• The Vocal-Airs aka The Blue Sonnets
    Eric Nathanson

    The Vocal-Airs (Coney Island, Brooklyn)
    aka The Blue Sonnets

     

    Personnel :

    Louis Fasanaro

    Eric Nathanson (Second Tenor)

    Joseph Piazza

    Robert Kutner (First Tenor)

     

    Discography :

    The Vocal-Airs
    Single :
    1962 - Dance Dance / These Empty Arms (Herald 573)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - Crying In The Chapel (Herald)
    1962 - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind  (Herald)

    The Blue Sonnets
    1963 - Thank You Mr. Moon / It's Never Too Late (To Fall In Love) (Columbia 42793)

    Ricky Reynolds (Eric Nathanson)
    1959 - Let's Leave It That Way / Get The Message (Mohawk 201)

     

    Biography :

    Louis Fasanaro, Eric Nathanson, Joseph Piazza and Robert Kutner were from Bensonhurst. Eric Nathanson originally sang with Lonnie & the Carollons of Mohawk fame. Eric Nathanson recorded a solo single under the name of Ricky Reynolds before joining The Vocal-Airs. The Vocal-Airs recorded for Herald records "Dance Dance" b/w "These Empty Arms" in 1962.

    The Vocal-Airs aka The Blue Sonnets    The Vocal-Airs aka The Blue Sonnets

    "Dance Dance" have a little airplay in September 1962.  From the same session, they recorded "Crying In The Chapel" and "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind", unfortunately the two songs were never released. In 1963, Vinnie Fiacco replaced Bob Kutner and the group evolved into the Blue Sonnets and recorded "Thank You Mr. Moon" b/w "It's Never Too Late" on Columbia Records.

    The Vocal-Airs aka The Blue Sonnets    The Vocal-Airs aka The Blue Sonnets

    "Thank You Mr. Moon" was credited by M. Saunders and D. Blatt. D. Blatt is also known as Jay Black. M. Saunders is Marty Saunders (Sanders). They were members of Jay and the Americans. Bob Kutner also sang in the Boptones on Ember, The Four Romans on Wynne and with the Accents after their recording of "Rag To Riches".


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim)    

    The Vocal-Airs

      
       Dance Dance                                    These Empty Arms

      
    Crying In The Chapel                   Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
     

    The Blue Sonnets

      
    Thank You Mr. Moon                       It's Never Too Late 


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  • The Pageants (2) (New York)


    Personnel :

    Leroy Bronson (Lead)

    Barbara Reeves (Lead)

    Melvin Riley

    John Flores

     

    Discography :

    1961 - Show Them You Can Dance / It's Been So Long (Beacon 559)
    1965 - She Is Your Girl / Make It Last (Groove 0056)
    1965 - Are You Ever Coming Home / I'm A Victim (RCA 8601)


    Biography :

    John Flores and bandmates Barbara Reeves, Leroy Bronson and Melvin Riley were contracted to producer, publisher and record label owner Joe Davis for half a year beginning in October of 1963. One week after signing the deal, the Pageants came up with the four songs that were specified as the minimum number of recordings to be cut.Davis' first choice for a single was a pairing of the goading "Show Them You Can Dance" with the impatient "It's Been So Long." Musically there can be no fault found with the backup on these sides, a combo that features session ace guitarist Lawrence Lucie as well as a bassist known for his work with Elmore James, Bob Bushnell. They also recorded on the Groove & RCA Label.



    Songs :

      
    It's Been So Long                 She Is Your Girl


    Make It Last

     

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  •  The Crystals (6)  aka The Metros (2) aka The Delmonicos (2)

    The Crystals (6)  (Bronx,  New York)
    aka The Metros (2) aka The Delmonicos (2)

     

    Personnel :

    Johnny Angelillo (Baritone)

    Joe Patriarca (Second Tenor)

    Don Cruz (Lead & First Tenor)

    Joe Garcia (Lead & First Tenor)

    Jesus "Joe" Carillo (Bass)

     

    Discography :

    The Delmonicos (2)
    Demo
    1957 - Cynthia b/w Baby Sitter

    The Metros (2)
    1958 - All of My Life / Lookin' (Just 1502)

