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.