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This Week In Vocal Group History

Another Soldier Gone!
"Little Joe Cooke" famous for his
big hit "Peanuts"- "I Know" & The 
"Echoes keep Calling Me" in the ealry 60's
has passed away today. He lived in
Cambridge, Mass. and was 93 yrs. young
Rest in Peace, Uncle Joe
Your favorite neice

April 16, 1962 The Marcels recorded five sides including “That Old Black Magic.”

Top Single: “Rock Love” The Fontane Sisters #14 1955

Birthday: Roy Hamilton (The Searchlight Singers) 1929, Dusty Springfield (The Springfields) 1939, Jimmy Osmond (The Osmonds) 1963

April 17, 1954 Detroit’s Fortune records signed a young local group, The Diablos. They would go on to become the influence of 60’s legend, Smokey Robinson of the Miracles.

1976 – Ann Wilson and Heart charted on their way to #35 and their first of 30 hits thru 1993 when “Crazy On You” jumped on the Hot 100 today.

Top Single: “Please Love Me Forever” Kathy Jean & The Roommates #13 1961 “Joy To The World” Three Dog Night #1 1971

April 18, 1956 Jackie Wilson & The Dominoes recorded their first sides for Decca including “St. Theresa Of The Roses” and six others in Los Angeles.

– Gary U.S. Bonds’ “This Little Girl” was released reaching #11. It was written and co-produced by him and Bruce Springsteen, an long time fan of Bonds. It was also Gary’s first hit in 19 years.

Top Single: “Love Or Let Me Be Lonely” The Friends Of Distinction #8 1970 “Let It Be” The Beatles #1 1970


April 19, 1954 The Bangles reach #2 with “Manic Monday” (written by Prince) but could not displace his “Kiss” from the #1 spot.

1960 – Elvis (who developed a fear of flying) boarded a train to Los Angeles from Memphis to begin shooting his new film G.I. Blues, a story about a young U.S. soldier in Germany.

Top Single: “One Mint Julip” The Clovers #9 R&B 1952 “Philadelphia Freedom” The Elton John Band #1 1975


April 20, 1954 The Moonglows performed at Alan Freed’s annual Moondog Ball in Ohio’s Akron Armory.

1966 – The Beatles recorded “Daisy Hawkins” for the “Sgt. Pepper” album but before it was done it was re-titled “Eleanor Rigby” after Paul McCartney saw the name on a clothing store in Bristol.

Top Single: “Come Softly To Me” The Fleetwoods #1 1959


April 21, 1956 Melba Records President Morty Craft announced the signing of a new group from Brooklyn called The Tokens wit a young lead singer named Neil Sedaka.

1963 – The Rolling Stones and The Beatles met for the first time at The Crawdaddy Club in West London where the Stones were the regular Sunday night performers.

Top Single: “Twilight Time” The Platters #1 1958 “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Presley #1 1956

Birthday: Ernie Maresca (The Sevilles)1939


April 22, 1964 Little Anthony & The Imperials recorded “I’m On The Outside Looking In” (#15 Pop), their first hit in almost five years.

1990 – Over 750,000 people crammed Central Park in New York City for the Earth Day festivities including a show starring Hall & Oats, Ben E. King and the B-52’s.

Top Single: “Betcha By Golly Wow” The Stylistics #6 1972 “Something Special” Nancy & Frank Sinatra

Birthday: Glen Campbell (Beach Boys) 1936


April 23, 1954 The Royals single, “Work With ME Annie” was issued beginning the era of “The Answer Record.” It became so popular (#22 Pop, #1 R&B) that the group renamed themselves Hand Ballard & The MIdnighters to avoid confusion with The Five Royales.

Top Single: “Sloop John B” The Beach Boys #8 1966

April 24, 1958 The Pastels (“Been So Long”) appeared on Alan Freed’s Big Beat” show at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater along with Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Hollly & The Crickets. The Pastels lead singer, Dee Irwin went on to solo success with “Swingin’ On A Star” (#38, 1963)

1961 – Robert Zimmerman performed on record for the first time when he played harmonica for Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special” album and earned $50. He soon became better known for his songs and singing as Bob Dylan.

Top Single: “Baby Blue” The Echoes #14 1961 “Runaway Sue” Del Shannon #1 1961

Birthday: Freddie Scott (The Symphonics) 1933, Bernard Henderson (Hues Corporation) 1944, Ann Kelly (Hues Corporation) 1947


April 25, 1960 Dion & The Belmonts charted with “When You Wish Upon A Star” only months before Dion split to go solo.

Top Single: “They Way You Do The Things You Do” The Temptations #14 1964 “Stuck On You” Elvis Presley #1 1960


April 26, 1975 Gladys Knight & The Pips “The Way We Were” charted becoming their 33rd of a career 42 top 100 singles.

1982 – Rod Stewart was robbed on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles while standing next to his $50,000 Porsche.

Top Single: “Middle Of The Night” The Clovers #5 R&B 1952 “Kiss” Prince #1 1986

Birthday: Maurice Williams (Zodiacs) 1938

April 27, 1981 Ringo Starr married actress Barbara Bach in Durango, Mexico after the pair grunted their way thru starring roles in the movie, “Caveman.”

Top Single: “I Will Follow Him” Little Peggy March #1 1963


April 28, 1958 The Drifters recorded their terrific, “drip Drop.” It was the last charter (#58 Pop) for the original group. Dion & The Del-Satins would later do a hit ”Power Doo Wop0” version in 1963 (#6)

1981 – Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles group Wings broke up.

Top Single: “Soldier Boy” The Shirelles #4 1962 “Good Luck Charm” Elvis Presley #1 1962

Birthday: Emma Pought (Bobbettes) 1942

April 29, 1957 The Dubs now legendary, “Don’t Ask Me To Be Lonely” (Gone #72) was released to less then enthusiastic reviewer response which in part stated: “A slow, dirge like ballad that is definitely on the dull side… a grand hodge podge of sound, is weak.”

1968 – The musical “Hair” opened on Broadway in New York. It ran for over 1,750 performances.

Top Single: “The Happening” The Supremes #8 1967 “Night Fever” The Bee Gees #1 1978

Birthday: Carl Gardner (Coasters) 1928, Bob Miranda (Happenings) 1942, Carnie Wilson (Wilson-Phillips) 1968

April 30, 1954 The McGuire Sisters “Goodnight, Sweetheart Goodnight” was released and became their first top 10 hit (#7).

Top Single: “Monday, Monday” The Mama’s & The Papa’s #3 1966

Birthday: Merill Osmond (Osmonds) 1953

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