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Spotlight: Little Joey & The Flips

April 1, 2020
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Billboard Magazine ran mini-biographies from 1959 into the early 1960’s sometimes providing us with interesting tidbits – Each biography was generally tied to a current release on behalf of the artist

Little Joey & The Flips (“Bongo Stomp”)

(Peaked at number 33 Hot 100)

(This correction from “Euphonic” April 14th, 2020)

“What’s this about “Bongo Stomp” being an instrumental?!?!?!? I’ve only listened to it for thirty years or so, but I’ve always thought that it’s a vocal group. Singing. Lyrics.

Also, it’s no wonder that you don’t know who played bongos on it, as no bongos whatsoever can be heard, only an ordinary drum kit, with the percussion hook at the end of the chorus being played on a snare drum.

Have you ever actually listened to the record?

The group started off in 1959 – all teenagers when they signed on with Joy Records – They were a vocal group but Joy elected to release their instrumental “Bongo Stomp” – Not sure who was on the bongos for this song but assume that it was Jeff Leonard who did play drums.

Joy Records didn’t have a lot of chart success but had an interesting roster over time including Mindy Carson, Jamie Horton, Guy Mitchell and even one release by the Five Blobs.  Ronnie and the Hi-Lites were one of the labels’ highlights – a group out of New Jersey who took “I Wish That We Were Married” to number 16 in the spring of 1962.”

One more Joy single would follow in 1962 and then there would not be another recording until the summer of 1964 when they released “Beachcomber” b/w “Fool, Fool, Fool” on Cameo.  They released a rather obscure single on Monogram records – probably released in 1975 long after the group had disbanded.  Monogram was most likely a reissue label.

6 Comments

  1. Interesting: “The boys usually write their own material” and the Bilboard piece notes that they wrote “Bongo Stomp” – but the writer credits are the managers’ names! Pretty typical of the time.

    The Cameo single is really good, too; we gave it some airplay when it was new. I don’t know anything about this Monogram label except that it’s not the same as the LA Monogram label of the early ’60s which featured Chris Montez and Kathy Young as its lead artists.

    I love these nuggets, Craig – keep up the great posts!

  2. More: lead vocalist Joey Hall (Little Joey) died in 1974. Jimmy Meagher died July 25, 1991, according to a post by his sister. Hot Rod is on YouTube with this note: “Probably recorded at the Bongo Stomp sessions in Philly. One of the producers had a dub of it and Val Shively pressed it on his Monogram label by permission.” It definitely sounds like Bongo Stop rewritten sideways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxqpY7jy7h0

  3. What’s this about “Bongo Stomp” being an instrumental?!?!?!? I’ve only listened to it for thirty years or so, but I’ve always thought that it’s a vocal group. Singing. Lyrics.

    Also, it’s no wonder that you don’t know who played bongos on it, as no bongos whatsoever can be heard, only an ordinary drum kit, with the percussion hook at the end of the chorus being played on a snare drum.

    Have you ever actually listened to the record?

    • Ooops – seems I got this one wrong thinking of another – Thanks for the comments – You seem angry…..

      • Perhaps “Bongo Rock” by Preston Epps? (Dang, now I have both of those competing for airplay in the jukebox in my head!) And then there’s Tony Castro’s “Bong Bong” – oh, wait, another vocal. Never mind!!!

      • Yes – I am sure my 73 year old mind was lagging back to Bongo Rock! Thanks Paul

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