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The Du Droppers

New York's Du Droppers managed to score two Top Five hits during their short run: "I Wanna Know" (number three R&B) and "I Found Out (What You Do When You Go Round There)" (number three pop). The original members were Caleb Ginyard -- aka "J.C." or sometimes "Junior" -- on lead, brothers Willie Ray and Harvey Ray on tenor and baritone, respectively, and Eddie Hashow on bass (who was soon replaced by Bob Kornegay). They began as a gospel group in 1952; each member had been in previous gospel groups (including the Royal Harmony Singers, the Dixie-Aires, the Jubilaires, and the Southwest Jubilee Group). The Du Droppers began performing R&B vocal-group songs and soon auditioned for record producer Bobby Robinson and DJ Joel Turnero, both owners of the Harlem-based label and record shop Red Robin.

Their first record, "Can't Do Sixty No More," released by the group in December 1952, was an "answer" record to the massively popular Dominoes hit, "Sixty Minute Man." It earned the group instant popularity and airplay, but Red Robin let the Du Droppers slip through their fingers; soon the group was recording for RCA Victor, one of the major labels looking to break out in the fast growing field of R&B. In mid-March of 1953, their next single, "I Wanna Know," made a huge impact and climbed to number three.

In June 1953, the Du Droppers released the follow-up to their RCA smash, and "I Found Out (What You Do When You Go Round There)" climbed to number three on the pop charts. Soon they were embarking on a late-summer tour of one-nighters through the South with the Joe Morris Blues Cavalcade. Subsequent singles, however, failed to generate much new interest in the group. In November, RCA paired the group with pop music singer Sunny Gale for a (now highly collectable) single, "Mama's Gone Goodbye." In 1954, the Du Droppers began recording for a new RCA subsidiary, Groove Records, which was meant to be strictly for R&B acts signed to the major label. Unfortunately, they failed to improve upon their track record and subsequent Groove singles saw them slipping from the charts.

In early 1955, Groove attempted to persuade Ravens' vocalist Joe Van Loan to join the group and help shake things up, but he was already under a personal service contract with Herald Records; while this was being sorted out, Charlie Hughes was brought in to sing lead on recordings only, though he wasn't allowed to perform with the group. Groove released another single and an EP, but the Du Droppers were unraveling even as it happened. In August, the label issued one last single, but soon thereafter, Junior Ginyard retreated back to gospel music, joining the Golden Gate Quartet, so the others decided to call it a day. ~ Bryan Thomas
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Chart Toppin' Doo Woppin' Vol. 1: Rock Me All Night Long

1. Double Crossing Blues

3. Sixty Minute Man

4. Don't You Know I Love You

5. The Glory Of Love

6. Fool Fool Fool

7. I Will Wait

8. Eyesight To The Blind

9. Shouldn't I Know

10. Will You Be Mine

11. Ting-a-Ling

12. Have Mercy Baby

13. Mary Jo

14. One Mint Julep

15. Hey Miss Fannie

16. Rock Me All Night Long

17. The Wheel Of Fortune

18. Where Are You (Now That I Need You)

19. Baby, Don't Do It

20. Beside You

21. Crying In The Chapel

22. Money Honey

23. Help Me Somebody

24. Marie

25. Dream Girl

26. Good Lovin'

28. I Wanna Know

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Track List: Red Robin R&B Story

Disc 1

1. Shake Baby Shake

2. Don't Dog Your Woman

3. Jackpot

4. Too Much Competition

6. Be Good To Yourself

7. Bobby's Boogie

8. Doggin' My Heart Around

9. Won't You Come Home Baby

10. Hard Rock

11. Stumbling Block Blues

12. Juicy Fruit

13. The Man I Crave

14. Chain Me Baby

16. Ive Got A Feeling

17. Wiggles

18. Drunk Again

Disc 2

1. Shim Sham Shimmy

2. My Kind Of Woman

3. Jump For George

4. Cant Do Sixty No More

5. Daisy

6. Ghost Town

8. Highway Blues

9. Crying My Heart Out

10. You Didnt Give Me A Chance

12. Harmonica Hop

13. I Want To Love You Baby

14. Second Floor Rear

15. Go Back

17. Tippin'

18. The Hammer

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Track List: The Fire & Fury Story (Disc 1)

