The Moroccos / Various Artists
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This R&B vocal ensemble was from Chicago, Illinois, USA. With the impassioned lead work of the great Sollie McElroy (d. 1995), the Moroccos proved to be one of the finest doo-wop groups to come out of Chicago. They formed in 1952, and by 1954, when they were signed to United Records, the line-up comprised Ralph Vernon (lead), George Prayer (d. 1992; baritone), Melvin Morrow (d. 1982; tenor), and Fred Martin (d. 1986; bass). Only after they added the ex-lead of the Flamingos, Sollie McElroy, did United release their recordings. The Moroccos remake of the Harold Arlen / E.Y. Yip Harburg tune, Somewhere Over The Rainbow (1955), gave the group their biggest sales, but only regionally. Other fine regional hits were Pardon My Tears (1955), What Is A Teen-Agers Prayer (1956) and Sad Sad Hours (1957). On the latter, George Prayer had been replaced with Calvin Baron from the Sun Ra organization....