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The Jesters

Click photo to enlargeThe Jesters representatives of the New York style of Doo-Wop. Their vocal harmony was in the rock 'n roll style. The Jesters consisted Lenny McKay, Adam Jackson, Anthony Smith, Leo Vincent and Noel Grant. The group began in 1955 and signed to the Winley label. Their first recording was a hit in the New York area titled, " So Strange" and the flip side was Love No One But You". " 


The Jive Five

Click photo to enlargeBest known for the number one R&B hit "My True Story," the Jive Five were one of the few vocal groups to survive the transition from the '50s to the '60s. In the process, they helped move the music itself forward, providing a key link between doo wop and '60s soul. Formed in Brooklyn, New York, the group originally consisted of Eugene Pitt (lead), Jerome Hanna (tenor), Richard Harris (tenor), Billy Prophet (baritone), and Norman Johnson (bass). The Jive Five's first hit, "My True Story," was their biggest, peaking at number one on the R&B charts and number three on pop charts in the summer of 1961. None of the band's subsequent singles -- including the minor R&B hit, 1962's "These Golden Rings" -- were as popular, but the group managed to keep performing and recording. Under the direction of Eugene Pitt and Norman Johnson, the Jive Five refashioned themselves as a soul band in 1964.

Bio Update...

As the group continues on in the year 2004 and beyond, they still perform with 2 originals (PITT & BEST) along with a well rounded out quintet over 100+ dates a year on the oldies circuit.  They released "It's CHRISTMAS" in 2002 on the "PITT-KNICK" label and have plans to release a double set CD in the fall of 2004 featuring some new material and some remakes of Jive Five rare classics.  They are also the group that is responsible for the Nickelodeon Theme on network television (NIC-NIC-NIC) by writing and recording all those jingles that are still heard worldwide everyday.  They have become one of the more popular groups that perform at the "oldies" revival shows, still being anchored by one of the best soul, R&B lead singers to come out of the golden era of Rock and Roll - Mr. Eugene Pitt.
Current Members:
Click photo to enlargeArtie Loria, Daniel Loria, Harold Gilly, Maurice Unthank
& Eugene Pitt

 

 
 
 
 

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