• The Trends (2)

    The Trends (2) (Philadelphia, PA.)

    Personnel :

    Tony Amaral

    Jim Romero

    Herbie Lopes

    Joe Lopes

    Discography :

    1959 - Silly Grin / Once Again (Scope 102)

    Biography :

    Formed in 1955 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where all the members were stationed in the U.S. Air Force,  the 4 Deuces change their name when a five member join the group. The new name they decided on was the "Del Vikings." They were  Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson, David Lerchey, Norman Wright, Don Jackson, Clarence Quick. There was actually a sixth member of the Del Vikings, Joe Lopes was added to the group as their guitarist.  Joe Lopes will be present at the first recordings of the group on Fee Bee Records, and will be an integral part of the Del-Vikings on Mercury until 1959.

    The Trends (2)    The Trends (2)
              The Mercury Del-Vikings with Joe Lopes (Top)                                    The Trends / Tren-Dels  with Joe Lopes (Top right)

    In 1959, Joe Lopes joined Tony Amaral, Jim Romero and Herbie Lopes in Philadelphia. The quartet, originally named The Tren-Dels will record "Silly Grin" and "Once Again". Scope Records will release the single as the Trends.  The Trends went on the road touring in the Northeast. They ran into lots of racial issues on the road. Having black and white musicians playing together was unheard of at the time. When they went on break, the black band members would have to go outside. They often couldn't stay in the same hotels or eat at the same restaurants. They had a big break and had to perform on American Band Stand ... But Tony's wife got pregnant and asked him to leave the road and that's when their tour ended. All the guys stayed friends and lived in the same area of New England.

    Songs :

    Silly Grin                                     Once Again


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