•  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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  • Otis Williams & the Charms (1)
     

    The Marvels (3) (Washington, DC)
    aka The Marvells
    aka The Senators (3)



    Personnel :

    Sam Gilbert (Lead)

    James "Junior" Isom (Second Tenor)

    Ronald Boyd (Baritone)

    James Mitchell (Bass)



    Discography :

    The Marvels (3)
    1958 - I Shed So Many Tears / So Young So Sweet (Laurie 3016)

    The Marvells
    1961 - For Sentimental Reasons / Come Back (Winn 1916)

    The Senators (3)
    1962 - Wedding Bells / I Shouldn't Care (Winn 1917)


    Biography :

    The Marvels emerged from the fertile Washington, D.C. doo wop scene of the 1950s. According to Marv Goldberg's profile in the December 1976 issue of Yesterday's Memories, lead Sam Gilbert, second tenor James "Junior" Isom, baritone Ronald Boyd and bass James Mitchell co-founded the group in 1954 -- after honing their harmonies on local street corners, the Marvels achieved sufficient notoriety to appear on the popular local television show Milt Grant's Record Hop, but did not actively seek a record deal until 1958, traveling to New York City to audition for the Laurie label. Laurie immediately offered a deal, and that July issued the Isom-led "I Shed So Many Tears" -- when the single went nowhere, the label terminated their contract and the Marvels returned to the Washington club circuit, waiting three years for their chance to cut a follow-up.

    The Marvels (3) aka The Marvells aka The Senators (3)     The Marvels (3) aka The Marvells aka The Senators (3)

    The Winn label issued "For Sentimental Reasons" in the fall of 1961, and when it too failed to generate much attention, the Marvels -- now facing competition from hitmakers like the Marvellos and the Marvelettes -- decided a fresh start was in order, renaming themselves the Senators in honor of the local major league baseball franchise. Winn released the Gilbert-led "Wedding Bells" in the spring of 1962, but it too fared poorly and the group soon dissolved -- Isom later resurfaced in the Gales before signing on with the Satisfactions, who in 1970 scored the R&B Top 40 hits "This Bitter Earth" and "One Light, Two Lights."



    Songs :

    The Marvels (3)

      
    I Shed So Many Tears                            So Young So Sweet

    The Marvells

      
    For Sentimental Reasons                               Come Back         

    The Senators (3)

      
    Wedding Bells                            Shouldn't Care



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  • The Four Evers (2) (Philadelphia)
    aka Ernie & The Halos (2) aka The Venairs





    Personnel :

    Jackie Jacobs (Lead)

    Paul Verdi (Tenor)

    Alex Barbadoro (Second Tenor)

    Dominick Andraccho (Baritone)






    Discography :

    The Venairs
    1962 - Summertime / Poor Boy (AMS demo) (Unreleased)

    The Four Evers (2)
    1963 - Everybody South Street / One More Time (Jamie 1247)

    Ernie & The Halo's (2)
    1963 - Angel Marie /  Darlin!!! Don't Make Me Cry (Guyden 2085)






    Biography :

    This group initially formed in 1960. After a great deal of practice and patience and a demo late spring 1962 as the Venairs , the Four-Evers auditioned for the manager of deejay Jerry Blavat, who thought they were great. Fate unfortunately didn't see it that way and they had to wait until March 1963 before a recording of theirs was produced and released on Philadelphia's Jamie label.

      
                                                                                      Bob Finizio

    “Everybody South Street” b/w “One More Time” arranged by Bob Finizio (The Fabulous Four) came out on February 16, 1963. Prior to the release, there was no South Street dance in existence and when the disc began to take off, a dance was invented. The Four Evers did get on television dance shows in Baltimore, where the record took off. They go down there and first appear on [Buddy] Dean’s TV show and then on Bob Kaye’s with the Flamingos.”

      

    The Buddy Dean Show was immortalized as the tv dance show satirized in numerous John Waters productions like Hairspray, The Shag and Cry Baby. The Four Evers were signed as singers not dancers, but the nature of their single required them to try their feet at dancing.

     
    Paul Verdi, Jackie Jacobs, Alex Balbadora, Dominick Andraccho

    About six monist elapsed when Bob Finizio contacted the restless quartet for some work. a few days later, they popped up in a studio all set to support neighborhood homeboy, Ernie Spano a member of the Four Dates who also tripped with the Fabulous Four.

      
             Ernie Spano                                                                     

    The Four Evers also backed Ernie Spano in the Bell-Sound –recorded release, “Angel Marie (The Girl from Across the Sea” b/w “Darling!! Don’t Let Me Cry” (Guyden 2085) which was released on March 27, 1963, soon after their own release. All of the doo-wop groups were soon overtaken by the arrival of the Beatles and the British muscial invasion that would come within the year.
     






