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The El Capris

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Pittsburgh R&B septet the Un Capris formed within the city’s Hill Region in 1954 — based on Marv Goldberg’s profile on his www.group-harmony.com internet site, founders Eddie Jackson (business lead tenor), Adam Scott (initial tenor), Theodore McCrary (second tenor), Leon Grey (baritone), William Germany (baritone and conga drums), Larry Hill (bass), and Adam Ward (bass and bongos) were all between your age range of 13 and 14 yrs . old during the group’s creation. Dubbing themselves the Un Capris — apparently a terribly misguided try to add Spanish flair with their unique choice, the Bluebirds — the group received a local skill contest on Self-reliance Day 1955, making an audition with Bullseye Information owner Woody Henderling. Sufficiently impressed to own Un Capris a agreement at that moment, Henderling came back to Pittsburgh at year’s end to cut their debut solitary, “(Shimmy Shimmy) Ko Ko Wop.” Issued within the springtime of 1956, the record quickly proceeded to go nowhere, as well as the group authorized to the neighborhood Fee Bee imprint to slice the follow-up, 1957’s “Your Celebrity.” Though advertised via live looks at locations including Harlem’s landmark Apollo Theater, the record fulfilled the same destiny as its forerunner and following a third solitary, “Safari” (released on Fee Bee’s sister label Ring-O), the Un Capris started to splinter. By 1958 just McCrary, Grey, and Germany continued to be from the initial lineup, however they forged on, recruiting 1st tenor Percy Wharton and bass Sam Askue to slice “Ivy Little league Clean” for the Paris label. Even though El Capris didn’t reenter the studio room, the group continuing touring the East Coastline nightclub circuit until 1970 — 25 % century later on, co-founders Germany and Jackson performed some revival showcases inside a reconstituted lineup offering second tenor Shane Plummer and bass Doc Fight.

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Full Name The El Capris
Music Songs Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Wop, Oh but She Did, Ivy League Clean, Girl of Mine, These Lonely Nights, Lonely Girl, Greetings, Safari, Ivy League


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1 Took their name from the luxury car Lincoln Capri.
2 Members have included Frank Reina, Wayne Smith, Tony Sergi, Lou Esposito, John Monforte, Nick "Santo" Santamaria (d. 2010), Mike Minceli (d. 2015), Vinnie Narcardo, John Cassese, Rosario "Sonny Boy" Morice, Tommy Ferrara, Nick Nardo.


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Call the Midwife 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sopranos 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tideland 2005 performer: "There's a Moon Out Tonight"
The One 2001 performer: "There's A Moon Out Tonight"
Meatballs III: Summer Job 1986 performer: "There's A Moon Out Tonight"
Rabbit's Moon 1950 Short performer: "There's a Moon Out Tonight" - uncredited

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doo Wop 50 1999 TV Movie documentary Themselves
New American Bandstand 1965 1961 TV Series Themselves

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