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Vince Guaraldi Trio

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Vincent Anthony Dellaglio
Born July 17, 1928
San Francisco, California, United States
Died February 6, 1976 (aged 47)
Menlo Park, California, United States
Genres Jazz, bossa nova
Occupations Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Piano, electric piano, guitar, vocals
Years active 1953–76
Labels Warner Bros., Fantasy
Associated acts Cal Tjader, Bola Sete
Website vinceguaraldi.com
Vincent Anthony “Vince” Guaraldi /ɡəˈrældi/ (July 17, 1928 – February 6, 1976), born Vincent Anthony Dellaglio, was an American jazz musician and pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip.

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The Crewcuts

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The group in 1957

Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Traditional Pop, Doo-wop, Big band Years active 1952–1964
Labels Mercury, RCA Victor, Camay
Website Link
Past members Rudi Maugeri
John Perkins
Ray Perkins
Pat Barrett
The Crew-Cuts were a Canadian vocal quartet, that made a number of popular records that charted in the United States and worldwide. They named themselves after the then popular crew cut haircut, one of the first connections made between pop music and hairstyle.[citation needed] They were most famous for their recording of The Chords’ hit record, “Sh-Boom.”

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The Chords

The Chords were a 1950s American doo-wop group, whose only hit was “Sh-Boom”.

The Chords, featured Carl Feaster (lead), Claude Feaster (baritone), Jimmy Keyes (first tenor), Floyd “Buddy” McRae (second tenor) and William “Ricky” Edwards (bass), were formed in 1951 in the Bronx, New York, but were not discovered until three years later when they were spotted singing in a subway station, a performance that ultimately landed them a recording contract with Atlantic Records’ Cat Records label.

Jerry Wexler, Atlantic’s A&R man, had The Chords cover a Patti Page hit, “Cross Over the Bridge” (it was also covered by The Flamingos for the Chance Records label), but it was the B-side, “Sh-Boom,” a vocal tune with an a cappella catchy introduction that caught the imagination. After “Sh-Boom” became a hit, the A-side was replaced by the song “Little Maiden.” A cover version later done by a white group called The Crew-Cuts, attempted to add their own spin on the song by seemingly adding nonsensical syllables (“shh-boom, shh-boom, yadda da da yadda da da da da da”) that caused considerably more commotion. However the words (“Yadda da da yadda da da da da da”) were never sung in the original version by The Chords.

 

The Cookies

Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Genres R&B
Pop
Soul
Years active 1953–1958;
1962–1967
Labels Lamp/Aladdin Records
Atlantic Records
Dimension Records
Associated acts The Raelettes
Ray Charles
Past members Darlene McCrea
Margie Hendricks
Earl-Jean McCrea
Dorothy Jones
Beulah Robertson
Margaret Ross
The Cookies were an American R&B girl group in the 1950s to 1960s. Members of the original lineup would later become the Raelettes, the backing vocalists for Ray Charles.

The Surpremes

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The Supremes: Diana Ross (right), Mary Wilson (center), Florence Ballard (left) performing “My World Is Empty Without You” on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966.
Background information
Also known as The Primettes; Diana Ross & the Supremes
Origin Detroit, Michigan,
United States
Genres Rhythm and blues, doo-wop, soul, pop, disco
Years active 1959–1977
Labels Lu Pine (Primettes), Motown (Supremes)
Associated acts The Temptations
Past members Diana Ross
Mary Wilson
Florence Ballard
Betty McGlown
Barbara Martin
Cindy Birdsong
Jean Terrell
Lynda Laurence
Scherrie Payne
Susaye Greene
The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown’s acts and are, to date, America’s most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown’s main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, and it is said that their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success.

Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit, formed the Primettes as the sister act to the Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who went on to form the Temptations). Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, and the group signed with Motown the following year as the Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard, and Wilson carried on as a trio.

During the mid-1960s, the Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer. In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell, at which point the group’s name reverted to the Supremes. After 1972, the lineup changed more frequently; Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene all became members of the group during the mid-1970s. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after 18 years.

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The Dave Clark Five

Get Yourself a College Girl appearance, 1964. From left: Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson, Denis Payton, Rick Huxley, and Dave Clark.
Background information
Origin Tottenham, London, England
Genres Pop rock, beat
Years active 1958–1970
Labels Columbia (EMI) (Epic (US), Capitol (Canada))
Past members Dave Clark
Mike Smith
Lenny Davidson
Rick Huxley
Denis Payton
The Dave Clark Five (also known as “The DC5”) were an English pop rock group. Their single “Glad All Over” knocked the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” off the top of the UK Singles Chart in January 1964; it peaked at number 6 in the United States in April 1964.[1] “Over And Over” was a number 1 single in the United States for the group in December 1965.

