• The Five Swans
     

    The Five Swans (Berkley, CA)

     

    Personnel :

    Lamont Scott (Lead)

    Delmar Neely (Tenor )

    Phil Shaw (Baritone)

    Curtis Marshall (Bass)

    George Brown (Piannist)

     

    Discography :

    Single :
    1956 - Lil Tipa-Tina / Lil Girl Of My Dreams (Music City 795)

    Unreleased:
    1956 - A Mother's Love (Music City)

     

    Biography :

    The Five Swans consisted of Lamont Scott (Lead), Delmar Neely (Tenor), Phil Shaw (Baritone), Curtis Marshall (Bass) and George Brown solely on piano accompaniment and musical arrangements. They made their performing and vocalizing debut while still in junior high School. The five boys signing a recording contract with The former owner of Music City Records, Ray Dobard.

    The Five Swans

    Lamont Scott, Delmar Neely, Phil Shaw, George Brown & Curtis Marshall

    They were originally named the Swans (after the swan department store where they probably purchased uniforms) but Dobart changed it to the Five Swans to avoid mix-up with other Swans groups. The Swans recorded one long session from late lunch to late dinner and cut nine songs, seven of which were "held back". Dobard had a habit of filling tapes with material and only using a fraction of them.

    The Five Swans

    The Five swans toured with the Gaylarks and the Four Deuces. Big LA R&B 1950s labels, Aladdin and Dootone, approached the group to join them, but Music City's head, Ray Dobard, would not let that take place. The Quintet soon tired of Dobard's shoddy treatment and disbanded.

     

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim)

      
     Li'l Girl Of My Dreams                               Lil Tipa-Tina           
     

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  • The Initials (1)

    The Initials (1) (Brooklyn, New York)

     

    Personnel:

    Manuel "Manny" Rivera (Lead)

    Bobby Gonzales

    Dennis Rowe

    David Rowe

     

    Discography :

    Single :
    1959 - Bells Of Joy / You (Dee 1001 / Sherry 1/2)

    Unreleased :
    1959 - You Didn’t Answer My Letter (Aljon)
    1959 - Someday, Someway (Aljon)

     

    Biography :

    Vocal group from Marcy Projects in Brooklyn. The Initials were composed by Manuel "Manny" Rivera , Bobby Gonzales, Brother's Dennis and David Rowe. The group Recorded two tracks both written by lead singer "Manny" and their manager Lou Dean. The single will be released in 1959 under the label Dee, a name probably related to Lou Dean. It will be released again in 1965 under the Sherry label. Shortly after the release on the Dee label, the group appeared at Al Browne with a composition by Bobby Gonzales "Someday, Someway". Al Browne will record the song along with one of his compositions "You Didn’t Answer My Letter". Unfortunately the single will not be released. Finally, it was in 1973 that the two titles were released by the Vintage label.

     

    Songs :

      
    Bells Of Joy                                            You    

      
    You Didn’t Answer My Letter                 Someday, Someway      
      

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  • The El Vireos

    The El Vireos (Dayton, OH.)


    Personnel :

    Frank Williams (Lead)

    Sonny Jackson (First Tenor)

    LeVoy Fredericks (Second Tenor)

    Willis "Bing" Davis (Baritone)

    Charles Hill (Bass)

    Jim Jennings (Guitar), Denny Davis (Saxophone), and Bob Hensley (Drums)

     

    Discography :

    1959 - First Kiss / Silly Willie  (Revello 1002)

     

    Biography :

