|Genres:||Doo Wop R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||rocksteady reggae ska jamaica skinhead reggae jamaican|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
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, Lets 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...