    The Crystals (6)
    Singles :
    1959 - That's Where I Belong / Better Come Back To Me (Metro 20026)
    1960 - Watching You / Oh, My You (Cub 9064)
Dee-jay copy
    1959 - I've Got My Reasons / Big John Grundy (Metro)
    Unreleased
    1959- The Beauty & the Beast (Cub) 

     

    Biography :

    The Original Crystals came from Columbus High School. They are Joe Patriarca, Richie Sozzi, ,Joe Garcia, John Angelillo and Joe Premonts. . The Group changed their name to the Delmonicos and recorded a demo Cynthia b/w Baby Sitter in 1957/1958. Premont and Sozzi were soon replaced by Joe "Bassi" Carillo and Don Cruz respectively. John's brother Louis "Chubby" became the group's co-manager along with Louis Carbonetti. Chubby Angelillo got the group an audition with Moe Gale . Moe Gale changed the group's name to the Metro's and they recorded 2 sides released by Just Record "All of My Life" b/w "Lookin'" .

      
    The Delmonicos                                                                                               The Original Crystals                        

    Moe then formed his own agency (Moe Gale Agency) and took the guys to see Ray Ellis (yes, the band leader) at MGM where they auditioned for him. Some acetate demo 78s were done and sent to different publishing agencies. Ray wanted to record them, but only if they changed their name. The group got together and chose the name Crystals (back then, there were no well- known groups with this name, although hard-core followers of early rhythm and blues know there were several earlier groups with this name).

      

    with Frank Beltran of the Young Tones                                                                                                           

     They then were signed by Ray for the Metro label (subsidiary of MGM)  a 3 years contract releasing 2 45's on Metro and Cub both MGM subsidiaries. On the local strengh of these 45's the group would appear on Alan Freed's Big Beat TV show, Jack Spectors Rhode Island TV show, plus performing at many functions and venues including West Point.
    Ed Engel (Crystal Ball records)
    http://www.harmonytrain.com/dowoplady/Metros/metros.htm 

     

    Film :


    Watching You

     

    Songs  :

    The Delmonicos (2)

      
    Cynthia                                        Baby Sitter

    The Metros (2)

      
    All of My Life


    Lookin'

    The Crystals (6)

      
    That's Where I Belong                Better Come Back To Me

      
    Watching You                       Oh, My You


    I've Got My Reasons

    ...

     

     

     

     


     

    Premont and Sozzi were soon replaced by Joe "Bassi" Carillo and Don Cruz respectively.
    The Group changed their name to the Delmonicos and recorded a demo Cynthia b/w Baby Sitter in 1957/1958.



    John's brother Louis "Chubby" became the group's co-manager along with Louis Carbonetti.
    Chubby Angelillo got the group an audition with Moe Gale who changed the group's name to the Metro's.


     

    They recorded 2 sides for the Just Record Label.
    Soon Moe would open his own agency and took the group up to see Ray Ellis. Ray was the A&R man for MGM. He signed the group to a 3 years contract releasing 2 45's on Metro and Cub both MGM subsidiaries.

      
    Once again the powers in charge decided the Metros on Metro wouldn't work.

     

    The Group elected to take back their original name, The Crystals . It would be several years before the Phil Spector group would hit the charts so this name selection was a keeper.


    On the local strengh of these 45's the group would appear on Alan Freed's Big Beat TV show, Jack Spectors Rhode Island TV show, plus performing at many functions and venues including West Point.
    Ed Engel (Crystal Ball records)

    http://www.harmonytrain.com/dowoplady/Metros/metros.htm


    Videos :


    Extraordinary song :

    Oh, My You (A cappella)

     


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  • Kelly Troy & The Jays (3) aka The Three Jays (1)  

    James Leggat (Kelly Troy) 

    Kelly Troy & The Three Jays (1) (Georgia, Atlanta )
    aka The Jays (3)

     

    Personnel :

    James Leggat "Kelly Troy" (Lead)

    Marty Jay

    Marlyn Jay

    Stan Jay

     

    Discography :

    The Three Jays (1)
    1956 - The Memory Of You / Caught, Caught, Ring-A-Leevio  (RCA Victor 6692)
    1959 - Rosa / Because Of You (Vee Jay 311)

    Kelly Troy
    1960 - Hairlooms / Remember When (Corvette CV 100)

    Kelly Troy & The Three Jays (1)
    1961 - You’re Lucky In Love / In The Still Of The Night  (Tad 101)

