The Spinners (American R&B group)
The Spinners are an American rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in Ferndale, Michigan, in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums during the 1960s and 1970s with producer Thom Bell; the group continues to tour, with Henry Fambrough as the only original member. The group is listed as the Detroit Spinners and the Motown Spinners, due to their 1960s recordings with the Motown label; these other names were used in the UK to avoid confusion with a British folk group called The Spinners. On June 30, 1976, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Roll Hall of Fame. Music critic Robert Christgau has called the Spinners "a renowned show group whose supersmooth producer inhibits improvisation". In 1954, Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, C. P. Spencer, James Edwards formed The Domingoes in Ferndale, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit; the friends resided in Detroit's Herman Gardens public housing project and came together to make music.
James Edwards remained with the group for a few weeks and was replaced by Bobby Smith, who sang lead on most of the Spinners' early records and their Atlantic Records hits. Spencer left the group shortly after Edwards, joined the Voice Masters and the Originals. George Dixon replaced Spencer, the group renamed themselves the Spinners in 1961; the Spinners' first single, "That's What Girls Are Made For", was recorded under Harvey Fuqua's Tri-Phi Records. The single peaked at number 27 on the Top 100 chart in August 1961. Smith sang lead vocal on this track, coached by Fuqua; the group's follow-up single, "Love I Found You" featured lead vocals by Smith. This song reached number 91 that November, was the last Tri-Phi Records' single to reach the Top 100 charts. Sources debate the extent. Fuqua considered himself a Spinner. In the credits on Tri-Phi 1010 and 1024, the artist was credited for the first two singles and listed as "Harvey". However, most sources do not list him as an official member. James Edwards' brother, Edgar "Chico" Edwards, replaced Dixon in the group in 1963, at which time Tri-Phi and its entire artist roster was bought out by Fuqua's brother-in-law, Berry Gordy of Motown Records.
In 1964, the Spinners were received with high favor. "I'll Always Love You" hit number 35 in 1965. From 1966 to 1969, the group released one single a year, but only the 1966 single "Truly Yours" peaked on the Billboard 100 R&B chart at number 16. With limited commercial success, Motown assigned the Spinners as road managers and chauffeurs for other groups, as shipping clerks. G. C. Cameron replaced Edgar "Chico" Edwards in 1967, in 1969, the group switched to the Motown-owned V. I. P. Imprint. In 1970, after a five-year absence, they hit number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 with writer-producer Stevie Wonder's composition, "It's a Shame" and again charted the following year with another Wonder song the composer produced, "We'll Have It Made", from their new album, 2nd Time Around. However, these were their last two singles for V. I. P. Shortly after the release of 2nd Time Around, Atlantic Records recording artist Aretha Franklin suggested the group finish their Motown contract and sign with Atlantic.
The group made the switch, but contractual obligations prevented Cameron from leaving Motown, so he stayed on there as a solo artist and urged his cousin, singer Philippé Wynne, to join the Spinners in his place as one of the group's three lead singers, with Henry Fambrough, Bobby Smith. When the Spinners signed to Atlantic in 1972, they were a respected but commercially unremarkable singing group who had never had a Top Ten pop hit — despite having been a recording act for over a decade. However, with songwriter Thom Bell at the helm, the Spinners charted five Top 100 singles from their first post-Motown album and went on to become one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970s; the Bobby Smith-led "I'll Be Around", their first top ten hit, was the B-side of their first Atlantic single, "How Could I Let You Get Away". Radio airplay for the B-side led Atlantic to flip the single over, with "I'll Be Around" hitting number 3 and "How Could I Let You Get Away" reaching number 77. "I'll Be Around" was the Spinners' first million-selling hit single.
