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Zion Travelers

The Zion Travelers might not have achieved the national notoriety of contemporary gospel quartets like the Spirit Stirrers, Pilgrim Travelers, or the Swan Silvertones. Even so, Zion Travelers had been one among the finest-quality gospel quartets of the time. Stylistically different, the recordings of Zion Travelers supply the listener with …

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Three Friends

The Three Close friends were formed in 1954 at the same time when rock and roll & roll is at its infancy. The group emerged jointly while all three associates were participating in New Utrecht SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Brooklyn, NY. The Three Close friends were made up of Tony …

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The Wrens

The Wrens were one of the better of the a large number of R&B vocal groups who recorded within the mid- to past due ’50s for George Goldner, signed to his Rama and Gee brands within the wake of his success with “Gee” from the Crows. Lead vocalist Bobby Mansfield, …

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The Hollywood Argyles

The Hollywood Argyles were a quickie act thrown together by producers Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton and featuring Sandy Nelson. Fowley produced his initial recordings with drummer Nelson through the past due ’50s and acquired already produced several short-lived groupings — like the Paradons as well as the Innocents — …

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Thomas Wayne

b. Thomas Wayne Perkins, 22 July 1940, Battsville, Mississippi, USA, d. 15 August 1971, Tennessee, USA. Wayne was a traditional one-hit artist, younger sibling of Luther Perkins, the guitarist who created and first performed the brand two-string guitar design behind Johnny Money. Wayne went to Humes SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in …

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The Vocaleers

The original people of the vocal group from Harlem, NY, USA, were Joe Duncan (business lead), Herman Curtis (first tenor), William Walker (second tenor), Melvin Walton (baritone) and Teddy Williams (bass). Among the pioneering sets of the R&B period, the Vocaleers’ great strike, ‘Can be It A Fantasy?’ (#4 4 …

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The Volumes

Fronted by Ed Union, the Volumes cut their only strike in 1962, “I REALLY LIKE You,” for the tiny Chex label. The Latin-beat R&B tune was compiled by bass vocalist Ernest Newsom and supervisor Willie Ewing. Follow-ups on Chex and American Arts didn’t click despite their soulful grooves.

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The Willows

The Willows bloomed in 1950 from Harlem because the Dovers: Richie Davis, John Steele, Ralph Martin, Joe Martin (twins), and Bobby Robinson. Tony Middleton changed Robinson who remaining in 1952 to open up a record store on 125th Road that became Fury Information. The Dovers constructed a reputation fighting other …

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Dave “Baby” Cortez

Though hardly a soulful, bluesy professional like Jimmy Smith or dashing experimentalist like Larry Teen, organist Dave “Baby” Cortez made his tag within the ’50s,’60s, and ’70s as an able, often smart soloist and pop instrumentalist. His flair for catchy melodies, riffs, and hooks led to lots one pop and …

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The Velvets

The Odessa, TX-based Velvets are best remembered because of their violin-enriched 1961 Top 40 hit “Tonight (May be the Evening),” where the group chanted “doo-wop” behind lead singer Virgil Johnson. It had been among the initial uses from the expression in a melody (the Turbans’ usage of the expression in …

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