- 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
- 68% 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
- 44% 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
- 43% 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
- 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
- 37% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
17 April 1944, Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. Bobby Curtola was a popular Top 40 singer and teen idol in Canada throughout the early 60s. Singing in a church choir at first, he recorded his debut, Hand In Hand With You, in late 1959. His popularity among teenage girls grew swiftly and before long he was appearing on television shows in Canada, the USA and Europe.
- 33% 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
- 33% 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
- 32% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Donald Irwin Robertson, 5 December 1922, Peking, China. Robertsons father was head of the Department of Medicine at Peking Union Medical College, his mother was a pianist and poet. She encouraged his interest in music and he played piano from the age of four, and composed from seven. In Chicago, he played piano in dance bands from around 1936 and was a pre-medical stud
- 30% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Ralph Martin, 24 December 1914, Accerra, near Naples, Italy, d. 10 October 1978, Dayton, Ohio, USA. While Marterie was still a child his parents emigrated to the USA, where his father joined the orchestra of the Chicago Civic Opera. Ralph was still a teenager when he started playing trumpet with Danny Russos Oriole Orchestra. He went on to play in local theatres and wi
- 28% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Reese Francis Clifford III, 8 October 1942, Berwyn, Illinois, USA. Buzz Clifford is best known for his one US Top 10 single, Baby Sittin Boogie, in 1961. Clifford learned to play guitar as a child and, enamoured of television westerns, created his own cowboy songs. After winning a talent contest in New Jersey as a teenager, he was signed to Columbia Records