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The Silhouettes

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There are multiple bands named The Silhouettes:

#1 - The Silhouettes were an American doo wop group whose single “Get A Job” was a number 1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958.
The Silhouettes were formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1956, at first using the name The Thunderbirds. Their classic hit “Get A Job” - originally the B-side to “I Am Lonely” - was issued by their manager Kae Williams on his own Junior Records label before being sold to the nationally distributed Ember label in late 1957. It reached number 1 on both the R&B and pop charts in U.S. and the group performed it on television’s American Bandstand. The song sold more than one million copies, and was awarded a gold record.
The lyrics of “Get a Job” are notable for the depiction of a household in tension because of unemployment, despite the man’s desperate attempts to find work, all delivered in a relentlessly upbeat style. A second release, “Heading for the Poorhouse”, continued the economic theme. It was one of the few songs to allude to inflation, the trip to the poorhouse being because “all our money turned brown”. This single and all their subsequent singles sold poorly and the group never entered the national charts again, making them a classic example of “one hit wonders”.
The Silhouettes toured with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter and others but the group never reached the top of the charts again. They disbanded in 1968, but the four original members reformed the group in the 1980s and continued to work until 1993.

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  • seagate98

    shananana shananana

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • cadaver11

    yip yip yip yip yip yip mum mum mum mum get a job [2] -- THE BEST PART OF THE SONG!

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • coolhotrodder

    cool 50's tune

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    Talented group of guys, especially singing "Get A Job". Fond memories of the 'baby boomer' generation of the 50s & 60s. God bless~!

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • muzikizum

    Well this is a fine pickle.

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • peeves111

    yip yip yip yip yip yip mum mum mum mum get a job

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    The Silhouettes were also a late 60s close harmony/ jazz/psychedelia tinged vocal combo vaguely reminiscent of the fith dimension or The Free Design (only vaguely mind), at least according to the album I'm looking at now Conversations With The Silhouettes (1969). I've nothing against doo-wop per se, but the other genre is more my thing man!

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    I said, This isn't Sha Na Na, come on Mom, I'm not Bowzer, Mom, please put back the bell-bottom Brady Bunch trousers...

    1 Oct 2007 Reply

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