|Genres:||Jazz R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||blues soul oldies jazz 50s pop dead rip retro male vocalists rhythm and blues doo-wop 27 smooth voices doo wop jivers|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||biography discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
15 December 1932, San Antonio, Texas, USA, d. 6 February 1960, Fairhope, Arkansas, USA. Raised in Los Angeles, Belvin became a part of the citys flourishing R&B scene while in his teens. As a member of vocal quartet Three Dots And A Dash he was featured on All The Wine Is Gone, a 1950 single by jazz saxophonist Big Jay McNeely. Belvin also recorded with fellow songwriter Marvin Phillips as Jesse & Marvin, achieving a Top 5 R&B hit in 1953 with Dream Girl. His career was then interrupted by a spell in the US Army. Earth Angel, a collaboration with two fellow conscripts, was recorded successfully by the Penguins.
After leaving the armed forces, Belvin signed a new contract with Modern Records and enjoyed a major R&B hit in his own right in 1956 with Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams), a haunting, romantic ballad adopted by disc jockey Alan Freed as the closing theme to his...