The Six Teens
The Six Teens (Los Angeles, California)
pictures update By Hans-Joachim
1956 - A Casual Look / Teen Age Promise (Flip 315)
1956 - Send Me Flowers / Afar Into The Night (Flip 317)
1956 - Only Jim / My Special Guy (ATG) (Flip 320)
1957 - Arrow Of Love / Was It A Dream Of Mine (Flip 322)
1957 - My Surprise / Baby You're Dynamite (Flip 326)
1957 - Stop Playing Ping Pong (With My Heart) / My Secret (Flip 329)
1958 - Love's A-Funny That Way / Danny (Flip 333)
1958 - Baby-O / Oh, It's Crazy (Flip 338)
1959 - Heaven Knows I Love Him / Why Do I Go To School (Flip 346)
1960 - That Wonderful Secret Of Love / So Happy (Flip 350)
1960 - Suddenly In Love / Little Prayer (Flip 351)
The Six Teens' name derived from the average age of the six members divided by six; Ed Wells was the oldest at 17, and Trudy Williams the youngest at 12. Like most teenage groups of that era, they were inspired by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.
Originally the Sweet Teens, they recorded one single under that name ("Don't Worry About a Thing" for Flip Records in 1956), with Wells singing lead on the first recording but Williams taking the helm for subsequent releases. The first Six Teens single, "A Casual Look," became their biggest hit. Flip's owner picked "Teenage Promise" but the disc jockeys flipped it, and it went to number 25 on the pop charts and number seven R&B. The group began performing and spent much of the summer of 1957 performing in Hawaii. "Send Me Flowers," their second release, was number one there, but their third record, "Only Jim," did nothing to advance their career.
The fourth, "Arrow of Love," showed at number 80, and when Flip began marketing the Six Teens to teenyboppers, their songs and lyrics became unbelievably trite. Tunes like "Stop Playing Ping Pong With My Little Heart" had no chance for success, and a personnel shakeup did nothing to stabilize the group.
In 1957, the Six Teens recorded "My Surprise," credited to the Six Teens featuring (14-year-old) Trudy Williams. Three final recordings failed to chart, but they continue performing with different members until the late '60s.
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