•  The Buddies (7)   aka Teddy & The Twilights (4) aka The Tiffanys (1)
    Teddy & The Twilights (1962) Top: Fred Cohen. Bottom (L to R): Larry Williams, John Odoms, Ben Hart

     

    Teddy & The Twilights (4) (Philadelphia)
    aka The Deckers
    aka The Buddies (7)
    aka The Tiffanys (1)







    Discography :

    Fred Cohen (Lead)

    John "Odoms" Williams (First Tenor)

    Larry Williams (Baritone)

    Ben Hart (Bass)



     



    Discography :

    Lynn Christie & The Decker's
    1957 - Oh, Where Did You Go / What Did I Do (Nar 225)

    The Deckers
    Singles :
    1958 - Sincerely With All My Heart / Come Back Baby (Yeadon 101)
    1958 - Sincerely With All My Heart / The Thing (Yeadon 1041)
    Unreleased :
    1958 - Love What Have You Done (Yeadon)

    Freddie Cannon bb The Buddies (7)
    1961 -    Buzz Buzz A Diddle-It (Swan 4071)

    The Buddies (7)
    1961 - Spooky Spider / Lebone Delada (Swan 4073)

    The Tiffanys (1)
    1962 - The Pleasure Of Love / Atlanta (Swan 4104)

    Teddy & The Twilights (4)
    Single :
    1962 - Woman Is A Man’s Best Friend / Goodbye To Love (Swan 4102)
    1962 - Running Around Town / You Gotta Be Alone To Cry (Swan 4115)
    1962 - Bimini Bimbo / I’m Just Your Clown (Swan 4126)
    Unreleased :
    1962 - Whispers In The Dark (Swan)
     

    Brenda Johnson bb Teddy & The Twilights (4)
    1962 - Ben Casey/ If I Give My Love To You (Swan 4108)

    Esau Isaac  bb Teddy & The Twilights (4)
    1962 - Poison Pen / Every Woman’s Just Alike (Swan 4110)

    Mark Valentino bb Teddy & The Twilights (4)
    1962 - The Push And Kick / Walking Alone (Swan 4121)

    Rochelle Johnson bb Teddy & The Twilights (4)    
    1962 - Playing The Field / Gypsy Ways (Swan 4124)






    Biography :

    The Deckers began in Philadelphia in 1954. In 1957, the Deckers consisted of Sam Connors, John Odoms, Larry Williams, Curtis Barnes and Ben Hart. The Deckers appeared on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour TV Show, in 1957. The Deckers' first recording came about in 1957 when the group was asked to back up a young white singer, Lynn Christie, on the NAR label.  "Oh Where Did You Go" b/w "What Did I Do" (NAR 225) came out in the summer of 1957 . Shortly after the NAR recording, Curtis Barnes left The Deckers to join a spiritual group.

     The Buddies (7)   aka Teddy & The Twilights (4) aka The Tiffanys (1)     The Buddies (7)   aka Teddy & The Twilights (4) aka The Tiffanys (1)

    Through Sam Connors, the group met Jack Green. Jack formed the Yeadon label and "Sincerely With All My Heart" became its first release. Four sides were recorded, including "Sincerely With All My Heart," "Come Back Baby," "The Thing"  and "Love What Have You Done". "Sincerely With All My Heart" and "Come Back Baby" were released on Yeadon 101.  "Sincerely With All My Heart" was re-released a short time later with a novelty flip "The Thing".

      The Buddies (7)   aka Teddy & The Twilights (4) aka The Tiffanys (1)    The Buddies (7)   aka Teddy & The Twilights (4) aka The Tiffanys (1)

    In the early 1960's, The Deckers changed their name to the Buddies and signed with Doc Bagby (Red Top and Value labels). The first thing the Buddies did on Swan was back up Freddy Cannon on "Buzz Buzz A Diddle It" (Swan 4071). The record debuted on the Pop Charts in May 1961, reaching #51. During this time, Swan was looking for material for The Buddies to record. The first recordings the Buddies did on their own were "The Spooky Spider" backed with "Lebone Delada". After this single, Sam Connors left the group.  Fred Cohen, a friend of the group who formerly sang with Larry and John’s brother’s group, The Mohawks, joining the Buddies as lead. The group now consisted of Fred Cohen, John Williams, Larry Williams and Ben Hart.

     The Buddies (7)   aka Teddy & The Twilights (4) aka The Tiffanys (1)

    In March of 1962, The Buddies went into the studio and cut four songs. Bernard Bennick and Tony Mammarella, the owners of Swan, decided The Buddies should have a new name to go along with their new lead and style. They gave the group two different names and issued a record under each at approximately the same time. "Woman Is A Man’s Best Friend" backed with "Goodbye To Love" was released as Teddy and The Twilights. Swan issued "Atlanta" backed  with "Pleasure Of Love" as The Tiffanies. The group became known as Teddy and The Twilights. In the spring of 1962, Teddy and The Twilights appeared on American Bandstand. Swan often utilized Teddy & The Twilights to vocally back their soloists. In addition, Fred Cohen often wrote or co- wrote songs for other Swan artists (Brenda Johnson, Esau Isaac, Mark Valentino & Rochelle Johnson) .

     The Buddies (7)   aka Teddy & The Twilights (4) aka The Tiffanys (1)
    Teddy & The Twilights (1962) Top (L to R) : Larry Williams & Fred Cohen. Bottom (L to R): Ben Hart & John Odoms,

    The next release under their own name was "Running Around Town" backed with "You Gotta Be Alone To Cry". Swan gave this release no promotion and it went nowhere. Teddy & The Twilights' third release under their own name was  "Bimini Bimbo" backed with  "I’m Just Your Clown". The record did not catch on elsewhere. The Twilights were disappointed that their records didn't go bigger than they did and blamed Swan for lack of promotion. Swan was busy promoting their big artists like Freddy Cannon and had little time for The Twilights. After 14 years of harmonizing together, the group called it quits. Their last show was at Towne Hall on May 25, 1963.



     

     

    Songs :

    (updated by Hans-Joachim) 

     



    Lynn Christie & The Decker's


    Oh, Where Did You Go


    The Deckers

         
    Sincerely With All My Heart                   The Thing                  Love What Have You Done


    The Buddies (7)

      
    Spooky Spider                                 Lebone Delada



    Teddy & The Twilights (4)

         
    Woman Is A Man’s Best Friend        Goodbye To Love          You Gotta Be Alone To Cry

      
       Bimini Bimbo                    I’m Just Your Clown


    Esau Isaac  bb Teddy & The Twilights (4)


    Poison Pen


    Mark Valentino  bb Teddy & The Twilights (4)    

      
    The Push And Kick                                Walking Alone


    Rochelle Johnson bb Teddy & The Twilights (4)    

      
    Playing The Field                                 Gypsy Ways




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