• The Voltaires

    The Voltaires (Pittsburgh, Pa.)



    Personnel :

    Louis Bates (Lead)

    George Russell (First Tenor)

    Joe Golden (Second Tenor)

    Jimmy Wright (Baritone)

    Donald Tillman (Bass)




    Discography :

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    The Voltaires
    1955 (L to R) : Donald Tillman, Jimmy Wright, Louis Bates, George Russell and Joe Golden

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  • The Grues
    From left: Moses Healy, Albert Abrams, John Wilcox and Edward James.

    The Grues (Sarasota, FL.)



    Personnel :

    Albert Abrams (Tenor)

    Moses Healy (Baritone)

    John Wilcox (Bass)

    Edward James (Second Tenor)



    Discography :

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    Biography :

    Booker High School classmates, The Grues were a vocal group that perform from 1955 – 57.




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  • The Strattons
     

    The Strattons (Milwaukee, Wi)



    Personnel :

    Mike Whitmore

    Jim Shaffer

    Joe



    Discography :

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  • The Sinclairs
    (November 1959) L-R: Eddie Griffin, Arthur Stewart, Yusef Khan, Eddie Albino and Al Heitzer 

    The Sinclairs (New York)


    Personnel:

    Arthur 'Party Artie' Stewart (Lead)

    Eddie Albino (Lead)

    Al Heitzer (Tenor/Falsetto)

    Yusef 'Joe' Khan (Second Tenor/Baritone)

    Eddie Griffin (Baritone/Bass)


    Biography :

    The Sinclairs were strictly an amateur doowop quintet back in the day although quite a visual one as they danced in sync while the main two lead voices, Arthur 'Party Artie' Stewart and Eddie Albino, leaped off the stages landing in split position. Looking back to that era of the late 1950's-early 1960's when they really couldn't have cared less about money as they sang and danced everywhere and anywhere they could get an audience to listen and enjoy them.

    The Sinclairs
    (Early 1960) L-R: Jimmy Clarke, Jimmy Jarosz, Al Heitzer, Sam Garcia and Eddie Horta

    They sang at paid gigs in Westchester and Nassau Counties where the competition wasn't as great as it was in New York City where it seems that every block had a doowop group entertaining the masses. They sang in churches, YMCA/YMHA's, Audubon Ballroom, P.S. 189, P.S. 152, the Dyckman Projects' Building 1 Community Room, high school assemblies, building courtyards, parks, building basements, subway arcades, subway station platforms and subway trains. But they didn't write their own music preferring to sing others' hit tunes. When Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records over near Columbus Circle at the time, and Bob Crewe of XYZ Records in the Brill Building told them in no uncertain terms: "Come back when you have original material". The Sinclairs broke up in early 1962 after after a lot of personal change.





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  • The Cardinals
     (1955) Left to right: Ray Butler, Ron Emmons, Warren Dickerson, and Francis Bonello.

     

    The Cardinals (New Jersey)



    Personnel :

    Ray Butler

    Ron Emmons

    Warren Dickerson

    Francis Bonello

     

    Discography :

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