- 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
- 88% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
20 March 1942, Los Angeles, California, USA. Luke was a rockabilly-style singer who had one Top 5 success, Susie Darlin, in 1958. His family moved frequently, and in 1953 settled in Hawaii, where he learned to play guitar and ukulele. He was discovered by entertainer Kimo McVay, who introduced him to Bob Bertram, who then recorded Luke in his own Bertram In
The Bell Notes
- 86% 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
- 52% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Samuel Black, 2 June 1932, Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Turner briefly achieved fame in the late 50s as a rock n roll balladeer, whose speciality was recycled pop songs of the past, particularly those by Guy Lombardo. His most notable record was a remake of a Sammy Kaye hit from 1949, Lavender Blue (number 14 R&B/number 3 pop), in 1959. Three follow
- 49% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Ralph Stuart Donner, 10 February 1943, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 6 April 1984, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Donner had a short string of US chart singles in the early 60s, most notably the number 4 You Dont Know What Youve Got (Until You Lose It). He began singing in church in his teens and formed his first band at the age of 13, and began touring two yea
- 46% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Geraldine Ann Pasquale, 17 February 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Stevens moved with her family to Temple City in California when she was three years old. As a child, in the 50s, she performed at USO shows and Army and Navy hospitals and, at the age of 10, was discovered, while singing on a local television show. Signed to Crystallette Records, it was 18 months b
Skip & Flip
- 46% 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
- 45% 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
Dick & Dee Dee
- 44% 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
- 43% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
5 April 1932, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. Billy Bland was an R&B singer whose best-known recording was the 1960 US Top 10 hit, Let The Little Girl Dance. Bland, the youngest of 19 children, began his career in 1947 in New York City, where he performed in the bands of Lionel Hampton and Buddy Johnson before starting his own group, the Four Bees. He was br
- 42% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
- 41% 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
- 40% 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.
Arthur Gelien, 11 July 1931, New York City, New York, USA. This blond-haired, blue-eyed pop vocalist/actor was spotted in 1948, working at a stable, by talent scout Dick Clayton. He introduced him to Rock Hudsons Hollywood agent Harry Wilson, who said Weve got to tab you something, then named him Tab Hunter. He made his screen debut in the 1950 movieT
- 38% 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