•  Vinny Catalano & The Daydreams (2) aka The Love Notes (6)

     The Love Notes (6)  (Bronx, New York)
    aka Vinny Catalano & The Daydreams (2) 

     

    Personnel :

    Charles Gaskin

    Rosemary Gaskin

    Carol Harnish

    ?

     

    Discography :

    The Love Notes (6)
    1963 - Our Songs Of Love / Nancy (My Love) (Wilshire 200)
    1963 - Gloria / Mathematics Of Love (Wilshire 203)

    Vinny Catalano & The Daydreams (2)
    1963 - I Won't Cry Anymore / Because Of You (Hammer 6320)

     

    Biography :

    Vince Catalano was born on a farm in New London, Connecticut. He has spent over 45 years in the music business. As a recording artist he waxed his first 45 on Gee Label in 1956, "Ding Dong" by The Echoes.  He went on to have several other releases under many different names - Vinny Downes, Tom Swift under the name The Lonely Boys, Vinny & Sue, Vinny & Kenny, Bea & Dea & the Buttons. His greatest success came under the name The Acorns where he had two number one songs in Hawaii : "Angel" and "Your Name And Mine". As a songwriter Vinny has penned over 300 tunes. Eventually he would star his own short lived label C&A before becoming partners in Blast Records a subsidiary of Sinclair Records owned by the late Don Ames. Also under the Sinclair Banner, Vinny worked with groups on Mermaid and Whale. It was here Vinny penned one of his best tunes "Conney Island Baby" by the Excellents. Vinny worked with his kid brother's group, Donnie & the Dreamers, recording over 10 excellent sides, most lost and unreleased.

     Vinny Catalano & The Daydreams (2) aka The Love Notes (6)    Vinny Catalano & The Daydreams (2) aka The Love Notes (6)
                                                                                             Vinny Catalano

    When Vinny left Blast he started the Wilshire label in 1963 and released two singles by the Love Notes. The Love Notes were a Vocal group from Cypress Ave. in the Bronx composed by three girls with three guys doing background for a lead singer with guitar. The only known members of the group are Charlie Gaskin, Rosie Gaskin and Carol Harnish. The Love Notes recorded four remarkable sides : "Our Songs Of Love", "Nancy (My Love)", "Gloria" and "Mathematics Of Love". Their "Gloria" in May of 1963, using lyrics that were closer to the original than to those of the Cadillacs. Vinny Catalano will use the "Love Notes" "to backed him him on "I Won't Cry Anymore" b/w "Because Of You". Perhaps because the single was released on another label, although owned by Vinny Catalano, the band will be renamed The DayDreams.


    Songs :

    The Love Notes (6)

      
    Our Songs Of Love                          Nancy (My Love)

      
             Gloria                                    Mathematics Of Love

    Vinny Catalano & The Daydreams (2)

      
    I Won't Cry Anymore                                Because Of You  


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  •  The Gross Sisters
    Georgia & Rose Marie

    The Gross Sisters (Norton, Ohio)

     

    Personnel :

    Rose Marie Gross

    Georgia Gross

     

    Discography :

    1959 - Oom Baby? / My Baby Ain't Nothing But Bad (Checker 932)

     

    Biography :

    Both Rose Marie, 17, and Georgia, 15, were honour students at Norton High School Ohio. Both play in the high school band - Rose Marie play the clarinet and Georgia the flute. The Talented Gross girls also vrite the words and music for songs and then record their own composition. In  February 1959,  they signed a contract with Checker records  to write and record eight of their own tunes each year. Rose Marie and Georgia  penned some songs in 1958 : "All Our Life Long", "Dear Santy", "Hey, Fat Boy", "I Really Love You", "A teenage Boy". The first two Gross Sisters will be released by Checker early in March 1959 with "Oom Baby?" b/w "My Baby Ain't Nothing But Bad". Unfortunately, surely the little promotion and the little success have put a stop to the careers of the two sisters. Checker will no longer be releasing a Gross Sisters single.

     

    Songs :

      
                   Oom Baby?                       My Baby Ain't Nothing But Bad

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  • The Charmettes (2)

    The Charmettes (2) (Chicago)

     

    Personnel :

    ?

     

    Discography :

    1958 - School Letter /  Johnny Johnny (Federal 12345)

     

    Biography :

    These Charmettes who recorded for Federal Records have no connection with the other groups of the same name, "School Letter" and "Johnny Johnny" were recorded in Chicago but the members of this quintet are unknowns . It was obviously arranged and possibly produced by Sonny Thompson whose Big Star Pub. Co. (BMI) gets part-publishing credit along with Syd Nathan and Ralph Bass's Armo imprint, so Ralph Bass was at least nominally the producer, but it obviously pre-dates Nathan & Thompson's formal partnership through Son-Lo Music Pub. Co. (BMI) which was to make Thompson a formally anointed producer at King/Federal and a prolific producer in Chicago and Cincinnati. The other interesting thing about this one is the involvement of professional Chicago songwriter and group coach Bernice Williams, later to be involved with the Dukays and the Starlets and to have her big moment with "Duke Of Earl."


