The Blue Jays

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The Blue Jays | Restored by Google Archive | tc503

The Blue Jays were a doo-wop group mainly noted for their version of the old song “The White Cliffs of Dover” which was released on Checker. The Blue Jays are understood to have been Leon Peels, Van Richardson, Alex Manigo or Manigeault and Leonard Davidson. Leon Peels was born in 1936 and died in 1999.

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Bill and Will

Known for their Checker issue of “Going to the river”, Bill and Will were actually a quartet comprising of high school students Bill Sasser, Jerry Willis, Will Willis and Randy Brimberry. The record was leased to Chess for national distribution by Athens Records of Nashville. No other data is available.

The Gospel Classics

The gospel vocal group The Gospel Classics are best known for their international hit record “More Love, that’s what we need”. Some members of the group were previously members of the Violinaires and other gospel groups, who recorded for various labels, and most were Detroit based.

The members of “The Gospel Classics” were Melvin Reed, Leo Coney, Wilson DeShields, James Malone, Cleofas Tilmon, Elceanor Debose, and Charles Williams.

Melvin Reed is understood to have died in 2005. Current whereabouts of the other members are not currently available.

Cookie V

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Bo Diddley with the Bo-Ettes, but not featuring Cookie V | Restored by Google | tc488

Cornelia Redmond-Chavez (Cookie V) was born in 1948 and died in late 1999 aged 50. She met Bo Diddley in Washington, became one of his background singers and toured with him for more than 25 years, including at the Woodstock pop festival. She was famed for her humourous interactions with Diddley, and for her pet monkey, which accompanied her on some tours. She ceased performing due to failing health in 1986.

Thanks to Marc for his detective work on this artiste.

Cookie V Obituary, Baltimore Sun

King Solomon

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King Solomon | Discogs | tc487

Sylvester Lee Melicious Solomon (King Solomon) was born in Louisiana on October 12, 1940. In the early ’50s he joined the Friendly Brothers Spiritual Quartet out of Jackson Mississippi.

He toured with B.B. King, Etta James and the Olympics, then in 1959 signed with Liberty in Los Angeles without success. He recorded ”Non – Support Blues” for the small “Ball” label which was leased to Checker for national distribution.

The gentleman’s current whereabouts are unknown: can anyone help, please?

Thanks to Marc for his research.

Singing Sammy Lewis

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A Sammy Lewis LP | Popsike | tc484

Samuel Allan Lewis was born in Chicago,Illinois on April 4, 1925, started singing at 5 years and at age 6 he was singing gospel music on radio station WSBC.

In 1943 he entered army service and on his return he became director of the Radio Choir of the Evangelist Temple Church of God In Christ, touring with Mahalia Jackson.

He signed to Chess in 1949 but again entered army service in Korea in 1950 serving for two years. He continued to have recordings issued on the Checker label throughout the 1960s.

He was considered one of America’s top ten gospel singers, but there has been no record of him for some time and it is feared the gentleman has died.