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The Cleftones

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Formed in Queens, NY, in 1955, the Cleftones consisted of five friends from Jamaica High School — Herb Cox (lead), Warren Corbin (bass), Charlie James (first tenor), William McClain (baritone), and Berman Patterson (second tenor). Originally signed to Gee, the group released its first single, “You Baby You,” late in 1955; an up-tempo doo wop song, the record became a regional hit. “Little Girl of Mine,” the Cleftones’ second single, broke nationally, charting at number eight R&B and number 57 pop in 1956; two other similar singles, “Can’t We Be Sweethearts” and “String Around My Heart,” were released the same year, yet they failed to attract national attention. “See You Next Year,” a ballad the group recorded in 1957, did not earn the group an audience outside of New York. Two years later, McClain left the group and was replaced by Gene Pearson from the Rivileers. Patricia Spann was also added to the Cleftones’ lineup that year, which helped nudge the band away from traditional group-oriented doo wop harmonies and towards a vocal sound that was dominated by the lead vocals. In 1961, the Cleftones realized the potential of the sound with their smash hit version of the standard “Heart and Soul;” it became the group’s biggest hit, reaching number 18 on both pop and R&B charts. Later that year, the group had another hit with “For Sentimental Reasons,” but the band had reached a peak with “Heart and Soul” and were never able to reach those heights again.

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  • iXamil

    > "Если бы не 2x2 никто бы в России о них бы и не узнал)) " поклонники ду вопа у нас есть и их немало. а группа хороша, но всего лишь одна из многих.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • skulik

    Если бы не 2x2 никто бы в России о них бы и не узнал)) [2]

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Maniacoffloor6

    <3 [2]

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Sooft_ah_um

    I can barely see over the wheel, and I'm parking cadillacs!

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Kerimoff

    полюбил их)

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • korittsa

    Они круты однозначно! И через полвека слушается на ура)

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • atalanta10

    -+))))))))))))))))я узнал из клиники=)

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • danilofloydiano

    /o/

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Jealousheart

    о да =)

    23 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Maxim_Gross

    Если бы не 2x2 никто бы в России о них бы и не узнал)) - верно подмеченно)

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Neo_Mix

    Если бы не 2x2 никто бы в России о них бы и не узнал))

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • bobbysgirl39

    oh please someone bring back these awesome tunes in the orginal format

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • try_that

    my angel lover....turu-tutu)))) Жесть!)

    24 May 2008 Reply
  • kaspiris

    Эрик Картмэн рулед! :D

    7 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Gherann

    they are awesomeeeee does anybody know where i can dl an album??

    3 Jun 2007 Reply
  • wonder_al

    \o/

    22 Jan 2007 Reply

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