• The Rag Dolls aka The Beach Girls (2)


    The Rag Dolls  (New York)
    aka The Beach Girls (2)



    Personnel :

    Jean Thomas (Lead)

    Mikie Harris

    Susan Lewis




    Discography :

    The Rag Dolls
    1964 - Society Girl /  Ragen (Society Girl Bossa Nova) (Parkway 921)
    1964 - Dusty / Hey, Hoagy (Mala 493)
    1964 - Baby's Gone / We Almost Made It (Mala 499)
    1965 - Put A Ring On My Finger / Little Girl Tears (Mala 506)

    The Beach Girls (2)
    1965 - Goin' Places / Skiing In The Snow (Dynovoice 202)




    Biography :

    Originally from Sarasota, Florida (Though born in Weymouth, Massachusetts) Jean Thomas had moved to New York in the early 60s and recorded as a solo artist for Cadence and M-G-M. Pitch perfect, she began picking up extra work as a demo singer and from there graduated to full session work, sometimes accompanied by an old friend from Sarasota, Mikie Harris.


    Jean Thomas

    The recording community liked Thomas for her ability to emote with all the  chutzpah of an eager novice getting his first break in a recording studio, even though she was a pro in her mid-twenties.  Crewe had used Thomas on "Society Girl" by the Rag Dolls (a fabricated 'answer' record to the 4 seasons' "Rag Doll") which had dented the Hot 100 in late 1964.

      

    Consolidating with a second release, "Dusty", Crewe had Thomas and Harris lay down their vocals over a storming track by 4 Seasons arranger Charlie Calello. The winning four seasons groove bagged a lot of airplay, pushing "Dusty" to # 55 in February 1965, and led to a demend for a group that did not exist outside the confines of a recording studio.

    Thomas preferred the quiet backwaters of studio work to the limelight and toured only briefly as a member of the Rag Dolls.
    The sessions for ‘Dusty’ were on 24th and 27th October and again on 12th November 1964 to perfect the mix, with ‘Skiing In The Snow’  and ‘Hey Hoagy’ also being recorded.

      

    The latter would become the cute ‘B’ side to ‘Dusty’ whilst Bob would release ‘Skiing In The Snow’ as the Beach Girls on Dynavoice 202 to provide another classic harmony laced girl group sound


    Songs :

    The Rag Dolls

      
    Society Girl                                 Put A Ring On My Finger

       
    Dusty                                         Little Girl Tears

       
    Hey Hoagy                                    Baby's Gone

     

    The Beach Girls (2)


    Skiing In The Snow


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