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Cats – Sheen – Soxx and More!

Related image The Alley Cats first formed in 1962 as a coming together of members from the “Untouchables” (Brice Coefield – Sheridan Spencer) and former members of the “Robins” – Gary Pipkin and James Baker – neither of whom were original Robins. These four were joined by Bobby Sheen who was recruited to be the group’s lead singer. Sheen had already tasted success as a member of the Phillies Record label’s “Bobb B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans” a group that featured the talented Darlene Love.  The other Blue Jean was Fanita James who both were members of The Blossoms – a group which backed many artists on their hit records.
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The Alley Cats

The Blossoms were actually the voices heard on the monster Philles’ hit “He’s A Rebel” which was attributed to the Crystals (that is another story oft told). The Alley Cats were conceived by Lou who offered the group to Phil Spector.  Sheen had started off with a group called the Lovables.  Further down the road Sheen would hook up with Bobby Nunn an original Robin who formed The Coasters.  The famous song writing team on Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber wrote songs for the Robins and were enticed to return to their roots in New York working for Atlantic Records.  It was intended that they persuade the Robins to leave southern California and come to New York to record at Atlantic.
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Sheen – Love – James

Some members balked and so a split off group formed – “The Coasters” and it was onto New York – where the team of Leiber/Stoller and The Coasters would soar! The Alley Cats recorded only one 45 for Phil Spector, “Puddin N’ Tain (Ask Me Again, I’ll Tell You the Same)”.  The song made it to number 43 and that would be the end of the Alley Cats.  It has been reported that the group recorded one single on Epic Records but I’ll be darned if I can locate it. Bobby Sheen lost a bout with pneumonia in 2000 – He was 59.

Alley Cat Discography – & Related

The Robins with Bobby Sheen

(Neither Alley Cats James Baker or Gary Pipkin show up on Robins biographies – so not known if they recorded with Sheen on these releases. 45 – Knight 2001 – A Quarter to Twelve/Pretty Little Dolly – September, 1958 45 – Knight 2008 – A Little Bird Told Me/It’s Never Too Late – December, 1958
45 – Arvee 5001 – Just Like That/Whole Lot Of Imagination – June, 1960
45 – Arvee A 5013 – Live Wire Susie/Oh, No – October, 1960 45 – Lavender LV 001 – How Many More Times/White Cliffs Of Dover – March, 1961 45 – Lavender 002 – Magic Of A Dream/ Mary Lou Loves To Hootchy Kootchy Koo – April, 1961

The Ding Dongs

45 – Todd 45-1043 – Late Last Night/Lassie Come Home – October, 1960 45 – Eldo 109 – Ding Dong/Sweet Thing – November, 1960

The Lovables

45 – Eastman 9801 – Short Skirt/Bread ‘N Butter – 1962

Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans

45 – Philles 107 – Zip A-Dee Doo-Dah/Flip and Nitty – September, 1962 – Charted Number 8 Hot 100 – Number 7 R&B 45 – Philles 110 – Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts/Dr. Kaplan’s Office – May, 1963 – Charted Number 38 Hot 100 45 – Philles 113 – Not Too Young To Get Married/Annette – May, 1963 – Charted Number 63 – Hot 100 LP – Philles 4002 – Zip A Dee Do Dah – January, 1963

The Alley Cats

45 – Philles 108 – Puddin’ N’ Tain (Ask Me Again I’ll Tell You the Same) – November, 1962

The Coasters

LP – Salsa Picante 10001 – Coasting – 1979

Bobby Sheen

45 – Liberty 55459 – How Many Nights (How Many Days)/How Can We Ever Be Together – May, 1962 45 – Dimension D 1043 – My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You/I Want You For My Sweetheart – February, 1965 45 – Capitol 5672 – Sweet Sweet Love/Dr. Love – June, 1966 45 – Capitol 5827 – I Shook The World/Cloud 9 – January, 1967 45 – Capitol 5984 – The Shelter Of Your Arms/The Way Of Love – August, 1967 45 – Capitol 2507 – I Don’t Have To Dream/She Taught Me What Love Really Is – June, 1969 45 – Warner Bros. WB 7662 – Something New To Do/I May Not Be What You Want – January, 1973 45 – Warner Bros. WB 7701 – If I Ever Hurt You/It Ain’t Easy Being Your Fool – April, 1973 45 – Warner Bros. WB 7732 – Don’t Make Me Do Wrong/Payback – August, 1973 45 – Chelsea CH 3034 – Love Stealing/Come On And Love Me – November, 1975
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