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There several artist by this name. The one discussed here are the 1950’s California Doo Wop Band:
The Story Tellers were from San Gabriel Mission High School, located in southern California, and first got together in 1958. Pictured below left, from left to right, is Ruben Ochoa - baritone and bass, Nick Delgado - first tenor and lead, and Al Sanchez - second tenor and lead . Not pictured is Sal Delgado - second tenor and bass. They originally called themselves the Pretenders, and actually grew up together in the 1950’s. Ruben Ochoa and Al Sanchez were cousins, and further, Al and Nick’s fathers had sung together in a Mexican trio. The Story Tellers had one original recording in 1959 called “You Played Me A Fool”, issued on Norty Beckman’s Zenith and then Stack record labels. It was Norty Beckman that suggested the group name of the Story Tellers, which was quite unique. The Pretenders name had already been taken by a group on the east coast. Beckman had a record store and had heard the group sing locally, and signed them to a contract. Their record had late night airplay by several local DJ’s including KFOX evening man Rudy Marini. His show was broadcast live from the Dolphins of Hollywood record store, a local Los Angeles legend. According to Al Sanchez, they had intended to cut a second record, singing the Rivileers song, 1000 Stars, but it was not what Beckman was looking for at the moment. It was what Indigo records was looking for when they pressed Kathy Young and the Innocents version shortly thereafter.

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