The Blanders (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Eddie Howard (Lead)
Walt Maddox (First and Second Tenor)
Charles Watson (Tenor)
Larry Edmond (Baritone)
Melvin Glover (Bass)
1958 - Jitterbug / Desert Sands (Smash 2005/Limelight 2005)
In 1954, A handful of aspiring teenage (14 and 15 years of age) high school vocalists, influenced by the Four Freshmen and The Hi-Los, formed a quartet called the Blenders. This fivesome from the Manchester Ditrict of Pittsburgh, consisted of Eddie Howard (Lead), Walt Maddox (First and Second Tenor), Charles Watson (Tenor), Larry Edmond (Baritone) and James Moody (Bass). Moody remained with the group for a little over a Year, his departure brought on Melvin Glover. The Group won a Contest and were proclaimed "The Best Vocal Group in Pittsburgh".
(L to R) Charles Watson, Walt Maddox, Larry Edmond, Eddie Howard & Melvin Glover
Their Win drew the attention of prominent Pittsburgh Disk Jokey Barry Kaye (WAMP). Soon the Blenders became a featured attraction at Kaye's record hops. Kaye Will become their manager. being a very influential record spinner in Pittsburgh highly enhanced the Blenders likelihood to cut a record. the group auditioned in Pittsburgh and being signed by Bobby Shad to the Smash Label as The Blanders not the Blender who was currently being used.
Eddie Howard led on both up tempo sides "Jitterbug" and "Desert Sands". Even Though the Blenders record didn't experience very much success, Pittsburgh and area appearances were plentiful. The Blanders shared the stage with the moonglows, Del Vikings, Turbans, Diamonds along with local talents. By Mid 1959, the Blanders had drifted apart. Except Maddox, after some discs, it will become a member of the legendary Marcels.
Jitterbug Desert Sands
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