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This Week In Vocal Group History

August 1, 1958 The Teddy Bears ballad,
“To Know Him Is To Love Him” (#1 Pop, #10 R&B) was released. It started the producing/writing career of vocal member Phil Spector.

1960 – 18 year old Aretha Franklin
recorded her first secular songs singing with Columbia Records. She began recording Gospel music at 14.

Top Single:
“Image Of A Girl”
The Safaris #6 1960

“A Hard Day’s Night”

The Beatles #1 1964




August 2, 2001 Ron Townson of the Grammy-winning pop group the 5th Dimension
died at his home in Las Vegas. Townson and his childhood friend LaMonte McLemore formed a doo wop singing group in 1965 that they called The Versatiles. Soon after they were renamed the 5th Dimension at the suggestion of Townson’s wife.

1973 – Mama’s & Papa’s leader John Phillips
sued the groups old label, Dunhill Records for 9 million dollars claiming “systematic theft” of royalties.

Top Single:
“Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time” The Spinners #4 1980 “One Of These Nights” The Eagles #1 1975.

Birthday: Edward Patten
(Gladys Knight & The Pips)
1939
Doris Kenner
(The Shirelles)
Kathy Lennon
(The Lennon Sisters)

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August 3, 1963 The Beatles
last performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

Top Single:
“So Much In Love”
The Tymes #1 1963


Birthday: Beverly Lee
(The Shirelles) 1941



August 4, 1937
The legendary Golden Gate Quartet recorded an amazing 14 songs in 2 hours at the Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1958 – Billboard’s “Hot 100”

singles chart was born.


Top Single:
“A Casual Look” The Six Teen #9 R&B 1956 “My Prayer” The Platters #1 1956.

Birthday:
Elsberry Hobbs
(The Drifters) 1936
Big Dee Irwin (The Pastels) 1939




August 5, 1952
The 5 Royales recorded
“You Know, I Know”, their 2nd of a career 51 singles. The also recorded 2 songs as the gospel group The Royal Sons Quartet the same day.


1957 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand debuted on National Television (ABC)

Top Single:
“To The Aisle” The Five Satins #6 R&B 1957 “Light My Fire” The Doors #1 1967

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August 6, 1956
Filming began on Alan Freed’s classic flick “Rock, Rock, Rock” featuring Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Flamingos, The Moonglows, LaVern Baker and Chuck Berry.

Top Single:
“Ain’t To Proud To Beg” The Temptations #1 R&B 1966

Birthday:
Judy Craig (The Chiffons) 1946 Randy DeBarge (DeBarge) 1958



August 7, 1954 The Harptones
“Why Should I Love You”, The Mellows “How Sentimental can I Be” and New York Giants baseball Hall of famer Willie Mays with The Treniers “say Hey” were issued.

1966 – Roy Orbison
Began work on the soundtrack and film “The fastest Gun Alive” which became his only motion picture. His role was originally intended for Elvis.

Top Single: “Pretty Little Angel Eyes”
Curtis Lee & The Halos #7 1961 “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” The Bee Gees #1 1971

Birthday: Herb Reed
(The Platters) 1931



August 8, 1953 The Flamingos
second 45, “That’s My Desire” was issued and became Billboards “Buy of the Week” breaking in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

1970 – Elephants
Memory debuted with their only chart single “Mongoose”. They were John Lennon’s backup band in New York.

Top Single:
“I Wanna Love Him So Bad” The Jelly Beans #9 1964 “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” Brian Hyland #1 1960

Birthday: Airrion Love
(The Stylistics) 1949

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August 9, 1953 The Drifters
recorded their first hit “Money Honey” #1 R&B.

1986 – Janet Jackson
breached the best sellers list with “When I Think of You”, the first of seven eventual #1’s for the youngest member of the Jackson family thru 1996.

Top Single: “Jive Talkin”

The Bee Gees #1 1975

Birthday: Billy Henderson
(The Spinners) 1939



August 10, 1975 Manhattan Transfer
began a 4 week run with their own CBS-TV comedy-variety show. Top Single: “A Big Hunk Of Love” Elvis Presley #1 1959



August 11, 1962
Formerly known as The Primettes, the newly named Supremes hit the Hot 100 with “Your Heart Belongs To Me”, their first of 47 hits through 1976.

1969 – Diana Ross
invited 350 guests to the daisy Club in Beverly Hills to unveil her new discovery, The Jackson Five.

Top Single:
“Stranded In The Jungle” The Cadets #4 R&B 1956 “Poor Little Fool” Ricky Nelson #1 1958

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August 12, 1957, Billy Ward & The Dominoes
“One Moment With You” and The Five Keys “Face Of An Angel” were released.

1957 – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
immortal “That’ll Be The Day” charted reaching #1. A different version was recorded in July, 1956 and released in September,
1957 as by Buddy Holly & The Three Tunes.

Top Single:
“Please Send Me Someone To Love” The Moonglows #5 R&B 1957 “Light My Fire” The Doors #1 1967



August 13, 1957 The Five Royals
recorded the original version of “Dedicated To The One I Love” which was copied two years later by The Shirelles

Top Single: “Float On”
The Floaters #1 R&B 1977

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August 14, 1964 The Ronettes
began a 14 city tour in Chicago as the opening act for The Beatles.

1983 – The Teenagers, Frankie Lymon’s
group performed on a PBS TV special honoring their former lead who died of a drug overdose in 1968.

Top Single: “Same Old Song”
The Four Tops #7 1965 “Eye Of A Tiger” Survivor

Birthday:
David Crosby
(Crosby, Stills & Nash) 1941
Dash Croft
(Seals & Croft) 1940



August 15, 1953 The Prisonaires,
five inmates from the Tennessee State Penitentiary had their debut disc, “Just walking In The Rain” issued on Sun records. Lead sinner Johnny Bragg was helped with is diction at that June 1st session by a young would be vocalist who was hanging around. The teen’s name was Elvis Presley.

1965 – The Beatles
performed at New York’s Shea Stadium before 56,000 fans, a then current outdoors record. It took over 2000 security personnel to maintain even a semblance of order.

Top Single:
“Finger Poppin Time” Hank Ballard & The Midnighters #7 1960 “It’s Now Or Never” Elvis Presley #1 1960

Birthday: Bill Pinkney (The Drifters) 1925


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