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The Robins - Pretty Little Dolly 1958 -KNIGHT 2001 ( great doowop).wmv

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The Robins(Los Angeles) in 1950, ctsy Billy Vera and Mar Goldberg. Original recording line-up: Bobby Nunn (lead and bass 1949 - 1955); "Ty" Terrell Leonard, Billy and Roy Richard (up to 1960). Later members: Grady Chapman (lead tenor & fifth singer 1953-early 1954 and late 1954-1960); Carl Gardner (lead & sixth singer 1954-1955); H.B. Barnum (fifth singer & utility voice 1956-1957); Bobby Sheen (1958-1961); "Little" Billy Richards Jr - aka Bill Richard (from circa 1960 - nephew to the older Billy). INFO-- By Marv Goldberg and Todd Baptista.thank you.....Through H.B.'s association with Lew Chudd (owner of Imperial), the Robins went to work for Imperial's newly-formed Knight subsidiary in the summer of 1958. On August 7, they recorded two sides: "A Quarter To Twelve" (led by Grady?) and "Pretty Little Dolly" (all). These were released, as the first record on the Knight label, in early September. The disc was reviewed the week of September 15, along with the Danleers' "I Really Love You," Clyde McPhatter's "A Lover's Question," and Eugene Church's "Pretty Girls Everywhere." In October, there was a Grady Chapman solo released on Knight: "Star Light, Star Bright"/"Say You Will Be Mine." Once again, he's backed by a female chorus on the tunes which had been recorded on September 19. That same month, the Robins appeared on Art Laboe's TV show, singing "Pretty Little Dolly." "Star Light, Star Bright" was reviewed the week of October 27 along with Chuck Berry's "Joe Joe Gunne," the Imperials' "So Much," Fats Domino's "Whole Lotta Loving," the Cadillacs' "Peek A Boo," the Flamingos' "Lovers Never Say Goodbye," and Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops." The song drew some action on the West Coast in the late fall. Bobby Sheen After this release, Grady Chapman parted company with the Robins. He was replaced by Bobby Sheen, an L.A. tenor greatly influenced by Clyde McPhatter. Sheen, who was another "Johnny" in Marvin & Johnny for a time, is best remembered as Bob B. Soxx of the Blue Jeans. A second Knight session took place on November 11, 1958. This time there were four sides done: "It's Never Too Late" (all), "A Little Bird Told Me" (Bobby Sheen), "Talk, Talk, Talk" (??), and "Sufferin'" (??). Later that month, Knight issued "A Little Bird Told Me" and "It's Never Too Late." With the exception of "A Little Bird Told Me," which was a "Cherry Lips" sound-alike, all of the Knight songs were written by Alvin and Edwin Johnson (both members of the Souvenirs).On November 5, 1986, Bobby Nunn died of a heart attack at the age of 61, Roy Richard died in California in 1978 at age 53, Bobby Sheen passed away in 2000, and Billy Richard (who became a mortician) in December 2007. Terrell "Ty" Leonard (who eventually went to work at a local Sears department store), Grady Chapman, and H.B. Barnum still live in California. Terrell hopes to join forces with Leiber and Stoller once again to tell the exclusive story of the Robins/Coasters groups. Carl Gardner, despite a bout with throat cancer, continued to tour with his own Coasters group; he passed away on June 12, 2011. On a precious few occasions in the past decade, Grady Chapman, Billy Richard, Terrell Leonard, and H.B. Barnum teamed up to recreate the Robins for live performances.