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The Velvets were an American doo wop group from Odessa in Ector County in West Texas. The African American quintet was formed in 1959 by Virgil Johnson, a high school English teacher, with four of his students. Roy Orbison heard the group and arranged for them to be signed to Monument Records in 1960. Their first release was the standard “That Lucky Old Sun” but their biggest hit single was “Tonight (Could Be the Night)”, which hit #26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1961. “That Lucky Old Sun” (#46) and “Tonight (Could Be the Night)” (#50) made brief appearances in the UK Singles Chart in 1961. The follow-up to “Tonight”, “Laugh”, peaked at number 90 and after a half-dozen further singles but no more hits the group disbanded.

Their complete recorded output comprises just thirty songs, which were collected onto one compact disc and released on Ace Records in 1996

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3. Spring Fever more
4. That Lucky Old Sun more
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8. Don’t Let Him Take My Baby more
9. Let The Good Times Roll more
10. The Light Goes On, The Light Goes Off more
11. Crying In The Chapel more
12. Dawn more
13. Here Comes That Song Again more
14. Nightmare more
15. If more
16. Let The Fool Kiss You more
17. Baby The Magic Is Gone more
18. Be Ever Mine more
19. You Done Me Bad more
20. Kiss Me more
21. Alicia more
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  • Lowbacca

    lots of impressive tracks. fans should get THE COMPLETE VELVETS.

    15 Mar 5:49pm Reply
  • jetthroe

    Track # 5 " I " is NOT the same Velvets on Monument records.A different group from the 50's.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply

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