It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on October 30, 1972. The 1973 follow-up singles "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", another million-seller, "One of a Kind", "Ghetto Child" cemented the group's reputation, as well as further that of Bell, a noted Philly soul producer. Following their Atlantic successes, Motown issued a "Best of the Spinners" LP which featured selections from their Motown/V. I. P. Recordings, they remixed and reissued the 1970 B-side "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music" as a 1973 A-side. In the midst of their Atlantic hits, it crawled to number 91 in the US; the group's 1974 follow-up album, Mighty Love, featured three Top 20 hits, "I'm Coming Home", "Love Don't Love Nobody", the title track. Their biggest hit of the year, was a collaboration with Dionne Warwick, "Then Came You", which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming each act's first chart-topping "Pop" hit; the song reached the Top 3 of Billboard′s R&B and Easy Listening charts. The Spinners hit the Top 10 twice in the
The Ames Brothers were a singing quartet from Malden, who were famous in the 1950s for their traditional pop music hits. The Urick brothers were born in Massachusetts. Joe, Vic, Ed Ames formed the singing group Ames Brothers. Born into a non-professional, but musically talented family, the boys were raised to enjoy classical music and operatic music, their parents and Sarah Urick, were Russian Jewish immigrants from Ukraine who read Shakespeare and semi-classics to their nine children from the time they were old enough to listen. Three of the brothers formed a quartet with a cousin named Lennie, had been touring United States Army and Navy bases entertaining the troops when they were offered a job at The Fox and Hounds nightclub, one of the fanciest clubs in Boston; this one-week engagement turned into several months when positive word-of-mouth about their appearance got around. At the time, they were calling themselves the Amory Brothers, they were becoming quite popular in the area and it was at this time that Joe decided to rejoin the group.
He said. Taking their act to New York City, they got a job with bandleader Art Mooney. One day while at Leeds Publishing Company in search of a song called "Should I" that their mother had asked them to sing, Milt Gabler of Decca Records overheard them singing it and asked them to cut a few sides for Decca Records, just before the AFM recording ban which James Petrillo imposed in January 1948; the ban was lifted a year later. The brothers shortened Amory to Ames and became the first artists to record for the newly founded Coral Records, a subsidiary of Decca, they were swept into national top billing with their first hit record, "Rag Mop", in January 1950. Doing radio shows for free at times, just for the experience, they became regulars on such shows as Arthur Godfrey and His Friends. One of the first acts to appear on the original The Ed Sullivan Show when it was known as Toast of the Town, they made their debut with him when the show was telecast live from Wanamaker's Department Store. Soon, they were the top paid group in nightclubs and supperclubs everywhere and their popularity on television was nationwide.
In 1956 they starred in their own show, The Ames Brothers Show, seen on Friday nights. It was the first syndicated television; the brothers appeared on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. Over their fifteen-year career, their prolific work notched up 49 US chart entries, 21 of them on the Coral label before signing with RCA Victor; the group disbanded in the early 1960s, but Ed Ames continued with a successful singing and acting career, including playing Daniel Boone's sidekick, Mingo, on the popular Daniel Boone television series. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Vic died in a car accident in 1978 at age 52, Gene died of cancer in 1997 at age 73, Joe died of a heart attack in 2007 at age 86; as of January 2019, Ed Ames, the youngest brother, is the only surviving member of the group, aged 91. NOTE: Repeat titles of Coral tracks shown below are standard singles and not under Coral's "Silver Star Series" reissue line Sing a Song of Christmas The Magic Melting Pot of Melody with Hugo Winterhalter Exactly Like You The Ames Brothers with Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra There'll Always Be a Christmas with Sid Ramin's Orchestra Destination Moon with Sid Ramin's Orchestra Smoochin' Time with Sid Ramin's Orchestra The Best of the Ames The Ames Brothers Sing the Best in the Country The Ames Brothers Sing Famous Hits of Famous Quartets with Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra Hello Amigos with Esquivel's Orchestra The Blend and the Beat Hello Italy!
Knees Up! Mother Brown For Sentimental Reasons The Best of the Ames The Very Best Of The Ames Brothers Clarke, Donald; the Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Viking 1989. Larkin, Colin; the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, Macmillan, 1998. Kinkle, Roger D; the Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900–1950, Arlington, 1974. Whitburn, Joel. Joel Whitburn's Pop memories 1890–1954; the history of American popular music compiled form America's popular music charts 1890–1954, Record Research Inc. 1986. Vocal Group Hall of Fame page on The Ames Brothers Obituary in the Los Angeles Daily News Ames Brothers' Facebook page Videos, Photos, The history of the Ames Brothers
The Platters are an American vocal group formed in 1952. They were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early roll era, their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. The act went through several personnel changes, with the most successful incarnation comprising lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed, Zola Taylor; the group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1967, including four number-one hits. The Platters are one of the first African-American groups to be accepted as a major chart group and were, for a period of time, the most successful vocal group in the world; the Platters formed in Los Angeles in 1952 and were managed by Federal Records A&R man, Ralph Bass. The original group consisted of Alex Hodge, Cornell Gunter, David Lynch, Joe Jefferson, Gaynel Hodge. In June 1953, Gaynel Hodge left for the Hollywood Flames, while Gunter left to join the Flaires and was replaced by lead vocalist Tony Williams.
