• The Debonaires (3)

    The Debonaires (3) (Brooklyn,  N.Y.)

     

    Personnel :

    Robert Adino

    Mike DiBenedetto

    Edwin Lamboy

    Joe Reina

     

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1956 - Won’t You Tell Me / I’m Gone (Gee 1008)
    1959 - We'll Wait / Make Believe Lover (Gee 1054)
    Unreleased :
    1956 - Best Love (Gee)
    1956 - I’d Climb The Highest Mountain (Gee)


    Biography :

    Vocal group from "Red Hook Brooklyn" composed by Robert Adino, Mike DiBenedetto, Edwin Lamboy and Joe Reina.  Before becoming the Debonaires, Robert Adino and Mike DiBenedetto backed Lucille Val as the Echos, they recorded a disc that seems to have been released. The group began with several personnel combinations in 1956. Eventually, Adino and DiBenedetto were introduced to Lamboy and Reina. The group members all attended Boys High School. Between the school and their neighborhood came the Mystics, the Passions, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Velours, and so on.

    The Debonaires (3)    The Debonaires (3)

    They played at local clubs, fairs, and various nightspots and were soon spotted by Bert Keyes of Gee Records. Bert Keyes organizes a recording session for them where they recorded six songs. For quite some time it was rumored that this group , due to their sound, was black. However, this is simply not correct. Gee released only one single en 1956 - "Won’t You Tell Me" b/w "I’m Gone" (Gee # 1008) . Too little promotion of "Gee" and soon after the group split. However, three years later, gee releases two new titles (Gee # 1054) including the splendid "We'll Wait". Encyclopedia of Rhythm and Blues and Doo Wop Vocal Groups

     

    Songs :

      
    Won’t You Tell Me                                   I’m Gone          

      
             We'll Wait                                   Make Believe Lover


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  • The Dovers (1)
    L-R: Miriam Grate, Frank Edwards, Wyndham Porter, Eddie Quinones & James Sneed

    The Dovers (1) (New York)
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

     

    Personnel :

    Miriam Grate (Lead)

    Bobby Johnson (Lead) (replaced with Frank Edwards (Tenor) in 1959

    Eddie Quinones (Tenor)

    Wyndham Porter (Baritone)

    James Sneed (Bass)

     

    Discography :

    Miriam Grate & The Dovers (1) / Bob Johnson & The Dovers (1)
    1955 - My Angel / Please Squeeze (Apollo 472)

    Lou Bartel (bb The Dovers) (uncredited)
    1955 - I Pray / (Zoom) Give Me Your Love Tonight (Apollo 473)

    The Dovers (1) (fb Miriam Grate)
    Singles :
    1959 - Sweet As A Flower / Boy In My Life (Davis 465)
    1961 - The Sentence / Devil You May Be (New Horizon 501) (recorded in 1959)
    Unreleased :
    1955 - My Love (acappella) (Apollo)*
    1955 - My Love (acappella) (with piano) (Apollo)**
    1955 - Only Heaven Knows  (acappella)*
    1955 -  Sweet As A Flower (acappella)*
    1955 - The Sentence (acappella)*
    1955 - Your Love (acappella)*

    *Released in 1988 on Relic 5075
    **Released in 1988 on Relic 5078

     

    Biography :

    The cozy, popular genre of doo-wop is no doubt considered to be great by the many listeners who cherish it. To explain how the actual name of Grate figures into this musical wonderland would require one of the few followers of '50s vocal groups who are not intimidated by endless detail. In a genre where dozens of groups use the same name, crossing over family lines as well as generations, it could even be considered comforting to single out Grate as one of the few surnames in the music business that simultaneously evokes excellence as well as details of sewer construction. To cut to the chase, or rather the grate, Miriam Grate is the female portion of a brother and sister that were active in the genre, although not together.

    The Dovers (1)
    Top: Eddie Quinones, Charlie Richardson, Wyndham Porter, Roland Martinez and James Sneed -
    Bottom : Unknown, Buddy Bowser and Sara Lou Harris
     

    Her brother Tommy Grate performed and recorded with The Five Wings, The Marvels and The Dubs, a progression that indicates a penchant for shorter and shorter band names. Miriam Grate is associated with only two groups, beginning in the mid '50s with The Dovers. The ensemble cut "My Angel" for the Apollo label in 1955, initially seemed primed for several thick coats of hit record paint but were instead left to peel in the shadow of the competition, of which there was plenty.

