The Olympics is the name of at least three artists:
1) A doo-wop group formed in 1957
2) A Danish pop-band formed in 2008
3) An indie rock group out of Iowa City
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1) A doo-wop group formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward. The group included Eddie Lewis (tenor), Charles Fizer (tenor), Walter Hammond (baritone) and Melvin King (bass) and except for Lewis were friends in a Los Angeles, California high school. Their first record was credited to Walter Ward and the Challengers ("I Can Tell" on Melatone).
After the name change, they recorded "Western Movies" (Demon Records) in the summer of 1958. Co-written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, "Western Movies" made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song reflected the nation's preoccupation with western themed movies and television programs. It told the story of a man who lost his girl to TV westerns, and it included doo-wop harmonies as well as background gunshots and ricochet sound effects.
In 1960 the group recorded "(Baby) Hully Gully," which initiated the hully gully dance craze. "Big Boy Pete," which the group also released in 1960, served as inspiration for The Kingsmen's "Jolly Green Giant."
The Rascals later covered their song "Good Lovin'" and took all the way to #1.
Over the next 10 years The Olympics recorded upbeat R&B songs, often about dances popular at the time.
Fizer was shot and killed during the Watts Riots in 1965. Shortly thereafter, King left the group after his sister died in an accidental shooting. A revamped group continued to record into the early 1970s, but were unable to attain popular chart success after the mid 1960s. The Olympics continued to perform on the "oldies group" circuit in the United States and other countries.
* "Western Movies" (1958) #8
* "(I Wanna) Dance with the Teacher" (1958) #71
* "Private Eye" (1959) #95
* "(Baby) Hully Gully" (1960) #72
* "Big Boy Pete" (1960) #50
* "Shimmy Like Kate" (1960) #42
* "Dooley" (1961) #94
* "Little Pedro" (1961) #76
* "The Bounce" (1963) #40
* "Good Lovin'" (1965) #81
2) A Danish pop-band formed in 2008 and consisting of Jonas Delfs on electronics, Robert Fabrin on drums, Niklas Frost Iversen on vocals and guitar, Jonatan Lykke-Olesen on bass and Kasper Ejlerskov Leonhardt on guitar.
The band has so far released:
Adventure Pop (EP)
Fires and Rivers (Single)
3) The Olympics are an indie rock group out of Iowa City who excel at weaving catchy riffs and melodies into a unique brand of pop music that makes for an upbeat live show. Little Village Magazine boasts The Olympics as "one of the most prominent bands in Iowa today" while TV personality Yale Cohn also claims "…The Olympics, one of the best young bands in Iowa…"
Barefoot Blondes (2012 / album)
Young Braves (2011 / EP)
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