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    The Raindrops (4) (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)  
    ref The Jumpin'Tones





    Personnel :

    Joe Nunez  (Tenor)

    Pat Zito (Bass)

    Lou Beneveto

    Jimmy Beneveto




    Discography :

    Singles :
    1961 - In The Still Of The Night / Sweetheart Song (Imperial 5785)
    1989 - Jingle Bell Stomp / Even Now (The Jumpin'Tones)(Avenue D 16)

    Unreleased
    1961 - Japanese Sandman (Imperial)
    1961 - Come On Home (Imperial)
    1961 - I See A Star (Imperial)
    1961 - You're My Love (Imperial)



    Biography :

    Pat Zito, Joe Nunez, Lou and Jimmy Beneveto from Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, formed a vocal group. Night after night, they would harmonize on the street corners with each other or with friends such as Eugene Pitt and his group, the Jive Five. Sam Hawkins (Who had a hit of his own "king Of Fool) introduced the group to Goldie Goldmark, Vice president of Imperial records. They auditioned a song they had written "The Sweetheart Song" and were told that someone from Imperial would get in touch with them soon.

      
                                                                                                            Pat Zito & Joe Nunez
    In the meantime, the group needed a name, At first the name Tear drops appealed to them, but they soon rejected it, believing that it sounded too similar to the name of another group. By chance, Joe quickly suggested they change Tear Drops to Rain Drops. It was not long before they were contacted by bandleader and arranger, Leroy Kirkland , who was then worked for Imperial. Kirkland had refashioned the Five Satins hit "In The Still Of The Night".   The group went into the Beltone studios and cut Four sides. two remain unreleased and the other pair, "In The Still Of The Night" coupled with their own "Sweetheart Song" were issued but the record was a commercial failure, and the dischanted Rain Drops broke up. Joe Nunez & Pat Zito then decided to form another group the Jumpin Tones.
    Thanks to Joe Nunez JR.



    Songs :

         
    In The Still Of The Night          Jingle Bell Stomp                 Come On Home

     

     

     

     

     

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  • The Lincolns (2)

    The Lincolns (2) (East Harlem, NY.)

     


    Personnel :

    Harold Anderson (Lead)

    Willie Williams (Tenor)

    John Anderson (Baritone)

    John Miro (Bass/Baritone)



    Discography :

    1959 - Baby Please Let Me Love You / Can't You Go For Me (Mercury 71553)




    Biography :

    After their only single and their uncredited backup for Chuck Willis on two singles, the Ospreys broke up. John Miro did some Atlantic backup sessions behind Clyde McPhatter and Ivory Joe Hunter. In 1959, he joined the Lincolns with Harold Anderson (lead), Willie Williams (tenor), John Anderson (baritone), and John Miro (bass and lead baritone). The Lincolns did one record for Mercury with "Baby Please Let Me Love You" and "Can't You Go For Me".
    http://www.uncamarvy.com/Ospreys/ospreys.html


    Songs :

      
    Baby Please Let Me Love You                      Can't You Go For Me      


     

     


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  • Top : William"Bill"Davis & Daniel "Sonny'"Norton - Middle : Harold Major - Bottom : Gerald Hamilton

     

     The Crows (Harlem, New York)
    aka  The Jewels (1) aka  The Four Notes (1)




    Personnel :

    Daniel "Sonny'"Norton(Lead)

    Mark Jackson(Tenor)

    Harold Major(Tenor)

    William"Bill"Davis(Baritone)

    Gerald Hamilton(Bass)



     


    Discography

    Fat Man Humphries  (bb The Four Notes)
    1952 - I Can't Get Started With You / Lulubell Blues (Jubilee 5085)

    Viola Watkins (bb The Crows)
    1952 - Paint A Sky For Me / Really Real (no group) (Jubilee 5095)

    The Crows

    Singles :
    1953 - Seven Lonely Days / No Help Wanted(Rama 3)
    1953 - Gee / I Love You So(Rama 5)
    1954 - Perfidia / Piano Player Plays A Tune(Gee 1)
    1954 - Heartbreaker / Call A Doctor* (The Jewels (1)) (Rama 10)
    1954 - Baby / Untrue(Rama 29)
    1955 - Mambo Shevitz / Mambo No.5(Tico 1082)
    1954 - Miss You / I Really, Really Love You(Rama 30)
    1955 - Baby Doll / Sweet Sue(Rama 50)
     

    Unreleased:
    N/A - Don't Come Back (Rama)
    N/A - What's The Matter With You, Woman (Rama)

