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Dion & The Belmonts

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s
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Bobby Day - 64% match to Dion

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Byrd, 1 July 1932, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. 27 July 1990. Day moved to Los Angeles in 1947 and shortly afterwards formed the Flames, who recorded under a variety of names on numerous labels throughout the 50s. Oddly, it took until 1957 before they achieved their first and biggest hit as the Hollywood Flames with Day’s song ‘Buzz, Buzz, Buzz’. Simultan Read more

The Crests - 63% match to Dion

Genres: Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in New York City, USA, in 1956, the Crests soon became one of the most successful of the ‘integrated’ doo-wop groups of the period, after being discovered by Al Browne. Headed by the lead tenor of Johnny Mastro (Johnny Mastrangelo, 7 May 1930, USA), the rest of the band comprised Harold Torres, Talmadge Gough, J.T. Carter and Patricia Van Dross. By 1957 they Read more

The Penguins - 61% match to Dion

Genres: Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1954 in Fremont High School, Los Angeles, California, USA, the Penguins were one of the most important R&B vocal groups from the west coast in the early 50s. Their hit ballad ‘Earth Angel’ remains one of the most fondly recalled ‘doo-wop’ recordings. The group comprised lead vocalist Cleveland ‘Cleve’ Duncan (23 July 1935, Los Ange Read more

The Five Satins - 57% match to Dion

Genres: Blues Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group was formed in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, in 1955. The Five Satins’ first hit, ‘In The Still Of The Nite’ (US R&B number 3 and pop Top 30 in 1956), was one of the definitive songs of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, with its strong chanting of doo-wop riffs in the background and impassioned lead work. The group on this record c Read more

Bobby Vee - 56% match to Dion

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Thomas Velline, 30 April 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Vee’s first exposure to the rock ‘n’ roll scene occurred in macabre circumstances when his group, the Shadows, deputized for Buddy Holly after the singer was killed in an air crash in February 1959. Soon after, Vee’s group were discovered by famed producer Snuff Garrett and saw their indepen Read more

Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - 52% match to Dion

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s
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The Marcels - 45% match to Dion

Genres: Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Marcels was one of several doo-wop-influenced American vocal groups to achieve success in the early 60s, despite the passing of the genre’s golden age. Cornelius ‘Nini’ Harp (lead singer), Ronald ‘Bingo’ Mundy (tenor), Fred Johnson (bass), Gene Bricker (tenor) and Richard Knauss (baritone), all native to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, achieved fame f Read more

Jay & The Americans - 44% match to Dion

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US act was formed in 1961 when former Mystics vocalist John ‘Jay’ Traynor (2 November 1938) joined ex-Harbor Lites duo Kenny Rosenberg, aka Kenny Vance, and Sandy Yaguda, aka Sandy Deane. Howie Kane (b. Howard Kerschenbaum) completed the line-up, which in turn secured a recording contract through the aegis of the songwriting and production team, Leiber And Sto Read more

The Drifters - 43% match to Dion

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Music Theme Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1953 in New York, USA, at the behest of Atlantic Records, this influential R&B vocal group was initially envisaged as a vehicle for ex-Dominoes singer Clyde McPhatter (Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA). Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher and Bill Pinkney (b. 15 August 1925, Dalz Read more

The Chiffons - 42% match to Dion

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the Bronx, New York City, USA, where all the members were born, erstwhile backing singers Judy Craig (6 August 1946, New York City, New York, USA), Barbara Lee Jones (b. 16 May 1947, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 May 1992), Patricia Bennett (b. 7 April 1947, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA) and Sylvia Peterson (b. 30 September 1946), are best recalled Read more

Bobby Rydell - 41% match to Dion

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Ridarelli, 26 April 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Probably the most musically talented of the late 50s Philadelphia school of clean-cut teen-idols, Rydell first performed in public as a drummer at the age of seven. At nine he debuted on Paul Whiteman’s Teen Club amateur television show and was the show’s regular drummer for three years. He attended Read more

Neil Sedaka - 41% match to Dion

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 March 1939, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Pianist Sedaka began his songwriting career with lyricist Howard Greenfield in the early 50s. During this high school period, Sedaka dated Carol Klein (later known as Carole King). For a brief period, Sedaka joined the Tokens, then won a scholarship to New York’s Juilliard School of Music. In 1958, the pianist joine Read more

Chubby Checker - 40% match to Dion

Genres: Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernest Evans, 3 October 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Checker’s musical career began in 1959 while working at a local chicken market. His employer introduced the teenager to songwriter Kal Mann, who penned the singer’s debut single, ‘The Class’. He was given his new name by the wife of the legendary disc jockey Dick Clark as a derivation of Fats Read more

Ricky Nelson - 40% match to Dion

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eric Hilliard Nelson, 8 May 1940, Teaneck, New Jersey, USA, d. 31 December 1985, De Kalb, Texas, USA. Nelson came from a showbusiness family. His father, Ozzie Nelson, formed a popular dance band in the 1930s. The band featured singer Harriet Hilliard, who became Ozzie Nelson’s wife in 1935. The couple had their own US radio show, The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet, wh Read more


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