Introduction to the Danleers
The Danleers were an American R&B/doo-wop vocal group in the 1950s-1960s. The band’s single “One Summer Night” was initially released on Amp-3 label, and then distributed by Mercury Records. After the success of the single, the band performed on a tour alongside stars such as Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets and The Coasters, among others. However, “One Summer Night” also proved to be their last foray into the charts, joining the ranks of other one-hit wonders.
The group’s lineup
One-hit wonders The Danleers were an American R&B/doo-wop vocal group. The group was formed in Brooklyn, New York. The group was originally a quintet, consisting of Jimmy Weston (lead vocals), Nat McCune (baritone), Roosevelt Mays (bass), Johnny Lee (tenor) and Will Ephraim (tenor). The average age of the members was about seventeen.
“One Summer Night’ – the group’s only hit single
They were named the Danleers after their manager and songwriter Danny Webb, whose addition only augmented the group’s sound. Webb also managed another band called The Webtones, also named after himself . Anyway, Webb wrote the band’s only hit and charting single, “One Summer Night,” which was also the group’s debut single. But Weston later claimed that he was the one who wrote that song and that Webb only put his name on the record.
“One Summer Night” (b/w Wheelin’ and a-Dealin'”) was initially issued on Amp-3 label. When “One Summer Night” began to get more airplay, major label Mercury Records bought the Danleers’ contract from Amp-3. Naturally, Mercury also picked “One Summer Night” up for wider national distribution.
“One Summer Night”‘s were fast becoming great sellers that in the summer of 1958 the Danleers were scheduled to perform at the prestigious Apollo Theater. That June night, The Danleers shared the stage with other popular acts at the time such as Little Willie John, The Kalin Twins, and Etta James, among all others.
“One Summer Night” reached its peak on the Billboard Hot 100 at #7, and on the Billboard R&B singles chart at #4 in 1958. The success of the single made the Danleers one of the popular groups during that time. The single’s popularity also earned the group a spot on Dick Clark’s relatively new TV show The Dick Clark Show. They also appeared in Alan Freed’s Labor Day show in Brooklyn, which also pop, rock and roll and R&B acts such as Bill Haley and the Comets, The Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry. The band also performed on a tour alongside stars such as Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets and The Coasters, among others
The Danleers after “One Summer Night”
The Danleers recorded the follow-up single to “One Summer Night,” “I Really Love You” (b/w “My Flaming Heart”). Although it received excellent reviews, this time it failed to chart. Same goes with the subsequent single “A Picture of You” and “I Can’t Sleep.” By mid-1959, the Danleers disbanded.
Danny Webb formed a new Danleers group by putting Jimmy Weston alongside three members of his other group the Webtones. This new lineup eventually got to record for Columbia’s Epic label, and then a smaller imprint Everest before they went back again to Mercury. Finally, they recorded for LeMans label. Unfortunately, no more hits were forthcoming for the band, although for more than two years the Danleers kept on going by touring a lot. By the mid-1960s, the Danleers had called it a day.
In the late 1980s the Danleers reunited and resumed touring, with much of the original members intact. Weston died in 1993.