The band released two singles with Federal Records, under the management of Bass, but found little success. Bass asked his friend music entrepreneur and songwriter Buck Ram to coach the group in hope of getting a hit record. Ram made some changes to the lineup, most notably the addition of female vocalist Zola Taylor and, in autumn 1954, the replacement of Alex Hodge by Paul Robi. Under Ram's guidance, the Platters recorded eight songs for Federal in the R&B/gospel style, scoring a few minor regional hits on the West Coast, backed Williams' sister, Linda Hayes. One song recorded during their Federal tenure, "Only You" written by Ram for the Ink Spots, was deemed unreleasable by the label, though copies of this early version do exist. Despite their lack of chart success, the Platters were a profitable touring group, successful enough that the Penguins, coming off their #8 single "Earth Angel", asked Ram to manage them as well. With the Penguins in hand, Ram was able to parlay Mercury Records' interest into a 2-for-1 deal.
To sign the Penguins, Ram insisted, Mercury had to take the Platters. The Penguins would never have a hit for the label. Convinced by Jean Bennett and Tony Williams that "Only You" had potential, Ram had the Platters re-record the song during their first session for Mercury. Released in the summer of 1955, it became the group's first Top Ten hit on the pop charts and topped the R&B charts for seven weeks; the follow-up, "The Great Pretender", with lyrics written in the washroom of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas by Buck Ram, exceeded the success of their debut and became the Platters' first national #1 hit. "The Great Pretender" was the act's biggest R&B hit, with an 11-week run atop that chart. In 1956, the Platters appeared in the first major motion picture based around rock and roll, Rock Around the Clock, performed both "Only You" and "The Great Pretender"; the Platters' unique vocal style had touched a nerve in the music-buying public, a string of hit singles followed, including three more national #1 hits and more modest chart successes such as "I'm Sorry" and "He's Mine" in 1957, "Enchanted" in 1959, " The Magic Touch" in 1956.
The Platters soon hit upon the successful formula of updating older standards, such as "My Prayer", "Twilight Time", "Harbor Lights", "To Each His Own", "If I Didn't Care", Jerome Kern's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". This latter release caused a small controversy after Kern's widow expressed concern that her late husband's composition would be turned into a "rock and roll" record, it topped both the British charts in a Platters-style arrangement. The Platters differed from most other groups of the era because Ram had the group incorporated in 1956; each member of the group received a 20% share in the stock, full royalties, their Social Security was paid. As group members left one by one and his business partner, Jean Bennett, bought their stock, which they claimed gave them ownership of the "Platters" name. A court ruled, that "FPI was a sham used by Mr. Ram to obtain ownership in the name'Platters', FPI's issuance of stock to the group members was'illegal and void' because it violated California corporate securities law."The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in its inaugural year of 1998.
The Platters were the first roll group to have a Top Ten album in the United States. They were the only act to have three songs included on the American Graffiti soundtrack that fueled an oldies revival underway in the early to mid-1970s: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Great Pretender", "Only You"; the group's line-up has changed many times. The line-up in 1953 included lead vocalist Cornell Gunter, Herb Reed, Alex Hodge, Joe Jefferson, David Lynch. Soon, Gunter was replaced by tenor Tony Williams; the band's second manager Ram decided to build the group around Williams's distinctive and versatile voice and his ability to bring life to Ram's songs. Within a year and Jefferson were out and replaced by Paul Robi and a female, Zola Taylor; the details of baritone Hodge's departure are muddy. The resulting line-up, the one remembered for the group's biggest and most lasting hits, lasted until 1960; as a group, the Platters began to have difficulties with the public after 1959, when the four male members were arrested in Cincinnati on drug and prostitution charges.
Reed said he lost contact with Taylor shortly after this
The Revelers were an American quintet popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Revelers' recordings of "Dinah", "Old Man River", "Valencia", "Baby Face", "Blue Room", "The Birth of the Blues", "When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba", many more, became popular in the United States and Europe in the late 1920s. In August 1929, they appeared in the Netherlands with Richard Tauber at the Kurhaus and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. All of the members had recorded individually or in various combinations; the quartet, organized in 1918, performed under the name The Shannon Four before changing their name to The Revelers in 1925. The original Revelers were tenors Franklyn Baur and Lewis James, baritone Elliot Shaw, bass Wilfred Glenn, pianist Ed Smalle. Smalle was replaced by Frank Black in 1926; the group appeared in a short movie musical, The Revelers, filmed in the sound-on-disc Vitaphone process. This one-reel short film restored by "The Vitaphone Project," shows the group performing "Mine", "Dinah", "No Foolin'".
