• The Wildwoods (1) (New Haven, CT.)

    aka The New Yorkers (1)
     aka The Five Satins

    ref : The Scarlets  



    Personnel :

    Fred Parris (Lead)

    Wes Forbes (Tenor)

    Richard Freeman (Second Tenor)

    Louis Peebles

    Silvester Hopkins



    Discography :

    The Wildwoods (1)
    1961 - When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano / Heart Of Mine (Caprice 101/102)

    The New Yorkers (1)
    1961 - Miss Fine / Dream A Little Dream (Wall 547)
    1961 - Tears In My Eyes / A little Bit (Wall 548)


    Biography :

    Led by Fred Parris, the Five Satins were among the preeminent doo wop groups of the era, yet their pop succes was essentially limited to just two hits, the immortal "In The Still Of The Night" (1956) and "To The Aisle" (1957). In 1960, after three years with Ember Record, The Five Satins were signed by Cub, a pop subsidiary of the mighty M-G-M label which was enjoying a hot spell on the charts.


    Though expectations were high, M-G-M were unable to break the Group, and when the Five Satins heard they were to be dropped by the label in 1961, Parris and his cohorts went undercover, fetching up on Wall records, an obscure New York label, as the New Yorkers.

    "Miss Fine" appeared on the market at the same time as the Five Satins final Cub release, "Golden Earrings". A somewhat sisillusioned Parris reasoned that a name change might lend the group a fresh lease of life - They also moonlighted as the Wildwoods on other Label, Caprice, during this periode before reverting to their original name on some later records. A little raged around the edges, "Miss Fine" sounded like a demo released as a master. While the vocals and especially the song are top notch, "Miss Fine" would have benefited commercialy from better production values.


     Songs :

    The Wildwoods (1)

    Heart Of Mine                 When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano


    The New Yorkers (1)

    A Little Bit                               Tears In My Eyes

    Miss Fine                            Dream A Little Dream





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