• Left to right: Ralph Byrd and Leroy King  Front Row: left to right: Roy Ford, Richard Johnson, Dorsey Porter and John Bolden

    The Students (2) (Cincinnati, Ohio)


    Personnel :

    Leroy King (lead)

    Dorsey Porter (First Tenor)

    Roy Ford (Second Tenor)

    John Bolden (Baritone)

    Richard Johnson (Bass)

    Ralph Byrd  (Guitar)


    Discography :

    The Students (2)
    1958 - I'm So Young / Every Day Of The Week (Note 10012/Checker 902/Argo 5386)
    1959 - My Vow To You / That's How I Feel (Note 10019/Checker 1004)
    1973 - I'm So Young / My Vow To You (Chess 9024)
    Unreleased Demo
    1959 - Because Of You
    1959 - Early Morning Dew
    1959 - How do you speak to an Angel
    1959 - I Love You

    Jimmy Coe & The Cohorts (The Students on Wazoo)
    1958 -  Wazoo!! / Shuffle Stroll( Jimmy Coe Orchestra) (Note 10013)


    Biography :

    The Students were a vocal group from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Their recordings were backed by the Jimmy Coe band which included guitar great, Wes Montgomery. The groups hits,  "I'm So Young" and "Every Day Of The Week" were written by William H. “Prez’ Tyus.  He gave the songs to a local group called the D’Italians.  They were signed by Chess Records and changed their name to The Students. On May 29, 1961  The Students charted their only national hit record,  "I'm So Young"  on Argo Records.  The single became a big R&B hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart, as it reached #26.  The flip side of the single is another great doo-wop favorite "Every Day Of The Week", it failed to chart but became a favorite with their fans and radio DJ’s of the day.

    Jimmy Coe                                                                                                                   Wes Montgomery

    The Students hit record had originally been on record in 1958 on the Note Record label, but failed to chart at that time. It was also released on Checker Records. The group began touring in 1958 and played the Apollo Theatre in New York later that year, sharing the stage with legends Ruth Brown and The Moonglows.  They continued to tour the country playing in Philadelphia at the Uptown Theatre, with the “Genius” Ray Charles and Roy Hamilton.

    Kennedy, Bolden, Stanford & Johnson (70s Students)

    Then back on the road.  In 1961  their single was re-released, through the efforts of legendary Slim Rose, owner of Times Square Records, one of the most famous record shops in the world. Later in 1962 the group re-released another single record, "My Vow To You" "That's How I Feel" but neither side charted and following that The Students disbanded.  In 1964 Roy Ford one of the original Students met Johnny Mannino while in the military.  They re-formed the group, performing in many top venues across the country.

    Songs :

    I'm So Young                               Every Day Of The Week

    My Vow to You                                  That's How I Feel 

    Because Of You (unreleased demo)        Early Morning Dew (unreleased demo)

    I Love You (unreleased demo)      How do you speak to an Angel (unreleased demo)




    your comment

    Follow this section's article RSS flux
    Follow this section's comments RSS flux