|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||doo wop 50s oldies rhythm and blues soul|
|Decades:||1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
This Philadelphia R&B group comprised Al Banks (Andrew Banks, 26 July 1937, d. 1977; lead), Matthew Pratt (tenor), Charles Williams (baritone) and Andrew Chet Jones (bass). The Turbans have gone down in rock n roll history as proverbial one-hit-wonders for their Mambo beat classic, When You Dance (US R&B number 3 and pop number 33 in 1955). It achieved a historic mystique by being one of the first rock n roll tunes (as an early cross-over hit) and one of the selections on Art Laboes Oldies But Goodies from 1960. No other records by the Turbans ever charted, but their Congratulations (1957), is a highly esteemed example of doo-wop balladry in which Banks falsetto voice comes to the forefront. Following their last release in 1962, the Turbans broke up.