• The Videos
    (Paste up picture) Clarence Bassett, Ronald Cuffey

    The Videos (Jamaica, NY)


    Personnel :

    Ronald Cuffey (Lead)

    Clarence Bassett (First Tenor)

    Charles Baskerville (Second Tenor)

    Johnny Jackson (Baritone)

    Ron Woodhall (Bass)


    Discography :

    1958 - Trickle, Trickle / Moonglow, You Know (Casino 102)
    1958 - Love Or Infatuation / Shoo Bee Doo Bee Cha Cha Cha (Casino 105)


    Biography :

    A native of Jamaica, Queens, New York, Ronald Cuffey was a member of the 1950s Rhythm and Blues musical group, The Five Sharps, along with tenor Robert 'Bobby' Ward, pianist Thomas 'Tommy Duckett, Mickey Owens, and Clarence Bassett. The group which formed in the early 1950s, is best remembered for there 1952 single, "Stormy Weather." The song which was recorded on the Jubilee Record Label is considered one of the most collectible doo-wop singles ever released. In 1953, a couple of the band members left to join the military, and shortly afterwards the group disbanded, and went there separate ways.

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    Clarence Bassett & Charles Baskerville                                                                                               

    In 1958, Clarence Bassett and Ronald Cuffey joined forces and created another musical group, The Videos with Charles Baskerville, Johnny Jackson and Ron Woodhall. They signed with the Casino Record Label and recorded the song, "Trickle Trickle", which was a minor success for them. Before they were able to record a follow-up to their second release for Casino, "Love Or Infatuation," two members had died: Ron Woodhall and Ronald Cussey. This marked the end of the Videos' Singing career. Two years after the Heartbeats' demise, James  Sheppard met Clarence Bassett and Charles Baskerville of the Videos and formed Shep & the Limelites. After two flops on Apt. Records, Shep returned to Hull Records and Caslin signed them on the spot. "Daddy's Home" was Shep & the Limelites' first Hull release and it nearly aced the pop chart, stopping at number two.


    Songs :

    Trickle, Trickle                          Moonglow, You Know

    Love Or Infatuation                  Shoo Bee Doo Bee Cha Cha Cha

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