The Vocal Kings
The Vocal Kings (Brooklyn, New-York)
Ian Kay, born in Manchester, England and raised in Brooklyn, NY, is one of the original Accents. He sang with several Doo Wop groups from 1957 - 1963. His first group was the Vocal Kings from Flatbush. When he was 16, he spent several months singing with the Tokens, after Neil Sedaka left for a solo singing career. He gives credit to Hank Medress and Jay Siegel for instilling a sense of discipline in his approach to group singing. Following that, he formed the Dreamers, who became one of Jim Gribbles stable of groups. They recorded Mary, Mary and Canadian Sunset. Then came the Accents. They recorded Rags to Riches and Tell Me Where Can I Go on Sultan records for Frank Cari Productions.
As a note of interest, the leader of the band backing Rags To Riches is Artie Butler, a former Erasmus Hall band-mate of Ians, who became the foremost pop music arranger of the past 40 years. They also performed as background singers for several solo performers.
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