|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||doo wop oldies 50s rock n roll soul doo-wop male vocalists|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s|
Formed as the Romances in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1956, the Dreamlovers notched up two claims to fame: their own US Top 10 doo-wop ballad, 1961s When We Get Married, and their role as Chubby Checkers back-up group on his top-selling dance hit The Twist. The quintet initially comprised lead vocalist William Johnson, tenor Tommy Ricks, tenor Cleveland Hammock Jnr., baritone Conrad Dunn and bass James Ray Dunn. After Johnson was killed in a street fight, Morris Gardner was brought in as his replacement, and a new name, the Dreamlovers, was taken. In 1960, they recorded their first tracks for the Len and V-Tone labels, which failed to sell, but that same year Cameo-Parkway Records hired the group to provide vocals behind Chubby Checker on his future hit, as well as subsequent Cameo label tracks by Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, and the Dovells. The Dreamlovers made their mark in the pop history books with When We Get...