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The Blue Jays perfectly represent the transitional era between ’50s R&B as well as the ’60s soul era by singing doo wop-styled songs using a gospelly lead vocal. They’re best known because of their 1961 Best 40 strike “Lovers Isle,” which many consider to end up being the last strike record in accurate doo wop design. The Los Angeles-based vocal quartet — Leon Peels (b. 1936, Newport, AR), Truck Richardson, Alex Manigo, and Leonard Davidson (aka “Len” and “Tree High Len”) — emerged together within the suburb of Venice, CA, in 1961. Pursuing an appearance at an beginner show on the Fox Movie theater in Venice, the group had been put in contact with country vocalist Werly Fairburn, who agreed upon these to his Milestone label. Milestone’s roster consisted mainly of rockabilly rings and had currently achieved some achievement using the Paradons (“Diamond jewelry and Pearls”). The Blue Jays’ initial single “Enthusiasts Island,” compiled by Peels and Manigeault, appeared almost just like a throwback to a youthful amount of time in vocal group music. Though it had been not really a big vendor like additional vocal take action singles of that time period by groups just like the Jive Five or the Dreamlovers — it charted within the pop Best 40 at quantity 31 and performed well on the neighborhood L.A. R&B graphs — it offered as a lovely swan music for the doo wop period. Milestone also released an recording pairing the Paradons using the Blue Jays. The group adopted their strike with singles like “Tears Are Falling” (1961) and “THE PROPER to Like” (1962), but nothing at all came of these as well as the group split up in early 1962. Leon Peels later on recorded several singles — including “On the Magic Isle” — for Whirlybird Information, supported by the Hi-Tensions.

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Music Songs Lover's Island, Saved By The Music, Point of View, Venus My Love, Once Upon a Love, Alice From Above, So Long, Lover's Island, White Cliffs Of Dover, Who Are You Now, Nights Winters Years, Woe Is Me, On a Magic Island, A Casual Kiss, Be My Baby Tonight, Brand New Cadillac, Space Creature, Tears Are Falling, Let's Make Love, You're Gonna Cry, Only Girl for Me, Rock Rock Rock, Tree Tall Len, Peace Pipe, Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie, Spaceship to Mars, I Dreamed Last Night, That's All It Took, The Right to Love, Please Don't Touch, Wonderous Place, Livin' Lovin' Doll, A Magic Island
Albums Ridin' the Brit Beat

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