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The Elegants - 100% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop R&B / Soul
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Formed in the mid-50s in Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA, the Elegants were a white doo-wop group. They achieved a US number 1 single, ‘Little Star’, in 1958, only to disappear from the charts permanently thereafter. The group was comprised of lead vocalist Vito Picone (17 March 1940), Carman Romano (b. 17 August 1939), James Moschella (b. 10 May 1938), Read more

The Danleers - 77% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop Comedy Vocals
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This R&B vocal group from Brooklyn, New York, USA, comprised Jimmy Weston (lead), Johnny Lee (first tenor), Willie Ephraim (second tenor), Nathaniel McCune (baritone) and Roosevelt Mays (bass). In 1957, the Danleers signed with composer/manager Danny Webb, who took the group and one of his songs, ‘One Summer Night’, to Amp-3 Records. ‘One Summer Night’ c Read more

Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler - 70% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Disco Documentaries Drama Folk
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8 December 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi, USA. Jerry, older brother of Billy Butler, moved to Chicago as a child and was later part of the city’s burgeoning gospel circuit. He subsequently joined several secular groups, including the Roosters, an aspiring trio of Sam Gooden and Richard and Arthur Brooks. Butler then suggested they add his friend, Curtis Mayfield, on guit Read more

Mel & Tim - 65% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Tommy Edwards - 61% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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17 February 1922, Richmond, Virginia, USA, d. 22 October 1969, Virginia, USA. This jazz/pop/R&B singer-songwriter began his professional career in 1931. He wrote the hit ‘That Chick’s Too Young To Fry’ for Louis Jordan in 1946. A demo recording of his own ‘All Over Again’ later won Edwards an MGM Records contract. Early releases included ‘I Read more

The Spaniels - 59% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop R&B / Soul
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This vocal ensemble was formed in 1952 in Gary, Indiana, USA. Universally recognized as one of the great R&B vocal harmony groups of the 50s, the Spaniels’ magnificent body of work was not truly reflected in their moderate chart success. The group originally comprised Roosevelt High students James ‘Pookie’ Hudson (Thornton James Hudson, 11 June 1934, Des M Read more

Frankie Ford - 51% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Francis Guzzo, 4 August 1939, Gretna, Louisiana, USA. A rocker from a suburb of New Orleans, Frankie Ford is second cousin to that other New Orleans legend Dr. John. His first major appearance was on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour Talent Show, where he sang with Carmen Miranda and Sophie Tucker. After winning a scholarship to South Eastern College, Hammond, he started his firs Read more

The Crests - 50% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop R&B / Soul
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Formed in New York City, USA, in 1956, the Crests soon became one of the most successful of the ‘integrated’ doo-wop groups of the period, after being discovered by Al Browne. Headed by the lead tenor of Johnny Mastro (Johnny Mastrangelo, 7 May 1930, USA), the rest of the band comprised Harold Torres, Talmadge Gough, J.T. Carter and Patricia Van Dross. By 1957 they Read more

The Cleftones - 47% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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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 gro Read more

Gene Chandler - 46% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Funk Music Videos & Concerts
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Eugene Dixon, 6 July 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Recalled for the gauche but irresistible 1962 US number 1, ‘Duke Of Earl’, Chandler’s million-selling single in fact featured the Dukays, a doo-wop quintet he fronted (Eugene Dixon, Shirley Jones, James Lowe, Earl Edwards and Ben Broyles). His record company preferred to promote a solo artist and thus one of s Read more

Clyde McPhatter - 45% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals Blues Doo Wop
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Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA. For three years, McPhatter was the lead singer in the seminal R&B vocal group Billy Ward And His Dominoes. He left in 1953 to form the Drifters, whose early releases were enhanced by the singer’s emotional, gospel-drenched delivery. In 1954 McPhatte Read more

Barbara Lewis - 44% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks Disco
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9 February 1943, Salem, Michigan, USA. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1961, Lewis enjoyed several regional hits before the sensual ‘Hello Stranger’ established her light but enthralling style. Recorded in Chicago, the performance was enhanced by the vocal support of the Dells. Further singles included the vibrant ‘Someday We’re Gonna Love Again’ (196 Read more

Jimmy Jones - 43% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Pop / Rock Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Doo Wop
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2 June 1937, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Some sources state 1942 as his year of birth. Jones, who had spent a long apprenticeship singing in R&B doo-wop groups, became a rock ‘n’ roll star in the early 60s singing ‘Handy Man’ and other hits with a dramatic and piercingly high falsetto. He began his career as a tap dancer, and in 1955 joined a vocal grou Read more

Shep & The Limelites - 43% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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R&B vocal group hailing from New York City, USA. James Sheppard (c.1936, Queens, New York City, New York, USA, d. 24 January 1970, Long Island, New York, USA) was lead and songwriter successively for two R&B groups, the Heartbeats and Shep And The Limelites. He created the first ‘song cycle’ (i.e., a string of songs constituting a musical and literary unit) Read more

Walter Jackson - 41% match to Ed Townsend

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Funk
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19 March 1938, Pensacola, Florida, USA, d. 20 June 1983, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Crippled by polio as a child, Jackson spent much of his life on crutches. This disability imbued his work with a greater pathos. Jackson recorded in 1959 as a member of the Velvetones, but his solo career unfolded on signing to the OKeh Records label. ‘It’s All Over’ (1964), a Cur Read more

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