Little Joe & The Thrillers
|Tags:||pop oldies rock and roll all male philadelphia american rnb 50s doo wop boston|
|Individual Artists:||Little Joe|
This R&B vocal group came from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The group was formed in 1956 by Joe Cook (29 December 1922, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), who had made his first record in 1949 as lead of a gospel group, the Joe Cook Quartet. While recording as a member of a later gospel group, the Evening Star Quartet, Cook formed the Thrillers, which besides Cook comprised Farris Hill (tenor), Richard Frazier (tenor), Donald Burnett (baritone) and Harry Pascle (bass). Their only real claim to fame was Peanuts, which entered the US Top 30 in 1957 on the OKeh label. Cooks piercing falsetto lead became the standard for many R&B doo-wop groups from the late 50s through the 70s. The first release by the group was a dance number called The Slop, which achieved some local east coast recognition in 1956. The Thrillers never hit the charts after Peanuts and they broke up, Little Joe continued recording up to 1966 on...