The Cleftones

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Tags: doo wop oldies 50s rock and roll rhythm and blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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This R&B vocal group from Queens, New York, USA, comprised Herb Cox (6 May 1939, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; lead), Charlie James (b. 1940; first tenor), Berman Patterson (b. 1938; second tenor), William McClain (b. 1938; baritone), and Warren Corbin (b. 1939; bass). The group came together at Jamaica High School in 1955. After joining George Goldner’s Gee label, the group launched their recording career with ‘You Baby You’, a regional hit in late 1955. The record, with Cox’s dry lead, Warren Corbin’s effective bassfills, and session musician Jimmy Wright’s frantic saxophone blowing, set the tenor of the group’s subsequent records. With their second record, ‘Little Girl Of Mine’, another peppy number, the group became nationally known as the record went to number 8 R&B and number 57 pop in 1956. Two excellent follow-ups the same year, ‘Can’t We Be Sweethearts’ and ‘String Around My Heart’,...

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