The Crowns (2) aka The Five Crowns (1)
The Crowns (2) (New-York)
aka The Five Crowns (1) aka The Drifters
(Update By Hans-Joachim)
James "Papa" Clark (Lead)
Benjamin Earl Nelson "Ben E. King" (Second Tenor)
Charlie Thomas (Tenor)
Dock Green (Baritone)
Elsbeary Hobbs (Bass)
1958 - Kiss And Make Up / I'll Forget About You (RnB 6901)
On a fateful day in 1957, Benjamin Earl Nelson was singing to himself while working in his father's restaurant. One of the patrons that day happened to be Lover Patterson, manager of the 5 Crowns. In need of a second tenor/baritone, Patterson snapped him up.
At the time, the other Crowns were Sy Palmer (lead), Charlie Thomas (tenor), Dock Green (baritone), and Elsbeary Hobbs (bass). Within a short while, Sy Palmer left and was replaced by one of the mainstays of the original 5 Crowns, James "Papa" Clark.
In 1958, this group recorded "Kiss And Make Up" and "I'll Forget About You" for Doc Pomus and Mort Schuman's R & B label. "Kiss And Make Up" began to make some noise locally, and the Crowns were booked into the Apollo Theater (as part of a Dr. Jive show) for the week beginning May 30, 1958.
The Crowns with manager Lover Patterson
They'd released one record, but in about a year from the time they became the Drifters, they were at the top of the heap. And they stayed there for many years
I'll Forget About You Kiss And Make Up
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