• Jackie & The Starlites (4) (New York)
     (By Hans-Joachim)




    Jackie Rue aka Jackie La Rue (Lead)

    John Felix (Baritone)

    Alton Jones (Tenor)

    George Lassu (Second Tenor)

    William ‘Billy’ Montgomery (Bass)



    The Starlites (4)

    1960 - Valarie / Way Up In The Sky (Fury 1034 / Everlast 5027 )
    1960 - Ain’t Cha Ever Coming Home / Silver Lining (Fury 1045)
    1961 - I Found Out Too Late / I’m Coming Home (Fury 1057)
    1964 - Valarie / Lonesome Boy (Lana 120)
    1965 - Seven Day Fool / Don’t Be Afraid (Sphere Sound 705)


    Jackie & The Starlites (4)

    1962 - For All We Know / I Heard You (Mascot 128)
    1962 - You Keep Telling Me / Sha Pobo Baby (Mascot130)
    1963 - I’ll Burn Your Letters / Walking From School (Mascot 131)
    1964 - I Still Remember / I Cried My Heart Out (Hull 760)
    1962- They Laughed At Me / You Put One Over On Me (Fire & Fury 1000)

    N/A - Let Him Go
    N/A - No More Heart



    Jackie & The Starlites (2) were another one-hit wonder Doo Wop group -- "Valarie," cut for Bobby Robinson's Fury label in 1960, being their one hit; it was cut at the tail end of the Doo Wop era and, indeed, may have been among the first songs in that style to appeal as an "oldie" in style. It barely brushed the national charts, but it was embraced by the community of Doo Wop singers as a standard.

    Jackie La Rue originally started singing with an outfit called the Five Wings in the early 1950s, and cut a pair of singles with the group for King Records in 1955 before breaking up that year. Two of their members went on to form the Dubs, but La Rue wasn't heard from again in music until 1960, when the Starlites (2) coalesced, consisting of Jackie Rue, as he was then known, Alton Thomas, John Felix, and Billy Montgomery.

     Jackie & The Starlites (3)    

    Rue was the star of the show as a superb acting singer, whose feigned weeping was apparently utterly convincing to onlookers and listeners. Their records following their successful debut were a mix of soul and upbeat ballads that failed to capture the imagination in the manner of "Valarie." By 1963, Fury Records was bankrupt, although the group managed to move on to Mascot Records in 1962 before disbanding sometime in the mid-'60s. Jackie Rue died of a drug overdose sometime in the late '60s or early '70s.
    Bruce Eder, All Music Guide


    Songs :

    Valarie                                          I Still Remember

    I’ll Burn Your Letters                      I Found Out Too Late






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