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This Week In Vocal Group History

September 16, 1957 Norman Fox & The Rob Roys “Tell Me Why” and The Moonglows “The Beating Of My Heart” were released. 1964 – The “Shindig” TV show debuted on ABC-TV with the Righteous Brothers, The Everly Brothers and Sam Cook.

Top Single:“Black & White” Three Dog Night #1 1972 “Boogie Oogie Oogie” A Taste Of Honey #1 1978

Birthday: Betty Kelly (The Vandellas) 1944

September 17, 1956“My Confession” was recorded by David Ford and The Ebbtides who were really The Hollywood Flames.

Top Single:“Cherish” The Association #1 1966

Birthday: Lamont McLemore (The 5th Dimension) 1940


September 18, 1954 The Diablos classic “The Wind” was released.

1987 – The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson were nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Top Single:“When We Get Married” The Dreamlovers #10 1961 “Take Good Care Of My Baby” Bobby Vee #1 1961

Birthday: Ricky Bell (The New Edition) 1967


September 19, 1955 The Drifters recorded “Adorable” (#! R&B) and it’s flip “Steamboat” (#5 R&B) at Master Recorded in Los Angeles along with their hit “Ruby Baby” (#10 R&B).

1960 – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters became the first Rock & Roll group with 3 hit singles when “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” joined “Finger Poppin’ Time” and “The Twist” on the Top 100 at the same time.

Top Single:“Good Lovin” The Clovers #3 R&B 1953 “The Twist” Chubby Checker #1 1960

Birthday: Billy Ward (The Dominoes) 1921 Brook Benton (Jerusalem Stars) 1931 Nick Massi (4 Seasons) Cass Elliot (The Mama’s & The Papa’s)

September 20, 1948 The Four Freshmen made their performance debut at the 113 Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana

1970 – The Doors Jim Morrison was found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity emanating from a concert appearance in Florida.

Top Single:“It Only Takes A Minute Girl” Tavares #1 R&B 1975 “Sugar, Sugar” The Archies #1 1969

September 21, 1961 Bob Dylan recorded his first album for Columbia.

Top Single:“Sleep Walk” Santo & Johnny 11/9/59

September 22, 1958 The Teddy Bears (with Carol Connors on lead) had their first single released today. The song, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” written by group member Phil Spector went all the way to #1.

1962 – The Springfield’s (featuring Dusty Springfield) became the first British vocal group to reach the U.S. top 20 when their single “Silver Threads & Golden Needles” reached #20.

Top Single:“You Belong To Me” The Duprees #7 1962 “Don’t Be Cruel” Elvis Presley #1

September 23, 1957 The Rays “Silhouettes” (#3 Pop and R&B) was released. 1978 – Foreigner’s “Double Vision” charted. It was their 4th of 9 Top 10 hits reaching #2.

Top Single: “Never My Love” The Association #5 1967 “That’ll Be The Day” Buddy Holly #1 1957

Birthday: Ben E. King (The Drifters) 1938


September 24, 1956 The 5 Satins, The Channels, The Clovers and The Valentines headlined Dr. Jive’s week-long engagement at The Apollo.

Top Single: “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep” The Temptations #6 1966

Birthday: Barbara Allbut (The Angels) 1940 Phyllis Allbut (The Angels) 1942 Rosa Lee Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) 1944 Cedric Dent (Take 6) 1962

September 25, 1954 Jubilee issued a special Four Tunes “Harmonizing Quartet” L.P. The album was marked with bass, tenor, alto and baritone so “would be vocalists could sing along to the albums collection of standards.”

– The Lennon-McCartney song, “Yesterday” had the original working title of “Scrambled Eggs”.

Top Single: “You Were On My Mind” The We Five #5 1965 “Abracadabra” Steve Miller Band #1 1982 Birthday: Joseph Russell (The Persuasions) 1939

September 26, 1953 Seven of the R&B charts Top 10 positions were occupied by vocal groups including The Orioles, The Clovers, The Five Royales, The Royals, The Spaniels, The Dominoes and The Cornets.

1937 – Blues great Bessie Smith died. She was known to have influenced many latter day stars including Janis Joplin.

Top Single: “Remember” The Shangri-Las #5 1964 “Oh Pretty Woman” Roy Orbison #1 1964


September 27, 1969 The Originals “Baby I’m For Real” (#14 Pop, #1 R&B) was released. Freddie Gorman of the quartet penned The Marvelettes hit “Please Mr. Postman”.

– Captain & Tennille’s 2nd hit, “The Way I want To Touch You” charted reaching #4. It had been previously released 3 times in 1974 on 3 different labels and bombed each time but being the follow up to their #1 1975 hit “Love Will Keep Us Together” gave it new attention.

Top Single: “Sugar, Sugar” The Archies #1

September 28, 1997 56 year old Bob Dylan, wearing a white cowboy hat gave new meaning to the phrase “an audience with The Pope” when he performed at a Bologna, Italy concert with a bored pontiff John Paul looking on. The Jewish legend sang “Knocking’ On Heaven’s Door”.

Top Single: “Blue Velvet” Bobby Vinton #1 1963

September 29, 1959 Little Anthony & The Imperials recorded “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko, Ko, Bop (#14 Pop, #24 R&B), a song that would become their last hit for five years and a record Anthony was quoted as saying was “stupid”! 1963 – The Rolling Stones began their first British tour as the opening act for The Everly Brothers, Little Richard & Bo Diddley.

Top Single: “My Prayer” The Platters #2 1956 “It’s All In The Game” Tommy Edwards #1

September 30, 1957 The Val Chords “Candy Store Love” and The Sh Booms “I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire” were released. The Sh Booms were actually The Chords of “Sh Boom” fame.

– The legendary girl group The Chantels first single debuted on the charts reaching #71.

Top Single: “Mr. Lee” The Bobbettes #1 R&B 1957 “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” Mac Davis #1 1972

Birthday: Frankie Lymon (The Teenagers) 1942 Marilyn McCoo (The 5th Dimension) 1943 Sylvia Peterson (The Chiffons) 1946

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