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December 9, 2019
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Jean Thomas – The Consummate Background Singer

By her own account, Jean Thomas (Jean Thomas Fox) led an idyllic life:  On her site Jean reflects back on how for her and her closest circle the times seemed so innocent….  We were just having fun and and considered ourselves very lucky that we were loving what we were able to do to make a living. Listening to all the songs again now brings back so many wonderful memories.  When I played them to my daughter I said , “Imagine, that was my job.  How great was that!!.  Not too hard to get up and go to work in the morning.”

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Casey Chameleon

Jean’s remarkable career was nicely documented by the blogger Casey Chameleon “the voice of the Four Seasons UK Appreciation Society” – The Jean Thomas portion of the Chameleon blog on behalf of Jean – seemed to be kicked off sometime around 2009 – Inexplicably, the stories abruptly come to an end – the final installment ending with her activities in recording sessions into 1967.  Further articles were scheduled to document her solo work and her commercials.  Casey did step aside and turned his Blog over to a group of Brits in 2010 – This may explain how the Jean Thomas story seemingly fizzled out.  But alas, it did not!

Onto Jean Thomas and her Life In Pop Music

And so I had the pleasure of exploring one life in rock and roll that appears not to have nose-dived into the world of drugs, personal tragedies, and music industry broken promises – a refreshing reprieve from the many unfortunate tales from the world of rock ‘n roll.

Jean Louise Thomas was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts but spent her growing up years in Sarasota, Florida.  She joined her first group at the age of 15 in Florida – “Preacher John and The Five Saints”.  She headed off for college at the end of the 1950’s in Tallahassee.  Joan’s older brother Don, had formed a group called “The Merrymen” and they came to the attention of Archie Bleyer at Cadence Records.  This was probably the connection which led to Jean Thomas meeting with Archie in 1961, and eventual signing to a recording contract with Cadence.

Cadence Records’ Archie Bleyer

Jean would cut three singles for Cadence Records.  Her first recording was “Moon River”.  The song gained quite a bit of attention on the East Coast but couldn’t make the Hot 100.  It did get a number 116 ranking on the ‘Bubbling Under’ charts in April of 1962.  Her next effort moved Jean into the “girl group” genre “He’s So Near”.  Jean was now set on her recording journey – one which would bring her into contact with so many of the industries writers and singers – particularly those forming the famed “Brill Building” community.

Jean with Cadence Records

Brother and sister Don and Jean would next settle in New York City – Jean sharing a room with her friend from Sarasota, Milkie Harris.  Both Don and Jean would embark on what would prove to be lucrative careers, especially Jean, as demo and session background singers.  Through the many sessions that Jean worked, she would greatly expand her network of fellow artists.

Don and Jean – 1961

One particularly big break came when Jean was approached by producer Chip Taylor who invited her to begin participating in sessions for MGM records’ artists.  Don and Jean would sign on with the long-established publishing house, “Shapiro, Bernstein & Co.” which was founded in 1900 with Louis Bernstein and Maurice Shapiro in the early days of “Tin Pan Alley”.  The brother and sister team became oft-used demo and session singers.

The ‘Brill Building’ atmosphere was highly competitive and resulted in an avalanche of pop hits in the 1960’s from several teams of young and energetic composers and artists.   (See my “Brill Building” page to learn more about the two historic locations that defined the rock/pop era of the 1960’s – Click here or on Image below)

A big step forward for Jean was recording with Joey Powers on a song called “Midnight Mary”.  Jean thought she had been brought in to record a demo of “Midnight Mary”.  The producers were going to hire two or three females for the harmony – but Jean stepped up and recorded all the background parts.  The final recording would use Jean’s three-part harmony.  The song would rise to the number 10 position establishing Jean for all-time.  For the Joey Powers’ LP featuring “Midnight Mary” the producers needed an additional voice to save time – On Jean’s recommendation, another singer from her hometown in Sarasota was contacted,  Lettie Hamblet who had been working as a nurse.  Lettie and Jean would work together for about three months.

1650 & 1619 Broadway – the “Brills”

A Rag Doll’s Story – “Society Girl”

The Rag Dolls were the creation of composer/producer and driving force behind the Four Seasons.  Crewe wanted to create a girl group in the style of the Seasons.  And so he would bring Susie Lewis, Jean Thomas and Mikie Harris into the studio to record “Society Girl”.  This would essentially be the departure point for Jean Thomas, taking her from her smooth vocals as presented on her Cadence recordings (i.e. “Moon River”) to her using her upper falsetto range placing her firmly into the “girl group” genre.

“They call me rag doll (whee ooh)
They put me down (ooh whee ooh)
I couldn’t take it any longer
So I got out of town.
I go to parties with playboys
Use them for toys
If my old friends could see (see me now)
They call me (ooh)
Society girl (ahh ahh ahh ahh)….”

Jean Thomas and Girl Groups Galore

“Society Girl” wouldn’t rise anywhere near the top of the pop charts – peaking only at number 91.  But more importantly, the Rag Dolls would lead directly to Jean’s participation in many girl group lineups, either as a member or on backing vocals.  These included:

  • “The Powder Puffs”, who were actually the Angels along with Jean
  • “The Surfer Girls”
  • “Gigi Parker and the Lonelies”
  • “The Tomboys”
  • “The Pandoras”
  • “The Secrets” with Jean supporting vocals
  • “The Honeybirds
  • “The Angels” with Jean on supporting vocals
  • “The Calendar Girls”
  • “The Beach Girls”
  • “Angie and The Clickettes”
  • “Carol and Cheryl” – sisters Carol and Cheryl Kleinbard with Jean on supporting vocals
  • ‘The Telltales
  • “The Cheesecakes”

As 1964 was ushered in, the “girl group” sound was entering it’s prime and so Jean Thomas would be plunged deep into the mix recording with The Angels.  In early 1964 Jean would meet up with one half of one of the premier ‘Brill Building’ teams, Ellie Greenwich (her husband/partner co-writer being Jeff Barry).  Ellie and Jean would work together often usually as a duo on recordings providing background support

The trio of Thomas, Greenwich and Harris would be joined by a 4th member, the talented Valerie Simpson who would go on with her husband Nickolas Ashford to join up as a song writing team and recording duo for Motown Records in 1966.

Valerie Simpson on the Right

The ‘Other’ Ronettes!

Here is a little tale regarding the recording of “I Can Hear Music” which took place in July of 1966.  What makes this tale interesting to begin with is that the song along with another titled “Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine” were not recorded in Los Angeles with Phil Spector, but rather in New York City under the guidance of two of the tune’s co-writers, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.

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Jean Thomas – Ellie Greenwich – Mikie Harris – East Coast Ronettes

Somehow, Barry obtained permission to do the “Ronettes” session with Veronica on lead but with Ellie Greenwich, Jean Thomas and Mikie Harris taking the place of the Ronettes.  Not sure if Veronica’s lead was mixed in from another session perhaps with Phil in Los Angeles – but non-the-less it was a unique recording situation

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Greenwich and Barry – Better Days

It was reported that at this time Jeff and Ellie were on the break-up and two of the record labels where the couple often worked were taking a hit by defecting musicians – those labels being Red-Bird and Blue Cat.

The Campbell Kids

Boomers will easily recall the Campbell Soup radio and TV theme “Mmm Mmm Good – That’s What Campbell Soups Are” from the 1960’s – Those are the voices of Jean Thomas along with singer Trade Martin!  The two teamed up as well on some of Martin’s tracks in the 1970’s.

Beyond The Brill

In 2002 Jean (Thomas) Fox took a shot at motion picture production – as co-producer of the film “Wise Girls”

WiseGirls (2002)

Daughters Lauren & Haley Fox & Alice’s Tea Cup

 

Lauren and Haley Fox – Tea for Two!

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Haley and Lauren – Tea For Two!

I recently came across information from 2011 – a Post in the “Martin Andrew Report” site – which tells us more about the journey of Jean Thomas.  According to the report, Jean Thomas Fox apparently moved on from her session days into a career in “child talent management” referencing “her internationally-acclaimed Kids & Co agency”.

Jean married Ray Errol Fox, a documentary writer and film maker.  Ray’s work is quite impressive – even achieving an Academy Award nomination in 1990.  His “Wiki” entry makes absolutely no mention of his marriage to Jean or his family.

Daughter Lauren moved effortlessly into show business first becoming an actress then teaming up with her sister Haley to open “Alice’s Tea Cup” in New York at the beginning of the decade in 2001 – expanding it to three locations (the girls apparently received financial backing from both of their parents).

It appears today that Haley Fox is still very much involved – at least up until up into the summer of this year.  I also found this photo below from 2016 when Lauren, their mother Jean in the middle and Haley performed in New York on Broadway for a special performance of “mothers performing with their (sons) or daughters.  The Fox ladies delivered a rendition of “Sentimental Journey”.

 

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Lauren – Jean – and Haley Fox 2016

Moving On

NOTE:  I have been very busy tracking down Jean’s contributions to rock and roll – and I am still working on it as this gets posted.  My permanent Jean Thomas page will contain more entries in the way of recording sessions (background on the final releases as well as demo’s.

Jean has left us with a rich legacy of music – songs which defined an era and will live forever.  I hope that she is alive and well somewhere enjoying the memories of a fabulous life!

