From the Land of Band Box Records

They Gave Us Rock and Roll – Part 7

June 9, 2017


More LP’s from back in the day – Visit My “They Gave Us Rock and Roll” pages for many more (many being added daily with mini bios)

1959 – Paragons & Jesters – Paul Whitley 102 – “The Paragons Meet The Jesters”

The Paragons formed in 1955 in Brooklyn, New York – Members”  Julius McMichaels (deceased June, 1981 – motorcycle accident), Al Brown, Ricky Jackson, Donald Travis and Gable Frazier

1966 – The Paris Sisters – Unifilms ULP-505 – “The Paris Sisters Sing ‘The Glass House'”

The Paris Sisters formed in 1954 in San Francisco, California – They brought one of Phil Specter’s earliest endeavors to life with the recording of his “I Love How You Love Me” in 1961 – a song which peaked at number 5 – sounding much in the tradition of The Teddy Bears’ “To Know Him, Is To Love Him” from 1958.  The Sisters were Priscilla, Albeth and Sherrell – Priscilla died from an accidental fall while in Paris, France on March 5th, 2004. Albeth died on December 5th, 2014.

1962 – Little Junior Parker – Duke 76 – “Driving Wheel”

Little Junior Parker was born in March of 1932 in Bobo, Mississippi Herman Parker – He died on November 18th, 1971 while undergoing brain surgery.

1966 – Robert Parker – Nola 1001 – “Barefootin'”

Robert Parker was born in October of 1930 in New Orleans

1957 – Carl Perkins – Sun 1225 – “Carl Perkins”

Carl Perkins was born in April of 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee Carl Lee Perkins – Perkins ranks right at the top with the all-time earlier founding rockers. He died on January 19th, 1998.

1963 – Little Esther Phillips – Lenox LX 227 – “Release Me”

Little Esther Phillips was born in December of 1935 in Galveston, Texas Esther Mae Jones – She died on August 7th, 1984.

1965 – Wilson Pickett – Atlantic 8114 – “In the Midnight Hour”

Wilson Pickett was born in March of 1941 in Prattville, Alabama – He died on January 19th, 2006.  He started off in gospel music with “The Soul Stirrers” and then the “Swan Silvertones” before joining “The Falcons”.

1962 – Gene Pitney – Musicor MM 2003- “Only Love Can Break a Heart”

Gene Pitney was born in February of 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut Gene Francis Alan Pitney – He died on April 5th, 2006 in the U.K. after a performance.  Pitney composed “He’s a Rebel” for the Crystals, “Rubber Ball” for Bobby Vee, and “Hello Mary Lou” for Ricky Nelson.

1956 – The Platters – Mercury 20146 – “The Platters”

The Platters rose to fame in 1954 out of Los Angeles, California – Original members were Cornell Gunter, Joe Jefferson, Gaynel Hodge, Alex Hodge and Herb Reed.- They reigned supreme with 40 chart records making them for a time the top vocal group in the world.  Gunter would depart early on to be replaced by lead singer Tony Williams.  Gunter would go on to join “The Flairs” and the “Coasters”.

The Classic lineup for The Platters was Williams, Reed, Zola Taylor, Paul Robi and David Lynch.

1958 – The Playmates – Roulette R 25043 – “At Play with the Playmates”

The Playmates formed in about 1957 out of Waterbury, Connecticut – Original Members were Donald Claps, Carl Cicchettie and Morey Cohen – Not rockers by any stretch, they still impacted the teen charts with a great tune “Jo-Ann” in 1958 to be followed by the silly “Beep, Beep” and two more I was fond of – “What is Love” and “Wait for Me” – to be followed for “Little Miss Stuck-Up” which was sort of fun as well.

1959 – Lloyd Price – ABC Paramount ABC-297 – “Mr. Personality”

Lloyd Price was born in March of 1933 in Kenner Louisiana and continues on today!

1962 – Doug Quattlebaum – Prestige 1965 – “Softee Man Blues”

Doug Quattlebaum was born in January of 1929 in Florence, South Carolina Eijah Douglas Quattlebaum -He died on March 1st, 1996 – Early on he was a member of “The Bells of Joy”.

1963 – The Raindrops – Jubilee 5023 – “The Raindrops”

The Raindrops were in reality Brill Building husband and wife team Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry – composers of billions of hit rock and roll records.  The “Raindrops” project’s success may have surprised them – Their hit records were great foot stompin’, big-beat hits during the 1963 to 1965 time-period.

With the success of “What a Guy” they had to scramble to hit the road and perform and so sister Laura Greenwich.  Singers Beverly Warren and at times Bobby Bosco would occasionally work on the recordings and sometimes appear as fill-ins for Ellie and Jeff.

1962 – Teddy Randazzo – ABC Paramount 421 – “Teddy Randazzo Twists”

Teddy Randazzo was born in May of 1935 in New York City Alessandro Carmelo Randazzo – He died on November 21st, 2003.  He started off with “The Three Chuckles”

1957 – The Ravens – Regent 6062 – “Write Me a Letter”

The Ravens formed in 1946 – one of the noted “Bird Groups” from the very early years – out of Harlem in New York City, New York – Original Members: Jimmy Ricks, Warren Suttles, Leonard Puzey and Henry Oliver Jones.

1958 – Jimmy Reed – Vee Jay 1003 – “I’m Jimmy Reed”

Jimmy Reed was born in September of 1925 in Dunleith, Mississippi Mathis James Reed – He died on August 29th, 1976.