A second short, filmed the same day with another three songs, awaits restoration. Baur was replaced by Frank Luther and James Melton; the Revelers were stars in vaudeville, as well as in the recording studio. On radio they were regulars on The Palmolive Hour. Ring Lardner observed, "Under any name, they sound as sweet." Lardner outlined his "perfect radio program" for The New Yorker magazine, found a place for The Revelers along with Paul Whiteman and Fanny Brice. They had a recording contract with Victor but made extra money by moonlighting under pseudonyms for other labels. An example of what The Revelers sounded like is "I'm Gonna Charleston Back to Charleston" on the CD "The Roaring Twenties" from the series "Robert Parker's The Golden Years." The German group The Comedian Harmonists formed in 1927 after hearing some records of The Revelers. According to Douglas Friedman's book The Comedian Harmonists, both groups appeared on the same bill at the Scala in Berlin in August 1929 and became good friends.
The Revelers were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2014, the Revelers' recording of "When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba" played over the end credits of Boardwalk Empire's episode 2 of season 5.'The Revelers' Vocal Group Hall of Fame Page Vitaphone Project dedicated to the restoration of Vitaphone films Shannon Four discography at Discogs The Revelers discography at Discogs
The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity, it is said that their success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success. Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, Betty McGlown, the original group, are all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit, they formed the Primettes as the sister act to the Primes. Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, the group signed with Motown the following year as the Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, Ross and Wilson carried on as a trio.
During the mid-1960s, the Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer and Holland-Dozier-Holland as its songwriting and production team. In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell, so the group's name reverted to The Supremes. During the mid-1970s, the lineup changed with Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene joining the group until, after 18 years, The Supremes disbanded in 1977. In Detroit in 1958, Florence Ballard, a junior high school student living in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects, met Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who were two members of a Detroit singing group known as the Primes. Ballard sang, as did Paul Williams' girlfriend Betty McGlown, so Milton Jenkins, the Primes's manager, decided to create a sister group to be called the Primettes. Ballard recruited her best friend Mary Wilson. Mentored and funded by Jenkins, the Primettes began by performing hit songs of artists such as Ray Charles and the Drifters at sock hops, social clubs and talent shows around the Detroit area.
Receiving additional guidance from group friend and established songwriter Jesse Greer, the quartet earned a local fan following. The girls crafted an age-appropriate style, inspired by the collegiate dress of popular doo-wop group Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. Within a few months, guitarist Marvin Tarplin was added to the Primettes' lineup— a move that helped distinguish the group from Detroit's many other aspiring acts by allowing the girls to sing live instead of lip-synching. After winning a prestigious local talent contest, the Primettes' sights were set on making a record. In hopes of getting the group signed to the local upstart Motown label, in 1960 Ross asked an old neighbor, Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, to help the group land an audition for Motown executive Berry Gordy, who had proven himself a capable songwriter. Robinson liked "the girls" and agreed to help, but he liked their guitarist more. Robinson arranged for the Primettes to audition a cappella for Gordy—but Gordy, feeling the girls too young and inexperienced to be recording artists, encouraged them to return when they had graduated from high school.
Undaunted that year the Primettes recorded a single for Lu Pine Records, a label created just for them, titled "Tears of Sorrow", backed with "Pretty Baby". The single failed to find an audience, however. Shortly thereafter, McGlown became left the group. Local girl Barbara Martin was McGlown's prompt replacement. Determined to leave an impression on Gordy and join the stable of rising Motown stars, the Primettes frequented his Hitsville U. S. A. recording studio every day after school. They convinced Gordy to allow them to contribute hand claps and background vocals for the songs of other Motown artists including Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells. In January 1961, Gordy relented and agreed to sign the girls to his label – but under the condition that they change the name of their group; the Primes had by this time combined with Otis Williams & the Distants and would soon sign to Motown as the Temptations. Gordy gave Ballard a list of names to choose from that included suggestions such as "the Darleens", "the Sweet Ps", "the Melodees", "the Royaltones" and "the Jewelettes".
