|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||doo wop soul oldies vocal doo-wop 50s|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s|
Formed in Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA, in 1959, Melvin Mason (lead), Willie Sonny Stevenson (tenor), Frank Paden (bass) and Johnny Paden (tenor) were originally known as the Mystics. They became the Marvelows in 1964, following the addition of tenor Jesse Smith (1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 4 September 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA). The group was then signed to ABC Records, and enjoyed a hit the following year with the euphoric I Do, which combined equal traces of doo-wop and Chicago soul (this excellent song was later revived in 1977 by the J. Geils Band). The Marvelows replaced Jesse Smith with Andrew Thomas in 1967, and the following year hit with a soft ballad, In The Morning (as the Mighty Marvelows). The group broke up in 1969, but re-formed briefly in 1974.