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Monday, April 2, 2012


In this, the first of many parts that I will call "Eastside Oldies" we will look at music which was popular in the Los Angeles area from the 1950's through the 1970's. Many of the artists will be from the Los Angeles area or artists who performed in L.A. but we will also look at records & artists from across the United States.

   These posts will feature rare and "odd ball" records as well as "low rider" music and songs popular on request and dedication shows hosted by Huggy Boy and Art Laboe. We will also look at songs which I find interesting and caught my attention when I heard them on the radio or in other collectors' collections. These records are also important in understanding "The Eastside Sound" and the Latin/Chicano culture. Each part will feature 10 records/songs.

In part one, I feature songs from of the Los Angeles area. Anyone with more information or better record scans please contact me or leave a comment.

BIP & BOP - "Ding Dong Ding"

Bip & Bop were a vocal duo with members Emanuel Perez and Billy Guy who recorded "Ding Dong Ding" in 1955 at L.A's. Capitol studios backed by Johnny's Combo (probably a Johnny Otis group). The record was released on the Aladdin label (Aladdin 3267)

The tune is along the same lines as "Ko Ko Mo" recorded by Gene & Eunice on the Combo label.
Billy Guy would then go on to join the Coasters the following year.

You May Listen To Bip & Bip "Ding Dong Ding" Here:

RON & THE EMBRACERS - "You Came Into My Heart"

I don't know anything about this group except that they were from East Los Angeles. They recorded "You Came Into My Heart" for the Spectrum label (Spectrum 2) possibly in 1972.

The tune is an example of the Eastside Soul Sound is highly sought after by Northern Soul collectors.

You May Listen To Ron & The Embracers " You Came Into My Heart" Here:

YOLANDA & CHARMANES - There Ought To Be A Law"

A girl group out of Los Angeles headed by Yolanda Lee, they recorded "There Ought To Be A Law" for the Smash label in 1962. (Smash 1777)

You May Listen To Yolanda & The Charmanes "There Out To Be A Law" Here:

LARRY & MIKE - "Queen Of The Starlight Dance" & "We Fell In Love"

Out of Los Angeles this duo recorded a double-sided doo wop smash with that Eastside Sound for the Picadilly label in 1963 (Picadilly 500)

You May Listen To Larry & Mike "Queen Of The Starlight Dance" Here:

You May Listen To Larry & Mike "Let's Fall In Love" Here:

GENE & BILLY - "Zerlene"

Another vocal duo out of Los Angeles, Gene Ford & Billy Boyd recorded an excellent doo wop vocal "Zerlene" for the Sparl label in 1955 (Spark 120)

You May Listen To Gene & Billy "Zerlene" Here:

ROBERT & BOBBY - "Girl Of My Dreams" & "Once Upon A Time"

Another double-sided fantastic record out of the Los Angeles area. Robert & Bobby claimed to be the nephews of the late Jessie Belvin and songwriting credit on both sides of the record are given to the Jessie Belvin Estate.

The record was released in 1962 on the Chart label (Chart 01). Robert & Bobby would go on to record for Capital Records as The Uniques in 1963.

You May Listen To Robert & Bobby "Girl Of My Dreams" Here:

You May Listen To Robert & Bobby "Once Upon A Time" Here:

THE RESONICS - "Split Personality"

The members of this group were Horace "Pookie" Wooten, Charles Jackson, James Warren and Ray Daugherty. The core of this group had previously sang with a group called the Lions of "Two Timing Lover" fame in 1960.

In 1963, The Resonics recorded "Split Personality" for the Unity label (Unity 101). This song with it's duet-styled lead is the Eastside Sound at it's finest and one of my all-time favorites and I played it heavily as a disc jockey on KELA Radio at East Los Angeles College.

You May Listen To The Resonics "Split Personality" Here:


A fantastic doo wop ballad released in 1958 on the Chief label (Chief 33) by Little Freddie & The Rockets "All My Love" is a significant record because it features the lead vocal of Alfred Smith (aka: Brenton Wood). This is one of the earliest records on which Brenton Wood sings & is actually a duet with him and singer-songwriter Don Morris.

You May Listen To Little Freddie With The Rockets "All My Love" Here:

THE SUPERBS - "Baby, Baby, All The Time"

With members from the Long Beach and San Pedro area, The Superbs featured the female lead vocal of Eleanor Green on "Baby, Baby, All The Time" released in 1964 on the Dore label (Dore 715). The song was written by pianist-singer Bobby Troup and re-vamped by arranger Gene Page. The record became an immediate hit in the Los Angeles area and peaked at number 83 on the Billboard charts. This is another record I played heavily on my radio stint at East Los Angeles College. An Eastside Classic.

You May Listen To The Superbs "Baby, Baby, All The Time" Here:
There is also a fantastic write-up of the group and this record at this link. Thank you raredoowop!!

THE IVORYS - "Why Don't You Write Me"

I don't know anything about the group, The Ivorys, but according to record collector/dealer Jerry Hollicheck from whom I bought my first copy, the group was from the Los Angeles area. This is also noted by Ruben Molina in his book "Chicano Soul - Recordings & History Of An American Culture"

Although writing credit went to Laura Hollis, the song was written by Johnny Staton, a member of the L.A. group, the Feathers. The Feathers recorded "Why Don't You Write Me" for the Show Time label in 1955 (Show Time 1105). The song was promptly covered by another L.A. group, The Jacks for the RPM label (RPM 428) also in 1955. The Jacks had the bigger hit.

It stands to reason that since two L.A. groups had recorded the song that the Ivorys could have been from Los Angeles. Add to that the fact that it was released on the Sparta label (who also released a Rosie & The Originals record). The Ivorys released " Why Don't You Write Me" for Sparta label (Sparta 01) in 1962.

You May Listen To The Ivorys "Why Don't You Write Me", a fine doo wop ballad Here:


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