|By Marilyn (184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11) on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 08:22 pm:|
Well,guys. I hope someone can help me ID these.
|By Marilyn (18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124) on Monday, March 25, 2002 - 08:26 pm:|
|By biggray1 (126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52) on Sunday, August 04, 2002 - 11:02 am:|
Hey could the third picture be the Wanderers!! one of the guys looks like a young Roy Hamilton!and the first picture looks like the Tams!! is that Joe and Charlie Pope in there!! Great Pics,any one got any more to post. biggray.
|By Davie Gordon (184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11) on Sunday, August 04, 2002 - 01:05 pm:|
The lead singer in the third photo looks like
Dee Irwin so the group might be the Pastels.
Any idea when the photos were taken ?
|By Marilyn (18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124) on Sunday, August 04, 2002 - 07:00 pm:|
It's definitely NOT Roy Hamilton. I have photos of him taken around that time. He was older. They were taken between 57-59 probably.
|By SisDetroit (126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 - 08:13 pm:|
MARILYN - I talked to Cyril Clarke about the first picture. He went to Smith Elementary school with those guys on the East Side near Charlevoix & Elmwood. They are: "The Five Robins." From Right to Left, Wesley Wyley (deceased), John Barnett, Earl Moore, Jonnathon Pettway....Cyril cannot remember the name of the guy to the far Left. but he also went to the same school. Cyril will be in touch with them soon. You can contact Cyril through Gino.
|By thecount (184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 - 11:37 pm:|
Marilyn,I kind of think you posted picture #3 just for me because you know thats where my heart and soul is.The real and original sound of vocal DOO-WOP.4our kats singing their hearts out,this is the way I love it,one on lead mike and three on harmony mike.Anyhow,I think these are the MELLO-TONES from DETROIT,they had a minor hit in 1957 with "ROSIE LEE. Hope this helpsI will try to find my photo of them to confirm,but pretty positive. Steve "The Count"
|By Ritchie (18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 - 11:41 pm:|
This won't mean a thing to our friends across the water, but doesn't the guy in the middle of the last pic remind you of Hughie Greene?!
|By thecount (126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 - 11:53 pm:|
Thats the original JACK THE BELLBOY,ED McKENZIE.Steve "The Count"
|By Ritchie (184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 - 11:56 pm:|
I'm sure, Count. No disrespect to Mr McKenzie, but he's a dead-ringer for a certain cheesy TV presenter we used to have over here! (And I mean that most sincerely, folks.)
|By Sue (18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 01:32 am:|
My father always said, there are only so many faces in the world, some keep getting repeated ...
Ed and Hughie were obviously genetically linked. Altho Ed had better taste in music I bet.
|By Carl Dixon London (126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 07:59 am:|
Opportunity Knocks for Ritchie this morning! When I first saw that photo posted I thought the same, but did not dare mention it! I think they are discussing the clapometer or Uncle Bob Sharples. Good to see the people in those photos are being recognized now.
Ritchie - you may be interested to know my wife�s grandmother was in his 'gang' down the street where they lived in North London during the 1920/30's. I was hoping to meet him, but sadly he passed away. He may have been cheesy, but he did give people chances on his programmes no matter what they say. There is nobody replacing these celebrities these days.
|By Carl Dixon London (184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 08:12 am:|
Talking of that programme - do you remember a group called 'The Real Thing'?? They had hits with 'I can't get by without you' and 'You to me are everything' in the seventies. They also had a smash with 'Can you feel the force?' during the late seventies too. This site has a profile of them: http://www.70disco.com/realthing.htm although they fail to mention they started their rise to stardom on 'Opportunity Knocks' singing possibly a 'Temptations' song. They also fail to mention they had a release on EMI called 'Plastic Man' about 1973 which I feel was one of the most underrated soul releases of the early seventies - and I have a copy! I remember going to Wembley to see a Motown concert a few years ago and I think I saw the lead singer there wandering around with his mate!
|By Ritchie (18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 08:42 am:|
I did get to meet Hughie, way back when Op Knocks was recorded in Manchester at the old ABC studios in Didsbury, but that's not a very interesting story!
However, the Real Thing - yes! They were an excellent group, and I loved their Plastic Man 45. EMI really pushed that single for all they were worth, but for some reason, it just didn't click. That's probably why they switched to Pye, where they finally found some well-deserved success.
The Amoo brothers, Chris and Eddie were the leading lights of the group, and their story goes right back to the days of Merseybeat, and a fine group called the Chants - who also recorded for Pye. I had the great plasure of meeting Chris and Eddie when I was working with Pete Waterman, and they were a great pair of guys. Incidentally, Chris is (or certainly was) a champion dog breeder, and he's been a winning owner at Crufts - would you believe?!
|By Carl Dixon London (126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 09:28 am:|
Yes, I have heard about the dog shows too. A talented group. I saw them just the once in Hull, of course. I guess 'Plastic Man' was ahead of its time then. Once they took a sweeter approach, they had the hits. I used to get Plastic Man & Grazin' in the Grass so mixed up. Looking back I do not know why. Good tunes.
|By Ritchie (184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 09:36 am:|
Grazin' In The Grass : Friends of Distinction - another fine 45 that never scored over here. I guess RCA weren't really renowned for having hits with Soul artists in England! Main Ingredient, Pickett, Jimmy Castor - some fine records but no hits :o(
|By Marilyn (18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 04:02 pm:|
Thanx ever so much. Cyril & I don't really get much chance to just sit & talk because he helps on the Legends things, but I can see that we have too & soon. I'll be at the Clawson this Sat with my old pal,Roberta Sweed who is an awesome singer. She's been all over the world & is finally back home. I'll have the photos there too,in czse anyone wants to see them (& maybe ID a few).
Of course I had you in mind. I hope you can find that old photo, so we can be sure. Your name is all over in my book. I believe giving credit where it's due!
|By thecount (126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, August 07, 2002 - 08:46 pm:|
Thanx MARILYN,I will do what I can to help anytime.Still looking for THE MELLO-TONES picture.AM playing the 45 now,great harmony and sax break,and your not an old BROAD.Shake it easy. Steve "The Count"
|By Marilyn (184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11) on Thursday, August 08, 2002 - 03:46 pm:|
I wish some of you guys would go to the other two threads where I asked for photos to be ID. Maybe you can help me out.