VOCAL GROUP RECORDINGS
Every spinner's a winner or
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Ron, let me begin with
one of the best groups
most of us never heard!
Southeastern Virginia has long been
a breeding ground for talented
vocal groups like the Five Keys
who gave us "Close Your Eyes,"
members with another evolving R&B
group from the area, the Avalons.
of RCA and in early 1956 released the sweet
ballad "Chains Around My Heart."
in the Groove with another great ballad,
"It's Funny But It's True."
late in 1958, the enthralling ballad
"My Heart's Desire."
The killer bee on the back is the Avalons'
version of an oft recorded 1953 song that
earned the Righteous Brothers a top 5
hit in 1965. Here are the Avalons
with another delightful dose of
"uncharted" has appeared in this 9 volume
Dueling Doo-wops series? Forget about
the Billboard pop chart which failed to
acknowledge countless contributions
made by black artists.
the so-called "black" chart. I can't help
wondering what criteria, what formula,
what twisted logic Billboard used to
compile its Top R&B Singles lists.
Not one of the great recordings
made by the Avalons reached
'n the nation - SDMM!
Shady, most of us know
"Mixed-Up, Shook-Up, Girl,"
the energetic top 40 hit
from the summer of 1964
recorded by New Jersey
songstress Patty Russell
and her vocal group
Patty and the Emblems.
Shady, my next spin is a record by
the Turbans, one of the best R&B
doo-wop vocal groups ever to
come out of Philadelphia. Led
by tenor Al Banks, the Turbans
released their first single in the
summer of 1955. The A side,
"Let Me Show You (Around My
Heart)," was a Clyde McPhatter
styled ballad that became a
regional hit but failed to break
nationally. Around the time "Let Me
Show You" was fading, DJ's discovered and started playing
the B side, the Latin-beat "When You Dance." The killer bee
caught fire, becoming a top 5 smash on the R&B chart and
a top 40 hit that spent five full months on the pop survey!
Ron, the Turbans got our blood pumping with that toe tapper. Let's close today's doo-wop
sock hop with another bitchin' fast paced dance tune!
Mister Adrian Monk!