• The Del Pris

    The Del Pris
    The Del Pris (Pittsburg, PA.)

    Personnel :

    Billy Cyrus (Lead)

    Wilson Rue (First Tenor)

    Jack Derbish (Second Tenor)

    Harold ”Cowboy” Shields (Baritone)

    Dan Carr (Bass)

    Discography :

    Single :
    1961 - The Time / Womp (Varbee 2003 / Restored 1001)

    Unreleased :
    1961 - I Don’t Want To Cry (Varbee)
    1961 - It Must Have Been Love (Varbee)

    Biography :

    At the beginning of the 60s in Pittsburg, Jack Derbish and Dan Carr was part of a vocal group named the Del Pris, But after a few months, the group disbanded. Not discouraged, Jack and Dan form a new group named The Legends. The group then consists of three black and two white members. In 1961, Billy Cyrus (Lead), Wilson Rue (First Tenor), Jack Derbish (Second Tenor), Harold ”Cowboy” Shields (Baritone) and Dan Carr(Bass) contacted O’Dell Bailey, owner of Varbee and Millage Records Records in Pittsburgh. Bailey send the group to the Glen Campbell’s united recording service where recorded four sides :  The Baby Washington’s 1959 hit "The Time", The Chuck Jackson side "I Don’t Want To Cry", "Womp" and "It Must Have Been Love".  Because the name "The Legends" was already being used "The Time" b/w "Womp" was released In November of 1961 under the first group name of Jack Derbish  & Dan Carr, The Del Pris. The disc have a big local acceptance and the group have appearances with DJ’s personalities as Bill Powell, Walter Raleigh or Porky Chedwick, also appear on the TV show “Teen Time” and for a brief time were the back up singer for Little Maxine Simmons. In the summer of 1962 the group want release a second record and looking for a new label, but without luck, Harold ”Cowboy” Shields leave the group and Billy Cyrus join the army and The Del Pris finally broke up.

    Songs :

    The Time                                                Womp        


  • Comments

    Saturday 19th November 2016 at 19:57
    Good version of the time
    Joyce Carr Fischer
    Tuesday 12nd September 2017 at 08:24

    photo is not correct.  One member of Del Pris is my father- (Dan Carr)-he is 6'7"  tall for starters....however, it is the exact way he wore his hair most of his life (guy on the right). Only record I know of that they had that they recorded was The Time and the The Womp,.....Dad was bass -always kept a copy of it all the years I can remember. 

    Bill Cyrus
    Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 07:37
    Right you are Joyce that is not the picture of the originals.I am Bill Cyrus one of the originals. Oh I never left the group I was drafted. Nice to know Dan has a daughter.
      • Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 14:01

        Hi, thanks for the info... Have you photo of the group to chane it on the blog?


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