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The Casinos and Their (Surprise) Doo-Wop Hit “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”

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Even when the doo-wop era had long already faded during the 60s music scene, the nine-strong vocal group The Casinos managed to achieve a Top 10 hit “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” They came from Cincinnati, Ohio; however, the Casinos’ sound evoked of Southeastern style. The Casinos released a handful of singles, including the minor hit charters “It’s All Over” and “How Long Has It Been” but it is their first single “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (1967) that put them on the map, albeit only for a short time.

 

Who were the Casinos?

Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1959, The Casinos were a nine-piece doo-wop band who experienced fleeting fame with their 1968 hit “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.” The group was led by Gene Hughes along with Bob Armstrong, Ray White and Pete Bolton. Later, Hughes left the group. The slot was filled in by Ken Brady, becoming a member of the act until 1965. The Bolton also left and was replaced by Jerry Baker. Brady also left the group to pursue a solo career and Hughes eventually returned performing with the group. That was also the point when the Casinos became a nine-member doo-wop group.

 

 

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” – one of the last great doo-wop hits

The song “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” was originally released in 1962 as a country song by Don Cherry and penned by John D. Loudermilk. In 1967, The Casinos issued their own version which became a big hit. It landed at its peak position at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 – a surprising feat considering that the doo-wop era had long been faded. It also reached a respectable #28 on the UK singles chart, after the single was released there on Fraternity label. The follow-up single “It’s All Over Now” was a lesser hit, peaking only at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite having a modestly-charting follow-up, the Casinos are still considered as “one-hit wonders.”

The song would be covered by a wide variety of artists — Eddy Arnold, Neal McCoy, Andy Williams, Toby Beau and Josh Stone, among many others.

 

After the heyday

After the Casinos ended, Hughes made a new career as a country record promoter in Nashville for the next 20 years or so. However, he died on February 3, 2004, from complications he sustained from a car accident in October the previous year. He was 67 years old.

 

The Casinos discography (may be impartial)

Alto Records

(Mar 1961)

  • A: Baby Don’t Do It
  • B: I Like It Like That

Terry Records [Cincinnati]

(1964)

  • A: Lovely One
  • B: Gee Whiz

(1964)

  • A: That’s The Way
  • B: Too Good To Be True

 

Sims Records

(1966)

  • A: Soul Serenade
  • B: Moon River

 

Fraternity Records

(Dec 1966)

  • A: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  • B: I Still Love You

(Apr 1967)

  • A: It’s All Over
  • B: Tailor Made

(Jun 1967)

  • A: How Long Has It Been
  • B: Forever And A Night

(Aug 1967)

  • A: Please Love Me
  • B: When I Stop Dreaming

(1969)

Casinos Featuring Gene Hughes and Ray White

  • A: These Are The Things We’ll Share

Casinos

  • B: Casinos Having Fun

(1974)

  • A: Loving Her Was Easier
  • B: A Restless Wind

(1974)

Bob Harris Sr. and the Casinos

  • A1: My Buddy, My Son
  • B1: Hosanna In The Highest (Part 1)
  • B2: Hosanna In The Highest (Part 2

Buccaneer Records

(1970)

  • A: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  • B: I Still Love You

 

Celtron Records

(Oct 1970)

  • A: Coal River [Stereo]
  • B: Coal River [Mono]

 

Goldies Records

(1973)

  • A: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  • B: I Still Love You

 

 

Airtown Records

(1967)

  • A: That’s The Way
  • B: Too Good To Be True

United Artists Records

(Feb 1968)

  • A: Where Am I (Here I Am)
  • B: Peggy

(May 1968)

  • A: Nobody’s Child
  • B: Leavin’ Makes The Rain Come Down

 

Janus Gold Records

(1978)

The Casinos

  • A: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Russell Arms

  • B: Cinco Robles

 

Era Records

Fireflies

  • A: You Were Mine

Casinos

  • B: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

 

Collectables Records

  • A: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  • B: I Still Love You

 

Del-Val Records

  • A: Everybody Can’t Be Pretty
  • B: If I Told You

 

Original Sound Oldie But Goodies Records

The Casinos

  • A: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

The Gallahads

  • B: Keeper Of Dreams

 

Casinos

B: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

 

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