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There are two groups called “The Kodaks”

1. One is a R&B vocal group from Newark, New Jersey, USA, the original members were lead Pearl McKinnon, first tenor James Patrick, second tenor William Franklin, baritone Larry Davis and bass William Miller. The Kodaks were representative of the pre-teen lead sound, featuring a girlish and innocent, pre-pubescent male voice. When the pre-teen leads first became popular, it was assumed that they were all male, but research conducted in the 70s into the history of many such groups discovered that some were led by females, notably Pearl McKinnon of the Kodaks and Faith Taylor of the Sweet Teens. The Kodaks came together in 1957 and signed with Bobby Robinson’s Fury label. The first release paired a terrific jump, ‘Little Boy And Girl’, with the touching ballad ‘Teenager’s Dream’, and received significant local airplay. The second release, in the spring of 1958, the exhilarating ‘Oh Gee, Oh Gosh’, was their most sizeable hit, winning air time on the entire east coast and some in the Midwest. The b-side, ‘Make Believe World’, was especially appealing, with creatively harmonized choruses. At this time, Davis and Franklin left to form the Sonics, who would later record ‘This Broken Heart’. They were replaced with Richard Dixon and Harold Jenkins. Two more singles followed, the last one being the excellent jump ‘Runaround Baby’ (1958), but it did not attract the public who were evidently tiring of the Frankie Lymon sound. McKinnon left the group around 1959 and a reorganized Kodaks recorded some more singles for first J&S and then Wink before finally disbanding in 1961. Meanwhile, McKinnon became lead of a new group, Pearl And The Deltars, who released a fine single on Fury in 1961 that met with little success.


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  • RyuLuna

    yyaaayyy! You finally got a! I'm no longer listening to a 60's band! lol :)

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • adamfitz22

    post-punk/indie/rock/pop from Detroit

    15 Mar 2010 Reply

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