• The Dreamtones (1) aka The Centuries (2) ref The Mint Juleps

     The Dreamtones (1)  aka The Centuries (2)  ref The Mint Juleps
    (L to R) Clarence Thomas, Drew "Skippy" Thompson, Shelton Laster, George Val Poitier and Major Branch


    The Dreamtones (1) (Springfield, Massachusetts)
    aka The Centuries (2)
    ref The Mint Juleps

    Personnel :

    Major Branch (Lead)

    George Val Poitier (Bass)

    Shelton Laster (Baritone)

    Clarence Thomas (Second Tenor)

    Drew "Skippy" Thompson (First Tenor)

    Milton White (Piano)

    Discography :

    The Dreamtones (1)
    1958 - Stand Behind Me / Love In The Afternoon (Klik 8505)
    1959 - Praying For A Miracle / Jelly Bean (Express 501)
    1959 - A Lover's Answer / Mean Man (Astra 551)

    The Mitlo Sisters bb The Dreamtones (1)
    1958 - Lonely Sea / Let Me Tell You (Klik 8405)

    The Centuries (2)
    1963 - Crying For You / Oh Darling (The Jaytones) (Times Square 5)
    1963 - Betty / Ride Away (The Revlons) (Times Square 15)


    The Mint Juleps
    Singles :
    1956 - Bells Of Love / Vip-A-Dip (Herald 481)
    Unreleased :
    1956 - Ginny Doll
    1959 - Queen Of Love

    Biography :

    The Dreamtones Hailed from Springfield, Massachusetts culling members from the Mint Juleps as well as several Gospel Groups . They Featured the Lead of Major Branch with George Val Poitier (Actor Sidney's cousin), Shelton Laster, Clarence Thomas, Skippy Thompson and Milton White on Piano. Before joining the Dreamtones, George Val Poitier & Clarence Thomas had been with The Mint Juleps on Herald. The other members were Alvin Clark on lead, William Terrell and Emra Clemmons . The mint Juleps recorded "Bells Of Love" and "Vip-A-Dip" released on Herald 481 and did two unreleased songs "Ginny Doll" and "Queen Of Love". There were so many different groups vying for airplay in 1956, and if your first single didn’t sell, your other tunes may well be scrapped.

     The Dreamtones (1)  aka The Centuries (2)  ref The Mint Juleps
    The individual members of the Dreamtones met at a local club and began to harmonize. Milton's mother had a rooming house where many of the touring R&B groups of the day would stay while passing through Springfield. In 1957, the group went to New Haven and signed and recorded with Marty Kugell's Klik label. The Dreamtones backed up the Mitlo Sisters on their Klik recording of "Oh Lonely Sea" before Klik released their first single with "Stand Behind Me" and "Love In The Afternoon".

     The Dreamtones (1)  aka The Centuries (2)  ref The Mint Juleps

    The group also had releases on Express in 1959: "Praying For A Miracle" b/w "Jelly Bean". NY's Express label, which was a sister label of Fargo Records. The Final Dreamtones release was "A Lover's Answer" b/w  "Mean Man" for Astra in 1959 though they can also be heard providing jungle hoots behind Joe Therrien on his very rare Sentinel release, "Siam". In the early 1960s, previously unreleased Klik master were sold to Slim Rose; Slim released them on his Times Square label and renamed the group the Centuries.


    The Dreamtones (1)

    Stand Behind Me                Love In The Afternoon             Praying For A Miracle

    Jelly Bean                            A Lover's Answer                 Mean Man

    The Mitlo Sisters bb The Dreamtones (1)

    Let Me Tell You / Lonely Sea

    The Centuries (2)

    Crying For You                                               Betty     

    The Mint Juleps

    Bells Of Love                                           Vip-A-Dip



  • Comments

    Thursday 22nd May 2008 at 08:49
    Four Deuces
    The members of the Four Deuces were Luther "Lord Luther" McDaniel (lead), Jim Dunbar (1st tenor), Orvis Lee Turner (baritone), and Henry Shufford (bass). The year was 1954 when the members, except McDaniel, were stationed at Fort Ord, California. They met a local club where they started singing. They went to Ray Dobard's Music City recording studio where they recorded "W-P-L-J". The title comes from a popular drink at the time, white port and lemon juice. Like many Black groups of the 40's and 50's they never received a single royalty for the song or the commercial they did for "Italian Swiss Colony Wine". http://home.earthlink.net/~v1tiger/deuces.html
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