They were the second group of the British Invasion on The Ed Sullivan Show, appearing in March for two weeks after the Beatles appeared three straight weeks in February 1964. For some time the Dave Clark Five were more popular in the US than in their native UK, but had a

The Four Tops

The Four Aims, The Tops
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Soul, R&B, jazz, rock n roll, pop
Years active 1953–present
Labels Chess Records
Red Top
Riverside
Columbia
Motown
ABC-Dunhill
Casablanca
Arista
Members Abdul “Duke” Fakir
Ronnie McNeir
Lawrence Payton, Jr.
Harold Bonhart
Past members Levi Stubbs
Renaldo “Obie” Benson
Lawrence Payton
Theo Peoples
The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960s. The group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes.

Founded as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs, and groupmates Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, who established the Motown Sound around the world during the 1960s. They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer, whereas most male/mixed vocal groups of the time were fronted by a tenor.

The group was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles on Motown. These included two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits for the Tops: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” in 1965 and “Reach Out I’ll Be There” in 1966. After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson, but generally with less success.

When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit but signed a new recording deal with ABC Records’ Dunhill imprint. Recording mainly in Los Angeles, they continued to have chart singles into the late 1970s, including the million-seller, “Ain’t No Woman”, their second release on Dunhill, produced by Steve Barri and composers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter.

In the 1980s, the Four Tops recorded for Casablanca Records, Arista Records and Motown, returning to that label on two occasions for brief stays. Apart from their Indestructible album (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions), as well as their 1956 single, “Could It Be You”.

A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The group initially continued as a three-piece under the name The Tops,[1] before Theo Peoples (formerly of The Temptations) was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000, with Ronnie McNeir then joining the group. On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton’s son Roquel Payton replacing him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008.

Fakir, McNeir, Payton, and Harold “Spike” Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops. As of 2014, fifty years after their first Motown hit, Fakir is the only surviving founding member of the original group and Payton is a second-generation member.

Martha Reeves And The Vandellas

as The Del-Phis (1957-1961)
The Vels (1961-1962)
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (1967-1972, 2010-present)
The Original Vandellas (2000s-present)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres R&B, soul, pop
Years active 1957–1972
Labels Gordy
Associated acts Marvin Gaye
The Funk Brothers
Members Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Martha Reeves
Lois Reeves
Delphine Reeves

The Original Vandellas
Rosalind Ashford Holmes
Annette Beard Helton
Roschelle Laughhunn
Past members Gloria Williams
Betty Kelly
Sandra Tilley
Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown’s Gordy label. Founded in 1957 by friends Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford and Gloria Williams, the group eventually included Martha Reeves, who moved up in ranks as lead vocalist of the group after Williams’ departure in 1962. The group signed with and eventually recorded all of their singles for Motown’s Gordy imprint.

The group’s string of hits included “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave”, “Nowhere to Run”, “Jimmy Mack”, “Bless You” and “Dancing in the Street”, the latter song becoming their signature single. During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, Martha and the Vandellas charted over twenty-six hits and recorded in the styles of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul. Ten Vandellas songs reached the top ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including two R&B number ones,and six Top Ten Pop Hits on the Billboard Hot 100 .

Gladys Knight

Gladys Maria Knight
Also known as The Empress of Soul
Born May 28, 1944 (age 71)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres R&B, boogie, funk, soul, gospel, pop
Occupation Singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1953–present
Labels Vee-Jay, Motown, Buddah, Columbia, MCA, Verve
Associated acts Gladys Knight & the Pips
Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944), known as the “Empress of Soul”, is an American recording artist, songwriter and actress. A seven-time Grammy Award-winner, she is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which also included her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest.

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

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The Charlemagnes The Blue Notes Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres
R&B soul disco
Years active 1954–1996
2003 (Christmas Album)
2013 & 2015 (Soul Train Cruises)
Labels
Philadelphia International ABC Source Philly World
Associated acts
The O’Jays Teddy Pendergrass Bunny Sigler Lou Rawls Sharon Paige MFSB The Spinners
Past members Harold Melvin
Bernard Williams
Don Haney
Roosevelt Brodie
Jesse Gillis Jr.
Franklin Peaker
John Atkins
Teddy Pendergrass
Lawrence Brown
Bernard Wilson
Lloyd Parks
Jerry Cummings
Sharon Paige
David Ebo
Dwight Johnson
William Spratelly
Gil Saunders
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were an American singing group, one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. The group’s repertoire included soul, R&B, doo-wop, and disco.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the middle of the 1950s as The Charlemagnes, the group is most noted for several hits on Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label between 1972 and 1976, although they performed and recorded until Melvin’s death in 1997. However, the remaining members of the Blue Notes have reunited twice for two Soul Train Cruises, one in 2013 and another one in 2015, during the fourth sailing.

Despite group founder and original lead singer Harold Melvin’s top billing, the Blue Notes’ most famous member was Teddy Pendergrass, their lead singer during the successful years at Philadelphia International.

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