• 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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  • The Blendairs  

    The Blendairs (Brooklyn, New York)

     

    Personnel :

    Coste Govenelli (Lead)

    George Winters

    Vic Guzman

    Sonny Pastano

    Andy Maraglia

     

    Discography :

    1959 - My Love Is Just For You / Repetition (Tin Pan Alley 252)

     

    Biography :

    Vocal group from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York. The Blendairs were formed in 1958 and consisting of Coste Govenelli, George Winters, Vic Guzman, Sonny Pastano and Andy Maraglia.  Previously, Andy Maraglia was part of another group from Brooklyn, the Chalets with which he will record "Fat Mom-Mi-O" b / w "Who's-Laughing Who's-Crying" for the Tru-Lite label. The Blendairs meet Jack Covais, owner of Tin Pan Alley records, for whom they did one session. Two pieces will be recorded during their session: "My Love Is Just For You" & "Repetition". The single was released in 1959 on Tin Pan Alley #252. They are not the Blendairs who have an unreleased side "My Rose Ann".

     

    Songs :

      
               Repetition                                My Love Is Just For You

    ...


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  • The Four Troys  aka The Four Dots (1)
    The Four Dots : Marvin Brown, Fletcher Williams, Melvin Peters and Kenneth Miller

    The Four Dots (1)  (Pittsburgh, PA)
    aka The Four Troys

     

    Personnel :

    Kenny Jackson (First Tenor)

    Melvin Peters (Second Tenor)

    Manning Rosemont (Baritone)

    Marvin Brown (Bass)



     

    Discography :

    The Four Dots (1)
    1956 - Rita  / He Man Looking For A She Girl (Bullseye 103)

    Fletcher Williams & The Four Dots (1)
    1956 - Peace Of Mind / Kiss Me Sugar Plum (Bullseye 104)

    The Four Troys
    Singles :
    1959 - In The Moonlight / Suddenly You Want To Dance (Freedom 44013)
    Unreleased
    1959 - Weeping Willow (Freedom)

    Fletcher Williams
    1957 - Mary Lou / Stop Look And Love Me (Bullseye 1001)

     

    Biography :

    They Started as the Mellows around 1950, in the Hill and Homewood sections of Pittsburgh, PA. The original group did not have Marvin Brown included in it......because they hadn't found him yet. When they did, it was Fletcher Williams, Edgar Lee, Melvin Peters, Kenneth Miller and Marvin Brown . They changed their name to the five Mellows, and sang much of the standard fare of the R+B groups in the early and mid 50's.

    The Four Troys  aka The Four Dots (1)
    The Five Mellows : Edgar Lee, Melvin Peters, Fletcher Williams, Kenneth Miller and Marvin Brown

    They changed their name again,this time to the Four Dots, Edgar Lee left (and some additional swapping of members), and had one recording session in early 1956 with Bullseye records. They recorded four songs,"Rita","He Man Looking For A She Girl","Peace Of Mind","Kiss Me Sugar Plum." The first two were released as Bullseye 103. It was played locally in the Pittsburgh area, but didn't get play nationally. The second release pair the last two, Peace Of Mind", and "Kiss Me Sugar Plum." Same result. The story has some twists.

    The Four Troys  aka The Four Dots (1)   

    A different group from California, called the Four Dots, was signed to a Liberty records subsidiary, Freedom, in 1959. This group had Jewel Akens, Jerry Stone and Eddie Cochran as members, and released two 45's. That label also signed the Marvin Brown based Four Dots. You can't have two of the same named artists on a label, so the "Original Four Dots" became the Four Troys. They issued "In The Moonlight" and "Suddenly You Want To Dance" on Freedom 44013 in 1959. Melvin Peters also worked with the Del Vikings and Marcels. In the early 1960's, he joined Chuck Jackson and the Motown group The Originals. Then it was back home as a Headliner. He spent the seventies working with Solid Gold, Flashback, and the Katch. Now he's with a Cleveland group called Mellow Class.

    http://www.uncamarvy.com/4Dots/4dots.html
    http://oldmonmusic.blogspot.com/2009/07/george-goodman-and-headliners.html

     

    The Four Dots (1)
    (updated by Hans-Joachim)

         
                Rita                        He Man Looking For A She Girl         Peace Of Mind     

     
    Kiss Me Sugar Plum


    The Four Troys

      
          In The Moonlight                       Suddenly You Want To Dance


    Fletcher Williams

      
               Mary Lou                                Stop Look And Love Me


    ...


