• The Whirlwinds (2) aka The Cordells aka The Cardells (2) aka The Exceptions

    The Cordells aka  The Whirlwinds (2) aka The Exceptions aka The Cardells (2)

    The Cordells  (Philadelphia)
    aka The Cardells (2)
    aka The Whirlwinds (2)
    aka The Exceptions




    Personnel:

    Jimmy Ellis (Lead)

    Earl Young (Bass)

    Val Walker

    Russell Boston

    Charles Hynes





    Discography :

    The Cordells
    1958 - Please Don't Go / Believe in Me (Bullseye 1017)
    1962 - The Best of My Heart / Laid Off (Bargain 5004)

    Bunny Sigler & The Cardells (2)
    1959 - Square From Nowhere / Laddy Daddy (Bee 1013)

    The Whirlwinds (2)
    1963 - After The Party / Heartbeat (Phillips)

    The Exceptions
    1965 - Down by the Ocean / Pancho Villa (Pro 1/ Cameo 378)





    Biography :

    Along with the original Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, the Dreamlovers, and others, the Cordells were one of Philadelphia's pioneering R&B groups. The members were Jimmy Ellis, (lead), Earl Young (bass), Val Walker, and Russell Boston, all from the Broad & Lehigh area of North Philly. They recorded "Please Don't Go" b/w "Believe in Me," for Bullseye Records in 1958 and didn't get the opportunity again until 1959 when they Backed Bunny Sigler on "Square From Nowhere" b/w "Laddy Daddy" as the Cardells. Bunny Sigler was a champion swimmer, having won the city Championship representing Bok School in South Phully. Walter "Bunny" Sigler  will become a pop and R&B songwriter and record producer who has done extensive work with the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and who was instrumental in creating the "Philly Sound" in the early 1970s. He is nicknamed "Mr. Emotion."

    The Cordells aka  The Whirlwinds (2) aka The Exceptions aka The Cardells (2)   The Cordells aka  The Whirlwinds (2) aka The Exceptions aka The Cardells (2)
    Bunny Sigler                                                                                                           

    Return to Jimmy Ellis and his fellows. The Group didn't get the opportunity again until 1961 when "The Best of My Heart"/"Laid Off," fell on Bargain Records, this time using their original name, The Cordells. Neither side was more than a local play and while the group kept busy doing local gigs and built a little reputation around town, nothing really happened for them. The Philly singers became the Whirlwinds and recorded in 1963, this time for Phillips Records. "Heartbeat" b/w "After the Party" stiffed. They added Charles Hynes and tried it as The Exceptions. Pro 1 Records released the first Exceptions' single, "Down by the Ocean" b/w "Pancho Villa," in 1965. It was originally scheduled for Phil Gaber's P & L label, but the deal never consummated. The record created a stir locally so Cameo Records snagged it for national distribution, but it never took off. Switching to Cameo's subsidiary, Parkway Records.

    The Cordells aka  The Whirlwinds (2) aka The Exceptions aka The Cardells (2)    The Cordells aka  The Whirlwinds (2) aka The Exceptions aka The Cardells (2)

    By the late 1960's Jimmy Ellis and the Exceptions had moved from doo wop into soul music.  The signed with the Groovy Grooves label and had two releases. Groovey Groves issued two of their shelved singles in 1972 to piggyback on the Trammps' Buddah recordings. Ellis and Young, two ex-Exceptions, were now Trammps, comprised at that time of members from the Exceptions and the Volcanoes. In addition, Young became a sought after session musician and recorded with Ron Baker and Norman Harris as Baker, Harris, & Young.





    Songs :

    The Cordells


    Please Don't Go / Believe in Me

      
    The Best of My Heart                                  Laid Off         


    Bunny Sigler & The Cardells (2)


    Square From Nowhere / Laddy Daddy


    The Whirlwinds (2)

      
    Heartbeat                                   After The Party


    The Exceptions

      
    Down by the Ocean                              Pancho Villa        

     



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