1958 – The Twins Jim and John – RCA Victor 1708 – “Teenagers Love the Twins”
The Twins were brothers John and James Cunningham who were born in New York City. In 1957 the two composed the song “Jo-Ann” which was recorded by the Playmates and became a hit. They met Alan Freed and worked with him to promote the song before it was taken to the Playmates. Originally the brothers were sure they would be the ones to release a single but Freed battled with RCA Victor and it just never happened. All of this took place while they were still in their late teens – Fame and fortune as singers just wasn’t to be.
The duo also recorded as “The Twin-Tones”
“Jo-Ann” was the Playmates first hit record, charting in January of 1958 and reaching number 19. The twins didn’t realize and profit for composing the song – nor did they make any money from their RCA Victor long play and such was the business back then.