    The Jewels (1)
    1954 -  Call A Doctor* / Heartbreaker (The Crows)(Rama 10)

    Lorraine Ellis (bb The Crows)
    1954 - Perfidia / [Piano Player Play A Tune - Lorraine Ellis]
    1955 - Mambo Shevitz / [Mambo No. 5 - Melino & His Orchestra](Tico 1082)

    *West Coast pressings had "Call A Doctor" credited to the "Jewels"

     

     

     

    Biography :

    When The Crows started out in 1951, practicing sidewalk harmonies, the original members were Daniel "Sonny" Norton (lead), William "Bill" Davis (baritone), Harold Major (tenor), Jerry Wittick (tenor), and Gerald Hamilton (bass). In 1952, Wittick left the group and was replaced by Mark Jackson (tenor and guitarist).

      
    Frank "Fat Man" Humphries                                                                  Viola Watkins

    They were discovered at Apollo Theater's Wednesday night talent show by talent agent Cliff Martinez and brought to independent producer George Goldner who had just set up the tiny new Rama Records label. The Crows were the first group signed and the first to record. Their first songs they recorded were as backup Fat Man Humphries as The Four Notes and singer Viola Watkins.

     

    The song "Gee" was the third song recorded during their first recording session, on February 10, 1953. It was put together in a few minutes by group member William Davis, with Watkins also being credited as cowriter. The song was first released as the B-side of a ballad, "I Love You So".

        The Crows aka  The Jewels (1) aka The Four Notes (1)

    However, radio stations began turning it over and playing "Gee," first in Philadelphia and later in New York and Los Angeles. By January 1954 it had sold 100,000 copies, and by April it entered the national R&B and pop charts, rising to #2 R&B and #14 pop.The song was a huge hit a year after it was recorded.

      

    In June 1953, The Crows were back in the studio recording "Heartbreaker" and "Call A Doctor."  Issued in July 1953, the disc was released on the West Coast, for unknown reasons, with "Call A Doctor" being credited to the Jewels and "Heartbreaker" to the Crows.
    http://www.uncamarvy.com/Crows/crows.html

     

     


    Songs :

    Fat Man Humphries  (bb The 4 notes)

      
     Lulubell Blue                             I Can't Get Started With You


    The Crows

         
    Seven Lonely Days / No Help Wanted                  I Love You So                                 Gee              

         
    Perfidia / Piano Player Plays A Tune                   Call A Doctor / Heartbreaker                               Baby / Untrue                 

         
         Mambo Shevitz                          Miss You / I Really, Really Love You                      Baby Doll / Sweet Sue


    Viola Watkins (bb The Crows)


    Paint A Sky For Me / Really Real


     

     

     

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  •  The Chessmen (2)
    Cecil Gentry (Freshman year)


     

    The Chessmen (2) (Washington, DC)




    Personnel :

    Alan Johnson (Lead)

    Willie Hardman (First Tenor)

    Robert Brown (Second Tenor)

    Cecil Gentry (Bass)





    Discography :

    1961 - Lola / I believe (Pac 100)





    Biography :

    Vocal group from Washington DC composed by Alan Johnson (Lead Tenor), Willie Hardman (First Tenor), Robert Brown (Second Tenor) and Cecil Gentry (Bass).

     The Chessmen (2)     The Chessmen (2)

    The Chessmen cut only one single "Lola" b/w "I believe" at a local studio (Rodel) for the local Label Pac. They are not the Chessmen on Mirasonic who was also known as The Prelude 5. Previously Willie Hardman sang with the Dippers Quintet in 1955 and recorded "Look What I Found" b/w "Almost Christmas" on the Flayr Label .






    Songs :

      
    lola                           I believe





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    The Charms (1) (Cincinnati)


    Personnel :


    Otis Williams(Lead)

    Donald Peak(Tenor)

    Rolland Bradley(Tenor)

    Joe Penn(Baritone)

    Richard Parker(Bass)


    Discography :