    Songs :

      
    School Letter                              Johnny Johnny

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  • The Rayber Voices
    The Rayber Voices - L to R: Robert Bateman, Gwen Murray, Brian Holland. Front: Raynoma Gordy

    The Rayber Voices (Detroit, Michigan)

     

    Personnel :

    Ranoma Liles Gordy

    Robert Bateman (Bass)

    Sonny Sanders (First Tenor)

    Brian Holland

     

    Discography :

    Herman Griffin & The Rayber Voices
    1958 - I'm So Glad I Learned To Do The Cha-Cha / I Need You (Hob 112)

    Marv Johnson & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - Come To Me / Whisper (Tamla 101)
    1959 - I'm Coming Home / River Of Tears (UA 175)
    1959 - Don't Leave Me / You Got What It Takes  (UA 185)
    1960 - I Love The Way You Love / Let Me Love You (UA 208)
    1960 - Ain't Gonna Be That Wa / All The Love I've Got (UA 208)

    Chico Leverett & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - Solid Sender / I'll Never Love Again (Tamla 54024)   

    Barrett Strong & The Rayber Voices
    1960 - Whirlwind / I'm gonna cry (Tamla 54033)

    Tom Clay & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - Never before / Marry me (Chant 103)

    Mike Power & The Rayber Voices
    1959 - I Left My Love In Paris /  Teenage Sweetheart (Zelman 5301)

     

    Biography :

    This early Motown backing vocal group came from Detroit, Michigan, USA. The ensemble was established in 1958 and directed by Berry Gordy's second wife, Raynoma Gordy. The Rayber Voices were the original background singers on Gordy's early recordings.

       
                                Marv Johnson                                                                                                                                           

    This is the original line-up: Raynoma Gordy (Berry Gordy's ex-wife), Brian Holland, Sonny Sanders (Satintones Tenor) and Robert Bateman (Satintones bass), later Gwen Murray was in the group as well. The group was on recordings from mid-1958 to about the end of 1959.

       
                                                                                                                          Barrett Strong

    The Rayber Voices made their debut on Herman Griffin's I Need You (1958), and toured with Marv Johnson the following year after his Come To Me achieved a modicum of success. Joining the voices at this time was Gwendolyn Murray.

    The Rayber Voices
    Paste up picture :  Bateman, Gordy ,Sanders & Holland

    As Gordy's Motown empire grew the Rayber Voices would eventually include members of the Temptations, Martha And The Vandellas, and the Miracles. But the days of using ad hoc ensembles soon ended and by the early '60s the Rayber Voices was replaced by a full-time back-up group, the Andantes.

     

    Songs :

     

    Herman Griffin & The Rayber Voices

        
    I'm So Glad I Learned To Do The Cha-Cha                 I Need You                           

     

    Marv Johnson & The Rayber Voices

               
           Whisper                                    Come To Me                      You Got What It Takes

            
    I'm Coming Home                       Let Me Love You                   River Of Tears    

           
    I Love The Way You Love          Don't Leave Me             All The Love I've Got


    Ain't Gonna Be That Way

     

    Chico Leverett The Rayber Voices

            
             Solid Sender                     I'll Never Love Again

     

    Barrett Strong & The Rayber Voices

       
    I'm Gonna Cry                               Whirlwind    

     

     Mike Power (bb The Rayber Voices)

       
    I Left My Love In Paris         Teenage Sweetheart

     

     Tom Clay & The Rayber Voices

         
    Never Before                         Marry Me

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  •  The Lonely Ones (1) aka The Markeys (1)
    Clockwise from left : Tonny Giannatasio, Victor Eusepi, Sal DiTroia, George Morton and Marty Monaco

    The Markeys (1) (Long Island, New York)
    aka The Lonely Ones (1)

     

    Personnel :

    George "Shadow" Morton (Lead)

    Tonny Giannatasio

    Victor Eusepi

    Marty Monaco

    Sal DiTroia

     

    Discography :

    The Markeys (1) Featuring Georgie Morton
    1958 - Hot Rod / Yakkaty Yak (RCA 47-7256)

    The Markeys (1) Featuring George Morton
    1958 - A Time To Love / Make a Record, Man (RCA 47-7412)

    The Lonely Ones (1)
    1959 - I Want My Girl / My Wish (Sir 270 / Baton 270)

     

    Biography :

    George Francis Morton was born in Richmond, Virginia on 3 September 1941 and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, where he attended St Thomas Aquinas School. As George entered his teens, where he seemed he was getting in too deep with the Bed-Stuy neighbourhood's notorious street gangs, his parents moved the family out to Long Island- a safer environment, or so they thought. In 1957 George formed a vocal group, The Markeys, with friends Marty Monaco, Tonny Giannatasio, Victor Eusepi and  Sal DiTroia. Marty Monaco's mother had a basic recording studio in her basement in nearby Levittown, where the guys wrote, rehearsed and taped demos of their songs. The owner of a local record store took a liking to the young quintet and helped arrange for them to audition for RCA.

     The Lonely Ones (1) aka The Markeys (1)
    George "Shadow" Morton

    Billed as The Markeys featurin Georgie Morton, the group made their recording debut with "Hot Rod", released on RCA in the Summer of 1958 when George was 16. Long Island teenager Ellie Greenwich, behind whom the guys harmonised at a few of local high school hop, issued her first single around the same time, also on RCA. Before the year was over, RCA had released the Markeys' second single, "A Time To Love" and two more of George's songs had been recorded by Sal Mure for United Artists. For the next Record - "I Want My Girl ", for The Sir Label in 1959, again with George on lead vocals - he and his pals changed their name to the Lonely Ones. After graduating from Bethpage High School in 1959, George drifted aimlessly through a succession of short-lived jobs- bouncer, ice cream seller, hairdresser, golf caddie.... George Francis "Shadow" Morton will become an record producer and songwriter best known for his influential work in the 1960s. In particular, he was noted for writing and producing "Remember (Walking in the Sand)", "Leader of the Pack", and other hits for girl group The Shangri-Las.
    From "The Shadow Morton Story"

     

    Songs :

    The Markeys (1)

      
       A Time To Love                              Make a Record, Man

      
    Hot Rod                                         Yakkaty Yak


    The Lonely Ones (1)

      
      My Wish                                        I Want My Girl


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