The Charms

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

This popular R&B act of the mid-50s was formed in Cincinnati, USA, by Otis Williams (lead), Richard Parker (bass), Joseph Penn (baritone), Donald Peak (tenor) and Rolland Bradley (tenor). ‘Heaven Only Knows’ was released by Deluxe Records, followed by ‘Happy Are We’, ‘Bye-Bye Baby’, ‘Quiet Please’ and ‘My Baby Dearest Darling’, all of which failed to secure significant success. However, their September 1954 cover version of the Jewels’ ‘Hearts Of Stone’ took them into the US charts and by January of the following year the song had peaked at number 15 (number 1 in the R&B charts), despite competing versions by both the Jewels and the Fontane Sisters. December 1954 produced two follow-ups: ‘Mambo Sha-Mambo’ and another cover version, this time the Five Keys’ ‘Ling, Ting, Tong’, were released concurrently, the latter keeping stride with the Five Keys’ original...

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