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The Lamplighters

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The L.A.-structured Lamplighters are most widely known because the group who later on evolved in to the Sharps, the backup group for Thurston Harris (“Small Bitty Pretty One particular,” number 2 R&B and number 6 play 1957 for Aladdin). Previous Hollywood Fire second tenor Willie Ray Rockwell, Matt Nelson, Al Frazier, and Harris produced the Lamplighters within the springtime of 1952 and started appearing in several community nightspots, including Membership Alabam on Central Ave., as well as the Barrelhouse Membership in W, a nightclub possessed by musician Johnny Otis and his partner Bardu Ali. Otis presented the group to Ralph Bass at Federal-King Information, which was in fact headquartered in Cincinnati at that time. Bass agreed upon the group to Government, and in the past due summer months of 1953, started issuing the group’s initial singles, which “BeBop Wino” b/w “Provide Me” have scored some much-needed airplay in the Western world Coast. In addition they supported blues vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon and made an appearance with Linda Hayes as well as the Flairs, and performed on the Tenth Wedding anniversary Cavalcade of R&B at Wrigley Field in LA with headliners Ruth Dark brown, Count number Basie, and Louis Jordan. Subsequent Government singles didn’t score very much airplay for the group, who have been virtually unknown beyond their home bottom in South Central LA. In mid-August 1954, the Lamplighters had been on the costs for another large R&B extravaganza on the Savoy Ballroom, hosted by DJ Hunter Hancock. Through the fall a few months, because of having less support from Government, the group’s workers was changing frequently. By year’s end, these were a completely different group: Eddie Jones, Harold Lewis, Carl Light, and Sonny Harris. In early 1955, Government released some more singles which didn’t sell and shortly finished their association using the group. Afterwards in the entire year, the Lamplighters agreed upon with Decca for only 1 single, then came back to Government, who attempted something brand-new: they made a decision to re-name them “The Tenderfoots,” expecting to start out anew and log off on the nice (sensitive) feet. Four recordings had been released from the group under this name, but had been quickly overlooked. Three more Federal government singles had been during the following sixth weeks; these originated from the band’s 1st recording sessions and they also had been credited to the initial Lamplighters name. The Lamplighters/Tenderfoots after that evolved right into a group known as the Sharps, who have been known most to be the backup group for Thurston Harris, who by 1954 was on the off-and-on relationship using the Lamplighters, sometimes appearing together like a fill-in as required. Harris’ cover edition of Bobby Day’s “Small Bitty Pretty One,” a vintage novelty number offering the Sharps performing backgrounds, offered him along with his only TOP R&B and pop strike, which managed to get to number 2 R&B and amount six play 1957 for Aladdin. He also acquired another Best 20 R&B strike, “Do EVERYTHING YOU Do,” in 1958. The Sharps documented for Vogue Information: “Lock My Center” and “Shufflin’,” that is an extremely uncommon and valuable one. They also supplied support vocals on a lot of Duane Eddy’s strike songs. A number of the Lamplighters/Tenderfoots/Sharps ultimately became a member of up with Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton and made an appearance because the Rivingtons in the first ’60s, rating with “The Bird’s the term” as well as the immortal “Papa Ooh Mow Mow” strike (both songs offered the cornerstone for the Trashmen’s wacky strike “Surfin’ Parrot”).

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Music Songs I Used to Cry Mercy, Mercy, Be Bop Wino, Hug a Little, Kiss a Little, Tell Me You Care, Love, Rock and Thrill, Ride, Jockey, Ride, Goody Good Thing, Liana, Rock Cola, Give Me, Part of Me, Everybody Lamplightin', Ride Jickey, Ride, The Moment I First Saw You, Don't Make It So Good, Turn Me Loose, Roll On, I Can't Stand It, Everything's All Right, It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!, You Hear, You Got Another Thing Comin', Soda Pop Soul, You Were Sent Down from Heaven, T Model Blues, Yum Yum, Moscow Central, Five Minutes Longer, Tiffani Smiles, Salty Dog, Believe in Me, Get out While You Can
Albums Soda Pop Soul


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Actress

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bungalow Boobs 1924 Short The Newlywed Wife
Too Many Mammas 1924 Short Jimmy's Girlfriend
Sittin' Pretty 1924 Short Jimmy's Girlfriend
Outdoor Pajamas 1924 Short The Bride
A Truthful Liar 1924 Short Mary Doolittle
Our Congressman 1924 Short Mary Doolittle
Why Husbands Go Mad 1924 Short
Cradle Robbers 1924 Short Girl with bald boyfriend
Publicity Pays 1924 Short Mrs. Jump
Get Busy 1924 Short
Don't Forget 1924 Short The Bride
The Fraidy Cat 1924 Short Dorothy - the Doctor's Daughter
Love's Detour 1924 Short
Hard Knocks 1924 Short Helen
Dear Ol' Pal 1923 Short
No Noise 1923 Short Mickey's nurse
Back Stage 1923 Short Vaudeville Troupe Member
Giants vs. Yanks 1923 Short Mrs. Reddy
The Sleuth 1922 Short Desk Clerk
The Lamplighter 1921 Minor Role (uncredited)
Captain Suds 1925 Short
Too Much Mother-in-Law 1925 Short The Wife
Cowboy Grit 1925 Bess Bowen
The Polo Kid 1925 Short
West of Arizona 1925 Dance Hall Girl
Married Neighbors 1925 Short
The Mystery of the Lost Ranch 1925 Miss Blair - the Professor's Daughter
Santa Fe Pete 1925 Miss Morgan - the Colonel's Daughter
Love Sick 1925 Short Frivolous Sal
Almost a Husband 1925
Puzzled by Crosswords 1925 Short
Clear the Way 1925 Short
Raisin' Cain 1925 Short

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Mischief Makers 1960 TV Series Mrs. Reddy / Mary's nursemaid / Girl (1923-1924)

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