The Jesters

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Tags: doo wop 50s punk surf rock and roll doo-wop oi streetpunk oldies all Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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The Jesters were representative of the classic New York style of doo-wop characterized as ‘greasy’, in which the vocal harmony was in a rock ‘n’ roll style, extremely expressive, loaded with exotic flourishes, and usually supporting a falsetto lead. The original members of the Jesters were Lenny McKay (lead), Adam Jackson (10 March 1938, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 February 1994; lead), Anthony ‘Jimmy’ Smith (second tenor), Leo Vincent (baritone) and Noel Grant (bass). The group came together in 1955, and was signed by Paul Winley for his Winley label in 1957. They were regularly teamed with another local group, the Paragons, in live mock-competitions. Their first release, ‘So Strange’/‘Love No One But You’ (featuring Dave Cortez Clowney’s piano accompaniment) was a double-sided hit in the New York area in the summer of 1957. In the autumn they hit again locally with ‘Please Let Me Love You’....

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