• The Jayhawks aka Vibrations aka Marathons (2) aka Vibes (Los Angeles)

    Personnel :

    Jimmy Johnson (lead)

    Carl Fisher (ténor)

    Dave Govan (baritone)

    Carver Bunkum (bass)

    Discography :

    1955 - Counting My Teardrops / The Devil's Cousin (Flash 105)
    1956 - Stranded In The Jungle / My Only Darling (Flash 109)
    1956 - Love Train / Don't Mind Dyin' (Flash 111)
    1957 - Everyone Should Know / The Creature (Alladin 3393)
    1959 - Start The Fire / I Wish The World Owed Me A Living (Eastman 792)
    1959 - Betty Brown / New Love (Eastman 798)
    1961 - Lonely higway / La Macerena (Argyle 1005)

    Earl palmer & the Jayhawks
    1957 - Johnny's House Party Pt. 1 / Pt. 2 [Earl Palmer & Jayhawks] (Alladin 3379)

    The Vibes
    1958 - What's Her Name / You Are (Allied 10006 )
    1959 - Misunderstood / Let The Old Folks Talk (Allied 10007)
     


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    The Harbor Lights (New-York)
    aka The Harbor Lites



    Personnel :

    Sandy Deane "Yaguda"

    Sidell Sherman

    Kenny Rosenberg "Vance"



    Discography:

    The Harbor Lites

    1960 - What Would I Do Without You / Is That Too Much To Ask (Jaro 77020)

     

    The Harbor Lights

    1960 - Angel Of Love / Tick A Tick A Tock (Mala 422)




    Biography :

    In 1959, Kenny Vance and Sandy Yaguda were part of a vocal group called the Harbor lites; so called because they lived in Belle Harbor, New York. The other members were Sydell Sherman, Gail Sherman, Linda Kahn and Richie Graff. They all attended the same school. One of the owners of IVY Records, Stan Feldman, also lived in that neighborhood and the Harbor lites went to his home to audition for his label.  He thought that the group was terrible and told them to go home and do a lot of practicing. Linda, Gail and Richie left the group at this point and the three remaining members practiced constantly : Sandy Yaguda, Sidell Sherman and Kenny Vance .

    The Harbor Lights aka The Harbor Lites
     From top : Kenny Vance, Howie Kane, Sandy Yaguda and Jay Traynor.

    When they thought that they were good enough they went back to his office to audition again. This time they were signed to a contract and their first record was "Is That Too Much To Ask"- originally on Ivy but Jaro Records purchased the master. Jaro stood for The J. Arthur Rank Organization.  In 1960, the groups other single "Tick-a Tick-a Toc," which may have been released briefly by Jaro, came out on Mala label, a struggling, medium size New York company. Kenny Vance & Sandy Yaguda then formed another group with Howie Kane and Jay Traynor. The new group auditioned for Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who signed them to United Artists Records, and named the group Jay and the Americans.





    Songs :

    The Harbor Lites


    Is That Too Much To Ask / What Would I Do Without You

     

    The Harbor Lights


    Tick A Tick A Tock / Angel Of Love



     

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    The Stereos (1) (Philadelhia)
    aka  The Tams (1) aka The Hippies



    Personnel :

    Carole "Devine" Varletta (Lead)

    Howard "Bogey" Boggess (Baritone)

    Nancy Orts (Alto)

    Jack Felker (Tenor)




    Discography :

    The Stereos (1)
    1959 - Memory Lane / Teenage Kids (Mink 27)

    The Tams (1)
    1959 - Memory Lane / Teenage Kids (Mink 27)
    1960 - Sorry / Valley Of Love (Swan 1960)
    1961 - Vacation Time / If Love Were Like Rivers (Heritage 101)
    1962 - Memory Lane* / Teenage Kids (Parkway 863)

    The Hippies
    1963 - Memory Lane* / A Lonely Piano** (Parkway 863)

    *Alternate Version
    ** Reggie Harrisson




    Biography :

    This group came from The Roxborough high Schoolin Philadelhia in 1957. They were Carole "Devine" Varletta, Howard Boggess, Nancy Orts and Jack Felker. Together they dreamt up the name Impalas; it wasn't long before they entered the requisite talent show at Roxborough High. Amazingly they won. Howard Boggess changed the name to The Stereos and Disk Jockey Bud Bress decided to manage the group.


    The Impalas - Howard "Bogey" Boggess, Nancy Orts, Jack Felker & Carole "Devine" Varletta

    In 1959, The Stereos came in the Allegro Studio for Mink Records with "Memory Lane" and "Teenage Kids". Mink launched the two-sider in mid-1959. But there was in fact a Stereos group from Ohio, so the label repressed the same versions under the aegis of the Tams. Not long thereafter, Bogey and Brees arranged an audition with Bernie Bennick's Swan complex…  Both cuts, "Sorry" , a weeper composed by Bogey, was coupled with Bress' "Valley of Love", were assembled.

      
                                                                                                              Carole "Devine" Varletta

    In 1961, Bogey and the group, perhaps augmented by another singer, issue a nifty platter for Heritage Records "Vacation Time" b/w "If Love Were Like Rivers" was fobbed off to a juke warm public. Bernie Lowe owner of Cameo,  released "Memory Lane" b/w "Teenage Kids" on his Parkway subsidiary, bust must have been alerted during the first month or so that Joe South's Tams out of Virginia objected the name "Tams".