Jean Thomas Selected Discography

This discography includes solos by Jean Thomas, groups in which she was a member and other musicians’ recordings where Jean was involved either as a composer or background support singer. This discography also includes the output of Jean’s brother who worked with her often performing and on recording sessions.  Before long, Jean’s roommate, Milkie Harris would join them to form one of the most often utilized trio of background session singers in New York.

45 – Cadence 1419 (Jean Thomas) – Moon River b/w My Ideal – Released March, 1962

45 – Cadence 1435 – (Jean Thomas) – Seven Roses (To Pledge My Love To You) b/w He’s So Near (Yet So Far Away) – Released March, 1963

45 – MGM K 13237 – (Connie Francis) – Tommy – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released April, 1963

45 – Liberty 55577 – (The Blisters) – Shortnin’ Bread b/w Cookie Rockin’ In Her Stockings – (Don Thomas Composer) – Released May, 1963

45 – Cadence 1438 – (Jean Thomas) – The That I Want Doesn’t Want Me b/w He’s So Near (Yet So Far Away) – Released September, 1963

45 – Epic 5-9627 – (Buddy Greco) – Miss Kiss and Run (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released September, 1963

45 – United Artists UA 649 – (Janie Grant) – Priceless Possession – (Composed by Don and Jean Thomas – with Jean Thomas on the lead vocal although credited to Janie Grant)

45 – Coral 62380 – (Don Thomas) – My Girl Knows Where I Was Last Night (co-writer Jean Thomas) b/w  He There, You In the Mirror – Released October, 1963

45 – Amy 892 – (Joey Powers with Jean Thomas duet) – Midnight Mary – Charted Number 10 Hot 100 – Released October, 1963

45 – Arlen 742 -(Donna Douglas) – He’s So Near (composers Don and Jean Thomas) – Released November 1963

45 – Imperial (Lou Courtney) – The Man with The Cigar b/w Come On Home (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1963

45 – Challenge 59225 – (Dee Dee Young) – Tell Me Tonight b/w You Haven’t Seen Nothin’ – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released December, 1963

45 – Vista F-423 – (Maureen Scott) – He’s So Near (composers Don and Jean Thomas) – Released 1963

45 – Congress CG-205 – (Johnny Knight) – Where The Blue Of Night Meets The Gold Of The Day b/w Sentimental Sweet and Gentle – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released January, 1964

(Johnny Knight recorded as Gamma Goochee – Johnny Donn – Johnny Magnelli – Johnny Marlo and John Mangiagli)

45 – Mercury 72227 – (Maureen Gray) – Good-Bye Baby – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released January, 1964

(This song was produced in the style of the Ronettes recordings – Composed and produced in part by David White of “Danny & The Juniors” fame and later “The Spokesmen” and “The Crystal Mansion”.  Maureen Gray charted one-time with “Dancin’ The Strand” which charted Hot 100 at number 91 in 1962)

45 – Wand 149 (Chuck Jackson) – Look Over Your Shoulder (composers Don and Jean Thomas) – Released February, 1964

45 – Imperial 66014 – (The Powder Puffs with Jean Thomas) – (You Can’t Take (My Boyfriend’s Woody) b/w Woody Wagon – Released February, 1964

(This group was actually The Angels with Jean Thomas added to the group)

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45 – Amy 898 – (Joey Powers) – Billy Old Buddy – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released February, 1964

45 – Mercury 72260 – (Frankie Cherval) – Shake Hands With A Loser b/w Baby Be Good To Me (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1964

(Frank Chiaravalli – New Jersey)

45 – Roulette R-4545 – (Lou Christie) – There They Go – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1964

(Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco – Glen Willard, Pennsylvania – Was a member of “Ritchie and the Runarounds” in 1963

45 – Smash S-1879 – (Johnny Caswell) – My Girl – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March,1964

(Was later a member of “The Crystal Mansion” along with David White of “Danny & the Juniors” – This record is considered a “Phil Spector Sound-Alike” effort)

45 – Columbia 4-43001 – (The Surfer Girls) – Draggin’ The Wagon b/w One Boy Tells Another (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1964

(The Surfer Girls also recorded as “The Durettes”)

45 – Philips 40182 – (Ann D’ Andre) – Johnny’s Back In Town b/w He’s The Boy – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1964

(Ann also recorded a”Ann D’Andrea”)

45 – Mercury 72259 – (Lesley Gore) – That’s The Way Boys Are – Charted Number 12 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released March, 1964

45 – MGM K 13225 – (Gigi Parker & The Lonelies) – Beatles Please Come Back b/w In This Room – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – March, 1964

45 – Columbia 4-43042 – (Darlene Terri) – Ringo Ringo b/w A Real Live Boy – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released April, 1964

45 – Swan S-4181 – (The Tomboys) – I’d Rather Fight Than Switch b/w Mary Had A Little Kiss – (Jean Thomas on backing vocals) – Released May, 1964

45 – Coral 62414 – (The Honeybirds) – Ain’t That Just Like A Boy – (Jean Thomas with studio group) – Released May, 1964

45 – Mercury 72270 – (Lesley Gore) – I Don’t Wanna Be A Loser – Charted Number 37 Hot 100 – b/w It’s Gotta Be You –  (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1964

 

45 – Smash S-1911 – (Johnny Caswell) – The Dream – (Jean Thomas backup vocals) – Released June, 1964

(Song written by David White of “Danny & The Juniors” – (Was later a member of “The Crystal Mansion” along with David White of “Danny & the Juniors”))

45 – Coral 62418 – (Don Thomas) – She Acts Like She Doesn’t Care (co-writer Jean Thomas) – b/w He Little Dancing Girl – Released June, 1964

45 – Diamond D-169 – (Johnny Thunder) – Shout It To The World – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released June, 1964

(“Shout it to the World” was also released on Diamond D-175 in November of 1964)

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45 – Mercury 72276 – (Diane Ray) – That Boy’s Gonna Be Mine – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released June, 1964

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45 – Columbia 4-43046 – (April Young) – (Will You Ever Be My) Steady Boyfriend – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1964

45 – Warner Bros. 5448 – (Freddie Cannon) – Summertime U.S.A. – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released June, 1964

45 – Powertree 45-P 148 – (The Adonis) – Cry of the Century b/w I Laugh to Keep From Crying – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1964

45 – Philles 122 – (The Crystals) – All Grown Up – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Charted Number 98 Hot 100 – Released June, 1964

(Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1960 – many members along the way)

45 – MGM K 13263 – (Jean Thomas) – Don’t Make Me (Fall In Love With You) b/w I Don’t Miss You At All – Released July, 1964

45 – Smash S-1915 – (The Angels) – Jamaica Joe – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1964

45 – Columbia 4-43082 – (Eydie Gorme) – I Want You To Meet My Baby – Charted Number 43 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released July, 1964

45 – Colpix CP-743 – (Zacherley) – Hello Dolly – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1964

45 – Mercury 72309 – (Lesley Gore) – Maybe I Know – Charted Number 14 Hot 100 – b/w Wonder Boy – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1964

45 – Parkway 921 – (The Rag Dolls with Jean Thomas) – Society Girl (“B” Side by The Caliente Combo) – Charted Number 91 Hot 100 – Released August, 1964

(Below:  Susie Lewis, Jean Thomas and Mikie Harris)

45 – Tower 102 – (Ritchie Dean) – Goodbye Girl b/w I’d Do Anything – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released September, 1964

(Warren Shatz – In Groups: Petrified Forest, The Chats – The Shapes of Things – The Warmest Spring – The Whispers)

45 – Roulette R-4575 – (Anita Humes) – Just For The Boy b/w I’m Making It Over – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released September, 1964

(Anita Humes Chappelle – lead singer for the Essex)

45 – Mercury 72352 – (Lesley Gore) – Hey Now – Charted Number 76 Hot 100 – b/w Sometimes I Wish I Were A Boy – Charted Number 86 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released September, 1964

45 – Decca 31662 – (Matthew Reid with Jean Thomas) – Hurt Me – (Vocal duet with Jean Thomas) – Released September, 1964

(David L’Heureux)

45 – Cameo 340 – (Richard Starr) – Witchcraft Love – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released October, 1964

45 – Columbia 4-43153 – (Doris Day) – Send Me No Flowers – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released October, 1964

(From the motion picture of the same name)

45 – MGM K 13287- (Connie Francis) – Don’t Ever Leave Me – Charted Number 43 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas backing vocals) – Released October, 1964

45 – Philips 40245 – (Dusty Springfield) – Live It Up – Charted Number 128 Bubbling Under Charts – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released November, 1964

45 – Ascot 2164 – (Bobby Comstock) – Always – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1964

(Was with The Counts)

45 – Mercury 72367 – (Lemme B. Good) – Hard Times – (Jean Thomas background vocals – Released November, 1964

(Lemmie Snell – Dalton, Alabama – recorded “Good Lovin'” prior to the “Young Rascals”)

45 – MGM K 13292 – (Augie Rios) – Donde Esta Santa Claus? – (Jean Thomas background vocals) Released November, 1964

(Was with “Augie Rios and the Notations”)

45 – Almont 315 – (The Ramblers) – Surfin’ Santa b/w Silly Little Boy – (Jean Thomas background vocals)  – released November, 1964

