My Prayer by The Platters

February 27, 2013

The Platters were formed in 1953. Their most famous line-up consisted of Tony Williams, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, David Lynch, and Zola Taylor. They were one of the most successful vocal groups of the rock and roll era placing 40 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart.

Their sound bridged the gap between the early 1950s and the rock era. They were a classic vocal group. They may have been black but their sound resonated with the mainstream white audiance.

“My Prayer” was a number two hit for Glenn Miller in 1939. There version was released during the summer of 1956 and topped all four BILLBOAED Singles Charts in addition to the Rhythm & Blues Chart.

Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 7/4/56 – 2 weeks at number one
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 7/18/56 – 3 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 7/25/56 = 1 week at number one.
Hot 100 Chart – 7/18/56 – 4 weeks at number one.

Tony Williams lead vocal just soared over the harmonies. It was their second of four number one hits.

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye by The Casinos

September 16, 2012

The Casinos were a nine person vocal group consisting of Gene Hughes (lead vocalist), Pete Bolton, Bob Armstrong, Tom Matthews, Ray White, Mickey Denton, Glen Hughes, Joe Patterson, and Bill Hawkins. They were very close to a do-wop type group.

They only had two chart singles. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” was their biggest hit by far as it reached number six on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during early 1967. It contained a choir of harmonies as it just meandered along.

The Casinoes would perform for decades with a number of personnel changes but would only have one more small hit later the same year. Their legacy is this one brilliant ballad.

Three Coins In The Fountain by The Four Aces

August 25, 2012

Al Alberts, Dave Mahoney, Lou Silvestri, and Rosario Vaccaro formed the Four Aces during the late 1940s. They were a classic pre-rock ‘n’ roll vocal group. They placed 44 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts, all during the 1950s. Their first 29 chart singles all cracked the top 30.

They had two number one singles during their career. Their first, “Three Coins In The Fountain,” just made it to the number one position. It did not top The Best Sellers In Stores Chart or The Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart. It did howver spend the week of July 24, 1954 on top of the Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart, which qualified it as a number one hit.

The group still remains active today; however there are no original members.

Why Do Fools Fall In Love 45 by The Happenings

May 5, 2012

While The Happenings are still on the road and performing today, their greatest period of commercial success occurred, 1966-1969, when they placed nine singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

The Happenings were a classic vocal group whose tight harmonies supported Bob Miranda’s lead vocal. Their biggest hits, “See You In September” and “I Got Rhythm” both reached number three on the BILLBOARD Pop Chart while selling a million copies each.

Their cover ov the classic “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” was a swinging vocal twist of the original do-wop style version by Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers. Released during the late summer of 1967, it just missed the national top 40, peaking at number 41.

The flip side, “When The Summer Is Through,” is also worth a listen.

Five O’clock World 45 by The Vogues

April 15, 2012

The Vogues were a pure vocal group but some of their early material was energetic and up-tempo pop.

“Five O’Clock World” was one of the better pop creations of the mid-1960s. Released during November of 1967, it reached number four on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

The Vogues were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame during 2001 and the group, with two original members, continues to tour down to the present day.