    The Tams/Hippies, with new Members

    ABC's Tams had already issued a clutch of recordings on Arlen and General American soon to score a major triumph in "What Kind Of Fool" during the Fall of 1963. Lowe changed the name to Hippies, and switched out the flip to "A Lonely Piano".




    Songs :

         
    Memory Lane                         Teenage Kids                            Sorry

          
    Valley Of Love                  If Love Were Like Rivers            Vacation Time

     

     

     

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  • The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
    The Satans Four

    The Wonders (7) (New York)
    ref : The Satans Four




    Personnel :

    Frankie (Spinale) Paris (First Tenor)

    Chuck Howard (Baritone)

    Glen Hockaday

    Al Vega




    Discography :

    The Wonders (7)
    1963 - Say There / Marilyn (Colpix 699)

    The Satans Four
    1965 - I Can't Find The Girl On My Mind / Oh Kathy (B.T. Puppy 515)





    Biography :

    Frankie Spinale was born in 1941 in Boston. In 1958, he found a bunch of guys who felt the same way: the Crescents. That was his first vocal group and they were together for three years. They did a lot of record hops. Frankie took the name Paris from another singer he saw in Boston who was working in the clubs, he had the name Bobby Paris. Frankie need a name that is gonna be easy, Americanized. So he changed it up. Most Italian American artists, like Frankie Avalon, Fabian, they all changed their names becauseit made it easy for the public to remember.

    The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
    The Crescents L to R : Nelson Caruso, Jack Carroll, Frankie (Spinale) Paris, Butch Russo.

    Then in 1962, Frankie Paris ventured into New York with eighty bucks in his pocket on a Greyhound bus, with one suitcase. He met this guy, who was also in a singing group. His name was Al Vega. They went to Broadway a week later, and met two other guys. The first was Glen Hockaday playing a guitar. He came from Washington, D.C.. So they started singing. And the harmonies sounded great. So then the three walked farther up towards the Ed Sullivan Theater. And a guy comes down the street, his name is Chuck Howard, he hears the harmonies and join the group. An interracial group, Frankie Paris was Italian American, Al Vega was Spanish, the other two guys were black. They started singing in the streets. Later on they got the name the Wonders. 

    The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
    The Tokens - Hank Medress, Mitch Margo, Phil Margo et Jay Siegel.

    There was this rehearsal studio at 1697 Broadway, at 53 rd Street. They rented a hall, for like a buck and a half. And we started rehearsing, singing different songs and next room over was a production company. Independent producers were the thing at that time. They meet the Independent producers, there's four of them, and they’re The Tokens. The Tokens tell them - "The sound is interesting. Go write some songs. Come back on Monday." So The Wonders went to Glen Hockaday 's house in Brooklyn, wrote two songs, came back on Monday. They heard one song, they loved it and signed the Wonders to a two-year contract. Two months later they had a record out, "Say There." The B-side was "Marilyn," written by the Tokens themselves.

    The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four     The Wonders (7) -  ref : The Satans Four
                                                                                                The Satans Four

    They got a lot of airplay, although the "Say There" side failed to crack either the Billboard or Cash Box "Top 100" it was a "Top 40" hit in several markets between August and October, 1963...Springfield, MA, Baltimore, MD, Bakersfield, CA, Detroit, MI, Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH. ..also "Top 50" in Buffalo, NY . In 1965 Frankie Paris took off for Vegas with one of the members of the original Wonders, and they put a band together. They were called Satan's Four and did a Motown repertoire, rhythm-and-blues stuff.  They were at a club called the Pussycat A Go- Go. The Satans Four recorded "I Can't Find The Girl On My Mind" and "Oh Kathy" released on the B.T. Puppy a company established by The Tokens.




    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 
    The Wonders (7)

      
    Say There                                                   Marilyn



    The Satans Four

      
    I Can't Find The Girl On My Mind                        Oh Kathy                   




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  • The Quills aka The Incinerators
     

    The Quills (Chester, PA)
    aka The Incinerators



    Personnel :

    Rick Berry

    Fred Cox

    Otis Freeman

    Gus Rainey

    Tim Speed




    Discography :

    The Quills
    1959 - Who's Love But Yours / Going To The Moon (Casino 106)

    The Incinerators
    1961 - You Think You're Cute / I Want To Know (Sound Dex 100)




    Biography :

    Members of The Quills were Rick Berry, Fred Cox, Otis Freeman, Gus Rainey, & Tim Speed. The group started singing in their early teens. After a few years they got quite good t it became the first group in Chester to start using dance choreography in their act. They sang live on the two most popular radio stations in Philadelphia. and although they sang Rhythm and Blues, or Rock and Roll as some people called it, they also sang in church on one occasion.

    The Quills aka The Incinerators   The Quills aka The Incinerators

    They even sang at the Apollo Theatre in New York city on the Famous Wednesday night talent show. They also happened to make their first professional recording in New York City. The record never made any money for them, but the Quills had fun doing and promoting it. About two years later, the band will record two new songs, this time in Philadelphia. "You Think You're Cute" and "I Want To Know" will be released under the strange name of Incinerators on the Sound-Dex label.




    Songs :

    The Quills

      
    Who's Love But Yours                        Going To The Moon  


    The Incinerators

      
    You Think You're Cute                           I Want To Know       

     

     


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