Par dion1 le 22 March 2020 à 11:21
The Villanaires (New Bedford, Massachusetts)
Leo Perry (Bass / Guitar)
Babe Perry (First Tenor / Guitar)
Lenny Thompson (Second Tenor)
Billy Perry (Soprano)
Edwin Gonsalves (First Baritone)
Henry Duarte (Second Baritone)
Adelino Pete Paulo (Drums)
The Villanaires was originated by two brothers, Virgillio "Babe" Perry and the late Leo Perry. They first started performing on their front porch, to an audience that grew to the whole neighborhood. The original Villanaires were Leo Perry, bass and guitar player. Babe Perry, first tenor and rhythm guitar player. Lenny Thompson, second tenor. Billy Perry, soprano. Edwin Gonsalves, first baritone. Henry Duarte, second baratone and Adelino Pete Paulo played drums.
When Lenny left for Military Duty, Kenny Alves joined the group. It was late in the career of the Villanaires when Jerry Alves, Ron Vieira and Eddy Lopes joined the group. Other notable musicians that backed the group were Gene Dias organ/key board. George Andrade, saxaphone. Joe Lewis, multiple instruments. Kenny Pimental, tenor Sax. Phil Riley, lead guitar. Bob Santos, lead/rhythm guitar. Manny Silva, saxaphone. Paul Peterson, multiple instruments. Jimmy Silva, drummer. Donnie Pine, drummer. There were also many more notable musicians.
Par dion1 le 6 January 2020 à 21:05
Little Tommy & The Teenagers (Richmond, Virginia)
Tyrone "Little Tommy" Thomas (Lead)
Tyrone Thomas, at the tender age of 10 was known as Lil Tommy. He and Major Harris of "Love Won't Let Me Wait" fame, put together their first quartet, called the "Teenagers" They open for several major league recording artist,such as Sam Cooke, Mary Wells, Fat's Domino, and blues legend Jimmy Reid. The Teenagers stay together for several years. The Teenagers went on to perform and win Amateur Night at the Apollo in the late 50's. Tyrone began to hone his skill as a drummer. Later putting together a band called "Nobody's Children". In the early 70's they became Patti Labelle and the Bluebells back up band. Again touring and opening shows for artist such as Tyrone Davis, Kool and the Gang, The Delfonics, and The Moments, to name a few "Nobody's Children" continue to be Patti Labelle's back up band. They were performing at Lord Price's Turntable, when Patti Labelle was suddenly stricken with a serious throat illness.
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