- 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
- 73% 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.
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
- 43% 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.
- 36% 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
- 36% 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
- 31% 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.
30 June 1941, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Larry Hall was responsible for one Top 20 hit, 1960s Sandy. He first recorded the Terry Fell composition in 1959 for the tiny Hot 1 label. The rocking number went nowhere until the New York-based Strand label picked it up for distribution and the single went to number 15 in the US. Hall recorded another single, A G
The Four Coins
- 23% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
Formed in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1952, the vocal harmony group the Four Coins consisted of George Mantalis, James Gregorakis and brothers George and Michael Mahramas. Originally the quartet were horn players in an orchestra with Bobby Vinton, who was an unknown at the time. At the end of 1952 the foursome began harmonizing together, and in January 1953 appeared on an
- 22% match to Carl Dobkins Jr.
25 July 1894, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA, d. 21 September 1974, Oxnard, California, USA. A character actor who specialized in playing the classic ol timer and toothless old men, especially in westerns, Brennan appeared in dozens of films from 1924 onwards. Notable among these were The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, To Have And Have Not and Rio Bravo. He went on to