(The Ramblers were a duo from New York City – members included John Herbert and Salvatore Nastasi)

45 – Mala 493 – (The Rag Dolls with Jean Thomas) – Dusty b/w Hey Hoagy – “A” Side charted number 55 Hot 100 – Released December, 1964

(Below:  Susie Lewis, Jean Thomas and Mikie Harris)

45 – Epic 5-9749 – (Mikie Harris) – Little Miss Lonely – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released December, 1964

(Mikie Harris was a close friend of Jean Thomas – did background singing often with Jean and both were members of “The Rag Dolls”

45 – Mercury 72372 – (Lesley Gore) – Look Of Love – Charted Number 27 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released December, 1964

45 – Verve VK-10340 – (Ella Fitzgerald) – Ringo Beat – (Jean Thomas background vocals – Released December, 1964

45 – United Artists UA 792 – (Roberta Day) – (Say There) English Boy b/w Someday – (Jean Thomas background vocals – Released December, 1964

(Roberta Mae Silvanoff – Boston, Massachusetts -formed her own group “Jonna Gault And Her Symphonopop Scene”)

45 – Pocono P-802 – (Darlene Terri) – My Best Friend Barbara b/w Snow Man – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released December, 1964

45 – Del-Mar 1018 – (Don Thomas) – If That’s Anywhere b/w I’ll Cry – Released 1964

45 – MGM K 13309 – (Ginny Arnell) – Just Like A Boy – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released January, 1965

(Virginia Mazarro – New Haven, Connecticut – was in duo “Jamie and Jane” with Gene Pitney)

45 – 4 Corners of the World – (The Calendar Girls with Jean Thomas) – People Will Talk (The Sha-Rel-A-Ret Song) – released January, 1965

45 – Epic 5-9756 – (Rolf Harris) – The Thing – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released January, 1965

(Perth, Australia – was a member of the group “The Crowd” with other members Graham Gouldman, Denny Laine, Gerry Marsden and many more in 1985 to raise funds for the “Bradford Disaster Fund”)

45 – DynoVox 202 – (The Beach Girls with Jean Thomas) – Skiing In the Snow – Released January, 1965

45 – Josie 45-927 – (Bassett Hand) – In Detroit b/w Youm – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released January, 1965

(These were the studio group “The Strangeloves” Bob Feldman – Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gotteher)

45- Blue Rock B-4003 – (Little Rose Little) – Get A Hold Of Yourself – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released January, 1965

45 – Columbia 4-43219 – (Jan Tanzy) – That New Boy In Town b/w Are You Proud – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released February, 1965

45 – Columbia 4-43237 – (Susan Wayne) – Think Summer b/w That’s What I Love About You – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released February, 1965

45 – Epic 5-9758 – (Kenny Chandler) – Come Softly To Me b/w S.O.S. – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released February, 1965

(Birth name Ken Bolognese – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Also recorded as “Kenny Beau”)

45 – Apt 45-25080 – (Angie and the Chicklettes with Jean Thomas) – “Treat Him Tender, Maureen (Now That Ringo Belongs To You)” b/w “Tommy” – Released February, 1965

45 – Colpix CP-767 – (Carol and Cheryl) – Sunny Winter – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released February, 1965

(Carol Connors was Annette Kleinbard lead singer for the Teddy Bears – Cheryl is sister Cheryl Kleinbard – They were in the group “The Storytellers” along with Steve Barri (Steven Barri Lipkin)

45 – Warner Bros. 5606 – This Boy I Call Son b/w Prayer Changes People – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released February, 1965

45 – Tower 131 (Judy Thomas) – A Little Bit Of Happiness (Don Thomas co-writer) – Released March, 1965

(Joel Whitburn cites Judy as being a country artist – apparently no relation to Don and Jean Thomas).

45 – Epic 5-9780 – (Rolf Harris) – Tie Me Hunting Dog Down – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1965

45 – Atco 45-6343 – (Ben E. King) – The Record (Baby, I Love You) – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1965

(Benjamin Earl Nelson – Henderson, North Carolina – member of The Drifters – The Five Crowns and the Soul Clan – Released March, 1965

45 – World Artists 1049 – (Tommy Regan) – I Adore You – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released March, 1965

(Was with the group “Tommy Regan and the Cadillacs”

LP – MGM E4294 – (Connie Francis) – Souvenirs from LP “For Mama”) – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1965

(“Souvenirs” released in Great Britain as a single)

45 – Bell 615 – (Georgia Gibbs) – You Can Never Get Away From Me – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1965

45 – Prestige 45-352 – (Ronny Underwood) – Long Walk Home b/w Night Jet – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released March, 1965

45 – Mala 499 – (The Rag Dolls with Jean Thomas) – Baby’s Gone b/w We Almost Made It – Released April, 1965

(Below:  Susie Lewis, Jean Thomas and Mikie Harris)

45 – Columbia 4-43285 – (April Young) – Gonna Make Him My Baby – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released April, 1965

45 – Columbia 4-43270 – (Patty Michaels) – Mrs. Johnny – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released April, 1965

(Patty Michaels started her career as “Little Miss Sunbeam” shown below on an Eddy Arnold children’s release)

45 – ABC-Paramount 45-10669 – (Bernadette Peters) – We’ll Start the Party Again b/w Wait Johnny For Me – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1965

(Bernadette Lazzaro – Queens, New York – was a member of the “SMASH Cast” and “We Are Family Collective”)

45 – Philips 40292 – (The Serendipity Singers) – Run, Run Chicken Run – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1965

(Group formed at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1963-64)

45 – Decca 31787 – (The Telltales) – I Saw What You Did b/w Who Would You Love – (Jean Thomas as member of studio group) – Released May, 1965

45 – Decca 31788 – (Len Barry) – Lip Sync (To the Tongue Twisters) – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1965

(Leonard W. Borisoff – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Lead singer for the Dovells)

45 – Diamond D-184 – (Ronnie Dove) – A Little Bit Of Heaven – Charted Number 16 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas on Overdub) – Released May, 1965

(Ronald Eugene Dove – Herndon, Virginia – Was a member of “The Belltones”)

45 – Diamond D-183 – (Kenneth Young and the English Muffins) – (Mrs. Green’s) Ugly Daughter b/w Freddy’s Street – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released May, 1965

(This studio group fronted by song writer Kenny Young co-writer of “Under the Boardwalk” (Drifters) – “Just A Little Bit Better” (Herman’s Hermits) – and many more)

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45 – Mala 506 – (The Rag Dolls with Jean Thomas) – Put A Ring On My Finger b/w Little Girl Tears – Released June, 1965

(Below:  Susie Lewis, Jean Thomas and Mikie Harris)

45 – DCP 1146 – (Johnny Cymbal) – Summertime’s Here At Last b/w My Last Day – (Jean Thomas on backing vocals) – Released June, 1965

(John Hendry Blair – Ochiltree, Scotland – performed as “Derek” – Member of the “Eye-Full Tower”)

45 – Bang B-504 – (The Beach Nuts with Jean Thomas and The Angels) – Out In the Sun (Hey-O) b/w Someday Soon – Released July, 1965

45 – Cloud 502 – (Ricky Shaw) – Ups and Downs b/w That’s the Way Heaven Made Her – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1965

45 – RCA 47-8618 – (Andrea Carroll) – Sally Fool b/w Mr. Music Man – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1965

(Andrea Lee DeCapite – Cleveland, Ohio)

45 – Josie 45-944 – (Jimmy Love) – Two Sides To Every Story – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released July, 1965

45 – MGM K 13368 – (Danny Davis) – The Ballad of Cat Ballou – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1965

(George Joseph Nowlan – Randolph, Massachusetts – fronted the Nashville Brass – earlier played with Gene Krupa, Sammy Kaye, Art Mooney and more)

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45 – Kapp K-692 – (Diana Newby) – What You’re Putting Me Through (Jean Thomas on Overdub) – Released August, 1965

45 – Apt 45-25087 – (Bill Haley) – Tongue Tied Tony – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released August. 1965

(William John Clifton Haley – Highland Park, Michigan)

45 – Congress CG-248 – (Ritchie Adams) – Every Window in the City – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released August. 1965

(Richard Ziegler – New York City, New York – Lead singer for “The Fireflies”)

45 – Minuteman MA 200 – (Don Thomas) – Turn Her Around (co-writer Jean Thomas) – b/w Do You Wanna Know – Released September, 1965

45 – Mercury 72488 – (Monti Rock III) – For Days and Days b/w Trouble – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released September, 1965

(Joey Montanez – would later become a disco-era musician and celebrity as “Sir Monti Rock III”)

45 – Old Town 1185 – (Arthur Prysock) – Open Up Your Heart – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released September, 1965

(Edward Benjamin Townsend – Fayetteville, Tennessee – was with “Perry & the Harmonics)

45 – Mercury 72477 – (Aleberto Rochi) – Ship Of Fools – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released September, 1965

(Primarily an actor and television personality

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45 – New Voice 804 – (as Jeanne Thomas) Life Of the Party b/w Too Good To Be Bad – Released October, 1965

45 – Kapp K-716 – (Diana Newby) – The Boy Don’t Stand A Chance – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1965

