• The Premiers (1) aka The Viscounts (1)

    The Premiers (1)  (Los Angeles)
    aka The Viscounts (1)

    Personnel :

    Sammy Hagan (Lead)

    Donald Frierson (Tenor)

    Daniel Fields (Baritone)

    Charles Taggart (Bass)


    Discography :

    The Premiers (1)
    1956 - Baby / New Moon (Dig 106)
    1956 - Have A Heart / My Darling (Dig 113)
    1957 - Red Sails in the sunset / Your kiss (Dig 141) (Unreleased)

    Julie Stephens & The Premiers (1)
    1956 - Blue Mood / Crazy Bells (Dig 115/Eldo 107)
    1957 - I Don’t Want To Know / Take My Heart (Dig 129)

    Sammy Hagan & The Viscounts (1)
    1957 - Out of Your Heart / Smoochie Poochie (Capitol 3722)
    1957 - Don't Cry / Wild Bird (Capitol 3818)
    1958 - Tail Light / Snaggle Bunnie (Capitol 3885)

    Biography :

    The Premiers were the most prolific group that recorded for Johnny Otis's Dig Records in the mid-'50s. They consisted of lead tenor Sammy Hagan, tenor Donald Frierson, baritone Daniel Fields, and bass Charles Taggart. Their four singles for the label included 16-year-old Julie Stevens' “Blue Mood,” which was one of Dig's biggest sellers and a Southern California hit.

    Sammy Hagan & The Viscounts (1)

    The Premiers moved to Capitol records in 1957 to sing as Sammy Hagan & The Viscounts, but Charles Taggart left the ensemble to join The Hollywood Saxons. He was replaced by Kenneth Head. Sammy Hagan went on to cut solo singles as Little Sammy, Little Sammy Yates, and Count Yates for others labels, mostly under the auspices of producer/record company owner John Kriner.

    Songs :

    The Premiers (1)

    Baby / New Moon                    Have A Heart                     My Darling

    Julie Stephens & The Premiers (1)

     Blue Mood  / Crazy Bells             Take My Heart




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