• The Hamptones
    The Hamptones : Gonzales Garner, Stanley Mitchell, Joe Mars & Frank Holt

    The Hamptones 

     
    Personnel :

    Stanley Mitchell

    Gonzales Garner

    Joe Mars

    Frank Holt



    Biography :

    Stanley Mitchell  was born February 10th 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Upon graduation from Highland Park High School in 1955, Stanley joined his first group the Cherokons. Through regular performances at local talent shows Of which they won their fair share the group was eventually brought to the attention of Lionel Hampton. Under the auspices of Hampton the group changed their name to the Hamptones. The other group members were Frank Holt, Joe Mars and Gonzales Gardner. In 1957 Stanley left the Hamptones to form his own group, Stanley Mitchell & the Tornados.

     
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  •  The Playmates (2) aka The Three Playmates 

    The Playmates (2) (Newark, NJ.)
    aka The Three Playmates
     

    Personnel :

    Gwen Brooks

    Lucille Beatty

    Alma Beatty

     

    Discography :

    The Playmates (2)
    1957 - It Must Be Love / Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong ‎(Savoy 1523)   

    The Three Playmates
    1957 - Sugah Wooga / Lovey Dovey Pair (Savoy 1528)
    1958 - Give Your Love To Me / (Do-oo, Do-oo) I Dreamed (Savoy 1537)

     

    Biography :

    The 3 girls from Newark, New Jersey (sisters Lucille and Alma Beatty and Gwen Brooks) only ever had 3 singles released in the late 1950s for Savoy Records, a label launched in Newark in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky, and had just one of them make any of the national charts. Their first release was the summer 1957 Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong (not the same song as one released with that title in 1956 by Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys for Mercury's Wing subsidiary) b/w It Must Be Love on Savoy 1523 billed as The Playmates (Alma, Gwen, Lucille). It failed to chart, although Savoy arranger Ernie Wilkins certainly provided them with quality backing, using tenor saxophonists Jerome Richardson and George Barrow, baritone saxophonist Budd Johnson, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Sam Price, bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Bobb Donaldson. They appeared on Savoy at the same time Roulette's guys put out their first single.

    The Playmates (2) aka The Three Playmates    The Playmates (2) aka The Three Playmates

    For their follow-up Sugah Wooga the label assembled tenor saxophonist Buddy Lucas, organist Bobby Banks, bassist Leonard Gaskin and an unidentified orchestra and this time, to avoid record store/juke box label confusion with the all-male quartet The Playmates, they were billed as The Three Playmates (Lucille, Alma, Gwen) and in March 1958 it peaked at # 89 Billboard Pop Top 100 on Savoy 1528 b/w Lovey Dovey Pair. For some reason, however, it made no impact whatsoever on the R&B charts despite the facts Savoy was designed mainly to appeal to that market and the arrangement was so close to that of the 1957 R&B/Pop smash Little Bitty Pretty One by Thurston Harris. Their only other single, also billed as The Three Playmates (Alma, Lucille, Gwen), was (Do-Oo, Do-Oo) I Dreamed b/w Give Your Love To Me on Savoy 1537 later in 1958 and, with the same backing musicians as their first effort (it was actually recorded in July 1957), it failed to chart.


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 
     

    The Playmates (2)

      
    Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong                       It Must Be Love       
     
    The Three Playmates

      
    Lovey Dovey Pair                               Sugah Wooga

      
    Give Your Love To Me                                  I Dreamed           


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  • The Spectors Three
    Phil Spector, Rickie Page & Russ Titelman

    The Spectors Three  (Los Angeles, CA)

     

    Personnel :

    Phil Spector (guitar, vocals)

    Rickie Page (vocals)

    Russ Titelman (guitar)


    Discography :

    1959 - I Really Do / I Know Why  (Trey 3001)
    1960 - Mr. Robin  / My Heart Stood Still (Trey 3005)


    Biography :

    After the split of the Teddy Bears in 1959, Spector's career quickly moved from performing and songwriting to production. While recording the Teddy Bears's album, he had met Lester Sill, a former promotion man who was a mentor to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. His next project, the Spectors Three, was undertaken under the aegis of Sill and his partner, Lee Hazlewood. The singers were a young musician friend called Russ Titelman, a female session singer named Ricky Page, and Spector himself; the backing track was minimal. Unable to use the Teddy Bears’name, he put out under the name of the Spectors Three.

    The Spectors Three

    When they lip-synched on a Los Angeles television show, there was no sign of Spector: Titelman was joined by his girlfriend, Annette Merar, and another friend, Warren Entner. The public, however, failed to be impressed, and it made no impression. The B- side, 'I Know Why', featured Phil's double-tracked vocal set against Page's ' heavenly' soprano wail. The record was released on Trey, a Hazlewood-Sill label distributed by Atlantic. The Spectors Three subsequently cut one more record, 'My Heart Stood Still', but that was a flop, too. It marked the end of Spector's career as a singer, although in 1959 he cut a pleasant instrumental called 'Bumbershoot', playing guitar with LA sessionmen, including an unimpressed Howard Roberts, for Imperial, under the name Phil Harvey.


    Songs :

        
    I Really Do                                       I Know Why

       
    Mr. Robin                                       My Heart Stood Still     


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  • The Faces 

    The Faces (Brooklyn, New York)


    Personnel :

    Philip Vitale

    Johnny Vitale

    Nicky Vitale

    Joseph R. De Biaso (aka Joe Edan)


    Discography :

    1963 - Christmas / New Year's Resolution (Iguana 601)
    1965 - Skier Jones / What Is This Dream (I Have) (Regina 1326)
    1965 - I'll Walk Alone / I Didn't Want Her (Regina 1328)


    Biography :

    Vocal group from Downtown Brooklyn with Philip, Johnny and Nicky Vitale along with their cousin Joseph R. De Biaso (aka Joe Edan). They all live in the Gowanus Projects at 175 Hoyt St.. They were a talented Italian American vocal group group. Carol Blades who sang with the Harptones lived in same building and practiced harmony with them. Their Iguana Record "Christmas" b/w "New Year's Resolution" is little known for their two great sides. They recorded two other singles for Regina Records.



    Songs :

      
       I'll Walk Alone                               New Year's Resolution

      
       Christmas                                       I Didn't Want Her


    What Is This Dream I Have



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  • The Co-Hearts
    The Co-Hearts (Philadelphia)
     

    Personnel :

    Doris Williamson

    Dorothy Williamson

    Earl Forman

    Jerry ?

     

    Discography :

    1958 - My Love / Cry Baby (Vee Jay 289)


    Biography :

    Vocal group from north Philadelphia. "My love" b/w "Cry Baby" is the only 45 this group made. The singers were twin sisters Doris and Dorothy Williamson, also Earl Forman, and Jerry last name unknown. They all are from north Philadelphia. The song was released in 1958.

    The Co-Hearts    The Co-Hearts
    Doris Williamson                                                                                                                                    

    The Co-hearts were produced by Harold Nussbaum (also known as Hal Norton) and William Goldstein (owners of Norgolde Records in Philly) , the same two gents who produced the Buccaneers on Southern and the Re-Vels on Chess.  The Co-hearts appeared many times in the late 50's on the same card as the Guytones.

    Songs :

      
    My Love                                          Cry Baby

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