Charles "Chuck" Thomas
The Four Chevelles (Denver Colorado)
Charles "Chuck" Thomas (Lead)
The Four Chevelles
1964 - This Is Our Wedding Day / Darling Forever (Band Box 357)
1964 - I Can't Believe / I Know (Band Box 358)
1964 - This Is Our Wedding Day / Forever (Delft 6408)
1965 - Why Baby / Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide (Band Box 360)
1965 - What Can I Do (To Make You Care) / What Happened Baby (Band Box 365)
Bandbox Records was a small independent record label based in Denver, Colorado and owned by Vicki Morosen which she operated between 1954 and 1972. She had originally purchased a record company called Columbine Records in the early 50's, but Columbia Records thought that the name sounded too close to theirs and requested that she change it, which she reluctantly did. Bandbox concentrated on Denver's local musicians and many Rockabilly and Hot Rod instrumental discs. However in 1964, the label signed a vocal group called "The Four Chevelles" fronted by lead singer Chuck Thomas. The three other members of the Four Chevelles remain a mystery for the moment.
The Four Chevelles recorded four sides all composed by Chuck Thomas. "This Is Our Wedding Day" b/w "Darling Forever" (Band Box #357) and "I Can't Believe" b/w "I Know" (Band Box #358). The following year, Bandbox Records released two more Chuck Thomas' singles (four sides again composed by Chuck Thomas) : "Why Baby" b/w "Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide" (Band Box #360) backed by a Female group and "What Can I Do (To Make You Care)" b/w "What Happened Baby" (Band Box #365).
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The Four Chevelles
Darling Forever This Is Our Wedding Day
I Know I Can't Believe
Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide Why Baby
What Can I Do What Happened Baby
Kenny Shott,Dan Wisniewski,Skip Pietrobone,Sam Talarico and Mick Diana.
The Pretenders (3) (Reading, Pennsylvania)
Skip Pietrobone (Lead)
The Pretenders (3)
1962 - The Day You Are Mine / Ding Dong Bells (Bethlehem 3050)
1962 - Anything For You / Ding Dong Bells (Al Stan)
Barry Petricoin & The Belairs bb The Pretenders (3)
1962 - Pretty Little Angel / Come Back To Sorrento (Inst.) (Al Stan 103)
1962 - Pretty Little Angel / Come Back To Sorrento (Inst.) (Swan 4111)
Sam Talarico started singing on the street corners in Reading in 1959. He then joined the Pretenders, a local Doo Wop group composed in the early years by Skip Pietrobone,, Mick Dianna, Kenny Shott and Dan Wisniewski . The original group at the time consisted of five white men. In 1961, the Pretenders recorded "The Day You Are Mine" b/w "Ding Dong Bells" released by Bethlehem Records owned by Creed Taylor and Teddy Charles.
Bethlehem is remembered for its jazz releases from the 1950s, Bethlehem released the first albums recorded by singers Chris Connor, in 1954, Nina Simone (Little Girl Blue) in 1958, and singer/actress Julie London. In 1958, Bethlehem began a distributing deal with King Records. In 1962, it was sold and absorbed by King. In early 62the Pretenders returns in studio with Barry Petricoin & The Belairs where they recorded "Anything For You" and "Pretty Little Angel" for Al-Stan Records a label founded by Al Zanino. Al-Stan released only "Pretty Little Angel" with an instrumental on the B side.
After the departure of Kenny Shott and Dan Wisniewski and arrival of Al Coleman and Jerry Prentice, the group consisted of 3 white men and two black. Bill Yuhas later with the Incvictors sang a time with the group. In 1962 the Pretenders opened up a huge Rock & Roll show in Reading at Saint Mary’s church sponsored by the legendary Alan Freed. In that show was Chubby Checker, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Patti Labelle & The Blue Bells, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon and many, many more great acts. The Pretenders performed at all the dances in and around Reading and in clubs like the Melody Bar, and the Flamingo Bar on Penn street.
Sam Talarico left the Pretenders in 1964 and formed Tali & The Hustlers and was the front man in that band until 1968. The Hustlers were an R & B soul band. They played all the clubs and big Rock & Roll shows around Reading, Harrisburg, Pottstown, Lebanon and beyond. They were also the house band at the Crows Nest in Atlantic City.
They opened and backed up Gladys Knight & The pips and several other big name artists. The Pretenders were asked to get back together in 1993 to open a huge oldies show at the Scenic River Days in Reading. Sam was the front man and lead singer. They did so well at that show that they stayed together and played several big shows for the next several years including The First Annual Loose Foundation show, celebrating the induction of Shorty Long.
The Day You Are Mine Ding Dong Bells
Anything For You Pretty Little Angel
Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad and Joe Russel
The Parisians (2) (Brooklyn, New York)
Robert Samuels (Lead)
Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad (Baritone)
Joe Russel (Second Tenor)
1962 - On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Why (I Want To Know) (Pova 1003/1004)
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.
On The Sunny Side Of The Street Why (I Want To Know)
The Blendairs (Brooklyn, New York)
Coste Govenelli (Lead)
1959 - My Love Is Just For You / Repetition (Tin Pan Alley 252)
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".
Repetition My Love Is Just For You
The Four Dots : Marvin Brown, Fletcher Williams, Melvin Peters and Kenneth Miller
The Four Dots (1) (Pittsburgh, PA)
aka The Four Troys
Kenny Jackson (First Tenor)
Melvin Peters (Second Tenor)
Manning Rosemont (Baritone)
Marvin Brown (Bass)
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
1959 - In The Moonlight / Suddenly You Want To Dance (Freedom 44013)
1959 - Weeping Willow (Freedom)
1957 - Mary Lou / Stop Look And Love Me (Bullseye 1001)
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 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.
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.
The Four Dots (1)
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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
Mary Lou Stop Look And Love Me