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The Sensations


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There were two groups known as The Sensations. The first was a vocal R&B group from Philadelphia who began recording in the 50s. The second was vocal harmony quartet from Jamaica who recorded in the 60s.

1) The Sensations, a quartet from Philadelphia, PA, were one of the first groups of the rock and roll era with an all male background and a female lead.

The group formed in Philadelphia in 1954, with Yvonne Mills lead, Tommy Wicks tenor, Alphonso Howell bass, and one other forgotten member, and appeared in amateur shows as the Cavaliers. In 1955, the unique makeup of the group caught the attention of Atlantic Records and the Sensations began a three year association with Atlantic’s Atco subsidiary. The first two singles by the Sensations were old standards that were given major musical overhaul.

In November, 1955 the Sensations first single “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby” was released and by February 18, 1956 it had reached #15 on the R&B charts. On November 17, 1955 they appeared at Philadelphia Town Hall with Ray Charles.

The follow up to “Ain’t She Sweet” was released on April 14, 1956 reaching #13 R&B in May. These were followed by “My Heart Cries For You,” “Little Wallflower,” “Kiddy Car Love,”and “My Debut To Love.” When the Atco contract expired Yvonne retired to marry (Yvonne Baker) and raise a family.


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