• The Monarchs (2)
    The Monarchs (2) (Manhattan, New York)


    Personnel :

    Arthur Allen

    Arthur Kemp

    Fred Wells

    Robert Galloway

    Robert White


    Discography :

    1956 - Pretty Little Girl / In My Younger Days (Melba 101/Neil 101)
    1956 - Always Be Faithful / How Are You (Neil 103)
     

     

    Biography :

    The Monarchs, from Manhattan, made their debut (with "Pretty Little Girl") on Neil Records, owned by Morty Craft and Jack Angel (who also owned Melba Records).

    The Monarchs (2)

    The Monarchs had a regional with "Pretty Little Girl." It had exceptional play in the Boston area, and was a great uptempo recording. The group consisted of Arthur Allen, Arthur Kemp, Fred Wells, Robert Galloway and Robert White.

    The Monarchs (2)

    They pour their hearts out on the flip side "In My Younger Days ". The group recorded that same year "Always Be Faithful " and "How Are You? ".


    Songs :

      
    Pretty Little Girl                            In My Younger Days

      
    Always Be Faithful                                   How Are You 

      
     



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  •  The Martiniques  

    The Martiniques (Detroit)
    aka The Martineques



    Personnel :

    Bobby Martin

    Hershel Hunter

    Andy Alonzo

    Robert Walker

    Buford (Fab) Glanton


    Discography :

    The Martiniques
    1962 - Tonight Is Just Another Night / Unknown Love (Danceland 777 / Roulette 4423)
    1962 - Broken Hearted Me / Evertything Will Be Allright (Danceland 779)

    The Martineques
    1965 - If You Want To Call Me / My Baby She Can't Dance (Me-O 1002)


    Biography :

    The Martiniques were Bobby Martin, Hershel Hunter, Robert Walker and Buford (Fab) Glanton. Andy Alonzo joined the group in 1960 when Bobby got into a bad auto accident and couldn't perform and the record was about to be released so Andy Alonzo replaced him.

    The Martiniques aka The Martineques

    For their first single, Danceland recordings  were made at United Sound and The Martiniques have a hit record on the charts with "Tonight Is Just Another Night". Danceland was a long-time Detroit label, starting with 78s in 1949.

      

    Thurman Hollis was The Martiniques' manager. Robert Walker also left the group and was replaced by Flecher Sawyer. When Bobby got better he got back in and Buford left so The Martiniques became a trio. "Broken hearted me" b/w "Evertything Will Be Alright" and "If You Want To Call Me" b/w "My Baby She Can't Dance"  on Me-o  were recorded at Specialty studio in Detroit . Me-O was located in Toledo, Ohio.

     

    Songs :
    (Thanks to Hans-Joachim)

          
    Tonight Is Just Another Night                     Unknown Love             

      
        Broken Hearted Me                          If You Want To Call Me

      
    Everything Will Be Allright                My Baby She Can't Dance

     

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  • The Idols (3) (Lodi, California)


    Personnel :

    Lionel Handel

    Mike Marmon

    John Lops

    Larry Westgate


    Discography :

    1961 - Tell Me / We Dined By Candlelight (Camelia 100-38/39)
    1961 - The Stars Will Remember / Tell Me (Galaxie 77)

     


    Biography :

    The Lodi vocal combo known as "Idols" have announced they vill release their second recording on the Galaxie label. The young, musicians who have been featured on radio and teleision are Lionel Handel, Larry Mike Marmon, and John Lops. 