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    L-R: Miriam Grate, Eddie Quinones, Frank Edwards, Wyndham Porter and James Sneed

    Grate got something out of it, anyway, as in a husband and a new last name, although neither of the sort considered particularly desirable in the music business. Now legally Miriam Sneed after her marraige to James Sneed of The Dovers, the singer never had much choice about which surname to use in connection with four tracks also cut for the Apollo label in 1956.   


    L-R: James Sneed, Miriam Grate, Guitar player ? and Wyndham Porter

    Performances with backing from the fine Mello-Tones--such as the aromatic "Sweet As A Flower" and a pair of possesive romantic variations, "Your Love" and "My Love"-- were simply never released, ending the label's efforts to send Grate back into the fray with a new group behind her. Historic doo wop compilations on labels such as Relic have brought such material to light. While some listeners feel Grate was a neglected, undiscovered Martha Reeves in Sneed clothing, others have dismissed her as sounding like an adolescent boy on her recordings with The Dovers.
    Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide

    http://www.uncamarvy.com/DoversVocaltones/doversvocaltones.html
    https://www.allmusic.com/artist/miriam-grate-mn0001882918



    Songs :

    Miriam Grate & The Dovers (1) / Bob Johnson & The Dovers (1)


    My Angel / Please Squeeze

    Lou Bartel (bb The Dovers) (uncredited)


    I Pray / (Zoom) Give Me Your Love Tonight

    The Dovers (1) (fb Miriam Grate) 

      
            My Love                                   My Love (with piano)

      
    Only Heaven Knows                        Sweet As A Flower

      
                          Your Love                     Sweet As A Flower / Boy In My Life

      
    The Sentence                                       Devil You May Be


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  • The Four Chevelles
    Charles "Chuck" Thomas

    The Four Chevelles (Denver Colorado)

     

    Personnel :

    Charles "Chuck" Thomas (Lead)

     

    Discography :

    The Four Chevelles
    1964 - This Is Our Wedding Day / Darling Forever (Band Box 357)
    1964 - I Can't Believe / I Know (Band Box 358)
    1964 - This Is Our Wedding Day / Forever (Delft 6408)

    Chuck Thomas
    1965 - Why Baby / Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide (Band Box 360)
    1965 - What Can I Do (To Make You Care) / What Happened Baby (Band Box 365)

     

    Biography :

    Bandbox Records was a small independent record label based in Denver, Colorado and owned by Vicki Morosen which she operated between 1954 and 1972.  She had originally purchased a record company called Columbine Records in the early 50's, but Columbia Records thought that the name sounded too close to theirs and requested that she change it, which she reluctantly did. Bandbox concentrated on Denver's local musicians and many Rockabilly and Hot Rod instrumental discs. However in 1964, the label signed a vocal group called "The Four Chevelles" fronted by lead singer Chuck Thomas. The three other members of the Four Chevelles  remain a mystery for the moment.

    The Four Chevelles    The Four Chevelles

    The Four Chevelles recorded four sides all composed by Chuck Thomas. "This Is Our Wedding Day" b/w "Darling Forever" (Band Box #357) and "I Can't Believe" b/w "I Know" (Band Box #358). The following year, Bandbox Records released two more Chuck Thomas' singles (four sides again composed by Chuck Thomas) : "Why Baby" b/w "Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide" (Band Box #360) backed by a Female group and "What Can I Do (To Make You Care)" b/w "What Happened Baby" (Band Box #365).


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Four Chevelles

      
        Darling Forever                           This Is Our Wedding Day

      
    I Know                                         I Can't Believe

    Chuck Thomas

      
    Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide                             Why Baby              

      
              What Can I Do                            What Happened Baby

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  • The Pretenders (3)
    Kenny Shott,Dan Wisniewski,Skip Pietrobone,Sam Talarico and Mick Diana.