    The El Vireos' history is mostly forgotten but it's notable, before integration, the local act featured five black singers and a trio of white backing musicians. Like Willis "Bing" Davis, most of the El Vireos were students at Wilbur Wright High School in East Dayton. However, one singer attended Stebbins and another went to Dunbar. They sing on various stages and go to talent shows at different high schools. They performed at churches. Community centers and recreational centers always had talent shows.  Revello's Bob Bowman saw the El Vireos perform at a Mother's Day program at DePauw in 1959 and signed the group to a one-record deal. With little industry experience and no label distribution, pushing copies of the 45s fell on the group. They sold them out of the back of their cars.The single might not have been good enough to hit the national charts, but both songs are very representative of the period. The single was released with minimal promotion behind it, but  simply having a record out and hearing it on the radio energized them enough to refocus on music. They decided to get serious and really try to do something with this. Their  plan was to go on the road  but then they lost Their lead singer, Frank. He ended up drowning in the pond at the Lakeside Amusement Park and that blew them up quite a bit."Williams' drowning was among the factors that officially ended the El Vireos.

     

    Songs :

      
    First Kiss                                   Silly Willie


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  • The Intentions (1)

    The Intentions (1) (Philadelphia, PA.)


    Personnel :

    Richie Mignona (Lead)

    John Poloney (Second Tenor)

    Bill LaRario (Bass)

    Tommy Inzillo (Baritone)

    John Montmore (First Tenor)

     

    Discography :

    Single :
    1963 - Summertime Angel / Mr. Misery (Jamie 1253)
    Unreleased :
    1963 - Embraceable You (Jamie)


    Biography :

    The Intentions were a singing group from the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia. All of the members formed in Bishop Neumann High school. Richard Mignona sang lead, John Montmore  was first tenor, John F Poloney was second tenor, Tom Inzillo at baritone, and Bill Lerario was bass. Richie Mignona and John Poloney wrote and recorded "Summertime Angel" with the Intentions although they were never given credit for it. Jamie Record released the single in May 1963. Mr Misery was the " A" side written by Bob Finizo but "Summertime Angel" got the most air play on the radio. The band also has an unreleased song "Embraceable You"

     

    Songs :

      
    Embraceable You                              Summertime Angel


    Mr. Misery

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  • The Shy Guys (1)
    Trinidad Chavez, Jim Slone and Gail Poch

    The Shy Guys (1) (Portale, NM)

     

    Personnel :

    Jim Slone (Lead)

    Gail Poch (Baritone)

    Trinidad Chavez( Bass)

     

    Discography :

    The Shy Guys (1)
    Single :
    1958 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair / Shy Guy (Trump 816)
    Unreleased :
    1959 -  Water Boy

    Jimmie Stewart bb The Shy Guys (1)
    1959 - Ten Thousan'/ Livin' Doll (Trump 817)


    Biography :

    Jim Slone, Trinidad Chavez and Gail Poch were in Eastern New Mexico University choir together. They were called The Shy Guys and Jim Slone was the lead singer.  At the beginning of 1958, the three friends decided to form a group. The same year they recorded two songs at Clovis, NM, where Buddy Holly recorded. Both songs were written by Jimmy Stewart. The Shy Guys backed Jimmy on two other of his compositions "Ten Thousan"'and "Livin' Doll".

    The Shy Guys (1)   The Shy Guys (1)

    "The Girl With The Flaxen Hair" b/w "Shy Guy " and "Ten Thousan"'b/w "Livin' Doll" will be released for the tiny label "Trump". They got enough airplay that as soon as they graduated in ‘58 and went and going on tour for six months to such hot spots as Boise, Idaho, and Elko, Nev.. In Boise, The Shy Guys recorded another song "Water Boy".

    The Shy Guys (1)

    Jim Slone had to go into the Army for six months and when he got out he took his first full-time disc jockey job in Farmington, NM. He eventually cut a bunch of demos and had four records on a couple of different labels, but he never had a hit. In 1963, Jim re-recorded "The Girl With The Flaxen Hair" backed by a female group, The Kimberlys.  He started as a disc jockey, worked his way into sales, then man- agement and ownership. Before it was all over he was fortunate enough to own nine radio stations.

     

    Songs :

    The Shy Guys (1)

      
    The Girl With The Flaxen Hair                          Shy Guy                 

    Jimmy Slone bb The Kimberlys

     
    The Girl With The Flaxen Hair                    Wedding Bells              

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