Groupe US de Doo Wop, les Channels ont été formé en 1955 à New York. Ils comprenaient Larry Hampden, Billy Morris, Edward Doulphin, Earl Michael Lewis (né le 11/02/1941 à New York) et Clifton Wright.

While never having a run of hits, the Channels were among the most popular East Coast doo wop ensembles. Larry Hampden, Billy Morris, and Edward Doulphin were charter members of the Channels, who formed in 1955. They started with two part-time members, but then absorbed lead Vocalsist Earl Michael Lewis and Clifton Wright from the Lotharios. Lewis became their principal songwriter and he penned their best-known hit, "The Closer You Are." The Channels also brought a fresh style to doo wop singing with their practice of opening a verse in five-part harmony, then having Lewis sing lead in the bridge. Later releases like "The Gleam in Your Eye" and "I Really Love You" were superbly performed, but never got the push needed for national recognition. They later recorded for a variety of labels (including Gone, Fury, Port, Hit, Enjoy, and Groove) with numerous personnel changes.

Talents : Earl Michael Lewis : Lead - Larry Hampden : First Tenor - Billy Morris : Second Tenor - Edward Doulphin : Baritone - Clifton Wright : Bass

Style musical : Doo Wop, Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm 'n' Blues, Pop Rock

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THE CLOSER YOU ARE (1956)

THE GLEAM IN YOUR EYES (1956)

BYE BYE BABY (1957)

MY LOVE WILL NEVER DIE (1957)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1956 SP PORT 45-70014 (US) Now You Know / The Closer You Are
1956 SP WHIRLIN' DISC 100 (US) Now You Know / The Closer You Are
1956 SP PORT 45-70017 (US) The Gleam In Your Eyes / Stars In The Sky
1956 SP WHIRLIN' DISC 102 (US) The Gleam In Your Eyes / Stars In The Sky
1957 SP PORT 45-70022 (US) Flames In My Heart / My Loving Baby
1957 SP PORT 45-70023 (US) I Really Love You / What Do You Do
1957 SP WHIRLIN' DISC 107 (US) I Really Love You / What Do You Do
1957 SP WHIRLIN' DISC 109 (US) Flames In My Heart / My Loving Baby
1957 SP FURY 1021 (US) Bye Bye Baby / My Love Will Never Die
1957 SP GONE 5012 (US) Stay As You Are / That's My Desire
1958 SP GONE 5019 (US) All Alone / Altar Of Love
1959 SP FIRE 1001 (US) The Girl Next Door / My Heart Is Sad
1963 SP ENJOY 2001 (US) My Love / Sad Song
1971 SP CHANNEL 1000 (US) Gloria / You Said You Loved Me
1971 SP RARE BIRD R.B. 5017 (US) Earl LEWIS & The CHANNELS - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / She Blew My Mind
1972 SP CHANNEL 1001 (US) Hey Girl, I'm In Love With You / We Belong Together
1972 SP CHANNEL 1002 (US) Crazy, Mixed-Up World / You Got What It Takes
1973 SP CHANNEL 1003 (US) Close Your Eyes / Work With Me, Annie
1973 SP CHANNEL 1004 (US) In My Arms To Stay / Over Again
1974 SP CHANNEL 1006 (US) A Thousand Miles Away / Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
1978 SP KING TUT 173 (US) Tell Me Why / You Came To Me
1978 SP KING TUT 174 (US) Dear Lord / I'm Sorry You're Gone
1978 SP KING TUT 175 (US) Twenty-Two Years From Love
1987 SP SOUL JAM 712 (US) Earl LEWIS & CHANNELS III - The Closer You Are / Donna
1991 SP CLASSIC ARTISTS 124 (US) Do What Lovers Do / You Promised Me Love






Albums

1981 LP 10" LOST NITE LLP-15 (US) BEST OF THE CHANNELS VOL. 1 - The Gleam In Your Eyes / I Really Love You / Now You Know / My Love Will Never Die / What Do You Do / My Heart Is Sad
1981 LP 10" LOST NITE LLP-16 (US) BEST OF THE CHANNELS VOL. 2 - The Closer You Are / My Lovin' Baby / The Girl Next Door / The Stars In The Sky / Flames In My Heart / Bye Bye Baby
04/1990 CD COLLECTABLES COL-5012 (US) NEW YORK FINEST - EARL LEWIS & THE CHANNELS - Closer You Are / Stars In The Sky / My Love Will Never Die / Girl Next Door / What Do You Do / My Heart Is Sad / Gleam In Your Eyes / Now You Know / I Really Love You / Bye Bye Baby / My Lovin' Baby / What Do You Do [jump version] / Flames In My Heart / I Really Love You [slow version]
1990 CD RELIC 7002 (US) GREATEST HITS - The Closer You Are / What Do You Do? / The Girl Next Door / Altar Of Love / My Love Will Never Die / Stars In The Sky / Flames In My Heart / Stay As You Are / That's My Desire / Now You Know / The Gleam In Your Eye / All Alone / My Heart Is Sad / My Lovin' Baby / I Really Love You / Bye Bye Baby
08/2008 CD COLLECTABLES 6984 (US) TAKE ONE - EARL LEWIS & THE CHANNELS WITH THE BILLY VERA BAND - You Came To Me / Gloria [45 version] / Twenty Two Years From Love / Who's That Knocking / I'm Sorry You're Gone / You Said You Loved Me / Tell Me Why / Dear Lord / We Belong Together / Come Go With Me / Do What Lovers Do / The Closer You Are / Stars In The Sky / I Really Love You
08/2008 CD COLLECTABLES 6985 (US) TAKE TWO - EARL LEWIS & THE CHANNELS WITH THE BILLY VERA BAND - Yo Te Quiero (I Love You) / Here Is My Heart / I Want You / I Really Love You / She's Not Coming Home / Close Your Eyes / Dear One / A Thousand Miles Away / Gloria [LP version] / You Promised Me Love / The Gleam In Your Eyes / My Love Will Never Die / The Girl Next Door
08/2008 CD COLLECTABLES COLCD 6986 (US) ESPECIALY FOR YOU - EARL LEWIS & THE CHANNELS - No Man / I Only Have Eyes For You / You Said You Loved Me / Trickle Trickle / Clap Your Hands / The Closer You Are / Twenty Two Years From Love / My Heart Is Sad / I Will Try / Church Bells May Ring / Shout / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / Simplemente Una Ilusion [Only An Illusion]
08/2009 CD COLLECTABLES 1405 (US) THE CHANNELS MEET THE THE CHARTS - The Closer You Are / Stars In The Sky / My Love Will Never Die / The Girl Next Door / The Gleam In Your Eyes / Deserie (CHARTS) / Dance Girl (CHARTS) / My Diane (CHARTS) / Zoop (CHARTS) / You're The Reason (CHARTS)

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