• The Scale-Tones
    Cleveland Still & James "Jake" Miller

    The Scale-Tones (New York)

    ref  The Dubs
    ref  The Five Wings (1)
    ref  The Marvels (1)

    Personnel :

    Cleveland Still (Lead/Tenor)

    Don Archer (Lead/Baritone)

    James Montgomery (Tenor)

    James "Jake" Miller (Baritone)

    Thomas Gardner (Bass)


    Discography :

    Single :
    1956 - Dreamin' And Dreamin' / Everlasting Love (Jay-Dee 810)

    Unreleased :
    1956 - Working For My Baby (Jay-Dee)
    1956 - Easy Baby (Jay-Dee)


    Biography :

    The Dubs formed from the merging of two short-lived vocal groups in Harlem, New York, The Five Wings and The Scale-Tones. The Five Wings (originally "The 5 Stars") were an up-and-coming group with members Jackie Rue (lead, later of Jackie and the Starlites), Frank Edwards (tenor), Billy Carlisle (second tenor), Melvin Flood (baritone), and Tommy Grate (bass). They recorded for King Records in 1955, but when they were unable to find success, the group began to splinter. Rue, Flood, and Edwards left, Kenny "Butch" Hamilton joined, and, shortly afterwards, Carlisle's cousin Richard Blandon was in following his discharge from the United States Air Force.

    The Scale-Tones     The Scale-Tones

    Meanwhile, The Scale-Tones had been formed by James "Jake" Miller and Thomas Gardner, who had added Cleveland Still (lead), James Montgomery, and Don Archer. They made one record on the Jay-Dee label in early 1956. After some prompting by Blandon when he showed up at a Scale-Tones' rehearsal, a new group emerged. This included Blandon and Carlisle from the Five Wings, and Still, Miller and Gardner from the Scale-Tones. The Five Wings' manager, Buddy Johnson's brother Hiram, offered to manage the new group. As The Marvels, they recorded an unsuccessful single, "I Won't Have You Breaking My Heart", for ABC-Paramount. The group then renamed themselves The Dubs, and released Blandon's song "Don't Ask Me To Be Lonely" on the Johnson label set up by their manager.


    Songs :

    Dreamin' And Dreamin'                        Everlasting Love       

          Easy Baby                             Working For My Baby


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