    Otis Williams and The Charms (1)
    1955 - That's your mistake / Too late I learned(Deluxe 6091)
    1956 - Rollin' home / Do be you(Deluxe 6092)
    1956 - Ivory tower / In paradise(Deluxe 6093)
    1956 - It's all over / One night only(Deluxe 6095)
    1956 - Whirlwind / I'd like to thank you Mr. D.J(Deluxe 6097)
    1956 - Gypsy lady / I'll remember you(Deluxe 6098)
    1956 - Pardon me / Blues stay away from me(Deluxe 6105)
    1957 - Walkin' after midnight / I'm wating just for you(Deluxe 6115)
    1957 - Nowhere on Earth / No got de woman(Deluxe 6130)
    1957 - United / Don't deny me(Deluxe 6138)
    1957 - Well oh well / Dynamite darling(Deluxe 6149)
    1957 - Could this be magic / Oh Julie(Deluxe 6158)
    1958 - Let some love in your heart / Baby O'(Deluxe 6160)
    1958 - Burnin' lips / Red hot love(Deluxe 6165)
    1958 - You'll remain forever / Don't wake up the kids(Deluxe 6174)
    1958 - My friends / Secret(Deluxe 6178)
    1958 - Welcome home / Pretty little things called girls(Deluxe 6181)
    1959 - My prayer tonight / Watch dog(Deluxe 6183
    1959 - I knew it all the time / Tears of happiness(Deluxe 6185)
    1959 - In paradise / Who knows(Deluxe 6186)
    1959 - Blues stay away from me / Funny what true love can do(Deluxe 6187)
    1960 - Chief um (take it easy) / It's a treat(King 5323)
    1960 - Rickety Rickshaw man / Silver star(King 5332)
    1960 - Image of a girl / Wait a minute baby(King 5372)
    1960 - The first sign of love / So be it(King 5389)
    1960 - And take my love / Wait(King 5421)
    1961 - Little turtle dove / So can I(King 5455)
    1961 - Just forget about me / You know how much I care(King 5497)
    1961 - Pardon me / Panic(King 5527)
    1961 - Two hearts / The secret(King 5558)
    1962 - When we get together / Only young once(King 5682)
    1963 - It'll never happen again / It just ain't right(King 5816)
    1964 - Friends call me a fool / Unchain my heart(King 5880)
    1965 - Baby, you turn me on / Love don't grow on trees(Okeh 4 7225)
    1965 - I fall to pieces / Gotta get myself together(Okeh 4 7235)
    1966 - Welcome home / I got loving(Okeh 4 7248)
    1966 - Ain't gonna walk your dog no more / Your sweet love(Okeh 4 7261)
    1969 - Begging to you / Everybody's got a song but me(Stop 306)
    1969 - Make a woman feel like a woman / Jesus is a soul man(Stop 346)
    1969 - Ling ting tong / For the love(Stop 360)
    N/A - Save your love for me (Okeh) (Unreleased)
    N/A - Don't mess with my stuff (Okeh) (Unreleased)
    N/A - As long as you're loving me (Okeh) (Unreleased)
    N/A - It's only you (on Chart as "I'll be true") (Deluxe) (Unreleased)
    N/A - This love of mine (Deluxe) (Unreleased)
    N/A - Boom diddy boom (Deluxe) (Unreleased)
    N/A - Creation of love (Deluxe) (Unreleased)

    The Charms (1)

    1953 - Heaven only knows / Loving baby(Rockin' 516/Deluxe 6000)
    1953 - Happy are we / What do you know about that(Deluxe 6014)
    1954 - Please believe in me / Bya bya baby(Deluxe 6034)
    1954 - Quiet please / Fifty five seconds(Deluxe 6050)
    1954 - My baby dearest darling / Come to me baby(Deluxe 6056)
    1954 - Hearts of stone / Who knows(Deluxe 6062)
    1954 - Two hearts / The first time we met(Deluxe 6065)
    1954 - Crazy, crazy love / Mumbo sh mambo(Deluxe 6072)
    1954 - Bazoom I need your lovin' / Ling, ting, tong(Deluxe 6076)
    1955 - Ko ko mo / Whadaya want(Deluxe 6080)
    1955 - Crazy, clazy love / Whadaya want(Deluxe 6082)
    1955 - When we get together?ELet the happening happen(Deluxe 6087)
    1955 - One fine day?EIt's you, yes you(Deluxe 6089)
    1956 - I'll be true / Boom diddy boom boom(Chart 623)

    Otis Williams and His New Group
    1955 - Miss the love / Tell me now(Deluxe 6088)
    1955 - Gum drop / Save me, save me(Deluxe 6090)
    1955 - That's your mistake / Too late I learned(Deluxe 6091)

    Tiny Topst and The Charms (1)
    1957 - Miss you so / Aw shucks, baby(Federal 12302)57.07
    1957 - Come on, come on, come on / Ring around my finger(Federal 12309)57.10

    The Charms (1) (Without Otis Williams)
    1955 - Love, love, stick stov / Love's our inspiration(Chart 608)
    1956 - Heart of a rose / I offer you(Chart 613)

     

     

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