    The Pretenders (3) (Reading, Pennsylvania) 

     

    Personnel :


    Skip Pietrobone (Lead)

    
Sam Talarico

    
Mick Diana

    Kenny Shott

    Dan Wisniewski

     

    

Discography :

    
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    Single :
    1962 - The Day You Are Mine / Ding Dong Bells (Bethlehem 3050)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - Anything For You / Ding Dong Bells (Al Stan)

    
Barry Petricoin & The Belairs bb The Pretenders (3)
    1962 - Pretty Little Angel / Come Back To Sorrento (Inst.) (Al Stan 103)

    Barry Petri
    1962 - Pretty Little Angel / Come Back To Sorrento (Inst.) (Swan 4111)

     

    Biography :

    Sam Talarico started singing on the street corners in Reading in 1959. He then joined the Pretenders, a local Doo Wop group composed in the early years by Skip Pietrobone,, Mick Dianna, Kenny Shott and Dan Wisniewski . The original group at the time consisted of five white men. In 1961, the Pretenders recorded "The Day You Are Mine" b/w "Ding Dong Bells" released by Bethlehem Records owned by Creed Taylor and Teddy Charles.

    The Pretenders (3) Bethlehem is remembered for its jazz releases from the 1950s, Bethlehem released the first albums recorded by singers Chris Connor, in 1954, Nina Simone (Little Girl Blue) in 1958, and singer/actress Julie London. In 1958, Bethlehem began a distributing deal with King Records. In 1962, it was sold and absorbed by King. In early 62the Pretenders  returns in studio with Barry Petricoin & The Belairs where they recorded "Anything For You" and "Pretty Little Angel" for Al-Stan Records  a label founded by Al Zanino. Al-Stan released only "Pretty Little Angel" with an instrumental on the B side.

    The Pretenders (3)

    After the departure of Kenny Shott and Dan Wisniewski and arrival of Al Coleman and Jerry Prentice, the group consisted of 3 white men and two black. Bill Yuhas later with the Incvictors sang a time with the group. In 1962 the Pretenders opened up a huge Rock & Roll show in Reading at Saint Mary’s church sponsored by the legendary Alan Freed. In that show was Chubby Checker, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Patti Labelle & The Blue Bells, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon and many, many more great acts. The Pretenders performed at all the dances in and around Reading and in clubs like the Melody Bar, and the Flamingo Bar on Penn street.

    The Pretenders (3)

    Sam Talarico left the Pretenders in 1964 and formed Tali & The Hustlers and was the front man in that band until 1968. The Hustlers were an R & B soul band. They played all the clubs and big Rock & Roll shows around Reading, Harrisburg, Pottstown, Lebanon and beyond. They were also the house band at the Crows Nest in Atlantic City.

    The Pretenders (3)

    They opened and backed up Gladys Knight & The pips and several other big name artists. The Pretenders were asked to get back together in 1993 to open a huge oldies show at the Scenic River Days in Reading. Sam was the front man and lead singer. They did so well at that show that they stayed together and played several big shows for the next several years including The First Annual Loose Foundation show, celebrating the induction of Shorty Long.
     

     

    Songs :

      
    The Day You Are Mine                     Ding Dong Bells

      
    Anything For You                           Pretty Little Angel



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  • The Parisians (2)
    Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad and Joe Russel

    The Parisians (2) (Brooklyn, New York)

     

    Personnel :

    Robert Samuels  (Lead)

    Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad (Baritone)

    Joe Russel (Second Tenor)

    Jerome Brown

    David Murrell

    Jimmy Nelson

    James Perry

     

    Discography :

    1962 - On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Why (I Want To Know) (Pova 1003/1004)

     

    Biography :

    Second tenor Joe Russell, and baritone Herb “ Tubo" Rhoad were part of the vocal group called The Parisians who recorded "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" and "Why (I Want To Know)" released on the Pova Label. The group consisted of Robert Samuels (Lead), Jerome Brown, David Murrell, Jimmy Nelson, James Perry, Herbert Rhoad and Joe Russel. One day, Jimmy Hayes and Jerry Lawson came to replace a member of the group. They went to this fella’s apartment in Brooklyn. They had a little piano.They did “Up On The Roof”. Then Robert Samuels angrily asked them to leave because they interrupted their practice. A few days later Joe Russel and Herbert Rhoad quit the Parisians and joined Jerry Lawson and Jimmy Hayes. Jayotis Washington joined them to form an a cappella group. They were taking a chance by getting audiences to like them without instruments and so Hayes named them the Persuasions.


    Songs :

    updated by Hans-Joachim) 

      
    On The Sunny Side Of The Street               Why (I Want To Know)         



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