•  The Tumemasters aka The Chantels

    The Tumemasters (Bronx, New York)
    aka The Chantels


    Personnel :

    Arlene Smith (Lead)

    Lois Harris (First Tenor)

    Sonia Goring (Second Tenor)

    Jackie Landry (Second Alto)

    Rene Minus (Alto / Bass)


    Discography :

    The Tumemasters
    1957 - It's All Over / Sending This Letter (Mark-X 7002)

    Willie Wilson & The Tumemasters
    1958 - I've Lied / Sending You This Letter (End 1011)

    Willie And Arlene And The Tunemasters
    1958 - I've Lied / Sending You This Letter (End 1011)


    Biography :

    It was almost a precursor to 'Sister Act” when The Chantels first sang together, as the five female members of the group were studying at the Saint Anthony of Padua Convent in Morrisania, New York. Their leader Arlene Smith was not yet sixteen when End Records came calling in July 1957, yet she'd already gained a wealth of experience by giving recitals in Carnegie Hall. Midway through the girls’ first recording session, producer Richard Barrett used them to back up another of his signings, Willie Wilson & The Tunemasters. Arlene was awarded a portion of the writing credits on the ballad "I've Lied" , which was first released as being by Willie and Arlene & The Tunemasters. The girls were later purloined to provide back ups behind Ronnie Baxter, Jimmy Pemberton and for Barrett himself on a cover of 'Come Softly to Me’ and Summer's Love' which briefly made the Hot TOO.


    Songs :

    Sending This Letter                           It's All Over         

    I've Lied


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