The Kodaks

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: doo wop american oldies doo-wop 50s under 2000 listeners all spotify need to rate Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1990s


An R&B vocal group from Newark, New Jersey, USA, the original members were lead Pearl McKinnon, first tenor James Patrick, second tenor William Franklin, baritone Larry Davis and bass William Miller. The Kodaks were representative of the pre-teen lead sound, featuring a girlish and innocent, pre-pubescent male voice. When the pre-teen leads first became popular, it was assumed that they were all male, but research conducted in the 70s into the history of many such groups discovered that some were led by females, notably Pearl McKinnon of the Kodaks and Faith Taylor of the Sweet Teens. The Kodaks came together in 1957 and signed with Bobby Robinson’s Fury label. The first release paired a terrific jump, ‘Little Boy And Girl’, with the touching ballad ‘Teenager’s Dream’, and received significant local airplay. The second release, in the spring of 1958, the exhilarating ‘Oh Gee, Oh Gosh’, was their most sizeable hit, winning...

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