1. Bobby's Boogie

2. Wiggles

3. How Could You

4. Can't Do Sixty No More

5. Go Back

6. Come On And Love Me Baby

7. Angel Face

8. Dear One

9. What Do You Do (To Make Me Love You So)

10. Mary Lee

11. Why Can't You Treat Me Right

12. The Closer You Are

13. The Gleam In Your Eye

14. My Lovin' Baby

15. Honey, Honey (You Don't Know)

16. Lydia

17. Cora Lee

18. Magic Mirror

19. Indian Fever

20. My Kinda Woman

21. While Our Hearts Are Still Young

22. Little Boy And Girl

23. Oh Gee, Oh Gosh

24. Dear Lorraine

25. Whispering Heart

26. Linda

27. Valerie

28. Baby I Love You

29. All Night Long

30. Runaround Baby

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Track List: The History Of Rhythm And Blues, Vol. 2

1. Hi-Yo-Silver

3. Don't Do It

4. Hey

5. Gotta Find My Baby

7. Baby, Let's Play House

8. Loving A Girl Like You

9. Go Back

11. Boom, Boom

12. Lilly Maybelle

13. Fine As Wine

14. Honey From The Bee

15. Big Leg Mama

16. Salty Dog

17. Why Don't You Write Me

18. Hey Now

19. Angel Child

20. At My Front Door

21. I

22. The Last Of The Good Rocking Men

23. Red Hot

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Track List: Vocal Groups: Classic Doo Wop

Disc 1

4. Swing Is The Thing

6. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water

7. If I Didn't Care

9. Whispering Grass

11. That's The Rhythm

12. I Like Pie, I Like Cake

13. Milk Shake Stand

15. The Blues Can Jump

17. Hoe Cake, Hominy And Sassafras Tea

20. Write Me A Letter

21. Around About Midnite

23. It's Too Soon To Know

Disc 2

1. Too Much Of A Little Bit

3. Lemon Squeezing Daddy

5. My Baby's Gone

6. How Could You

8. Will You Be Mine

10. Make Me Thrill Again

11. Mary Jo

12. Ting-A-Ling

13. Stormy Weather

14. Eyesight To The Blind

15. The Glory Of Love

17. Good Googa Mooga

18. Just Walking In The Rain

20. Money Honey

21. Gee

22. I Found Out

23. A Sunday Kind Of Love

24. Get With It

Disc 3

1. Be Bop Wino

2. Feel So Good

3. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite

5. Tell Me

6. Big Leg Mama

8. Is It A Dream

11. Hearts Of Stone

12. Baby Let Me Bang Your Box

13. The Stars Are Out Tonight

15. Gloria

16. Riot In Cell Block No.9

17. Oop Shoop

18. Grief By Day, Grief By Night

19. What Do You Do

20. Mary Lee

23. Buick '59

24. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

25. Newly Wed

Disc 4

1. Smokey Joe's Cafe

2. You Didn't Learn It At Home

3. Witchcraft

4. Chop Chop Boom

5. Rollin' Stone

6. No No Cherry

7. My Angel

9. The Door Is Still Open

10. That's Your Mistake

11. Baby Let's Play House

12. Be Bop Baby

14. Hug A Little, Kiss A Little

16. When You Dance

17. At My Front Door

18. Lonely Nights

19. Red Hots And Chili Mac

20. Bye Bye

21. A Story Untold

22. Don't Play No Mambo

23. Peace And Contentment

24. Nobody Knows

26. The Great Pretender

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