The Playmates Similar Artists

Nervous Norvus - 72% match to The Playmates

Genres: Comedy Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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Jimmy Drake, 1912, Oakwood, California, USA, d. 24 July 1968. The California-based ex-truck driver’s first record was the country ballad ‘Gambling Fury’, which he recorded as Singing Jimmy Drake on the Indiana label Claudra. He joined Dot Records in 1956 and had two of the biggest novelty hits of that year. His first hit, ‘Transfusion’, concerned the Read more

Larry Verne - 49% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Four Preps - 36% match to The Playmates

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the early 50s in Hollywood, California, USA, the Four Preps were a vocal group consisting of Bruce Belland, Glen Larson, Marvin Inabnett and Ed Cobb (d. 1999, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA). Recording for Capitol Records, they placed 13 singles in the US charts between 1956 and 1964, two of which made the Top 5 in 1958. The quartet began singing together during their high-sch Read more

The Hollywood Argyles - 35% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s
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The Hollywood Argyles was a group assembled after a record, ‘Alley-Oop’, had already been released under that name. The song was written by Dallas Frazier and recorded by vocalist Gary S. Paxton and producer Bobby Rey while Paxton was a member of the Arizona-based duo Skip And Flip. Because that duo was contracted to Brent Records, and ‘Alley-Oop’ was issued Read more

Ruby & The Romantics - 26% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Roberts (first tenor), George Lee (second tenor), Ronald Mosley (baritone) and Leroy Fann (9 November 1936, d. November 1973; bass) had been working as the Supremes prior to the arrival of Ruby Nash Curtis (b. 12 November 1939, New York City, New York, USA) in 1962. Curtis had met the group in Akron, Ohio, and took on the role as their lead singer. They subsequently s Read more

Ral Donner - 25% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 Don’t Know What You’ve 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 Read more

The Dovells - 25% match to The Playmates

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Originally called the Brooktones, this Philadelphia-based R&B vocal group comprised Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff, 6 December 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Jerry Summers (b. Jerry Gross), Mike Dennis (b. Michael Freda) and Danny Brooks (b. Jim Meeley). Signed to Parkway Records, the group had a US number 2 hit in 1961 with ‘Bristol Stomp’, succeeded the Read more

Dick & Dee Dee - 22% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s
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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 Mountain’s High’ was originally relea Read more

Skip & Flip - 22% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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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 Read more

Buzz Clifford - 20% match to The Playmates

Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s
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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 Read more

The Essex - 20% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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The String-A-Longs - 20% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Keith McCormack (vocals/guitar), Richard Stevens (guitar), James Torres (guitar), Aubrey Lee de Cordova (bass) and Don Allen (drums) comprised this Texan high school group with a bias towards instrumentals. Encouraged by audience reaction to their act at local dances and parties, they auditioned for Norman Petty in his studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Impressed, Petty collaborated Read more

Terry Stafford - 19% match to The Playmates

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Hollis, Oklahoma, USA, d. 17 March 1996. This tall, local sports champion was also a fan of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, artists into whose repertoires he would dip when singing with his school group. With his parents’ blessing, he began a showbusiness career in Hollywood where, after two years as a nightclub entertainer, he was spotted by John Fisher and Les Worden w Read more

Dodie Stevens - 18% match to The Playmates

Genres: Easy Listening
Decades Active: 1960s
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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 Read more

Gogi Grant - 18% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, 20 September 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pop vocalist Grant was apparently named after a New York restaurant called Gogi’s La Rue, which was frequented by Dave Kapp, head of A&R at RCA Records. She had previously recorded, without success, as Audrey Brown and Audrey Grant, but as Gogi Grant she hit the US Top 10 in 1955 with the b Read more


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