The Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen

Introduction for The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen are an American jazz vocal group which have had a long and fruitful career in the music industry, and they still perform up to this day although with all newer members – for the last original Freshmen Bob Flanigan had retired in 1993. Particularly … Read more

The Four Coins

The Four Coins

Introduction The Four Coins were a doo-wop vocal group, popular in the 50s music era. The four-piece band consisted of Jimmy Gregorakis, George Mantalis, and brothers Jack and George Mahramas, all of whom were of Greek lineage. They were brought to Cincinnati, Ohio by Lee Barrett, a bandleader, where they started to … Read more

The Four Esquires

The Four Esquires

Introduction to The Four Esquires The Four Esquires had managed to chart three times throughout their short career, despite stiff competition from their peers. This pop vocal group from the 50s music era consisted of Bill Courtney on lead vocals, and backing vocalists Frank Mahoney, Wally Gold, Bob Golden and William Powers … Read more

Dion and the Belmonts

Dion and the Belmonts

Introduction to Dion and the Belmonts Dion and The Belmonts joined forces to be one of the leading American vocal acts in 1958-1960. The Belmonts are an Italian-American doo-wop group originating from Bronx, New York consisting of Fred Milano, Angelo D’Aleo, and Carlo Mastrangelo. Their name was based on the place they … Read more

Introduction to The Classics

The Classics

Introduction The Classics are an all-white doo-wop vocal group hailing from Brooklyn, New York, and were led by Emil Stucchio on lead vocals. The group was rounded off by Tony Victor, Johnny Gambale, and Jamie Troy, two of the members had previously been in another group called the Del-Rays. The Classics once … Read more

The History of R&B Legends The Clovers

The Clovers

Introduction The Clovers were one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1950s, having scored numerous high-charting R&B singles, and a lone Top 40 hit single “Love Potion #9.” The R&B vocal group composed of Harold Lucas, Billy Shelton and Thomas Woods – all were Armstrong High School students in Washington, D.C. With … Read more

The Story and Music of The Earls

The Story and Music of The Earls

Introduction to The Earls The Earls are an American white doo-wop vocal group formed in The Bronx, New York in the early 60s music era. The nucleus of the group was (and still is) the group’s founder Larry Chance, and the original members consisted of Bob Del Din, Eddie Harder, Larry Palombo … Read more

The Four Preps

The Four Preps

Introduction to The Four Preps The Four Preps are an American pop vocal group hailing from Los Angeles, California, where they formed during the mid-50s music era. They would sometimes inject their repertoire with elements of comedy, thus creating novelty songs. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Bruce Belland, Ed Cobb … Read more

Introduction to the Whispers

the Whispers

Starting on R&B and soul R&B/soul/dance vocal group The Whispers formed in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The founding members included: twin brothers Wallace (aka “Scotty”) and Walter Scott, Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson, and Nicolas Caldwell. In the year that they were established, The Whispers signed up on … Read more

The Crew-Cuts and Their Cover Hits

The Crew Cuts

Short career summary The Crew-Cuts were an early 50s to early 60s Canadian pop vocal group, who also enjoyed hits in the United States and other countries. Formed in Toronto, the members – Rudi Maugeri, John Perkins, Ray Perkins, and Pat Barrett – were mates at St. Michael’s Choir School. The Crew-Cuts’ … Read more

History of the Spinners

The Spinners

  Formation and early career The Spinners were formed in Michigan, in 1957. Five friends — Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, C.P. Spencer, and James Edwards — grew up together as neighbors in a suburb in Ferndale, just next door to Detroit. They formed a band which they first named The … Read more