1960 – Charlie Rich – Phillips International PLP 1970 – “Lonely Weekends”

Charlie Rich was born in December of 1932 in Colt, Arkansas Charles Allan Rich – He died on July 25th, 1995 – He stared off working at Sun Records as a session musician and graduated to solo artist rocker and then a giant in the Country Music realm.

1963 – The Righteous Brothers – Moonglow 1001 – “Right Now!”

The Righteous Brothers were Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield who emerged out a California group called “The Paramours” in 1962. Bobby Hatfield was born in August of 1940 Robert Lee Hatfield in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and died on November 5th, 2003.  Bill Medley was born in September of 1940 in Santa Ana, California.

1963 – Billy Lee Riley – Mercury 20985 – “Whiskey A-Go-Go Presents Billy Lee Riley”

Billy Lee Riley was born in October of 1933 in Pocahontas, Arkansas – He died on August 2nd, 2009 – Riley was yet another of the Sun Records artists.

1962 – The Rivingtons – Liberty LST-7282 – “Doin’ The Bird”

The Rivingtons started off as “The Sharps” in 1957 out of Los Angeles, California – Original members were Carl White, Al Frazier, Sonny Haris and Turner Wilson, Jr.  – They did a little back-up vocal work for Paul Anka and Thurston Harris – and provide the yelps on Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser”.

1956 – Marty Robbins – Columbia CL 2601 – “Rock n Roll’n Robbins” (Canadian cover shown)

Marty Robbins was born in September of 1925 in Glendale, Arizona Martin David Robinson – He died on December 8th, 1982 – Not a rocker by any means Marty was nonetheless a big part of the early teen sound with monster hits in his early days before moving on solidly to a country and western career.

1960 – The Rock-A-Teens – Roulette – “Woo-Hoo”

The Rock-A-Teens formed in 1956 out of Richmond, Virginia – A true rock-a-billy group – the group remains obscure since their lone 1959 hit instrumental record “Woo Hoo”.  Members: Vic Mizelle, Bobby Walke, Bill Cook, Eddie Robinson, Paul Dixon and Bill Smith.  They began while in high school as “Boo Walker and the Rockets”.  Not long after the success of “Woo Hoo” they split – none apparently continuing on in the world of rock and roll.

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1961 – Rockin’ Rebels – Swan 509 – “Wild Weekend”

The Rockin Rebels/Rebels came out of Buffalo, New York – Original members: Jim Kipler, Mick Kipler, Tom Gorman and Paul Balon. – They added “Rockin'” to their name to avoid confusion with Duane Eddy’s “Rebels”.

1957 – Jimmie Rodgers – Roulette R-25020 – “Jimmie Rodgers”

Jimmie Rodgers was born in September of 1933 in Camas, Washington James Frederick Rodgers – Jimmie was definitely a part of the early music teen scene although not in a rocking vein – He survived a mysterious serious head injury which has been attributed as being administered by police during a traffic incident in San Diego – This story has never been fully resolved.  Rodgers certainly looked like a bonafide rocker.

1962 – Tommy Roe – ABC Paramount ABC-432 – “Sheila”

Tommy Roe was born in May of 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia – Roe made the transition to 50’s rocker into a bubble gum mainstay in the 1960’s.

1964 – The Ronettes – Philles 4006 – “Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes”

The Ronettes formed in 1959 in Spanish Harlem in New York City – Original Members were Veronica Bennett, Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley.  They began as “The Darlings” before becoming “Ronnie and The Relatives” recording for Colpix Records – Then it was on to Phil Specter and the Big Time.  Estelle passed away on February 11th, 2009

1969 – The Royal Teens – Musicor 3186 – “Newies But Oldies”

The Royal Teens formed in 1956 out of New Jersey


  1. Gotta go back to parts 1-4 – been busy, though, which is good. Some notes on the above:

    More on the Rock-A-Teens: https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/the-story-of-woo-hoo/Content?oid=1379727. The detailed chronicle of another hose job perpetrated upon a motley group of kids (and young adults) who both wanted and needed to rock out. At least they got their two-and-a-half minutes of fame, even if it took decades to get paid – well, some of them, at least. Well worth reading, in my opinion, and the comments by Boo Walke’s kids are fascinating. (By the way, that’s the correct spelling.) .

    Also, Paul Winley (not Whitley) was a major player in the Harlem r&b/group harmony scene in the ’50s and ’60s, mainly with his label Winley, although he also used several other imprints. The Paragons Meet The Jesters was one of the seminal albums of the era, at least for the large number of us New York-area kids who knew what real street corner harmony was; it was originally released on Jubilee. Also recommended: the compilations Rumble, Boppin’ and Whoppers, also on Jubilee, with several songs with Winley involvement. All four albums – and others of the era – had covers shot by celebrity photographer Charles Varon. The amazingly beautiful unity of style created a gorgeously idealized version of juvenile delinquency!

    In addition to being The Sharps, The Rivingtons were also The Untouchables (“Raising Sugar Cane” on Madison – an early rock protest song of sorts) and Africa on Ode in the late ’60s, as well as a couple of others which I forget. (They had more names than Philip and Elizabeth on “The Americans” TV series!)

    One more for the trivia files: speaking of The Playmates (not the Playboy ones), I never knew that Carl was the first name of Mr. Chichetti (no “e”), who was always credited as “Chic Hetti” on their LP covers.

    And the beat goes on! I have “stuff” to do, after which I’ll reward myself with your earlier parts!

    Country Paul

    • As always – thanks for all the tidbits which I added to the respective listings! Found out while doing this that sax player Lee Allen grew up in Denver!

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