Cats – Sheen – Soxx and More!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. 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. 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, 196045 – 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