|By yoyoshep (184.108.40.206) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 07:30 pm:|
Does anyone have information on a 60's group called The Cruisers? They were on the Gamble label along with the Intruders. I believe they were produced by Gamble and Huff.
|By Eli (220.127.116.11) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 07:33 pm:|
The Cruisers date back to the mid fifties when they had a song called "If You Knew" which was a Philly Doo Wop fave.
|By yoyoshep (18.104.22.168) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 07:39 pm:|
Thanks for the info Eli. Yoyoshep.
|By Scratcher (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 07:42 pm:|
The Cruisers were led by Gene Williams; the other members were Randy Hamilton, Paul Long and McKinley Anthony.
They cut two records that I know of in the sixties, the one Eli mentioned, which was backed with "Miss Fine" and "Crying Over You" b/w "Don't Tease Me"; both on V-Tone Records in 1960; I believe the latter was leased to Guyden.
They later cut two singles for Gamble in 1967 and 1970 respectively. I Need You So/If You Take a Chance and Picture Us/Mink and Sable Mable. Picture Us was later recorded by Bunny Sigler who co-wrote the song I believe with Phil Hurtt.
|By yoyoshep (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 08:23 pm:|
Scratcher thanks for the info. Yoyoshep.
|By R&B (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 11:53 am:|
MAN O MAN THE CRUISERS[I NEED YOU SO]WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST SONGS EVER FROM ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED GROUPS EVER,
|By Soulaholic (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 11:59 am:|
copied from the AMG site:
The Cruisers from Philadelphia, PA never had a significant record. Patterning themselves after the Harptones, group leader Gene Williams, Randy Hamilton, Paul Long, and McKinley Anthony began recording on V-Tone Records. The deal resulted in two single releases in 1960: "Miss Fine" b/w "If I Knew," and "Don't Tease Me" b/w "Crying Over You;" the latter got pegged for mass distribution two years later by Guyden Records only to die a second time. Five years passed before their next deal in 1967 with Gamble Records, who were charting with the Intruders' records. "I Need You So" b/w "Take A Chance," reeked with sentiment but despite its charm didn't sell, and the Cruisers languished for nearly three years before their final release. Bunny Sigler brought the Cruisers' doo-wop skills out the closet with "Picture Us" b/w "Mink and Sable Mable," but Gamble Records only seem able to get hits on Sonny & the Intruders; while others including Ruth McFadden, the Jaggerz, the Futures, the Butlers, and the Epsilons always came up empty. Sigler later cut a solo version of "Picture Us" on Philadelphia International Records, and the Cruisers went on with their lives.
|By Chad (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:12 pm:|
AMG stuff is protected by copyright, you can't paste their info Soulaholic. You can link but you can't paste.
|By soulaholic (18.104.22.168) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:16 pm:|
Thanks for the info; I thought by giving the credit it would be alright.
Now I know better.
|By R&B (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 12:44 pm:|
HEY SOULAHOLIC,I NEED YOU SO MAY NOT HAVE BEEN BIG NATIONWIDE,BUT IT WAS A MONSTER IN D.C.IN THE SUMMER OF 67.
|By soulaholic (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, July 09, 2003 - 07:43 pm:|
having been a Billboard reporter in my past life it was amazing to see how often there were regional hits.
I myself would always scan the Billboard dance charts or other trades back in the 70's Discotechin B or Dance Music (it had an earlier name before that, forgive me I just can't remember it right now) and look for them.
I believe we could do a whole post on songs or artist that just hit it in one city or a region.
|By R&B (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 11:38 am:|
AIN'T IT THE TRUTH SOULAHOLIC,AIN'T IT THE TRUTH!
|By yoyoshep (184.108.40.206) on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 12:06 pm:|
Soulaholic thanks for the info. Yoyoshep.
|By Chancellor of Soul (220.127.116.11) on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 05:08 pm:|
Tony Drake was a valet for the Crusiers for
a couple of years.
(Chancellor of Soul)
|By David Meikle (18.104.22.168) on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 06:10 pm:|
This happens quite often folks. Understandable, but we've got to do it by the book.
Please copy in the link, that's all it takes, and it's more effective IMO.