• The Baltineers aka The Val-Tones


    The Baltineers (Baltimore, Maryland)
    aka The Val-Tones

    Personnel :

    Percy Cosby (Lead)

    William Kennedy

    Thomas Smith

    Joseph Wiggins

    Discography :

    The Val-Tones
    1955 - Tender Darling / Siam Sam (DeLuxe 6084)

    The Baltineers
    1956 - Moments Like This / New Love (Teenage 1000)
    1956 - Tears In My Eyes / Joe's Calypso (Teenage 1002)

    Biography :

    Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, The Val-Tones were discovered by Henry Stone, DeLuxe A&R man while they were working a club in Miami, Florida. The members Were Percy Cosby (Lead), William Kennedy, Thomas Smith, And Joseph Wiggins. The Act has been together for about three years and have been touring the country from border to border and coast to coast. The Quartet cut "Tender Darling" b/w "Siam Sam" for the Deluxe Label.


    The Val-tones change their name to the Baltineers and recorded four sides for The Teenage Label owned by Bill "Bass" Gordon and Ben Smith . Bill "Bass" Gordon, recorded with the Colonials for the Gee label in 1954. He began the Teenage label in New York in 1955. The label, Black-owned and operated, was one of the rarities among the independant labels in the mid-1950s.
    Thanks to Marv Goldberg


    Songs :

    The Val-Tones

    Tender Darling                              Siam Sam

    The Baltineers

    Moments Like This                                 New Love

    Tears In My Eyes / Joe's Calypso


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