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The Del-Knights

Philadelphia doo wop group the Del-Knights formed in early 1958. Based on Marv Goldberg’s profile on his R&B Notebooks site, co-founders Eddie Edgehill (an alumnus from the Valentines, which documented some singles for the Rama label) and tenor Arthur Harden had been childhood friends delivered and raised within the South Philly region. Initial tenor Warren Sherrill, baritone Frank Washington, and bass Jerry Abel finished the initial lineup, dubbed the Orientals. Ultimately Edgehill reached out to his previous Valentines colleague Richard Barrett, today a staff manufacturer for End Information owner George Goldner, and in middle-1958 lower an acetate for the label that Goldner opted against launching officially. The group even so agreed along with his dismissal of the name, and rechristened themselves the Del-Knights before auditioning for Gambling house label co-owner Barry Golder, who prolonged a contract give. Their debut one, “Settlement,” made an appearance on United Performers’ Unart subsidiary in past due 1958. Despite a demanding tour routine that required the Del-Knights into eastern Canada, the record didn’t sell and their profession stalled. In 1960, a discouraged Harden wedded and moved aside, prompting the addition of fresh 1st tenor Anthony McKinley. Washington and Abel quickly bailed aswell, at which period Edgehill revamped the Del-Knights’ strategy, recruiting guitarist Tommy Langley, bassist Howard Churchill, saxophonist “Sax” White colored, and drummer Duke Johnson. Following the early 1961 launch from the Sheryl label solitary “I’m Comin’ House,” Harden came back towards the lineup and McKinley exited. The one-off Chancellor work “Wherever YOU MIGHT BE” followed within the springtime, but while their milling tour pace continuing unabated, the group just could not rating popular. After one last stab, 1962’s Bronko launch “Everybody Popeye,” the Del-Knights’ documenting career ground to some halt, even though group continued executing live until 1966, when Edgehill, Sherrill, and Abel became a member of Terry Johnson’s latter-day Flamingos lineup.

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