    Kelly Troy & The Three Jays (1) (Uncredited)
    1961 - You're Lucky In Love / Rockaway Playland (Tad 102)

    Kelly Troy & The Jays (3)
    1961 - You’re Lucky In Love / In The Still Of The Night (Harvey 102)

     

    Biography :

    According youtube through members families, James Leggat under the stage name of  Kelly Troy was a Elvis Era rocker (part of the ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Tour with Brenda Lee and Neil Sedaka) with slicked back hair, killer clothes, ever with one eye on the ladies and the other seeking out the nearest mirror. Songs under his stage name Kelly Troy “In the Still of the Night” and “Lucky In Love” among others. Originally from London, the eldest son of a Scot carpenter from the Highlands and his wife, a housewife from County Carlo, Ireland, James’ Father (and his siblings) was among the last W.W.I.I. refugees processed at Ellis Island. James Leggat saw America as the land of Opportunity. Though getting radio play and other industry notice, the Army, via the draft, brought James Sr. to Georgia where he met his wife, sister to one of his barrack buddies.

    Kelly Troy & The Jays (3) aka The Three Jays (1)      Kelly Troy & The Jays (3) aka The Three Jays (1)

                                                                            James Leggat

    The Three  jays was Marty Jay, Marlyn Jay and Stan Jay, who were billed as the Jays on the Harvey label . In 1956, the 13 year-old Marty Jay and his 10 and 11 year-old Siblings Stan and Marilyn Jay have a first single with "The Memory Of You (Legend Of James Dean)" b/w "Caught, Caught, Ring-A-Leevio (One, Two, Three)" on Rca Victor. Three Years later another disc is released by Vee-Jay Records; "Rosa" b/w "Because Of You", Unfortunately I don't know if it's the same group.


    Songs :

    Kelly Troy & The Three Jays (1)

      
    You’re Lucky In Love                In The Still Of The Night


    Kelly Troy


    Remember When


    The Three Jays (1)


    Caught, Caught, Ring-A-Leevio


    ...


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  • The Chessmen (1)  aka The Chessman aka The Preludes (4) aka The Preludes Five 

    The Chessmen (1) (Brooklyn, New York)
    aka The Chessman
    aka The Preludes (4)
    aka The Preludes Five

     

    Personnel :

    Floyd Lark (lead)

     

    Discography :

    The Chessman (ft Bobby)
    1958 – The Keeper Of My Love / Why (Safari 1011)

    The Chessmen (1)
    1958 - Du-Whop / I Live For You (MiraSonic 1002 & MiraSonic 1868)

    The Preludes (4)
    1961 - Don’t You Know Love / Starlight (Pik 230/231)

    The Preludes Five
    1961 - Don’t You Know Love / Starlight (Pik 230/231)

     

    Biography :

    Whoever Leroy R. Bates was he was on a roll in 1961, for not only was he writer of the Preludes Five's hit "Starlight", he was also the writer of the Crystals "There's No Other (like My Baby)" with hit the charts soon after. In those days the only people making money were the writers and publishers : those who 'merely' recorded their work rarely, if ever, saw anything from a record's sale.The Preludes Fives, if they were still together, would ge nothing which is probably what they got in 1961. Surprisingly for a hit record, both the group and their record label are clouded in obscurity.

    The Chessmen (1)  aka The Chessman aka The Preludes (4) aka The Preludes Five    The Chessmen (1)  aka The Chessman aka The Preludes (4) aka The Preludes Five

    Pik Records may have been based on the east coast, an assumption based on the record (Pik 230 "Don’t You Know Love" was the flip) breaking out in New York area June 1961. August 20 it had entered the Billboard hot 100 at 96, subsequently rising to 89 and 86. September 10th and 17th it was No80 and then it disappeared. The first pressing of the record was billed as by the Preludes, subsequent pressings adding the Five, presumably out of the group's concern that at least one other group with the same name could steal their bookings.Remarkably there was no follow-up and it seems the group immediatly disbanded. The quintet were lead by Floyd Lark and were the same group as the Chessman who recorded for Safari in 1958 and the Chessmen on Mirasonic the same year.

     

    Songs :

    The Chessman

      
              Why                                    The Keeper Of My Love

    The Chessmen (1)

      
    Du-Whop                                     I Live For You

    The Preludes (4) / The Preludes Five

      
    Don’t You Know Love                               Starlight          


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