• The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    The Chanels  (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
    aka The Five Chanels  aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

     



    Personnel :

    Sharon Scott (Lead)




    Discography :

    The Chanels
    1958 - The Reason / Skiddily Doo (Deb 500)

     

    The Five Chanels

    Singles :
    1958 - The Reason / Skiddily Doo (Deb 500)

    Unreleased :
    1958 - You Treat Me Mean (Deb)

     

    Virgil & The Four Chanels
    1959 - Waiting / Don't Keep It To Yourself (Deb 508)




    Biography :

    One of the few vocal group to have escaped the scrutiny of record researchers, the Five Chanels were the protégés of Julius Dixon, a veteran songwriter whose successes included (as co-writer) the Chordettes' 1958 smash 'Lollipop' and Bill Halley's 'Dim Dim the Lights'. Dixon dabbled in all aeras of the music business and in 1958, he launched the Deb Label as a vehicle for his protégé, 14 year-Old Beverly Ann Gibson who had won the amateur hour at the Apollo theatre. 

    The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels     The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    She in turn introduced Dixon to the Chanels who hailed from her hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Early pressings of 'the reason' credited the Chanels but this was changed to the Five Chanels after rival record boss, Georges Goldner, complained that the name was too close to that of the Channels, a group he had recorded for his Gone Label.

    The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    And not only that, but the Chanels' lead singer, Sharon Scott, sounded similar to Arlene Smith ot the Chantels, another of Goldner's groups. 'The Reason' benefited from some immediate plugs on American Bandstand, the nation's most influential TV pop show and Dixon set up a distribution deal with ABC Paramount Records in anticipation of the hoped for hit.

        The Chanels aka The Five Chanels aka Virgil & The Four Chanels

    However, Dick Clark who hosted Bandstand, and had tried to acquire 'The Reason' for Swan Records, a Philadelphia Label with which he was associated, promptly lost interest causing 'The Reason' to stall at #98. A subsequent Release was credited to Virgil & the Four Chanels.

     



    Songs :

    The Chanels aka The Five Chanels

        
    The Reason                              Skiddily Doo

    You Treat Me Mean

     


    Virgil & The Four Chanels

        
    Waiting                               Don't Keep It To Yourself

     



     

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