45 – MGM K 13404 – (Marlina Mars) – Inside I’ve Died b/w I’m Gonna Hold On (To Your Love) – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1965

(Marlina was Marlene Mack who would replace Francine Baker as “Peaches” of “Peaches and Herb” in 1968 – She had previously been a member of “The Clickettes” along with Barbara Jean English)

45 – Decca 31864 – (Ronnie Wallis/Ronni Wallis) – Don’t Try To Change Me b/w Troublemaker (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1965

(Ronnie was the daughter of comedy star and recording artist Ruth Wallis who was known as “The Queen of the Risque Records”  – She was a member of an 1960’s Australian group “The Rajahs” – Ronnie likely resided in Florida with her mother and father as that is where the family resided in 1964 when Ronnie and siblings were permitted to attend a Beatles’ concert)

45 – RCA Victor 47-8733 – (Ethel Ennis) – We Could Learn Together – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released December, 1965

(Ethel Llewillyn Ennis – Baltimore, Maryland – performed as a vocalist with Benny Goodman and his orchestra)

45 – Colpix CP-791 – (Billy Carr) – What’s Come Over This World? – Charted Number 116 Billboard Bubbling Under Charts – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1965

(This song is in the 1960’s “protest song” genre)

45 – Musicor MU 1133 – (Russ Damon) – Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong (Where Does The Blame Belong – (Jean Thomas on background vocals – Released November, 1965

(Damon composed the Al Hirt tune “Cotton Candy”)

45 – Gallant GT 3015 – (Skip Cunningham) – Dulcinea b/w The Impossible Dream – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released December, 1965

(Chicago, Illinois – Skip was known as a “song and dance man” appearing in many stage productions through the years – He appeared in night clubs around the world and made many appearances on major TV programs.

45 – Mala 521 – (Dan Daniel) – Where Were You When the Lights Went Out b/w My Baby Is Good People – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released December, 1965

(As shown below – Daniel was a member of the WMCA “Good Guys” in New York City)

45 – Red Bird RB 10-040 – (Andy Kim) – Falling In Love – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released January, 1966

(Andrew Youakim – Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

45 – Atlantic 45-2316 – (Barbara Lewis) – Don’t Forget About Me – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released January, 1966

(Barbara Ann Lewis – Salem, Michigan)

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45 EP Australia – Philips PE-32 – (Sarah Vaughan) – What the World Needs Now & I Know A Place – (Jean Thomas on background vocals for these two tracks) – Released January, 1966

45 – Decca 62475 – (Bobbi Martin) – Don’t Take It Out On Me – Charted Number 119 Bubbling Under Charts – b/w Something On My Mind – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released January, 1966

(Brooklyn, New York City, New York – She passed away in 2000 losing a battle with cancer)

45 – Parkway P-971 – (Christine Cooper) – S.O.S. (Heart In Distress) – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released January, 1966

(Delores Cooper – also performed as “Tari Stevens” – known to have dated Eddie Holman but seems she is now lost to time – shown below with James Brown)

45 – Twirl 2023 – (Roger Pace) – You Better Know What You’re Doin’ b/w Let The Crazy World Go By – (Jean Thomas on backing vocals) – Released February, 1966

(Roger D. Paesch – Baltimore, Maryland – Leader of “The Pacemakers”)

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45 – Big Top 103 – (Lou Johnson) – Anytime b/w What Am I Crying For – (Jean Thomas on backing vocals) – Released March, 1966

(Brooklyn, New York – was a member of the Gospel group “the Zionettes”)

45 – Brunswick 55291 – (LaVern Baker) – One Monkey (Don’t Stop the Show) b/w Baby – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released March, 1966

(Delores Williams – Chicago, Illinois)

45 – MGM K 13482 – (Marlina Mars) – Put My Love On Strike b/w Give Your Love To Me – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released March, 1966

(Marlina was Marlene Mack who would replace Francine Baker as “Peaches” of “Peaches and Herb” in 1968 – She had previously been a member of “The Clickettes” along with Barbara Jean English)

45 – Decca 31930 – (Ronnie Wallis) – How It All Began b/w Sailor Boy – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released April, 1966

(Ronnie was the daughter of comedy star and recording artist Ruth Wallis who was known as “The Queen of the Risque Records”  – She was a member of an 1960’s Australian group “The Rajahs” – Ronnie likely resided in Florida with her mother and father as that is where the family resided in 1964 when Ronnie and siblings were permitted to attend a Beatles’ concert)

45 – ABC-Paramount 45-10804 – (Jesse Lopez) – I Want A Harem b/w My Sorrow – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released April, 1966

(Jesse Lopez was the younger brother of Trini Lopez – born in Dallas Texas)

45 – Dot 45-16871 – (Pat Boone) – Don’t Put Your Feet In the Lemonade (We’re Runnin’ Short Of Water) – Released April, 1966

(Charles Eugene Boone – Jacksonville, Florida)

45 – Bang B-519 – (Neil Diamond) – Solitary Man – Charted Number 55 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released April, 1966

(Neil Leslie Diamond – Brooklyn, New York – with “Neil and Jack” and “The Broken Hearts”)

45 – RCA Victor 47-8802 – (Margie Mills) – You’ll Know I’m Around b/w Sit Down and Cry – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released April, 1966

(Born in Scotland moving on to Australia and then the United States

45 – Congress CG-268 – (Sissie Houston) – Bring Him Back b/w World Of Broken Hearts – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released April, 1966

(Emily Drinkard – Newark, New Jersey – became most famously known as “Cissy” Houston – was a member of the “Drinkard Singers” and the “Sweet Inspirations”.

45 – Coral 62481 – (Danny Harrison) – Girl, Girl, Girl b/w Broken and Blue – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released April, 1966

(Daniel Albert Harrison – Peterborough, Ontario, Canada – a member of “The Count Victors”

45 – Parkway P-983 – (Christine Cooper) – Heartaches Away My Boy – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released April, 1966

(Delores Cooper – also performed as “Tari Stevens”)

45 – MGM K 13509 – (Freda Payne) – Sad Sad September – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1966

(Freda Charcilla Payne – Detroit, Michigan – later in “Artists for Haiti” and “The Browns All-Star Band”)

45 – Veep V 1229 – (Eugene Pitt) – Another Rainy Day – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1966

(Formed “The Genies” not of “Who’s That Knocking” fame –

45 – Columbia 4-43620 – (Joey Edwards) – Trapped b/w How Big Is Big – (Joan Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1966

(“Joey Edwards” was actually Joey Levine from New York City, who recorded under a host of identities including “Joey Vine” – also singing as part of the “Third Rail” on “Run, Run, Run” and with other ‘bubblegum’ groups including the “Ohio Express” and “Reunion” and more)

45 – Decca 31962 – (Joey Heatherton) – Live and Learn – (Jean Thomas overdub and background vocals) – Released May, 1966

(Davenie Johanna Heatherton – Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York)

45 – Wand WND 1123 – (Diane and Annita) – All Cried Out b/w I’m Ready If You Are – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released May, 1966

(Annita Ray and Diane Hall – were known as “The Bookends” when they recorded with Ray Anthony)

45 – United Artists AU 50034 – (Patty Duke) – Little Things Mean A Lot – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1966

(Anna Marie Duke – Elmhurst, Queens, New York)

45 – Coral 62487 – (Sharon Soul) – Let Me Get To Know You – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released June, 1966

(Recorded under several names including Sharon Seiger – Sharon Sole -etc.)

45 – United Artists UA 50032 – (Kenny Young) – Little Sister b/w My Aim Is To Please You – (Jean Thomas on backing vocals) – Released June, 1966

(Also performed as “Kenneth Young – see the Diamond Records entry above in 1965)

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45 – Date 2-1511 – (Layng Martine, Jr.) – Love Comes and Goes b/w Crazy Daisy – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1966

(James Layng Martine, Jr., New York City, New York – composed “Rub It In” made famous by Billy “Crash Craddock” – and “Way Down” for Elvis Presley)

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45 – Epic 5-10042 – (Rowan and Martin) – Birds Do It – (Jean Thomas on backing vocals) – Released June, 1966

45 – Atco 45-6421 – (Tony Pass) – Spring Fever b/w True True Love – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1966

(Anthony Passalacqua – Brooklyn, New York – Tony Pass was lead vocalist for a group called “The Fascinators” – He also recorded as “Tony Richards” – “Tony Mitchell” – was a member of “The Twilights” and “The Markels” – below Tony is bottom row left – He would later join up with a group called “The Definitive Rock Chorale” which also included Ellie Greenwich and Jean Thomas)

45 – Academy 120 – (Tommy Vann & The Echoes) – Pretty Flamingo b/w I’ll Forget Her Tomorrow – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1966

(From Baltimore, Maryland – Members included John Piluk, George Doctreman, Micky Reed, Walt Anerson, Walt Caldwell and Tommy Vann – Group was also Tommy Vann and the Professionals, also Tommy Vann and the Admirals)

45 – Banb B-526 – (Gayle Hannis) – We Got A Thing Going b/w When Your Baby Says Goodbye – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1966

(Abigale Janet Haness – was a member of “Jo Mama” and appeared in the “Rocky Horror Show original cast)

45 – Fontana F-1554 – (Gloria Lynne) – Strangers In the Night b/w Hey, Candy Man – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1966

