The Tokens


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The Tokens were a doo-wop group formed in the mid 1950s, whose members included Neil Sedaka; by 1961 when “Tonight” was recorded, the line up is unclear but included Mitch Margo. “Tonight” was a million selling record first issued on the Warwick label; it reached no. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Tokens included a number of members of the Margo family over the years especially during the 1960s.

Mitch Margo died on November 27, 2017.

The Fantasions


Barbara Acklin | Soulwalking | tc581

The Fantasions were a Chicago based vocal group of the 1960s. It is understood that the singer Barbara Acklin had been a member of the group, which had records issued on Satellite (not the Memphis label) and Thomas, both labels distributed by Chess.

Singer and song writer Barbara Acklin was born on February 28, 1943 in Oakland, California and moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois in 1948. She graduated and worked as a secretary at St. Lawrence Records. She also worked as a backing singer at Chess Records on recordings by Fontella Bass, Etta James, Koko Taylor, and others, before signing to Brunswick Records in 1966. Ms Acklin died from the effects of pneumonia in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 27, 1998, age 55.

Can anyone confirm the line up of the Fantasions please.

Cash McCall

The post on Cash McCall has been updated following his death earlier in 2019.

Oliver Nelson


Oliver Nelson | The Jazz Record / Jan Persson | tc574

Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Oliver Nelson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 4, 1932 and died on October 28, 1975 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California.

He began playing piano age 6 and the saxophone when he was 11. He played in the Louis Jordan band from 1950 to 1951, where he also took up arranging music. In 1952 he did military service in the Marines, playing woodwinds in the 3rd Division band in Japan and Korea. His album The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1960) is held to be among the most significant recordings of its era.

LP: Art Farmer and Benny Golson – Meet the Jazztet


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Track listing:

Serenata | It Ain’t Necessarily So | Avalon | I Remember Clifford | Blues March | It’s All Right With Me | Park Avenue Petite | Mox Nix | Easy Living | Killer Joe

Released on NJL 45. US No. Argo LP-664. Reissued on Cadet CA-664.

LP: Muddy Waters – At Newport



Track listing:

I Got My Brand On You | I’m Your Hootchie Coochie Man | Baby, Please Don’t Go | Soon Forgotten | A Tiger In Your Tank | I Feel So Good | Got My Mojo Working | Got My Mojo Working-Part 2 | Goodbye Newport Blues

Originally released on Pye Jazz NJL 34. Released on Marble Arch MAL 661. Also released on Chess CRL 4513. US No. Chess LP-1449.

The Vashonettes

Taking their name from a dance school they attended, The Vashonettes were formed in the late 1960s when four of the school’s singing group set up on their own. The group was led by Sheryl Swope but we do not have a complete line up for the group, who recorded briefly for Checker before going on to sing background vocals on a number of recordings including an Atlantic label album by the late Donny Hathaway, with whom they are closely associated. Their manager, Deke Atkins, renamed them The Oncoming Times, under which name they recorded for Duo Records (arranged by Hathaway).

Can anyone help, please, with an image and a full line up for this group? Thank you.

Little Milton – We’re gonna make it

In Performance

The Dells – Oh what a night

In Performance

Alan Moorhouse


Alan Moorhouse | copyright control | tc508

Bandleader, record producer, arranger and songwriter Alan Moorhouse was born in Cornwall, but later moved to Germany. His recording on Chess was licenced from Pye Records for distribution in the USA. He is probably most famous for his composition Boom Bang a Bang which was entered into the Eurovision Song Contest, sung by Lulu. He has recorded a number of light music albums for Pye and other companies. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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