• 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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  • The Starlettes

    The Starlettes (Chicago, Il.)

     

    Personnel :

    Gloria J. Mandly

    Edythe Jones

    Catherine Cooper

    Audrey Maben

    Audrey Sparrow

     

    Discography :

    1958 - Jungle Love / Please Ring My Phone  (Checker 895)

     

    Biography :

    In 1958, The Starlettes signing a contract with Checker, a record label that was started in 1952 as a subsidiary to Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois. The Starlettes were a backing vocal group who made one record of their own. The Starlettes cut one single "Jungle Love"/"Please Ring My Phone" for Checker but they also did a lot of background work for other artist. They were Gloria J. Mandly, Edythe Jones, Catherine Cooper, Audrey Maben and Audrey Sparrow.

     

    Songs :

     
             Jungle Love                              Please Ring My Phone  


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  • The Antwinetts

    The Antwinetts (Baltimore, Maryland)

     

    Personnel :

    Patricia Diggs

    Connie Green

    Stella Mae Logan

    Vicky Logan

     

    Discography :

    1958 - Johnny / Kill It (RCA Victor 7398)

     

    Biography :

    The Antwinetts for Baltimore is made up of Patricia Diggs, Connie Green, Stella Mae Logan and Vicky Logan. The group were recorded and promoted by Howfum Records, a very small music publishing company, which was based in Baltimore, Maryland. The actual pressing of the records was done on a contract basis with RCA, and - apparently due to some sort of confusion - many, if not most (possibly all) copies of the record ended up mistakenly printed with an RCA label. In 2003, Carroll Williams, who was one of the main figures in Howfum Records, gave an interview of his reminiscences of Howfum in the 1950s, which were published in a book, "Group Harmony", by Stuart L. Goosman (published in 2005). According to Carroll Williams, "The Antwinetts was the very first group we recorded. Young girls, twelve, thirteen, fourteen years old". He added that The Antwinetts "was our star group", and that they sold "thousands" of their records. Unfortunately, in the 1950s, the songs of The Antwinetts seem to have only been heard on the radio in Baltimore and the other major cities of Maryland, with some random airplay on various New York City stations. Howfum did not really have the money or connections to truly promote the group, and so, they faded into obscurity.

     

    Songs :

      
    Johnny                                           Kill It


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  • The Truetones aka The Capitols (2)   

    The Truetones  (Washinton,D.C. / Baltimore)
    aka The Capitols (2)

     

    Personnel :

    Ronald Henderson (Lead)

    James Green (First Tenor)

    Marshall Hawkins (Second Tenor)

    Earl Briscoe (Baritone)

    Leonard Campbell (Bass) )

     

    Discography :

    The Truetones
    1958 - Honey, Honey / Whirlwind (Monument 4501)
    1961 - Blushing Bride / Singing Waters (Felsted 8625)
    1966 - He's Got The Nerve / That's Love (Josie 950/1103)
    1966 – Girls Are Sentimental / One More Time (LSP 0001/0002)

    The Capitols (2)
    1973 - Honey, Honey / Alone In The Night (The Jones Boys) (Baron 103)

     

    Biography :

    This group started as the Capitols, and changed their name to the Truetones when they signed to Monument records. The Truetones were one of those groups whose personnel changed almost continuously. The only constant member was the group's organizer/Manager/writer and lead singer Ronald Henderson.

    The Truetones aka The Capitols (2)
    Top : Ronald Henderson, Gene Williams, Andrew Layer - Bottom : John Johnson, Kenny Willis

    Their first records, "Honey, Honey" (not be confused with the Teenchords' song of the same name) is a great medium-tempo harmony group sound from the late 1950's. The group Other three records were spaced rather far apart : "Singing Waters"on Felsted was released in the early 60's and the two other were released on Josie & LSPin the Mid-60s. In 1973, Honey, Honey is released by Baron under their original name, The Capitols.


    The Truetones (1966)

    At personal appearances, the Truetones would perform as a "double group" that is, they would open the show with their own songs, and then return to sing back-up for another singer, usually, Pookie Hudson after he left the Spaniels.  Thanks to Marv Goldberg

     

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

          
    Singing Waters                     Blushing Bride                               Whirlwind

          
    Honey, Honey                       He's Got The Nerve                That's Love


       
         One More Time                    Girls Are Sentimental

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  • Teri Akers

    The Tears (1) (Torrance, Ca.)

     

    Personnel :

    Teri Akers (Lead)

    Jill Moore

    Dick Dawson

    Sherwood Tiernan

     

    Discography :
    Single :
    1956 - Nothing But Love   / Until The Day I Die (Dig 112)
    Unreleased :
    1956 - I Don't Wanta Cry (Dig)


    Biography :

    The Dig Record label was originally called Ultra Records and was formed in late 1955 by Frank Gallo, Eddie Mesner, Leo Mesner and Johnny Otis in Los Angeles California. in February 1956, the name of the label was changed to Dig Records, probably because of the existence of another California record company called Ultra. In 1957, Johnny Otis acquired sole ownership of the Dig Record Label. The Tears, a quartet of Torrance High School since 1954, consisted of blonde vocalist/composer, Teri Akers, Jill Moore, Dick Dawson and Sherwood Tiernan.

    The Tears (1)    The Tears (1)
                                                                                                                                        Johnny Otis

    The Tears impressed johnny Otis at one of his Talent Shows. Their Dig sides, "Nothing But Love"/ "Until The Day I Die" did well in Los Angeles but despite their appearance on the J.O. TV show, it didn’t help record sales all that much. Otis did not follow it up with another record. Yet a second record was ready to be released with the title "I Don't Wanta Cry". Could this group have been the inspiration for "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears?  Similar lineup with a girl singing lead and boys on harmony. 


     

    Songs :

      
    Until The Day I Die                         Nothing But Love
     
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