(Gloria Mia Wilson – Harlem, New York)

45 – Bang B-528 – (Neil Diamond) – Cherry, Cherry – Charted Number 6 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1966

(Neil Leslie Diamond – Brooklyn, New York – with “Neil and Jack” and “The Broken Hearts”)

45 – Wand WND 1129 – (Chuck Jackson) – These Chains Of Love (Are Breaking Me Down) – (Jean Thomas background vocals) – Released July, 1966

(Charles Henry Jackson, Jr., – Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Was in the group “The Del-Vikings” and later “The Independents”)

45 – United Artists UA 50048 – (Diane Renay) – Dynamite b/w Please Gypsy – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1966

(Renee Diane Kushner – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

45 – Tower 249 – (Gini Eastwood) 0 With The World At My Feet b/w Everything I Do, I Do With Love – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released, July, 1966

(Gini Eastwood was a member of “The Hobbits” out of New York City, New York)

45 – Laurie LR-3336 – (The Cheesecakes) – Heading for A Heartbreak (II Surffirait D’un Rien) b/w Bye Bye Little Boy (Bye Bye Blue Jeans) – (Jean Thomas member of this studio group) – Released July, 1966

45 – RCA Victor 47-8888 – (Susan Barrett) – A Grain of Sand b/w She Gets Everything She Wants – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1966

(Marie Barrett Hartford)

45 – Columbia 4-43720 – (Ronnie Dante) – 221 East Maple b/w Think – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1966

(Carmine Granito – Staten Island, New York – in groups “Dante’s Inferno” – “Ronnie and the Dirt Riders” – “The Archies” – “The Cuff Links” – and “The Detergents”)

45 – Minuteman MA 206 – (Jeanne Thomas) – All You Had To Do Was Love Me b/w You’re The Root Of My Evil – Released August, 1966

45 – Minuteman MA 205 – (The Doorway Through) – Springtime – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released August, 1966

45 – Decca 32019 – (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) – I’m Not Made Of Clay – (Jean Thomas backing vocals) – Released September, 1966

(Jalacy J. Hawkins – Cleveland, Ohio – Also known as Jalacy Hawkins)

45 – Decca 32017 – (Johnny Caswell) – I.O.U. – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released September, 1966

(Was later a member of “The Crystal Mansion” along with David White of “Danny & the Juniors”)

45 – Bang B-536 – (Neil Diamond) – I Got the Feelin’ (Oh No No) – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1966

(Neil Leslie Diamond – Brooklyn, New York – with “Neil and Jack” and “The Broken Hearts”)

45 – Philles 133 – (The Ronettes) – I Can Hear Music – Charted Number 100 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1966

(The Ronettes, from Harlem, New York,  started off as the “Darling Sisters” before coming to Phil Spector and company – They were Estelle Bennett, Nedra Talley and Veronica Bennett – Estelle has since passed away – See the side story above for an interesting narrative concerning this “Ronettes” release)

45 – Oliver 2006 – (Jimmy Harris) – When We Were Friends – (Jean Thomas backing vocals) – Released October, 1966

(Jimmy T. Harris was a jazz musician and played with Erskine Hawkins and his orchestra)

45 – Dot 45-16951 – (Dick Lee) – (Send Her Roses) And She’ll Always Love You b/w The Lost Chord – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1966

45 – Verve VK 10445 – (Penny Carter) – We Gotta Try Harder – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1966

(Penny Carter was a one-time member of the group which would become “The Exciters” – being “The Masterettes”,  replacing Sylvia Wilbur)

45 – Band B-534 – (Jack Ely and the Courtmen) – Ride Baby Ride – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1966

(Jack Ely Brown – Portland, Oregon – Ely was an original member of the Northwest garage group “The Kingsmen” – Ely was the lead vocalist on “Louie Louie” and it has been stated that the nearly incomprehensible lyrics were due to the braces he wore.  Ely was dispatched from the Kingsmen before “Louie Louie” hit the charts – Off he went and formed “The Courtmen”)

45 – Kapp K-792 – (Kenny Shepherd) – Runaway b/w Just A Taste – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1966

45 – Columbia 4-43862 – (Ronnie Dante) – I’ll Give You Things – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1966

(Carmine Granito – Staten Island, New York – in groups “Dante’s Inferno” – “Ronnie and the Dirt Riders” – “The Archies” – “The Cuff Links” – and “The Detergents”)

45 – Hope 45-550 – (Syng McGowan) – That’s What I Want – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1966

(Jasper McGowan – Syng was a convict who started his singing career while still incarcerated – with a group called the “Wayward Sons” – later he was with a group call “The Fanettes”

45 – Fontana F-1564 – (The Whispers) – Knowin’ – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1966

(Jean was joined by “The Tokens” along with her close associates Ellie Greenwich and Milkie Harris on this track backing Warren Schatz – making up a studio group “The Whispers” – Schatz was an industrious artists who composed, arranged, produced and performed under many identities including “The Warmest Spring”, “Ritchie Dean”, “The American Youth Choir”, “The Petrified Forest” and no doubt others back in the 1960’s)

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45 – Date 2-1536 – (The Seagulls) – Don’t Go Out Into the Rain – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1966

(Herman’s Hermits would release this just a couple of months later – This version is composer of the song Kenny Young recording along with Thomas and company as “The Seagulls” – Earlier, Young had provided a hit for the Hermits with “Just A Little Bit Better”)

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45 – MGM K 13619 – (Jerry Channing) – When You Loved Me b/w Lonely Just Like Me – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released December, 1966

45 – Mercury 72649 – (Lesley Gore) – California Nights – Charted Number 16 Hot 100 – Released December, 1966

45 – Philips 40422 – (The Whyte Boots) – Nightmare b/w Let No One Come Between Us – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released December, 1966

(The “Whyte Boots” included the co-writers of these tracks – Lori Burton and Pam Sawyer – They used the identities of “Rhonda Copland, Page Miller and Kathy Francis”  Those three were real persons – but not singers – Shown below – they were all models!

Lori Burton was also a member of the “44th Street Fairies” which was an odd assemblage of Burton, John Lennon, girlfriend of the time May Pang and Joey Dambra – Burton and Sawyer would become song writers for Motown)

45 – Bang B-540 – (Neil Diamond) – Someday Baby – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released January, 1967

(This was the flip side to Neil’s hit “You Got To Me”)

45 – Hope 45-552 – (Syng McGowan) – Just in the Nick of Time – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released February, 1967

(Jasper McGowan – Syng was a convict who started his singing career while still incarcerated – with a group called the “Wayward Sons” – later he was with a group call “The Fanettes”

45 – DynoVoice 230 – (The Chicago Loop) – Cloudy – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released February, 1967

(Formed in Chicago, Illinois members were Judy Novy, John Savanna, Bob Slawson, Stefan Grossman, Barry Goldberg, John Siomos and Carmine Riale)

45 – Liberty 55954 – (The Pandoras) – About My Baby (I Could Write A Book) – (Jean Thomas on backing vocals) – Released March, 1967

(Formed in 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts – They were Diane Keehner – Kathy Kinsella – Sally Levy and then Nancy DiMuro – Later members Elysee Thierry and Michelle Marquis)

45 – Band B-541 – (Gayle Haness) – I’ve Never Gotten Over You – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released March, 1967

45 – OKeh 4-7285 – (Walter Jackson) – My Once Chance To Make It – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released May, 1967

(Pensacola, Florida)

45 – Phillips UK BF-1585 – (The Attack) – Please Phil Spector – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1967

(This is a U.S. group – not the more notorious British Invasion group – this one fronted by Mike Lendell)

45 – Decca 32125 – (Ronni Wallis) – If You’re Anything Like I Am b/w Just Say Goodbye – Released June, 1967

(Ronni/Ronnie was the daughter of comedy star and recording artist Ruth Wallis who was known as “The Queen of the Risque Records”  – She was a member of an 1960’s Australian group “The Rajahs” – Ronnie likely resided in Florida with her mother and father as that is where the family resided in 1964 when Ronnie and siblings were permitted to attend a Beatles’ concert)

45 – Groove – (The Hazards) – Will You Be My Girl – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1967

(Group out of Richmond, Virginia – Members were were Andy Hrabovsky vocals, Sonny Salisbury lead guitar, Alan Sidenburg guitar, Greg Ellison bass, Stanley Bernstein organ, and David Moore on drums)

45 – 20th Century 6673 – (Jimmy Bee) – Why Did I Lose You Baby – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1967

Jimmy Brunsen – was with the “Rockets” – the “Regals”, the “Magic Notes”, and the “Pirates” – Toured with Johnny Otis and was on the recording “Willie and the Hand Jive” in 1958 on Capitol)

45 – Decca 32175 – (Ronni Wallis) – That’s the Boy b/w Window Wishing – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released August, 1967

45 – Philips 40486 – (The Definitive Rock Chorale) – Mirrors of Your Mind b/w Get On With It -released September, 1967

(Jean Thomas a member of this group put together by Ellie Greenwich who also is in the group along with Tony Pass from the Fascinators)

45 – Liberty 55999 – (The Pandoras) – Games – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released September, 1967

(Formed in 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts – They were Diane Keehner – Kathy Kinsella – Sally Levy and then Nancy DiMuro – Later members Elysee Thierry and Michelle Marquis)