      

    The latest composition is Stars Will Remember" with a re peat of tell The Idols ( an anagram for lodi ) was formed four years while the singers were still atending Lodi Union High School, and all were members of the school band. "The idols" first recording "tell me" written by mike harmon and "We dined by Candlelight" a composition of Lodian Mrs. Helen Allrich, was released shortly after christmas of 1960.
    "Lodi News-Sentinel - 18 mai 1961"


    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 


        
    The Stars Will Remember                                Tell Me                  


    Tell Me / We Dined By Candlelight

     

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  • Little Jan & The Radiants (2) aka The Teen-Tones (1)
    Top :Tommy Nelli, Billy Shelly & Dominick Scretti - Bottom : Jan Perolla

    Little Jan & The Radiants (2) (Syracuse, NY)
    aka The Teen-Tones (1)


    Personnel :

    Jan Perolla (Lead)

    Billy Shelly (First Tenor)

    Dominick Scretti (Baritone)

    Tommy Nelli (Bass)

     

    Discography :

    The Teen-Tones (1)
    1958 - Miss Sweet / Darling I Love You (Dandy Dan 2)

    Little Jan & The Radiants (2)
    1960 - If You Love Me / Heart And Soul (VIM 507)

    Jan & The Radiants (2)
    1960 - Is It True (I Still Believe In You) / Now Is The Hour (Clock 1028)
    1961 - If You Love Me / Is It True (I Still Believe In You) (Queen 247)



    Biography :

    Syracuse vocal group Little Jan and the Radiants were formed in 1958, when three male members of the Teen-Tones : Billy Shelly (1st tenor), Dominick Scretti (baritone) and Tommy Nelli (bass) replaced Billy Sanders, who went into the service, with Carl Irvine (2nd tenor), and added none other than the departed Billy’s girlfriend, 17 year old Jan Perolla. Originally christened Little Jan & the Orients, their infectious sound crossed cultural lines and the group quickly became a local favorite. Sports-o-ramas, sock-hops, house parties and high school dances gave way to the big time.

    Little Jan & The Radiants (2) aka The Teen-Tones (1)
    The Teen-Tones (Sam Furco, Tommy Nelli, Billy Sanders, Billy Shelly and Dominick Scretti)

    When a producer representing Syracuse University graduate and SAMMYS Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dick Clark came to Syracuse to audition Jeff & the Notes, their friends Little Jan and the Radiants were also there and invited to “sing a few bars of Earth Angel”.  Shortly thereafter, the group got a call from the producer, met at The Orange at Syracuse University, signed a contract with CLOCK Records, and the renamed Little Jan and the Radiants were on their way.

    Little Jan & The Radiants (2) aka The Teen-Tones (1)    Little Jan & The Radiants (2) aka The Teen-Tones (1)
                                                                                                                                            Jan Perolla

    “Heart And Soul” b/w “If You Love Me” was recorded in Buffalo NY in 1959, and “Is It True” b/w “Now Is The Hour”, recorded in Rochester, was released the following year, both garnering significant radio airplay across the United States, rumored to have hit the top 10 in some major markets. The discs were so popular that they were later re-released nationally on Queen Records in 1961. In their heyday, the group shared stages with such notables as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Gene Pitney and an early lineup of the not yet famous Four Seasons.


    Songs :

    The Teen-Tones (1)

      
    Darling I Love You                                   Miss Sweet       

    Little Jan & The Radiants (2)

      
    If You Love Me                                  Heart And Soul

    Jan & The Radiants (2)

      
    Is It True (I Still Believe In You)                      Now Is The Hour    


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  • clockwise from top : Morrie Marino, Robert A Fortunato, Nick Fortunato, Vinny Gangi & William Schwartz

     
    The Alladins  (Greenwich, Connecticut)


    Personnel :

    Morrie Marino

    Robert A Fortunato

    William Schwartz

    Vinny Gangi

    Nick Fortunato

     

    Discography :

    1960 - Then / Gee (Prism 6001)

     

    Biography :

    Vocal group from Greenwich (Connecticut) The Aladins (with one L)  was composed  by Morrie Marino, Nick and Robert A. Fortunato, William Schwartz & Vinny Gangi. The Group recorded the Crows’ biggest song "Gee". Prism, a local label, released the single as The Alladins (with two L).

    The Alladins

     



    Songs :

        
    Then                                               Gee





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