- 100% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
William Wayne Grammer, 28 August 1925, Benton, Illinois, USA. Grammer was a coalminers son and one of 13 children. His father played the fiddle, and by the time he was in his teens, Grammer was playing guitar, mandolin and banjo at local dances. After a spell in the forces, he started in C&W radio on WRAL in Arlington, Virginia, in 1947, but established his reputat
The Bell Notes
- 72% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Formed in East Meadow, New York, USA, in the late 50s, the Bell Notes were a one-hit rock group whose Ive Had It reached the Top 10 in early 1959. The group comprised vocalist and saxophonist Carl Bonura, vocalist and guitarist Ray Ceroni, bass player Lenny Giambalvo, pianist Pete Kane and drummer John Casey. The band was discovered by disc jockey Alan Frederi
Skip & Flip
- 50% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
This US pop duo, Skip Battin (Clyde Battin, 2 February 1934, Galipolis, Ohio, USA, d. 6 July 2003, Palm Springs, California, USA) and Flip aka Gary S. Paxton (b. Mesa, Arizona, USA), met while attending the University of Arizona in the late 50s. Once known as the Rockabillies, they recorded on Rev as the Pledges and then as Gary & Clyde. Time Records picked up their Rev
Dick & Dee Dee
- 47% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
This American boy/girl vocal duo was formed in 1961 by Dick St. John Gostine (Richard Gostine, 1944, Santa Monica, California, USA, d. 27 December 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Dee Dee Sperling (b. Mary Sperling, 1945, Santa Monica, California, USA) while they were at a local high school. The Gostine-written The Mountains High was originally relea
- 41% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
9 September 1940, Herndon, Virginia, USA. Dove intended to follow his father and be a policeman, but he somehow was sidetracked. Between 1964 and 1966, after first singing in a rock group at high school, he was a very successful pop singer. Recording for Diamond, he had six Top 20 hits out of the 11 songs that he charted. They included Cry and Right Or Wron
- 39% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
23 January 1940, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Pop singer-songwriter Dowell bought a $10 guitar and wrote his first song Tell Me when he was 13 years old. In later years he took part in talent contests and just before his 21st birthday decided to try his luck in Nashville. He signed to Smash Records, and a version of Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) - using ba
- 37% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
7 August 1939, Seattle, Washington, USA, d. 22 January 1997. Holdens career had a unique beginning: he had been arrested for driving with alcohol and marijuana in his possession and was in the police station when a police officer heard him singing. The officer, Larry Nelson, told Holden that he was planning on quitting the police department for a career in music and ga
- 36% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Lawrence London, 19 January 1944, London, England. At the age of 13, this pop singer, who had the confidence and showmanship of a veteran, appeared in a closed circuit transmission of 6.5 Special at the BBC stand at the 1958 Radio Show. He so impressed producer John Warrinton that he was invited back every day and thereby came to the attention of EMI Records, who put him in
- 31% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
30 November 1937, Santa Rita, New Mexico, USA. From an early age Bowen was a star athlete who earned a scholarship to West Texas State University. While there he formed the Serenaders with Buddy Knox (guitar, vocals) and Don Lanier (lead guitar) in 1955, sharing vocal duties with Knox and playing bass himself. Later they changed their name to the Rhythm Orchids with the addi
- 30% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
1936, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA, d. 13 May 1981, Ancora, New Jersey, USA. Weber had a number 1 hit in the USA in January 1955, but was unable to follow up that success. The record was Let Me Go Lover, released on Columbia Records. Weber was 18 when she met manager Eddie Joy, who brought her to Charles Randolph Grean who worked in A&R at the famed Brill Build
Johnnie & Joe
- 30% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
This US R&B duo featured Johnnie Louise Richardson (d. 25 October 1988) and Joe Rivers (Charleston, South Carolina, USA). Emerging from the Bronx, New York, USA, they were famed for their sublime doo-wop-flavoured ballads, notably Over The Mountain, Across The Sea (number 3 R&B/number 8 pop, 1957), one of the most memorable and enduring early rock n