• Billy Thompson, Bill Mills, Terry Johnson, Eugene "Lump" Lewis, Eddie Rogers

    The Whispers (2)  (Baltimore, Md.)


    Personnel :

    Bill Mills (Lead)

    Terry Johnson (First Tenor)

    Eugene "Lump" Lewis (Second Tenor)

    Billy Thompson (Baritone)

    Eddie Rogers (Bass)


    Discography :

    1955 - Fool Heart / Don't Fool With Lizzie (Gotham 309)
    1955 - Are You Sorry / We're Getting Married (Gotham 312)


    Biography :

    The Whispers formed in Baltimore in 1954 by first tenor Terry Johnson, second tenor Eugene "Lump" Lewis, high tenor Bill Mills, baritone Billy Thompson, and bass Eddie Rogers. In their matching powder-blue suits and red ties, the Whispers were soon a fixture of Baltimore's amateur circuit, regularly taking top honors.  In the fall of 1954, the group expelled Rogers when he stole Johnson's girlfriend, and with new bass James Johnson, they signed to the Philadelphia-based Gotham Records by year's end, impressing label chief Ivin Ballen with their repertoire of original material. The Whispers' debut single, "Fool Heart," did not appear until the spring of 1955, followed in June by "Are You Sorry."


    Neither record generated much attention, their momentum no doubt hampered by Johnson and Thompson's commitment to graduating high school. When Mills split from the Whispers later that year, the group gradually dissolved, and in late 1956 Terry Johnson joined the Flamingos, replacing his childhood friend Zeke Carey in the lineup.

    Songs :

     Fool Heart / Don't Fool With Lizzie

      Are You Sorry                        We're Getting Married


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