Sam Hawkins & The Crystals (3)
Sam Hawkins & The Crystals (3) (Harlem, New York)
Sam Hawkins (Lead)
J.R. Bailey (Tenor)
Bobby Spencer (Baritone)
Freddy Barksdale (Bass)
Ronnie Bright (Bass)
1958 - King Of Fools / The Whatchamacallit (Gone 5042)
1959 - When Nobody Loves You / She Don't Notice Me (Gone 5054)
1961 - Nobody but You / You're Something Out Of This World (Decca 31160)
1961 - You're The Reason /I'd Be A Fool Again (Decca 31233)
Quartet formed out of members of The Cadillacs/Solitaires/Valentines/Crickets .
Fred Barksdale, with old friends Bobby Spencer and J.R. Bailey and with former Valentine and Cadillac Ronnie Bright, formed the Crystals, singing behind Sam Hawkins.
Hawkins, who had recorded a pair of singles for Gone Records, including the minor 1958 hit, "King of Fools", was a regular in New York nightclubs. For about a year, Hawkins and the Crystals sang together.
The Crystals (3) (paste-up picture) Left to right : Barksdale, Bailey, Spencer, Bright
They sang in clubs, like the Baby Grand on St. Nicholas and 125th with Nipsey Russell, appeared at the Apollo, and recorded two singles for Decca in 1961.
Nobody but You King Of Fools
You're The Reason I'd Be A Fool Again
You're Something Out Of This World She Don't Notice Me
The Whatchamacallit When Nobody Loves You (Come To Me)
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