45 – Merry Jaine IT-2316 – (Gonn) – Come With Me (To The Stars) – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released September, 1967

(Group from Keokuk, Iowa – Brent Colvin, Gary Stepp, Craig Moore, Gerry Gabel and Rex Garrett)

45 – Audio Fidelity AF 138 – (Page Morton) – Where Is Your Love For Me – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released October, 1967

45 – Bang B-554 – (Neil Diamond) – New Orleans – Charted Number 51 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released January, 1968

(This was the flip side of Neil’s “Hanky Panky”)

45 – Roulette R-7003 – (The Loved Ones) – I Love How You Love Me b/w Do You Wanna’ Know What I Think – (Jean Thomas on lead with this ‘studio group’ which featured three New York models who Jean  recruited  The models are singing background on these recordings but are supported by other session singers) – Released February, 1968

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45 – Philips 40529 – The Definitive Rock Chorale – Variations On A Theme Called Hanky Panky b/w Picture Postcard World – Released March, 1968

(Anthony Passalacqua – Brooklyn, New York – Tony Pass was lead vocalist for a group called “The Fascinators” – He also recorded as “Tony Richards” – “Tony Mitchell” – was a member of “The Twilights” and “The Markels” – below Tony is bottom row left – He would later join up with a group called “The Definitive Rock Chorale” which also included Ellie Greenwich and Jean Thomas)

45 – Tompkins Park TPR-1000 – (The Tompkins Park Singers) – Did You Give The World Some Love Today Babe? b/w Gee It’s A Lovely Day)

(Jean Thomas is a background voice on these recordings – she described the group as having a sound “somewhere between the Rooftop Singers and Peter, Paul and Mary” – Tompkins Square Park is located in New York City’s East Village – described the “perfect centerpiece for its eclectic neighborhood, which houses artists, radicals, fashion lovers who have lived in the neighborhood for decades….”

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45- Rainy Day 45-8007 – (Jean Thomas as “Jeanne Fox”) – Working Girl b/w I’ll Never Be Along Again – Released 1968

45 – RSVP 1129 – (The Tompkins Park Singers) – A Well-Dressed Man In A White Mustang b/w Won’t It Be Nice? – (Jean Thomas member of this studio group – Proceeds from the record went to support a charity)

45 – Probe CP-466 (Don Thomas) – He Knew (That He Was Dying) b/w Ain’t It A Shame – Released October, 1969

45 – Volare V 1002 – (Mikie Harris) – Love Is All I Need – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released November, 1969

(Mikie Harris was often paired up with Jean Thomas for recording sessions – They were roommates in New York City)

45 – Bell B-844 – (The Definitive Rock Chorale) – I Love You b/w The Five-Seventeen – Released November, 1969

(Jean Thomas a member of this group put together by Ellie Greenwich who also is in the group along with Tony Pass from the Fascinators)

45 – Bell B-889 – (The Definitive Rock Chorale) – I Hear The Grass Singing b/w Let Me Be Forever – Released May, 1970

(Jean Thomas a member of this group put together by Ellie Greenwich who also is in the group along with Tony Pass from the Fascinators)

45 – Bang B-586 – (Neil Diamond) – I’m A Believer – Charted Number 51 Hot 100 – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1971

(This song was recorded in October of 1966)

45 – Bang B-703 – (Neil Diamond) – Monday, Monday – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released June, 1973

(This song was actually recorded way back in July of 1966 – Neil Diamond was born Neil Leslie Diamond in Brooklyn, New York – He recorded with his high school classmate Jack Packer as “Neil and Jack” back in 1962 releasing two singles on the small “Duel” record label)

45 – Desert Moon DM 6404 – (Trade Martin) – Dancing In The Street – (Jean Thomas on background vocals) – Released July, 1976

(Union City, New Jersey – Recorded with “The Earls”, “Del and the Escorts” and “The Glens”)

45 – Flip Side 8206653 – (Don Thomas) – Test Tube Babies b/w In the Days Of the Summer Of Love – Released 1982

CD – Superb SB 200 – Various Artists – Surf Bunnies and Hot Rod Honies

Jean Thomas appears on many tracks on this compilation CD included with The Beach Girls, The Powder Puffs, Carol and Cheryl,  and the Delicates

Jean Thomas Demo Recordings

In addition to singing background or lead – Jean was often called upon to record the first take demonstration recordings or “demo’s” – These sessions often resulted in her being included on the final recordings such as many presented above.

45 – Capitol 4660 – Tommy Sands – The Wrong Side of Love – Demo date uncertain – Record Released October, 1961

(Thomas Adrian Sands – Chicago, Illinois – married Nancy Sinatra)

45 – Philips 72195 – Diane Ray – Where is the Boy – Demo recorded August, 23rd, 1963 – Record Released October, 1963 – Did Not Chart

45 – United Artists UA 678 – The Tammys – What’s So Sweet About Sweet Sixteen – Demo Recorded August 28th, 1963 – Record Released December, 1963 – Did Not Chart

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45 – MGM K 13265 – Carole Quinn – Same Title – Record Released August, 1964 – Did Not Chart

(The Tammys were Catherine Owens – sister Gretchen Owens and Linda Jones – All three were also with “Richie & the Runarounds”)

 

45 – Coral 31646 – Eddie DeRae – Go Back To Him – Demo Recorded September 3rd, 1963 – Released July, 1964 – Did Not Chart

45 – MGM K 13226 – Ginny Arnell – I Wish I Knew What Dress To Wear – Demo Recorded September 9th, 1963 – Record Released March, 1964 – Charted Number 130 on the “Bubbling Under” chart

45 – Groove 58-0039 – The Avons – Whatever Happened To Our Love – Demo Recorded October 25th, 1963 – Record Released June, 1964

(Formed in Nashville, Tennessee – Paula Hester, Beverly Bard and Fran Bard – Also performed as “Jenny and the Jewels)

45 – Jubilee 45-5500 – Stacey Cane – Who Are You – Demo Recorded February 27th, 1964 – Record Released March, 1965

45 – Dimension D 1042 – Little Eva – Wake Up John  Demo Recorded  June 17th, 1964 – Released February, 1965

(Bill Wright Sr. was a popular radio DJ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

45 – Roulette R-4588 – Nydia Caro – Hey Johnny What – Demo Recorded September 11th, 1964 – Record Released November, 1964

(New York City, New York  – singer and actor)

45 – Decca UK F 12185 – Susan Hampshire – When Love Is True – Demo Recorded September 15th and 16th, 1964 – Record Released July, 1965

(Kensington, London, England – primarily a British actress)

45 – Dolton No. 310 – The Fleetwoods – Just As I Need You – Demo Recorded September 28th, 1964 – Record Released September, 1965

(Olympia, Washington – Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher and Barbara Ellis)

45 – Veep V 1247 – Barbara Banks – River of Tears – Demo Recorded November 10th, 1964 – Record Released October, 1966

45 – Columbia 4-43600 – Bobbe Norris – Wishes and Teardrops – Demo Recorded December 3rd, 1964 – Record Released April, 1966

(Barbara Norris – San Francisco, California – sang in area Dixieland bands along the way – Appeared once on American Bandstand)

45 – Chess 1929 – Jackie Ross – You Really Know How To Hurt A Girl – Demo Recorded December 17th, 1964 – Record Released May, 1965

45 – United Artists UA 868 – Garnet Mimms – Welcome Home – Demo Recorded On December 31st, 1964 – Record Released May, 1965

(Ashland, West Virginia – Alias: Gary Micks – in “The Enchanters” – “The Truckin’ Company”

45 – Columbia 4-44027 – Jerry Vale – Have You Seen The One I Love Go By – Demo Recorded January 22nd, 1965 – Record Released February, 1967

(Gennaro Luigi Vaitaliano – The Bronx, New York)

45 – Capitol 5687 – The Four Preps – The Girl In The Shade Of A Striped Umbrella – Demo Recorded May, 1965 – Record Released July, 1965

(Formed in early 1950’s in Hollywood, California – classmates at Hollywood High School)

45 – ABC-Paramount 10713 – The Barry Sisters – Who Do You Belong To – Demo Recorded May, 1965 – Record Released August, 1965

(Born Clara Bagelman and Minnie Bagelman – Bronx, New York)

45 – Blue Jay B.J. 5003 – Jimmy Andrews – Happy Guy – Demon Recorded May, 1965 – Record Released September, 1965

(This recording is one of the most sought after by collectors of “Northern Soul” – Only a couple of copies are known to exist – One sold for over $2,700 in 2014 – Cannot find any information on this artist beyond his recording)

45 – Wand WND 1100 – Diane & Annita – Why Do You Take So Long To Say Goodnight – Demo Recorded May, 1965 – Record Released November, 1965

(Annita Ray and Diane Hall – were known as “The Bookends” when they recorded with Ray Anthony)

45 – ABC-Paramount 10678 – Jaye P. Morgan – Put A Ring On My Finger – Demo Recorded April, 1965 – Record Released June, 1965

(Mary Margaret Morgan – Mancos, Colorado)

45 – Toddlin’ Town 8203 – Jimmie and the Entertainers – I’ll Be Standing By – Demo Recorded July, 1965 – Record Released February, 1966

