The Vontastics


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The Vontastics were a Chicago group who in 1965 won a music contest on radio station WVON, winning a recording contract with small independent label St Lawrence/Satellite, which was distributed by Chess. The group became known as The Vontastics taking the VON from the name of the radio station. The book “Chicago Soul” by Robert Pruter (Illinois University Press) gives the line up of The Vontastics as Bobby Newsome, Kenneth Gholar, Jose Holmes and Raymond Penn. Bobby Newsome went on to record as a solo artiste.

Updated 20 July 2015


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