The Lateers (Pittsburgh)
Gary "Gus" Collins
1963 - The Smock / Dance Party (World Artists 1006)
1963 - Kickin Kangaroo / Sweet Cadillac (World Artists 1009)
Everybody was singing on street corners of Pittsburgh's North Side during the 1950s, including Gus Collins. But he was a bit more advanced than his 'hood harmonizers; by the age of eleven, he was singing second tenor with his first group, Sammy and the Belltones. By the time 1960 rolled around, Gus was singing lead vocal for a local group called the Lateers with Dennis Fitzgerald, Sammy Beckham and Rodney Allen. Signed to Lenny Martin's World Artist label, the Lateers had two singles that landed on the national R&B charts in 1962 and 1963, “Dance Party” and “Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac” featuring Collins on the lead. After a couple of years of national tours and one-night stands, the Lateers called it quits in 1965.
The Smock Dance Party
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