• The Fabians
    Al Anderson & Dave Whiston


    The Fabians (Morgantown, WV.)


    Personnel :

    Al Anderson (Lead)

    Dave Whiston (Vocal)

    Keith Collins (Bass)

    Ed Collins (Saxophone)

    Roger Britton (Drums)

    Ronnie Kemper (Guitar)



    Discography :

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    Biography :

    In 1959, Al Anderson began singing as the only black person in a popular vocal & instrumental group, the Fabians in Morgantown. Also in the group are Dave Whiston (Vocal), Keith Collins (bass), Ed Collins (saxophone), Roger Britton (drums), and Ronnie Kemper (guitar). Al Anderson joined The Fabians in 1959 as lead singer and continued until 1962. In February 1962, Bruce Cloud departed from Billy Ward & the Dominoes. This left just a trio: Billy Ward, Monroe Powell, and Milton Merle. To replace Cloud, Ward put an ad in several black newspapers in March. Al Anderson read the ad in a Pittsburgh paper. Ward requested a picture and an audition tape, and that's what Al sent off. The Dominoes were off on a tour, but one day Al got a telegram saying that they were returning at the end of June; he was told to meet them in Bakersfield, California.  In 1965, Al sang both the lead and background vocals on the song "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve." The song was released in October of that year. Shortly after cutting the album Al was contacted by his brother and asked to return to Osage, WV where his father was very ill. It was the end of his role with The Dominoes.



    Songs :

    The Dominoes (Lead Al Anderson)


    What Are You Doing New Year's Eve





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  • The Starlighters
    Theophus 'Ted' Barron, James Wheeler and Matthew Hillman Barron

    The Starlighters (Marin City, CA.)




    Personnel :

    Theophus 'Ted' Barron

    James Wheeler

    Matthew Hillman Barron



    Discography :

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    Biography :

    In 1955, Theophus 'Ted' Barron founded a singing group in Marin City, The Starlighters, with his younger brother, Matthew, and a childhood friend,  James Wheeler . They became quite well known and attained a large degree of success in the Bay Area and the West Coast.



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  • The Nobles
     

    The Nobles (Washington)




    Personnel :

    Alvin Lloyd (Lead)

    Chester Woodard (First Tenor)

    Chester Manley (Second Tenor)

    Jerry Wheeler (Baritone)

    Walter Thomas (Bass)

    Russel Johnson (guitar).




    Biography :

    Spingarn high school spring festival held on may 1, 1959 and features "the nobles" singing group which included from left to right Alvin Lloyd (formerly of the Spaniels), Chester Manley (formerly of the Dippers), Walter Thomas (the lowest bass voice of the time), Chester Woodard (First Tenor) and without the guitar, Jerry Wheeler (Baritone), and Russel Johnson (guitar).

     

     


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  • The Belverderes

    The Belverderes (New Jersey)

     

    Personnel :

    Robert D. Mangan Sr.

    Sonny ...

    Herbert Miller

    Sam ..

    Anthony Mangan



    Discography :

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    Biography :

    Vocal group from New Jersey that happened around 1957/1958 and will record a single at this time ... But which one? They are not The Belvederes on Hudson, not those of Trend and Jopz...



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  • The Dulcetones

    The Dulcetones (New York)

     

     

    Personnel :

    Bob Gist

     

    Discography :

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