Groupe Doo Wop US de Manhattan (New York), comprenant Ollie Jones, Jimmy Breedlove, Abe Decosta (né en 1929 - décédé en 1985), Robey Kirk et Eddie Barnes.
The Cues were
Atlantic Records' first (and most prominent) studio Vocals group during rock &
roll's infancy (circa 1954), but their real claim to fame was their backing
support for R&B artists on the Atlantic roster. The Cues may have been the
identifiable name by which they would later try and make their mark as a
recording group, but during the formidable '50s they went by many different
Ruth Brown's "Rhythmakers,"
LaVern Baker's "Gliders,"
Big Joe Turner's "Blues Kings," Ivory Joe Hunter's "Ivory Tones," and Carmen
The acknowledged mastermind behind this plan was Atlantic's house arranger and songwriting sessionman Jessie Stone, who would also work with the Drifters, the Clovers, Big Joe Hunter, and other Atlantic artists. Stone brought together two members of the recently disbanded group the Blenders -- Abel DeCosta and lead singer Ollie Jones (originally a member of the Ravens) -- and two other vocalists, Eddie Barnes and Robie Kirk (aka Winfield Scott on his songwriting credits).
In late 1954, Stone brought The Cues to the Messner Brothers' Aladdin Records and recorded for their Lamp subsidiary. Around this same time, they also recorded for RCA as the Four Students, releasing "So Near and Yet So Far" on the Groove label in mid-1955, and even turned up on Jubilee Records with a cover of the Platters' "Only You," all of which sunk without a trace.
While they had little success under their own name, The Cues continued to prosper behind the scenes, backing up LaVern Baker for "Tweedle Dee," Roy Hamilton on "Don't Let Go" (the first rock & roll hit to be recorded in stereo), and Nat "King" Cole for his many recordings on Capitol during the '50s (along with a group called the Four Knights). By late 1955, The Cues had added Jimmy Breedlove and moved from Atlantic to Capitol, where they recorded 12 songs aimed at the pop market. The first release was "Burn That Candle," which immediately took off, but unfortunately, Bill Haley & His Comets promptly recorded the song for Decca. It became a national hit, knocking the Cues version off the charts.
The group later joined Buck Ram's traveling "Happy Music" national tour and recorded four more singles for Capitol, but failed to find any success. By mid-1957, Breedlove had departed from the group. The Cues' next record, "Crazy Crazy Party," appeared on the Capitol subsidiary Prep. Alan Freed gave the song considerable airplay, which generated a little success on the sales charts, but it was a case of too little, too late. In 1960, they recorded one last song for Festival, a cover of the standard "Old Man River." Discographers have often claimed that the record was actually a re-working of the song by a reconstituted version of the Ravens (featuring Jimmy Ricks), while others claim that The Cues were doing a Ravens-style treatment of the tune. The group disbanded in the early '60s.
FORTY 'LEVEN DOZEN WAYS (1954)
BURN THAT CANDLE (1955)
Years in activity :
|1954||SP LAMP 8007 (US)||Forty 'Leven Dozen Ways / Scoochie Scoochie|
|1955||SP JUBILEE 5201 (US)||Only You / I Feel For Your Loving|
|1955||SP CAPITOL F3245 (US)||Burn That Candle / Oh My Darling|
|1956||SP CAPITOL F3310 (US)||Charlie Brown / You're On My Mind|
|1956||SP CAPITOL F3400 (US)||Destination 2100 And 65 / Don't Make Believe|
|1956||SP CAPITOL F3483 (US)||The Girl I Love / Crackerjack|
|1956||SP CAPITOL F3582 (US)||Why / Prince Or Pauper|
|1957||SP PREP 104 (US)||I Pretend / Crazy, Crazy Party|
|195?||CAPITOL unissued||Much Obliged|
|195?||CAPITOL unissued||Rock And Roll Mister Oriole|
|195?||CAPITOL unissued||Be My Wife|
|195?||CAPITOL unissued||Killer Diller|
|1988||LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15309 (GER)||CRAZY CRAZY PARTY - Crackerjack / Burn That Candle / Prince Or Pauper / Charlie Brown / Rock And Roll Mr Oriole (prev. unissued) / You're On My Mind / Crazy Crazy Party / Oh My Darlin' / Killer Diller (prev. Unissued) / Why / The Girl I Love / Much Obliged (Prev. Unissued) / Be My Wife (Prev. unissued) / Destination 2100 And 65 / I Pretend / Don't Make Believe|
|1991||CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15510 (GER)||WHY - Yes Sir / Why / Crackerjack / Burn That Candle / Much Obliged / Poppa Loves Momma / Charlie Brown / Crazy, Crazy Party / You're On My Mind / Ladder / Destination 2100 And 65 / Prince Or Pauper / Rock 'n Roll Mr. Oriole / Warm Spot / The Girl I Love / Oh My Darlin' / Killer Diller / I Pretend / Be My Wife / Don't Make Believe / Only You / I Fell For Your Loving / Hot Rotten Soda Pop / So Near And Yet So Far / Forty 'Leven Dozen Ways / Scoochie Scoochie / Yes Sir / Ol' Man River|
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