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Nervous Norvus - 82% 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 - 62% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Hollywood Argyles - 42% 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

Dick & Dee Dee - 34% 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

Ral Donner - 30% 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

Skip & Flip - 26% 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

The Royal Teens - 26% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s
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Formed in 1956 in Bergen County, New Jersey, USA, the Royal Teens are remembered primarily for the 1958 rock ‘n’ roll novelty number ‘Short Shorts’. Originally a quartet called the Royal Tones, the line-up included pianist Bob Gaudio (Robert John Gaudio, 17 November 1942, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA), saxophonist Bill Crandall, bass player Bil Read more

Buzz Clifford - 23% 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 Kalin Twins - 23% match to The Playmates

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A classic example of the one-hit-wonder syndrome, the Kalin Twins have a more interesting history than many who fall into that bracket. Herbie (Herbert Harry Kalin, 16 February 1934, Port Jervis, New York State, USA, d. 21 July 2006) and Harold ‘Hal’ Kalin (b. 16 February 1934, Port Jervis, New York State, USA, d. 24 August 2005, Waldorf, Maryland, USA) were real l Read more

Gogi Grant - 22% 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

Tommy Sands - 22% match to The Playmates

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 August 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Tommy Sands’ father was a pianist, and his mother was Grace Lou Dixon, a singer with the Art Keassel Band. He sang in a local folk music television series, Lady Of The Mountain, when he was only five years old, and made his first recording, ‘Love Pains’, on Freedom in 1949, when aged only 12. In 1952, with help from his Read more

The String-A-Longs - 21% 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

Jimmy Charles - 19% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Johnny Crawford - 19% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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26 March 1946, Los Angeles, California, USA. Johnny Crawford shot to fame in 1958 when he co-starred with actor Chuck Connors (as his son Mark), in the US television seriesThe Rifleman. In 1961 his debut single ‘Daydreams’ made the lower reaches of the Billboard Top 100, but subsequent releases fared better, including the 1962 Top 10 smash, ‘Cindy’s Birth Read more

Leapy Lee - 19% match to The Playmates

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Lee Graham, 2 July 1942, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England. One of the troubled stars of British 60s pop, Lee’s career took a surprise upswing when he moved from Kinks co-manager Robert Wace to the charismatic Gordon Mills. The latter produced the catchy ‘Little Arrows’, which narrowly failed to reach the UK number 1 spot in 1968. A minor hit with ‘Good Mo Read more


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