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Jimmy Mack (luke)
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Post Number: 225
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Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2004 - 5:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A book I have says Sheila had a PBS special-This is Sheila Ross-anyone know about it?
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here i am (here_i_am)
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I also like to know more about the Royalettes. I know that they werte from Baltimore and that Sheila Ferguson, was once a short term member,in the early days of the group, they had a contract with Chancellor records, before they move on to MGM records...can anyone tell me more about the early days....and photos are welcome...
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Jimmy Mack (luke)
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Never knew that about Miss Ferguson. You might want to get book "Girl Groups" that came out about 2 years ago-pics and bio. Sheila Ross still performs in Baltimore area.
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here i am (here_i_am)
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hi luke.....i saw that about Sheila Ferguson a member of the Royalettes in a book released in '75 called" THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA" by TONY CUMMINGS....so, maybe i should ask Sheila about this....know her for a long time, but never asked....are there a lot of their songs on CD?
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mike s (mike_s)
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Apparently it is not the same Sheila Ferguson. The girls were from Baltimore and had no connection with Philly.
I still have the original US released albums on MGM, produced and mostly written by Teddy Randazzo around the time he was hot with Little Anthony.
It's Gonna Take A Miracle should have been a million-seller before Deniece and Thom Bell did it.
Sheila's voice knocked me out, so sweet and so individual. Sadly the group fell apart when Mr R was no longer involved.
It was a bit like Phil Spector with the Ronettes and the Crystals. The sound and creative feel came from the producer and writer but the girls also helped make the records what they were.
Beautifully recorded as well for its time - was it NYC or LA ???.
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Post Number: 326
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 10:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Didn't Teddy Randazzo always record in NY?
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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Post Number: 327
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The Royalettes' Chancellor records were "light" girls group fare, but quite nice. I like "Willie The Wolf" best. Their Roulette cuts, after MGM, were more soulful, and very good. The Girls were better than their material on Roulette.

(Message edited by Robb_K on June 21, 2004)
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Tony Russi (tony_russi)
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Post Number: 142
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 10:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I always liked Sheila Ross' voice.Their Teddy Randazo produced MGM sides were top knotch recordings. During the 60's there was not that much known aboutthe group because of very limited publicity. I only learned the lead singers name in the 80's.
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SDF (handsome)
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I know that it was said before that these are 2 different Sheila's, but their sound & looks are similiar to me.

Handsome
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mike s (mike_s)
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Further to earlier posting , the Royalettes did have a Philly connection in that their first label was Philly-based Chancellor. They recorded a couple of singles (??) there which have disappeared in the annals of time.
They also apparently recorded one in Philly for Warner Bros before signing to MGM. I bet Bobby E wasn't on them (or was he!!?)
Can't say I am fond of their Roulette stuff,so much else at the time was better.
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mike s (mike_s)
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One more- David Nathan in liner notes to an Ichiban compilation cd in the mid90s said Sheila Ross was still singing in Baltimore, occasional studio and concert work.
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Post Number: 546
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 12:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mike S,

Chancellor was way before my time as a studio musician, plus I would have been much too soulful(smile) for their very pop productions.
I would bet that ol paulie3$hoes(over dere) was connected there, capice??@#$%^&
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Nosey (nosey)
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Post Number: 126
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 2:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Remember seeing the Royalettes at the Uptown and loved their performance. I can see in my mind's eye them wearing powder blue gowns and singing their hearts out to an adoring crowd. One of my favorite groups, especially the song, "I Want to Meet Him". Their songs were perfect house party jawns for the love sick puppy or should I say puppette.
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Robb_K (robb_k)
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I forgot about that Royalettes record on WB. one side was the Motown song "There He Goes", that the Velvelettes had released on IPG. The other side was great, too.
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mike s (mike_s)
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There He Goes was on a Belgian bootleg Marginal release featuring the Velvelettes and the Royalettes a few years ago. The cd listed it by the Royalettes but I thought it was by the Velvelettes. Now I know different!!
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mike s (mike_s)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 5:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bobby
Glad to see you aren't old enough to have "jammed" with Fabian and Frankie Avalon!!
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Post Number: 549
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Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 8:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mike..LOL!!!!

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