The Rhythm Cadets  (Syracuse, NY)


    Personnel :

    George “Bebo” Singleton

    Mart Irons

    Otis Smith

    Howard Scott

    Jack Oden

    Leroy Mackle 


    Discography :

    1957 - Dearest Doryce / Rockin' Jimmy (Vesta 501/502)  



    Early band from Syracuse was the Scarlet Tones. Otis Smith, Mart Irons, Howard Scott and Jack Oden were all students at Madison Junior High in 1956. Shortly thereafter George "Bebo" Singleton and Leroy Mackle were added top form the nucleus of what was to become the Rhyhm Cadets. This a- capella group started singing together while at the Syracuse Boys Club and managed by Tom Coulter. The Rhythm Cadets emulated the earlier Quintones and their style would help from the vocal direction lead singer : Bebo" Singleton would follow when they recoded "Dearest Doryce" released by Vesta Records in 1957.

     The Rhythm Cadets      

    George “Bebo” Singleton                                                                       The Rhythm Cadets                                  

    This was the first rock n' roll record ever released by a Syracuse group and is the rarest, most sought after recording ever to come out of Central New York. The Rhythm Cadet performed their hit as well as the flip side "Rockin Jimmy" in capturing first prize at the Upstate New York Arthur Godfrey Talent Show hosted by television star Polly Bergan. Other local acts that performed were the Bigtree Sisters, The Eldaros and the Emeralds.


    Songs :

    Dearest Doryce                          Rockin' Jimmy


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