The Playmates (Waterbury, Connecticut)
Chic Hetti "Carl Cicchett" (Lead & Pianist)
Donny Conn "Donald Claps" (Vocal & Drummer)
Morey Car (Vocal & Bass)
1957 - Pretty Woman / Barefoot Girl (Roulette 4003)
1957 - Darling it's wonderful / Island Girl (Roulette 4022)
1958 - Jo-Ann / You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming (Roulette 4037)
1958 - Give Me Another Chance / Let’s Be Lovers (Roulette 4056)
1958 - Don't Go Home / Can't You Get It Through Your Head (Roulette 4072)
1958 - The Day I Died / While The Record Goes Around (Roulette 4100)
1958 - Beep-Beep / Your Love (Roulette 4115)
1959 - Star Love / The Thing-A-Ma-Jig (Roulette 4136)
1959 - What Is Love / I Am (Roulette 4160)
1959 - A Ciu-E / First Love (Roulette 4200)
1959 - On The Beach / The Song Everybody's Singing (Roulette 4211)
1960 - Second Chance / These Things I Offer You (Roulette 4227)
1960 - Our Wedding Day / Parade Of Pretty Girls (Roulette 4252)
1960 - Wait For Me / Eyes Of An Angel (Roulette 4276)
1961 - Little Miss Stuck-Up / Real Life (Roulette 4322)
1961 - Cowboys Never Cry / Tell Me What She Said (Roulette 4370)
1961 - Wimoweh / One Little Kiss (Roulette 4393)
1962 - A Rose And A Star / Bachelor Flat (Roulette 4417)
1962 - Keep You Hands In Your Pockets / The Cop On The Beat (Roulette 4432)
1963 - What A Funny Way To Shoe It / Pettycoats Fly (Roulette 4464)
1963 - "A" My Name Is Alice / Just A Little Bit (ABC 10422)
1963 - She Never Looked Better / But Not Through Tears (ABC 10468)
1963 - I Cross My Fingers / I’ll Never Get Over You (ABC 10492)
1964 - Guy Behind The Wheel / One Guy Left On The Corner (ABC 10522)
1964 - Fiddler On The Roof / Piece Of The Sky (Colpix 760)
1965 - One By One The Roses Died / Spanish Perfume (Colpix 769)
1965 - Ballad of Stanley The Lifeguard/Should I ask (Colpix 245)
1958 - At Play with the Playmates (Roulette SR-25043)
Jo-Ann / Your Love / Darling It's Wonderful / Substitute For Love / Magic Shoes / When The Record Goes Around / Beep Beep / The Day I Died / Give Me Another Chance / Lovable / Intimate / Don't Go Home
1958 - Cuttin' Capers (Roulette SR-25068)
Let's Have A Party / The Macaroni Song / Worry / Our Friend / The Lady Or The Tiger / The Thing-A-Ma-Jig / What A Dream I Had / Women Drivers / Egypt / Modern Science / Bag Of Sand
1959 - Broadway Show Stoppers (Roulette SR-25084)
Get Me to the Church On Time / Hernando's Hideaway / You're Just In Love / Jubilation T. Cornpone / Once In Love With Amy / There Is Nothin' Like A Dame / Luck Be A Lady / Seventy-Six Trombones / Heart / Standin' On the Corner / I Whistle A Happy Tune / You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
1960 - The Playmates Visit West Of The Indies (Forum SF-16001)
Goombay / Tonight My Heart She is Crying / Island Girl / Evolution / Old Donkey-O / Sing Bahama Mama / Pretty Woman / Similau / Women Drivers / The Trouble With Man / Barefoot Girl / Lot Of Money, Lot Of Woman
1961 - Wait For Me (Roulette SR-25139)
Wait For Me / Parade Of Pretty Girls / A Ciu-E / It's Amour / The Song Everybody's Singing / I Am / What Is Love / These Things I Offer You / First Love / Second Chance / Eyes Of An Angel / On The Beach
The Playmates -- best known for "Beep Beep," one of several Top 40 hits -- were one of the first rock & roll groups signed to the New York-based Roulette Records, formed and co-owned by music industry leaders Morris Levy, Joe Kolsky, and George Goldner.
Originally known as the Nitwits (probably a better name for them in the long run), the Playmates had been performing in the area around Waterbury, CT, for five years before signing to Roulette in 1958. The label had already scored a few rock & roll hits by the time they signed the group; unfortunately, the Playmates' specialty was not rock & roll, but novelty music.
Despite the oft-corny lyrical content of their upbeat pop fare, they earned two hits right away with "Jo Ann" and "Beep Beep," the latter with a chorus that featured the group repeating a phrase of car beeps ("beep beep, beep beep, this car goes beep, beep beep").
Beep Beep What is love
Despite its silliness, "Beep Beep" -- written by group members Carl Cicchetti and Donald Claps -- climbed to number four in the nation in December 1958 and earned the Playmates the right to record an album, At Play With the Playmates, which followed soon after.
In 1959, they scored again with "What Is Love?" (number 15) and followed suit the next year with "Wait for Me" (number 37).
The group subsequently recorded three additional albums for the label: Cuttin' Capers, Wait for Me, and Broadway Showstoppers.
Another album, The Playmates Visit West of the Indies, was issued on an early- to mid-'60s budget reissue label called Forum Records, which was a division of Roulette Records.The group disbanded in 1964.
~ Bryan Thomas, Rovi
I Cross My Fingers One Little Kiss
"A" My Name Is Alice Jo-Ann
What is Love First Love
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