• The Sheiks (1)

    The Sheiks in 1961

    The Sheiks (1) (Norfolk, Virginie)


    Personnel :

    Kenneth Kimball  (Lead)

    Johnny Wilson

    Horace Jenkins (Second Tenor)

    William Collins

    Alton Parker


    Discography :

    1954 - Give Me Another Chance / Baby Don't You Cry (EF-N-DE 1000)
    1954 - Walk That Walk / The Kissing Song (Cat 116)
    1960 - Come On Back / Please Don't Take Away The Girl I Love (Amy 807)
    1961 - What I'd Do For Your Love / Why Should I Dance (Legrand 1013)
    1962 - Cocoanut Woman / Twist That Twist (Legrand 1016)


    Biography :

    The Sheiks (aka the Five Sheiks) of Norfolk, VA were an R&B harmony vocal group, originally called the Five Pearls. In 1954, the quintet -- consisting at that time of Kenneth Kimball, Johnny Wilson, Horace Jenkins, William Collins, and Alton Parker -- crossed paths with aspiring producer Frank Guida, who had lately relocated to Norfolk from New York City.   He liked their sound enough to set up a recording session at a local radio station, which yielded a pair of songs, "Give Me Another Chance" and "Baby Don't You Cry," released as the Five Sheiks but label pics say Sheiks only. As it turned out there was already a group using the Five Pearls name.

    Producer Frank Guida                                                                 Gary U.S. Bond

    Guida released it on his own, newly founded Ef-En-De label, and it did well enough that Atlantic Records ended up releasing the group's second single, "Walk That Walk" b/w "The Kissing Song," in December of 1954. The group went on to enjoy a solid recording career in association with Guida. A couple of members became part of The Sheiks group who had a couple of singles on  Legrand records in 1961-62. The Sheiks were the vocal backing group on many of Gary US Bonds' early Legrand Records


    Songs :

    Give Me Another Chance          Baby Don't You Cry           Walk That Walk

    The Kissing Song            Why Should I Dance               Twist That Twist                 

    Cocoanut Woman


     Videos :

    Quarter to Three - Gary US Bonds bb The Sheiks ?


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