• (paste-up picture ) Johnson, Relf, Harris & Sanders


    The Upfronts (1) (Los Angeles)
    aka The Cubans (2) aka Little Caesar & The Romans (3)

    Personnel :

    Bobby Relf (Lead / Second Tenor)

    David "Caesar" Johnson (Lead / Baritone)

    Early Harris (Tenor)

    Leroy Sanders (Bass)

    Theotis (First Tenor)

    Discography :

    1960 - Benny Lou And The Lion / It Took Time (Lummtone 103)
    1960 - Too Far To Turn Around / Married Jive (Lummtone 104)

    Biography :

    In 1959 the Cubans disbanded (they would not have been too popular under that name anyway during Castro's Cuban revolution), and David Johnson hooked up with Lummtone Records, owned by Lummie Fowler. He formed the Upfronts (a name Lummie came up with), who included Harris and Sanders of the Cubans, Bobby Relf of the Laurels (lead and second tenor), and a mystery man remembered only as Theotis (first tenor).

                                                                                                   Bobby Relf of the Laurels

    Their first 45, "It Took Time," got a good LA response, but their second, "Too Late to Turn Around," did nothing. They became little Caesar & the Romans. A new Upfronts was formed by Lummie Fowler that included a young bass singer from the area named Barry White.
    Jay Warner - American singing groups: a history from 1940s to today

    Songs :

    It took Time                                Benny Lou And The Lions

    Married Jive                                 Too Far To Turn Around




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