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  • The Boss-Tones  

    The Boss-Tones (Philadelphia, PA.)
    ref : The Four Casts


    Personnel :

    Duval Young "Babbo"

    Robbie Robinson

    Willie Weaver

    Buck

     

    Discography :

    The Boss-Tones
    1961 -  Mope-Itty Mope / Wings Of An Angel (Boss 401 / V-Tone 208)

    The Four Casts
    964 - Stormy Weather / Workin' At The Factory (Atlantic 2228)

    Wee Willie Weaver bb The Ly-Dells
    1965 - You're Gonna Be So Glad / Automatic Reaction (Tandy 101)

     

    Biography :

    Vocal group from high school at Philly's Edison HS (8th and Lehigh Avenue) composed by Duval Young "Babbo", Robbie Robinson, Willie Weaver and Buck (last name unknown). The Group recorded "Mope-Itty Mope" b/w "Wings Of An Angel" in 1961. The single was issued on the Boss Label (distributed by Ember) before the rarer V-Tone pressing. Matt Atkinson who sang with many Philly groups during the era - matter of fact he did several performances with the Bosstones on-stage singing with the Boss-Tones but was not on the original record. "Mope-Itty Mope"  has been a huge oldie in Philadelphia in Philly since Jerry "Geator" Blavat featured it at his popular hops. The Boss-Tones received regional attention but never achieved the national success initially hoped for. The Dovells, even covered it for Cameo-Parkway.

    The Boss-Tones   The Boss-Tones

    Jim Drucker worked as a teenager for Jolly Joyce Theatrical Booking Agency (JJA), Philadelphia and ran weekend WIBG Record Hops with Harold B. Childs, for Buzzy Curtis (Promotions) and was in high school at Philly's Edison HS  with members of the Boss-Tones. In 1964 he combined Chuck Hatfield, Paul O' Lone from The Ly-Dells and Babbo and Willie Weaver from the Bosstones, and in the dark of night (at Chancellor Records Studios, 9th and Vine Streets), He produced: "Stormy Weather" b/w "Working at the Factory" . Jerry Blavat, Russ Faith (Chancellor Records) and Buzz Curtis sold the master (RCA Tape Recorder deck) tapes to Atlantic Records. The record was released in the spring of 1964, under the name of “the Four Casts” (Atlantic 2228)

     

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


    The Boss-Tones

      
     Mope-Itty Mope                                  Wings Of An Angel

    The Four Casts

      
       Stormy Weather                     Workin' At The Factory


    Wee Willie Weaver bb The Ly-Dells


    Automatic Reaction

    ...


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  • The Students (1) 

    The Students (1) (Philadelphia)

     

    Personnel :

    Emerson "Rocky" Brown (First Tenor)

    Colly Williams (Second Tenor)

    Janice Brown

    Jim Dickerson (Bariton)

    Clarence Smith (Bass)

     

    Discography :

    The Students (1)
    Single :
    1958 - Mommy And Daddy / My Heart Is An Open Door (Red Top 100)
    Unreleased :
    1958 - Bye Bye Truly (Red Top)
    1958 - Mary (Red Top)

    Colly Williams
    1961 - You Know I'll Love You Tomorrow / Oh What A Love (Ry An 501)
    1963 - We'll Make It Sommeday / My Vow (Poplar 118)

     

    Biography :

    When Doc Bagby, Irv Nahan and Marvin “Red Top” Schwartz got together to form Red Top records during the last spring of 1957, Philadelphia was well on it's way to becoming the most important city of the record business. Operating out of a small office in Downtown Centre City, Red Top was instituted showcase local Philadelphia Talent. Doc Bagby, Irv Nahan and Marvin Schwartz could get enough initial airplay locally to test any release, if there was sufficient action in Philly, they'd turn the master over to a larger label for national distribution. With that in mind, Doc Bagby cut Red Top's first session with a young (mid-teens) Philadelphia group called the Students (Not the Checker/Note group of "I"m So Yong" fame) on July 8, 1957. The Students consisted of Emerson "Rocky" Brown, Colly Williams, Janice Brown, Jim Dickerson and Clarence Smith. Four Songs were recorded that afternoon -"Bye Bye Truly ", "Mary", "My Heart Is An Open Door" and "Mommy And Daddy", the latter making up Red Top's first single with sold about 25,000 in Philadelphia alone (It was not released in any other area). The group performs locally before splitting up. Colly Williams will return a few years later with two singles on Ry An and Poplar.

     

    Songs :

    The Students (1)

      
     Mommy And Daddy                     My Heart Is An Open Door

      
    Bye Bye Truly                                             Mary      


    Colly Williams

      
    You Know I'll Love You Tomorrow           We'll Make It Sommeday       


    My Vow

     

    ...


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