(Tenor)
Steve Gaston (Second Tenor)
Bobby Calhoun (Baritone)
Jay Johnson (Bass)
Andre Williams & His New Group (2)
1956 - Bacon Fat /Just Because Of A Kiss (Fortune 831/ Epic 9196)
Andre Williams bb His New Group (2)
1957 - You Are My Sunshine / Mean Jean (Fortune 834)
Prior to "Village of Love," Fortune's biggest-selling record was likely "Bacon Fat" (Fortune 831 and Epic 9196, late 1956) by Andre Williams and His New Group, which featured Williams' proto-rap over a sleazy, bluesy arrangement. "Bacon Fat" (the name of the song refers to a dance) reached No. 9 R&B on the Billboard chart in early 1957 after it was leased to Columbia's Epic subsidiary for national distribution. According to the research of Marv Goldberg, who has interviewed many of the people involved, Bacon Fat did not lead to fame and fortune for all of its participants. For the singing group The 5 Dollars, for whom Andre was supposedly a nominal fifth member, and who had written the tune and sung the backing vocals, it threw fat on the fire in their relationship with Fortune.
When the record actually was released, it was no longer Andre Williams and The Five Dollars (or even 'The Don Juans', the pseudonym Andre had encouraged them to adopt for some of their recordings and shows - wearing handkerchief masks) but Andre Williams & His New Group - and the backing voices were somebody else. They belonged to another Detroit group, The Dexatones with Steve Gaston (second tenor), Bobby Calhoun (baritone), and Jay Johnson (bass). The other member of the "New Group" was Andre's friend, Gino Purifoy "Geno Parks". The New Group made several appearances with Andre, including the Flamingo Club in Memphis, and some gigs in Cleveland.
Just Because Of A Kiss Bacon Fat
You Are My Sunshine Mean Jean
The Pages (Abilene, TX)
Hal McGlothlin (Vocal)
David Pullias (Vocal)
Phil Smith (Vocal)
Billy Lyon (Vocal)
Charles McLeod (Guitar)
Reford Schmitton (Guitar)
Edwin George (Sax Bass)
1958 - Donna Marie / Wind (Eagle 1005 / Don Tan 001)
Gene Morris & The Pages
1957 - Lovin Honey / I've Got A Love (Edmoral 1012/Vik 287)
The Pages came together in the fall of 1956 and were different than most other ACC groups as they also included instrumentation. Group members included vocalists Hal McGlothlin, David Pullias, Phil Smith, and Billy Lyon, guitarists Charles McLeod and Reford Schmitton, and Edwin George on sax and "bass fiddle".
L to R : Reford Schmitton, Ed George, Billy Lyon, Phil Smith, Hal McGlothlin and David Pullias
By early 1957 the group had managed enough local clout to be called on to back local rockabilly Gene Morris on his first trip in to a studio. In April of of 1957 Edmoral 1012 by Gene Morris with the Pages featuring "I've Got a Love" and "Lovin' Honey" was released.
In early 1958 the Pages were invited to Dallas for a recording session with Chuck Edwards of Eagle Records. The masters were quickly shipped to Monarch in LA. Released in the Spring of 1958, Eagle 1005 featured two compositions from Pages guitarist Charles McLeod "Donna Marie" b/w "Wind".
Donna Marie Wind
Gene Morris & The Pages
I've Got A Love Lovin Honey
Ruby Whittaker (Lead)
Lyman Hopkins (First tenor)
Frank Hopkins (Second Tenor)
Jimmy Curtis (Baritone)
Reuben White (Bass)
1989 - I Wonder Why / In Mexico (Crescent 200)
"I Wonder Why" b/w " In Mexico" was an unreleased acetate who Stevie Dunham purchased in New Haven, CT, in 1988. Probably recorded in 1956-57. It is speculated this group was the Five Chestnuts (Chestnuts) from New Haven, CT. Stevie Dunham's partners at the time did not want to use the Five Chestnuts on the issue of this 45 and left it up to steve to put a name to an acetate that only listed song titles but no group name. So he christened it The El-Lanos. The record was released on Crescent, in July of 1989.
(updated by Hans-Joachim)
I Wonder Why / In Mexico