(Lead singer James Verdico – Very hard record to find with only 150 copies apparently being pressed)

45 – Liberty 55828 – Bobby Vee – Run Like the Devil – Demo Recorded July, 1965 – Record Released August, 1965

(Robert Thomas Velline – Fargo, North Dakota – also with “The Shadows”

45 – Amy 941 – Clyde McPhatter – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Demo Recorded July 26th, 1965 – Record Released November, 1965

(Clyde Lensley McPhatter – Durham, North Carolina – with Billy Ward and His Dominoes – The Drifters)

45 – Columbia 4-43567 – Joanie Sommers – Never Throw Your Dreams Away – Demo Recorded on July 27th, 1965 – Record Released March, 1966

(Joan Drost – Buffalo, New York – had a bit part in TV’s “77 Sunset Strip”

45 – Columbia 4-43899 – George Morgan – There Goes My World – Demo Recorded October 18th, 1965 – Record Released January, 1967

(George Thomas Morgan – Barberton, Ohio)

45 – Musicor MU 1233 – Gene Pitney – For Me, This Is Happy – Demo Recorded November 19th, 1965 – Record Released February, 1967

(Gene Francis Alan Pitney – Hartford, Connecticut – in duo Jamie and Jane)

45 – Diamond D-195 – Ronnie Dove – When Liking Turns to Loving – Demo Recorded December 9th, 1965 – Record Released January, 1966

(Ronald Eugene Dove – Herndon, Virginia – Was a member of “The Belltones”)

 

The Clinger Sisters & The Colorado Connection

December 3, 2019
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Remembering the Adorable Clingers!

…. and Peggy Clingers’ sad tale from Boulder, Colorado

I once owned a single by a group of which I new exactly nothing – “Shoop Shoop De Doop Rama Lama Ding Dong Yeah Yeah Yeah” – I am certain I picked it up due to the “yeah, yeah, yeah” reference along with the possible British Invasion novelty connection and certainly due to appearing on Vee Jay’s Tollie Label.

The Clinger sisters’ story begins in their birthplace in their hometown of Orem, Utah – four daughters born into a Mormon family with an age span of six years, singing together for the first time in 1956 when Peggy (age 8), Melody (age 10) , Debra (age 4) and Patsy (age 6) kicked off their musical career performing locally covering King Sisters and McGuire Sisters songs.

The girls are often cited as “the first rock girl group” and seeing how they were performing as early as 1956 – this just might get them the qualification for the title.

Other Clinger siblings would join in along the way but the group was always anchored by Peggy, Debbie, Melody and Patsy – sometimes joined by  Leesa and Jeanette Clinger.

Seven Clingers!

Clingers on Hollywood A-Go-Go with Host Sam Riddle

Hollywood a Go Go (1964)

Hollywood A Go Go Ran Two Seasons – 1965-1966

The Clinger family would relocate to Brea, California located southeast of Los Angeles, the move, no doubt, providing greater access to the entertainment world.  The Clinger Sisters first big break came when they were invited to appear on the Andy Williams television show which led directly to becoming ‘regulars’ on the Danny Kaye TV show starting in 1963, and remaining with him for three seasons.  During that time they released one long play recording singing along with Kaye and a few tracks.

Interestingly Brea, California’s Wikipedia page citing “notable people” does list vocalist Norma Zimmer of the Lawrence Welk Show, but no mention of the Clingers. For that matter, Orem, Utah’s listing of “notables” includes a couple of “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists (gag me with a spoon) but excludes the Clingers who performed for 4 decades!  Marie Osmond is also listed – having moved to Orem at some point – I can accept Marie.

From there they landed many television appearances performing or singing along with the Smothers Brothers, Glen Campbell and accompanying Bob Hope for a couple of his ‘entertaining the troops’ programs.  The Cash Box article below from August of 1964 attests to a busy summer  touring schedule of State fairs including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and New York.

In 1967 it appears that the Clinger Sisters had signed a contract with Terry Melcher’s Equinox Records and even had a song scheduled for release “Quick, Close the Door Before They Find Us” but I don’t believe it saw the light of day.

The Clingers Sign with Melcher

Clingers at the “Riv”

Starting in 1964 the sisters would release a series of recordings (five total) placing them firmly within the ‘girl group’ genre of the times.  I have included a video below of their 1964 appearance and interview on the TV show “Hollywood A-Go-Go” back in 1964.  The sisters were simply darling and worked their harmonies extremely well.

Many sources site Patsy as being an original member of the group but often Leesa Clinger is referenced instead.  Not sure exactly who Leesa was but she does not appear to be with the later 1969 “Clingers” lineup reference below.  I have an idea that “Lessa” may have been the oldest sister “Melody”.

Clinger Punk and Beyond

Garage Punk Clingers

In the 1969 the sisters took a dramatic turn in musical direction, working under the influence of the always adventurous and extreme Kim Fowley.  The results were definite Fowley influenced – a single on Columbia Records which has become a much sought-after and difficult-to-find ‘garage-punk’ classic “45 –  “Gonna Have A Good Time b/w And Now You Know Me”.  I’ve included a live appearance video below – sound quality not the best but you can enjoy a good version on YouTube.

Clingers Sign With Columbia – December, 1968

The Clingers would release one single on the Forward label in 1969 which contains a very nice rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” – with great sister harmony!.

Their final U.S. release as a foursome would come in 1970 on MGM Records.  From there the girls would pretty much go their separate ways, with Debbie, and Peggy sticking pretty much to the world of music and entertainment.

Clinger Sisters Scrap Book

Clingers Documentary DVD and Feature In “Ugly Things” Magazine Spring/Summer Issue 2015

Visit the Clinger Sisters Web Site

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Debra Clinger

Mattel Living Dolls and the Rock Flowers

Debra had an interesting career – quite wholesome it appears – A Few years after the Clingers parted, Debra would join a trio called “Rock Flowers”.  Other members were Rindy Dunn and Ardie Tillman.  The “Rock Flowers” were interesting as their persona was picked up on by Mattel Toy Makers.

Not sure which concept came first, but Mattel Toys would create an entire line of dolls which closely approached the appearance of the rock group members.  When you explore the world of the Mattel version you will see there were more than three dolls created.  In the Mattel world – Ardie became “Rosemary”.  Rindy was aligned with “Heather” and Debra would become “Lilac” more or less.

Mattel’s Rock Flowers

The three Rock Flowers – with Rindy being replaced by Jacquie Wiseman, would back Tom Jones on his 1972 U.S. tour.  The recordings on the “Wheel” label shown below were actually distributed exclusively with the Mattel dolls and accessories.  A complete CD set was released with an 8 page booklet by Mattel as well in 2018.

Cash Box November, 1971

Debra and The Cattanooga Cats

Debra Clingers’ involvement with the 1969-1970 television program was to be one of the two voices behind the scenes along with Michael Lloyd.  This was a Mike Curb production.  The program was intended to provide competition for the children’s TV program by Hanna/Barbera “The Banana Splits”.  Debra’s sister Peggy contributed to song writing for the series as well.

Debra with Kaptain Kool and the Kongs

Debra would next move onto another creation created by Sid and Marty Krofft titled “The Krofft Supershow” in 1976 running for three seasons.  The “Kongs” Michael Lembeck (Kaptain Kool), Debra Clinger (Superchick), Mickey McMeel (Turkey) Louise DuArt (Nashville) and for the first season only Bert Sommer (Flatbush).

The Kongs would appear for the first two seasons and then would be replaced by England’s Bay City Rollers in season three.

Kaptain Kool and the Gang (The Kongs) – Debra Clinger on the left

Debra Clinger in “Midnight Madness”

This 1980 film would feature Michael J. Fox making his motion picture debut.  The plot was a bit wacky with five teams to compete in “The Great All Nighter” – Debra Clinger is “Laura” of the “Yellow Team”.  It would be five more years before Fox would star in “Back to the Future” and two years before he would be cast in “Family Ties” – a TV series that ran for eight seasons.

Debra on “American Girls” TV Show

This was a short lived series which lasted for only a part of one season.  Eleven installments were filmed but only six made it onto screen before it was cancelled.  The show depicted to television journalists “Rebecca Tomkins” portrayed by Prisclla Barnes and “Amy Waddell” by Debra Clinger.

After the show was cancelled, Priscilla would move on to take Suzanne Somers place on “Three’s Company” in 1981 as “Terri Alden”.

Debra Clinger and Priscilla Barnes – “American Girls” All The Way!

Peggy Clinger – Colorado Connection

Now we come to Peggy Clinger and her sad story.  Peggy – as can be seen from the discography below – was a talented and versatile composer and singer.

Peggy and Johnny Cymbal

Johnny Cymbal of “Mr. Bass Man” fame and later of “Cinnamon” fame as “Derek”, met and fell in love with Peggy Clinger in the late 1960’s.  The two would team up on many compositions (below) working initially for the Chelsea Record label.

Cash Box October, 1972

Cymbal was born in Scotland in 1945 John Hendry Blair.

At some point during their relationship, Peggy would find her way to the Colorado town of Boulder, most likely in 1972 or possibly 1973.  The pair would not only compose but traveled together performing around the U.S.  At some point Cymbal must have come through or spent time in Boulder to visit or be with Peggy – and in 1973 he released a single “Boulder Colorado” under his last name “Cymbal”.  Peggy is listed as the co-arranger on this single.