    Songs :

    The Venairs

      
    Poor Boy                                          Summertime


    The Four Evers (2)

      
    Everybody South Street                        One More Time


    Ernie & The Halo's (2)

      
    The Girl From Across The Sea             Darlin!!! Don't Make Me Cry

     

     

     

     

     

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  • The Mellow Drops aka The Monitors (1) aka The Senors  

    Billy Tircuit

    The Mellow Drops  (New Orleans, LA)
    aka The Monitors (1) aka The Senors 

     

    Personnel :

    Robert Kidd (lead)

    Adolph Smith (Tenor)

    Louis Caliste (Tenor)

    Clarence Phoenix (Tenor)

    Billy Tircuit (Bass / Baritone)





    Discography :

    The Mellow Drops
    Singles :
    1954 - The Crazy Song / When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Imperial 5324)
    Unreleased :
    1954 - I Want Your Love (Imperial)
    1954 - Mother Will Stand Up For You (Imperial)


    The Monitors (1)
    Singles :
    1956 - Candy Coated Kisses / Tonight's The Night (Aladdin 3309)
    1956 - A Little Word / That's What I'll Do (Aladdin 3313)
    1957 - Our School Days / I've Got A Dream (Speciality 595)
    1957 - Closer To Heaven / Rock 'N' Roll Fever (Speciality 622)
    1958 - Mama Linda / Hop Scotch (Speciality 636)
    Unreleased :
    1956 - Guiding Light (Aladdin)
    1956 - O, O, Daddy, O (Aladdin)
    1957/58 - Crazy Green Lizard
    1957/58 - Groovy Ruby
    1957/58 - If I Could See You Again
    1957/58 - My Baby's Rockin'
    1957/58 - My Greatest Mistake
    1957/58 - Red Sails In The Sunset
    1957/58 - Too Young
    1957/58 - Wobble When She Walks

    The Senors
    1962 - May I Have This Dance / Searching For Olive Oil (Sue 756)




    Biography :

    This New Orleans vocal group First got together in New Orleans in 1952, They were friends in their early twenties and calling themselves the Mellow-Drops, playing bars and clubs in the New Orleans vicinity. Finally they were discovered by Imperial's Dave Bartholomew. Bartholomew got them a session on November 15, 1954.  "The Crazy Song" and "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" by the Mellow Drops later that year.  For some forgotten reason, the group decided to change their name to the Monitors. They met and backed up Shirley and Lee one day. The producer that day was Eddie Mesner of Aladdin Records. That session eventually led to a session for the Monitors with Aladdin. Kidd was the usual lead, but he was unable to make the Monitors session with Aladdin and Vontell Lane filled in. Four tunes were recorded at the one session they had with Aladdin — only two were used.

     

    The Mellow Drops aka The Monitors (1) aka The Senors     The Mellow Drops aka The Monitors (1) aka The Senors

    Eddie Mesner                                                                                            

    The Aladdin disc did well locally but received little support from the label, and they next called on Specialty Records in 1956. While this group had been the Mellow Drops on Imperial and was renamed the Monitors and the Senors,  it's curious that despite their Louisiana origin, they recorded for the Sue label in New York and for California's Imperial, Aladdin, and Speciality labels. The Monitors' first session for Specialty was held in December 1956 and their first release on that label occurred in January 1957. It did well locally in New Orleans, but Speciality’s Art Rupe failed to support it. Similarly, their two other Specialty releases had good local support but no push. Differences between group members began to surface and they split up in 1958. Later that year,Vontell Lane and Billy Tircuit got together with Johnny Meyers, Simon Washington, and Elaine Edwards to form the Moonbeems .

    The Mellow Drops aka The Monitors (1) aka The Senors     The Mellow Drops aka The Monitors (1) aka The Senors
                                                                                                         Art Rupe

    In 1961, many of the Monitors original members got together and renamed themselves again to the Senors. The group members were Billy Tircuit, Adolph Smith, Vontell Lane, and Clarence Phoenix. Their new lead singer was Adolph's brother, Milton Smith. They recorded a couple of sides at Cosimo's: "May I Have This Dance" and "Searching For Olive Oil". By 1964, the Monitors / Señors had disbanded for good.

    http://www.uncamarvy.com/Monitors/monitors.html




    Songs :

    The Mellow Drops

      
    The Crazy Song                      I Want Your Love


    The Monitors (1)

      
    Candy Coated Kisses / Tonight's The Night      Our School Days / I’ve Got A Dream

      
    Closer To Heaven / Rock 'N' Roll Fever              Mama Linda / Hop Scotch 


    The Senors

      
    May I Have This Dance                Searching For Olive Oil





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  • Mike & The Utopians (1)
     Mike Lasman

    Mike & The Utopians (1) (Brooklyn, N.Y)




    Personnel :

    Mike Lasman (Lead)

    Jimmy McQueen (Tenor)

    Earl (Baritone)

    Stuart Cohen (Bass)




    Discography :

    1958 - Erlene / I Wish (Cee Jay 574)
    1958 - Erlene / I Found A Penny (Cee Jay 574)




    Biography :

    Danny Robinson was the brother of Bobby Robinson, who owned Red Robin and Fury Records. Danny himself owned several Harlem labels like Holiday and Everlast. Clarence Johnson, who assisted Danny Robinson with his amateur vocal groups began his own label, Cee Jay Records, in the Bronx. One of the aspiring groups Johnson had in his stable was Mike & The Utopians. The one-record quintet from the Bedford-Stuyvesant Section of Brooklyn (NY) consisted of : Mike Lasman (Lead ), Jimmy McQueen (Tenor), Earl ? (Baritone) & Stuart Cohen (Bass) and ?.

    Mike & The Utopians (1)   Mike & The Utopians (1)

    "I Wish" b/w "Erlene" Cee-Jay 574 was pressed twice in 1958. "Erlene" was the "A" side on both pressings. The flip sides were both the same recording with different titles . The other title of this recording is "I Found A Penny (And I Made A Wish)." Both pressings were from 1958, but exact release dates of each pressing are not known. Mike Lasman later sang with the Dreamers on Guaranteed, the Accents on Sultan, and the Concords on Herald.





    Songs:

      
    Erlene                                                      I Wish


     

     



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