The Valentines - The Valentines
Label: Clarion Records - CLR 501 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock • Style: Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Classic Rock
The Valentines were one of the most highly regarded American doo-wop groups from the mids. Although they never had a record on the national hit parades, they were popular in New York and the East Coast in general and had many regional big sellers.
The stage performances of the group were sellouts and their harmonizing and choreography in sequence were amongst the most accomplished of their time. Influenced both musically and in their showmanship by The CadillacsThe Solitairesand The FlamingosThe Valentines were able to contribute an innovative stage presentation, outstanding vocals, and some unique performances.
The group first formed in in the Sugar Hill district of Harlem as a quartet, harmonizing on the corner of st Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
The original group comprised Raymond "Pop" Briggs first tenorCarl Hogan second tenorMickey Francis baritone The Valentines - The Valentines , and Ronnie Bright bass calling themselves The Mistletoes; sometime afterwards they changed their names to The Dreamers.
While performing at a house party in they met a young singer-songwriter named Richard Barrett from Philadelphia who had sung with a group called The Angels on Grand.
An alternative version given by Phil Groiain The Valentines - The Valentines All Sang on the Cornerstates that the group actually met Barrett while he was serenading lovers in a park with his ukulele. Barrett was invited to join the group because they wanted his song "Summer Love", and Richard's distinctive lead vocals. The original tone of his voice gave the Valentines a sound that is still appreciated today. The group did not have a contract with Bruce and when they came to the attention of Hy Weiss of Old Town Records he was able to sign them.
Although popular locally, this ballad did not chart due to Old Town's poor distribution at this early time in their trading, and it has become a very rare record. Following this disappointment the group concentrated on their stage-work and built on their popularity. In mid, Eddie Edgehill replaced Donald Razor as second tenor and the group moved to George Goldner 's Rama label where they issued the chime-harmonied rocker "Lily Maebelle" in September.
This recording was punctuated by Jimmy Wright's energetic sax break, which was a common feature of many recordings on Goldner's labels, Soundtracks For Salvation - Various - Laugh It Off Musical Interlude and Gee.
At this point the group began appearing on stage with what was to become their trademark - white jackets with red cloth The Valentines - The Valentines "valentines" on the pockets, red shirts and pink bowties. The Valentines were not credited. Music historians Charlie The Valentines - The Valentines Pam Horner repeat this claim.
If true, that would put seven voices on that song. Mitch Rosalsky disputes this claim. Flintstone Shuffle - Various - Rare Funk Uncovered Goldberg's article is based on an interview with Ronnie Bright in Rosalsky, however, bases his evidence on the memory of The Wrens' Bobby Mansfield in The ballads "Twenty Minutes Before the Hour " and "Natures Creation" followed, but were not widely appreciated at the time.
Another ballad, "Don't Say Goodnight", was cut but had little sales success. The group decided to disband in after one final appearance at the Apollo Theaterdue to a combination of disillusionment with poor promotion on the part of the Rama label and the desire of Richard Barrett to turn to management and production. Bass Ronnie Bright sang with The Cadillacs for a while, and then became a studio vocalist.
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