Sadly, Peggy Clinger would pass away as the result of a drug overdose while residing in her Boulder home.  Peggy’s death sent Cymbal into the lowest point of his life.  The couple had broken up before her death but this didn’t lessen the impact on Johnny.  He, in turn, went into a deep depression and also fell into the control of drug addiction.

He eventually emerged – cured – and turned to Christianity and eventually back into music in the Nashville scene.  He still had his struggles, divorcing twice during his Nashville years – and then suffering a fatal heart attack at age 48.

I can only imagine the sadness that the Clinger family experienced at the loss of sister Debbie.

The Clinger Sisters Selected Discography

The Clinger Sisters’ first several singles (three on Tollie) were definite shots at the ‘girl group’ sound as well as a little take-off on the arrival of the Beatles on their first 45.

LP – Peter Pan Records – Danny Kaye with The Clinger Sisters,” etc. – Released 1963

45 – Tollie 9020 – Shoop Shoop De Doop Rama Lama Ding Dong Yeah Yeah Yeah b/w The Lipstick Song – Released August, 1964

45 – Tollie 9035 – Golly Mom b/w Puppet – Released November, 1964

45 – Tollie 9038 – What Can I Give Him b/w Jingle Dingle Do – Released December, 1964

45 – Jo-Bee 1001 – How About Him b/w Lean Back Baby – Released 1965

45 – Jo-Bee 1002 – Children Laughing b/w Bread and Butter – Released 1965

45 – Columbia 4-44766 – Gonna Have A Good Time b/w And Now You Know Me – Released January, 1969

45 – Forward 107 – Something Here In My Heart b/w Blackbird – Released July, 1969

45 – MGM K 14110 – Round Round Round b/w Mean It – Released February, 1970

Peggy Clinger Discography

45 – Marina 502 – The Mookie Mookie Man b/w The Pool Shooter – with Johnny Cymbal – Released September, 1971

45 – Chelsea 78-0106 – God Bless You Rock ‘n Roll b/w Forever and Ever – with Johnny Cymbal – Released October, 1972

45 – Chelsea 78-0112 – The Dying River b/w A Little Bit No, A Little Bit Yes – with Johnny Cymbal – Released November, 1973

LP – Chelsea 1002 – Cymbal and Clinger – Released 1972

45 – Forward 123 – Cattanooga Cats – Mother May I/Johnny Johnny Jump Up – Released September, 1969

(Peggy Clinger co-wrote this along with her sister Debra while still together as the Clinger’s and provided vocals)

45 – Forward 142 – Merry-Go-Round b/w Country Carnival – Released 1970 – vocals in-part by Debra Clinger

45 – MGM K-14166 – Bill Cowsill – Wish I Could Say the Same About You – Released September, 1970

45 – American International 151 Judd Hamilton – Rules b/w Someday Morning – Released 1970

Judd Hamilton began his musical life working for the Ventures and then became a member and lead vocalist for the studio group “The T-Bones” of “No Matter What Shape” fame.  His brother was Dan Hamilton of “Hamilton, Frank & Reynolds”.  Dan Hamilton would also join the T-Bones with Judd in a second line-up.

45 – American International 163 – Judd Hamilton – Sunshine Man – Released 1970

45 – Bell 45,260 – David Cassidy – Rock Me Baby – Charted Number 38 Hot 100 – co-writer with Johnny Cymbal –  Released August, 1972

45 – His Master’s Voice – Johnny Farnham (Australia) – Rock Me Baby – Released September, 1972

45 – Bell 45,336 – The Partridge Family – Something’s Wrong – co-writer Peggy Clinger – Released March, 1973

45 – A&M 1605 – Keith Hampshire (Canada) – Forever and Ever (Baby I’m Gonna Be Yours) Released 1974

45 – MCA 40273 – Cher – I Hate To Sleep Alone – composed by Peggy Clinger – Released July, 1974

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Debra Clinger Discography

The Rock Flowers were Debra Clinger with Rindy Dunn and Ardie Tillman

45 – Wheel 32-0032 – Number Wonderful b/w Mother You, Smother You – “A” Side Charted Number 95 Hot 100 Charts – Released October, 1971

45 – RCA Germany 74-16143 – Number Wonderful b/w Mother You, Smother You – Released 1972

45 – RCA Brazil WHS-4001 – Number Wonderful b/w Mother You, Smother You – Released 1972

45 – Wheel 32-0033 – You Shouldn’t Have Set My Soul On Fire b/w Sunday Dreaming – Released March, 1972

45 – Wheel 32-0037 – See No Evil b/w Image Of You – Released 1972

45 – Wheel 32-0039 – Double Scoop – Released 1972  (Stereo/Mono Shown)

Composers Johnny Cymbal and Peggy Clinger

45 – Wheel 32-0042 – Put A Little Love Away b/w Always Call Me Up When You’re Lonely – Released 1973

LP – Wheel 1001 – “Rock Flowers” – Released 1971

LP – Wheel 1002 – Naturally – Released 1972

LP – Peter Pan 8221 – Kaptain Kool and the Kong’s – Released 1978

LP – Epic JE 35447 – Kaptain Kool and the Kongs – Released 1978 (Promo)

LP – Epic Canada 35477 – Kaptain Kool and the Kongs – Released 1978

45 – Epic 8-50627 – And I Never Dreamed b/w Crazy Girl – Released 1978

CD – Area 251 – Rock Flowers In Bloom 1971-1973

(This was a special project in 2018 which conducted a campaign to raise funds to make it happen – Not sure if this CD and booklet was ever released)

BACK and FRONT CD digipak

CD artwork for June 2018 release

The Clinger Sisters Shoop Shoop De Doop Rama Lama Ding Dong Yeah Yeah Yeah – 1964

The Clingers “Gonna Have A Good Time Tonight” – 1969

 

Rock-a-Billy Cats & Chicks – "I-J"

December 2, 2019
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ROCK-A-BILLY MUSICIANS ON 45 RPM – “I-J” ARTIST LISTINGS

Among these artists are “Johnny Jordan”, “Corky Jones” and “Thumper Jones” – probably a bit better known as Donnie Brooks, Buck Owens and George Jones.

George Jones is reported to have ‘converted’ to rockabilly (for a time) after touring with Buddy Holly in 1954.  The Holly band backed George when he sang on their tours.  His rockabilly songs will complete with wild “whoops” and “yelps” and sounded like something straight out of the Sun recording studio.  Some of the rockabilly tracks he laid down included “How Come It”, “Rock It”, “Maybe Little Baby” and a J.P. Richardson (“Big Bopper”) composition “White Lightning”.

Buck Owens laid down two strong rockabilly tracks in 1956 on the Pep record label ” Hot Dog” backed with “Rhythm and Booze” – both credited to “Corky Jones”.  From there he was encouraged by Mercury Records to continue in the same vein and so recorded “Draggin'” along with Rock, Roll, Jump and Jive”.

Donnie Brooks recording as Johnny Jordan would lay down two tracks on Jolt Records “Don’t Cry Little Baby” and “Sweet, Sweet, Sweet” in 1958 before embarking on his gentler days with Era Records.

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(Also see my “ROCK-A-BILLY/ROCK/RHYTHM & BLUES PIONEERS FROM THE 1950’S ON 78 RPM” page for many main-stream pioneers)

Many of these musicians have been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

The Inadequates – Capitol – 1959

The Incidentals – Ford – 1964

Benny Ingram – Bandera – 1958

Boyd Ingram – Ark – 1963

AUTRY INMAN – DECCA – 1956

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The Invaders – Instro – 1962

Jerry Irby and the Texas Ranchers – 1956

(Houston, Texas)

Louie Innis – King – 1953

(Louis Todd Innis)

The Invictas – 20th Century Fox – 1964

ROBERT IRVINE – BENTON – 1958

(Trenton, Tennessee with The Pete Beavers Band)

Lonnie Irving – Starday – 1960

Kim Irwin – Jar – 1959

Rusty Isabell – Brent – 1959

(Also performed as “Red Hot” Russell)

Jimmy Isle – Sun – 1958

(Chicago, Illinois)

Ronnie Isle & the Blisters – MGM 1958

JAMIE ISONHOOD – BUCKWHEAT – 1964

(Jamie Earl Isonhood – Benton, Mississippi)

The I-V Leaguers – Nau-Voo – 1958

Ivan – Coral – 1958

(Jerry Ivan Allison – Hillsboro, Texas – Member of the Crickets)

Sonny Joe Ivy – Jewel – 1964

J.C. & The Cavemen – Allstate – 1958

Jack & Jim – Brunswick – 1959

(Jack Huddle and Jim Robinson – Texas)

Jack & The Knights – Mitch – 1959

Johnny Jack – Great – 1959

(John Greco – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Cleve Jackson and His Hound Dogs – Herald – 1953

(Jackson Toombs)

Eddie Jackson & His Swingsters – Fortune – 1956

(Smitty Smith, Eddie Jackson, Tracey White)

Harold Jackson and the Tornadoes – Aladdin – 1958

Jim Jackson – Everest – 1962

Joe Jackson – D – 1964

Mark Jackson – Starfire – 1961

Marvin Jackson – Marlo – 1961