• The Del Rios (1)

    The Del Rios (1)  (Memphis)

    Personnel :

    William Bell (Lead)

    Louis Williams

    Norman West

    James Taylor


    Discography :

    The Del-Rios
    1956 - Alone On A Rainy Night / Lizzie (Meteor 5038)
    1962 - There's A Love / Just Across The Street (Stax 125)
    1962 - Dangerous Lover / Heavenly Angel (Bet-T 7001)

    Jimmy Hurt & The Del Rios
    1959 - You Know Darling / Oh What a Feeling (Do-Re-Mi 1401)



    Biography :

    The Del Rios, one of Memphis, TN's pioneering vocal groups, started in the '50s. Different guys came in and out, but one constant was William Bell. They performed on shows with Phineas Newborn, a Memphis jazz legend, and found regular employment in clubs. The initial Del Rios single dropped in 1956 on Meteor Records, a small label in Memphis; the single "Alone on a Rainy Night" b/w "Lizzie" increased the group's popularity locally but that's about it.


    You had to be there to accurately list all the singers that passed through the Del Rios; an incomplete list includes: Bell, Louis Williams, Melvin Jones, Norman West, James Taylor, and Prentiss Anderson; the members changed like lakefront weather. The popular Memphis group appeared in 1961 on Do-Ra-Mi Records with "You Know Darling" b/w "Oh What a Feeling," credited as Jimmy Hurt & the Del Rios.

     The Del Rios (1)   

    1962 was a busy one (for them). On their own they cut "Dangerous Lover" co-written by Bell, b/w "Heavenly Angel," on Bet-T Records. A final single on Stax Records slithered out the same year, curiously, after a solo effort by William Bell, the ever-popular "You Don't Miss Your Water." The Stax single "Just Across the Street" b/w "There's a Love" (both Bell compositions) never received much publicity or promotion and was seemingly released as an afterthought.

    The Ovations

    The group evolved into The Ovations with ex-Del Rios members Melvin Jones and Louis Williams. The Ovations waxed some acclaimed tracks on Goldwax, Sound of Memphis, Chess, MGM, XL, and Beale Street Records.
    Andrew Hamilton, Rovi

    Songs :

    The Del-Rios

    Alone On A Rainy Night                Lizzie                           There's A Love

    Just Across The Street             Heavenly Angel

    Jimmy Hurt & The Del Rios

    You Know Darling                     Oh What a Feeling






  • Comments

    Tuesday 15th February 2011 at 21:45
    del rios/meteor
    meteor is owned by the younger brother of the bihary brothers. there's not a lot of vocal groups on meteor records.
    Saturday 19th March 2016 at 11:53
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