The Paragons

Genres: Doo Wop
Descriptive "tags": rocksteady reggae ska jamaica skinhead reggae jamaican Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This R&B vocal group was formed in 1955 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. With their high false falsetto and exotic warbling, the Paragons represented a rock ‘n’ roll doo-wop sound - sometimes called ‘greasy’ - that was extremely popular on the east coast in the late 50s. The members were Al Brown (bass), Ricky Jackson (first tenor), Donald Travis (baritone), Julius McMichael (25 November 1935, USA, d. June 1981; lead) and Gable ‘Ben’ Frazier (second tenor). The group was signed by producer/songwriter Paul Winley in 1957 and their first record on the Winley label, ‘Florence’/‘Hey Little School Girl’ was a local New York hit in early 1957. Later that year they followed that hit with another remarkable ballad, ‘Let’s Start Over Again’. Two further singles followed for Winley (‘Two Hearts Are Better Than One’ and ‘Twilight’) before McMichael left to join the Olympics and was replaced by...

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