• The Emeralds (4)

    The Emeralds (4)

    The Emeralds (4) (Sterling Heights, Mi)

    Personnel :

    James Fischer (Soprano Lead)

    Joe Barnett (Baritone)

    Jeff Okun (Tenor)

    Cubie Maddox (Bass)

    Discography :

    1959 - The Lover / Madamoiselle (Venus 1002)
    1963 - Marsha / You're Driving Me Crazy  (Venus 1003)

    Biography :

    Four High School boys from Sterling Heights High School compose a quartet known as the Emeralds. Two sophomores, 15 year old Joe Barnett and sixteener Jeff Okun, and two juniors, 16 year old Cubie Maddox and seventeener James Fischer are the singers who working together since early 1958 . They attended the Southwestern Michigan Vocal festival at Western Michigan University as members of their choir, they were greatly applauded by almost 1300 attending students, and were commended for their fine harmonisation.

    The Emeralds (4)    The Emeralds (4)

    The Emeralds entertained frequently in town and in neighboring towns including such places as the boat Show, ’59, Queen Contest, ’59, Post Prom frolics, Bangor and South Haven talent Shows, school dances and at Wateryliet High School. They have appeared on Chicago Bandstand, at the Green Door Nightclub… They cut two records during the latter part of March 1959. Recorded by the Venus Record Company in Chicago were this four tunes: "The Lover", "Madamoiselle", "Marsha" and "You're Driving Me Crazy". All four are unique in that all written and arranged by the Emeralds themselves.

    Songs :
    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

    The Lover                                         Madamoiselle

    You're Driving Me Crazy                               Marsha         

  • Comments

    Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 17:49
    Bobby Diskin
    Wednesday 18th November 2020 at 01:15

    I have and enjoy both of the Emeralds records on Venus Records.  But the word "unique" cannot be used for  "You're Driving Me Crazy" as it's a play on the Heartbeats "Crazy Foir You" and the flip side "Marsha" is taken from "My Only Love" by the Falcons on Falcon Records, which was also recorded by the C-Quins on Ditto Records and by the Parlaments (spelling is theirs, AKA the Deltones) on USA Records.  The Emeralds did retitle the two songs and changed the words and "Marsha", by the Emeralds, has always been a favoritie of mine.  I played it twice, in the 1980s, on Don K. Reed's Doowop Shop on WCBS - FM when I programmed some of Don's shows.  I was hoping to hear some demos by these Emeralds and also to see a picture of this group - maybe one will turn up.

    Bobby Diskin - Brooklyn, NY.

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