Ballard chose "the Supremes", a name that Ross disliked as she felt it too masculine. On January 15 the group signed with Motown as the Supremes. In the spring of 1962, Martin left the group to start a family. Thus, the newly named Supremes continued as a trio. Between 1961 and 1963, the Supremes released six singles, none of which charted in the Top 40 positions of the Billboard Hot 100. Jokingly referred to as the "no-hit Supremes" around Motown's Hitsville U. S. A. offices, the group attempted to compensate for their lack of hits by taking on any work available at the studio, including providing hand claps and singing backup for Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. During these years, all three members took turns singing lead: Wilson favored soft ballads, Ballard favored soulful, hard-driving songs, Ross favored mainstream pop songs. Most of their early material was produced by Berry Gordy or Smokey Robinson. In December 1963, the single "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" peaked at number 2
Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, Chuck Negron; this lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Michael Allsup, Floyd Sneed. The band registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975; because Three Dog Night recorded many songs written by outside songwriters, they helped introduce mainstream audiences to writers such as Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton. The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1964–1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton's girlfriend, actress June Fairchild suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, a native species of feral dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night were freezing, it was a "three dog night"; the three vocalists, Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells first came together in 1967 and made some recordings with Brian Wilson while the Beach Boys were working on the album Wild Honey, went by the name of Redwood.
Shortly after abandoning the Redwood moniker in 1968, the vocalists hired a group of backing musicians – Ron Morgan on guitar, Floyd Sneed on drums, Joe Schermie from the Cory Wells Blues Band on bass, Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards – and soon took the name Three Dog Night, becoming one of the most successful bands in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ron Morgan left the band early on and subsequently went on to join the Electric Prunes. Michael Allsup was recruited to replace him on guitar. Three Dog Night earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold, their first gold record was "One", written and recorded by Harry Nilsson. The group had three US #1 songs, each of which featured a different lead singer: "Mama Told Me Not to Come", their only Top 10 hit in the UK. Dunhill Records claimed; as its members wrote just a handful of songs on the albums, most songs Three Dog Night recorded were written by outside songwriters.
Notable hits by outside writers include Harry Nilsson's "One", the Gerome Ragni-James Rado-Galt MacDermot composition "Easy to Be Hard" from the musical Hair, Laura Nyro's "Eli's Comin'", Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not to Come", Paul Williams' "Out in the Country", "The Family Of Man", "An Old Fashioned Love Song", Hoyt Axton's "Joy to the World" and "Never Been to Spain", Arkin & Robinson's "Black and White", Argent's Russ Ballard's "Liar", Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "Lady Samantha" and "Your Song", Daniel Moore's "Shambala", Leo Sayer's "The Show Must Go On", John Hiatt's "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here", Bush's "I Can Hear You Calling", Allen Toussaint's "Play Something Sweet". Three Dog Night made its official debut in 1968 at the Whiskey a Go Go, at a 5 p.m. press party hosted by Dunhill Records. They were still in the process of making their first album Three Dog Night when they heard the favorable reactions from the hypercritical audience; the album Three Dog Night was a success with its hit songs "One", "Try A Little Tenderness", "Nobody" and helped the band gain recognition and become one of the top drawing concert acts of their time.
In December, 1972, Three Dog Night hosted Dick Clark's first New Year's Eve special, entitled Three Dog Night's New Year's Rockin' Eve. In 1973, Three Dog Night filed a $6 million lawsuit against their former booking agent, American Talent International for continuing to advertise in the media that the band was still with their agency when in fact they signed with William Morris Agency in October 1972. Other damages were sought due to ATI taking deposits for booking Three Dog Night, whom they no longer represented. Joe Schermie left in late 1972 due to "problems arising that were unresolvable", he was replaced by Jack Ryland in 1973, the band became an eight-piece with the inclusion of another keyboard player, Skip Konte, in late 1973. In late 1974, Allsup and Sneed left to form a new band, SS Fools, with Schermie and Bobby Kimball of Toto. New guitarist James "Smitty" Smith and drummer Mickey McMeel were recruited, but by 1975, Smith was replaced by Al Ciner from Rufus and the American Breed, Ryland by Rufus bassist Dennis Belfield.
By 1973, Danny Hutton was becoming sick on a regular basis and had developed Jaundice from incessant and uncontrolled drug abuse. The band was forced to hire a registered nurse to administer Vitamin B12 shots to Danny and take care of him so the band could continue touring. For the upcoming albums Cyan, Hard Labor, Coming Down Your Way, Danny began to not show up for the recording sessions and would sometimes be present only to record just one song disappear; this explains why, on all of the aforementioned albums, Danny only sings sole lead vocals on just one track off of each. Cory Wells became fed up with his frequent absence and Danny was fired from the band in late 1975, he was replaced by Jay Gruska. Hours before the first concert of their 1975 tour, Chuck Negron was arrested for the possession