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The Cadillacs - 100% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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This vocal quintet, initially called the Carnations, was formed in 1953 in New York, USA, and comprised Earl Carroll (Gregory Carroll, 2 November 1937, New York City, New York, USA), LaVerne Drake, Bobby Phillips, Johnny Willingham and James ‘Poppa’ Clark, who also sang with the Five Crowns. The Cadillac’s debut single, ‘Gloria’, was released by Josi Read more

The Crests - 93% match to The Cleftones

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 Five Keys - 91% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US R&B vocal group helped shape the rhythm and blues revolution of the early 50s. The ensemble was formed as the Sentimental Four in Newport News, Virginia, USA, in 1945, and originally comprised two sets of brothers - Rudy West (25 July 1932, Newport News, Virginia, USA, d. 14 May 1998, USA; first tenor) and Bernie West (b. 4 February 1930, Newport News, Virginia, Read more

The Spaniels - 90% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This vocal ensemble was formed in 1952 in Gary, Indiana, USA. Universally recognized as one of the great R&B vocal harmony groups of the 50s, the Spaniels’ magnificent body of work was not truly reflected in their moderate chart success. The group originally comprised Roosevelt High students James ‘Pookie’ Hudson (Thornton James Hudson, 11 June 1934, Des M Read more

The Skyliners - 89% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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This white vocal doo-wop quintet comprised members drawn from two Pittsburgh, USA-based groups. Jimmy Beaumont (lead vocals), Wally Lester (tenor) and Jackie Taylor (bass) had sung with the Crescents, while Janet Vogel (10 June 1941, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 21 February 1980, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) and Joe VerScharen (b. 30 August 1940, Pittsburgh, Pennsylva Read more

The HeartBeats - 85% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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This doo-wop vocal quartet was formed in Queens, New York, USA, in 1954, originally named simply the Hearts. Three of the band members, Albert Crump (lead), Wally Roker (bass) and Vernon Sievers (baritone), met while attending Woodrow Wilson High School. They completed the line-up with Robbie Tatum from a neighbouring school. They acquired a new lead in the shape of James Shepp Read more

The Capris - 84% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop
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The Earls - 84% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Although ‘Remember Then’ was their only hit, the Earls were one of the most accomplished white doo-wop groups of the early 60s. The lead singer Larry Chance (Larry Figueiredo, 19 October 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) formed the group in New York’s Bronx area in the late 50s. The other members were first tenor Robert Del Din (b. 1942), second tenor Edd Read more

The Duprees - 80% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A rock ‘n’ roll vocal group from Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. One of the most pop-sounding of the Italian-American groups that were in abundance during the late 50s and early 60s, the Duprees specialized in recording updated versions of old pop hits in a smooth style with a slight rock ‘n’ roll feel. The group was formed as the Parisiens in 1960 from the re Read more

The Dubs - 75% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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The original members of this vocal group from Harlem, New York, USA, were lead Richard Blandon, first tenor Billy Carlisle, tenor Cleveland Still, baritone James ‘Jake’ Miller, and bass Thomas Gardner. They came together in 1957 and were an amalgamation of members of two previous groups. Blandon and Carlisle had previously been with the Five Wings who had recorded for Read more

The Harptones - 73% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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An R&B vocal group formed in 1953 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. The members were lead Willie Winfield, first tenor Nick Clark, second tenor William Dempsey, baritone Bill ‘Dicey’ Galloway, bass Billy Brown and pianist/arranger Raoul J. Cita. The Harptones were one of the smoothest and most polished R&B vocal groups to emerge during the early rock &# Read more

The Elegants - 67% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s
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Formed in the mid-50s in Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA, the Elegants were a white doo-wop group. They achieved a US number 1 single, ‘Little Star’, in 1958, only to disappear from the charts permanently thereafter. The group was comprised of lead vocalist Vito Picone (17 March 1940), Carman Romano (b. 17 August 1939), James Moschella (b. 10 May 1938), Read more

The Marcels - 65% match to The Cleftones

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

The Jive Five - 63% match to The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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From Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, the Jive Five were one of the last doo-wop groups to have a national hit and one of the few to make a successful transition to the soul era. The group members were Eugene Pitt (6 November 1937; lead), Jerome Hanna (first tenor), Richard Harris (second tenor), Billy Prophet (baritone) and Norman Johnson (d. 1970; bass). Their bigge Read more

The Penguins - 63% match to The Cleftones

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


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