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The Genies

This short-term group from Long Beach, Long Island recording career lasted three years, and five singles; they broke up a year after they started recording in 1958, but Warwick Records issued canned material until 1961. The original members -- Roy Hammond, Bill Gains, Alexander Faison, and Fred Jones -- formed in 1956. They didn't record until Brooklynite Claude Johnson came aboard. Johnson, the only member not from the Long Beach area, named them the Genies; he had sung with a Brooklyn group that included Eugene Pitt, who never sang with the Genies. Bob Shad, the owner of Shad Records, saw them singing on a beach and invited them to audition for his label. The result was "Who's That Knockin'," recorded in June 1958; but Shad didn't release it until March 1959, nearly a year later. It did well R&B but wallowed on the lower rungs of the pop chart at number 71.

Then without warning, second tenor Bill Gains ran off to Canada with a woman and hasn't been seen nor heard from since. This occurred while the Genies were playing their first big engagement at New York's Apollo Theater; three days into the gig, and poof -- Gains vanished. The Genies answered their debut with "No More Knockin'" on Hollywood Records, then the Warwick label released three singles after the group became history: "There Goes That Train" b/w "Crazy Love," "Just Like the Bluebird" b/w "Twistin' Pneumonia," and the best "Crazy Feeling," in 1961. By the end of 1959, the Genies were a memory. Hammond cut a string of solo records as Roy C, his biggest was "Shotgun Wedding," a number 14 R&B hit. Claude hooked with Roland Trone and enjoyed a monster number seven pop hit with "What's Your Name" as Don & Juan. Johnson also became a songwriter of note, composing the Genies' debut, the Don & Juan hit, and 57 other titles registered with B.M.I. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Soul Power! Underground Hits 1965-1975

1. The Dapp

2. (We Gotta) Bust Out Of The Ghetto

3. Who's Gonna Help A Brother Get Further

4. Right On Jody

5. Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

6. Funky Ghetto

7. Get On Up

8. Hercules

9. Man Of The Street

10. Ball Of Confusion

11. A Change Is Gonna Come

12. Know What To Do When You Get It

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Track List: Loose The Funk - Rarities From The Jewel/Paula Vaults

2. I've Got To Find Somebody New

3. Looking For A Woman

4. Loose Booty, Pt. 1

5. Get It On With Me

6. Peace Begins Within

7. Prove It

10. The Thrill Ain't Gone

11. Woman, Hang Your Head In Shame

13. Hard Working Man

15. Junkie For Your Love

16. Black Reflections

17. Good Thing, Pt. 2

18. Games People Play

20. Take 'Em Up

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Track List: Sweet Southern Soul

1. Right On Jody

2. You Better Quit It

3. Hercules

4. Mr Brown

5. The Chokin' Kind

6. I'm Evil Tonight

7. Nothing Takes The Place Of You (From The Film Hairspray)

8. How Sweet It Is

9. Know What To Do When You Get It

11. I Had Fight With Love (And I Lost)

12. Stop Giving Your Man Away

13. You're Gonna Miss Me

16. Somebody Help The Beggar Man

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Track List: Spotlite On Warwick Records: Vol. 1-Doo Wop & Rhythm & Blue

1. Tonight I Fell In Love

2. I Remember

4. Crazy Love

5. Hep Teenager

7. Little Young Girl

9. The Taste Of A Tear

10. Dry Your Eyes

11. Twistin' Pneumonia

13. No Greater Miracle

15. Today

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Track List: Spotlite On Warwick Records : Vol. 2-Doo Wop & Rhythm & Blue

1. Laughing On The Outside

2. Blind Date

4. Crazy Feeling

5. Dearest One

9. What Kind Of Fool

11. Daddy'S Home

12. Love Me Completely

13. I'Ll Always Love You

14. Just Like The Bluebird

15. Goodbye

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Track List: Doo Wop Battle

2. Rockin' In The Jungle

3. Sunday Kind Of Love

5. Come Go With Me

6. Zoom Zoom Zoom

7. A Dream Of Love

8. Coney Island Baby

10. Sincerely

11. Nag

12. Eyes Of An Angel

13. A Kiss From Your Lips

14. Church Bells May Ring

15. Crazy Love

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Track List: Hip Hop 'N' Soul Blast From The Past, Vol. 1

1. Tonight I Fell In Love

2. Twistin' Pnuemonia

4. Church Bells May Ring

7. I Love My Baby

8. A Dream Of Love

9. Rockin' In The Jungle

10. Nag

11. Zoom Zoom Zoom

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Track List: Goodies Old Is New: Bury The Hatchet - Right In Your Head

3. Cherry Pie

5. White Buckskin Sneakers And Checkerboard Socks

7. No Dice

8. Chicken Necks

9. Deutsche Rock And Roll

13. You're A Big Girl Now

14. Riot In Room 3C

15. Green Door

16. It's Willy

17. Hully Gully Cha Cha Cha

18. S'cuse Me Lady, Watch The Door

19. Baby You Flip Me

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Track List: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 1

1. Denise

2. Sally Go Round the Roses

3. Mule Skinner Blues

4. Sixteen Candles

5. Pretty Little Angel Eyes

6. I Love How You Love Me

7. The Big Hurt

8. A Thousand Stars

9. Rockin' Robin

10. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

11. Bongo Rock

12. Tossin' And Turnin'

13. My True Story

14. Stranded In The Jungle

15. Angel Baby

16. Party Lights

17. When We Get Married

18. Cindy's Birthday

19. Let's Dance

20. Who's That Knocking

21. Love You So

22. Cherry Pie

23. Since I Don't Have You

25. Since I Fell For You

26. Image Of A Girl

27. Smoky Places

29. A Little Bit Of Soap

30. Eddie My Love

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Track List: Doo Wop Classics

1. Ka-Ding Dong

2. Baby Oh Baby

3. I Want You To Be My Girl

4. This Is The Nite

5. Do Something For Me

6. I'm Slippin' In

7. Whispering Bells

8. At My Front Door

10. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

11. The Way You Dog Me Around

12. Long Lonely Nights

14. Get A Job

15. Up On The Mountain

16. Beside You

17. Once Upon A Time

18. One Mint Julep

19. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

20. Rock Me All Night Long

21. The Wheel Of Fortune

22. Rockin' In The Jungle

23. Till Then

24. Alley Oop

25. Stranded In The Jungle

26. Bad Boy

27. Good Lovin'

28. I've Been A Fool

29. Witchcraft

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

32. Baby Talk

33. A Casual Look

34. So Strange

35. I Am With You

36. Oop Shoop

37. Little Star

39. Sh-Boom

40. The Angels Listened In

41. Rang Tang Ding Dong

42. Baby Please Don't Go

43. Book Of Love

44. Nadine

45. Don't You Know I Love You

46. Dedicated To The One I Love

47. Angel Baby

48. I'm So Young

49. We Go Together

50. Just To Be With You

51. Shouldn't I Know

53. See Saw

54. Lovey Dovey

55. Ol' Man River

56. The Glory Of Love

57. Adorable

58. The Teacher

59. Can I Come Over Night

60. Marie

61. Will You Be Mine

63. Work With Me Annie

64. Gee

65. Silhouettes

66. Sixty Minute Man

67. Too Much Love (Much Too Much)

68. In Paradise

69. Sixteen Candles

70. Close Your Eyes

71. Since I Don't Have You

73. You're Mine

75. Gee

77. Everyone Is Laughing

78. Fool, Fool, Fool

79. You Were Mine

80. Burn That Candle

82. This I Swear

83. Hushabye

85. Teardrops On Your Letter

86. To Be Loved

87. Ling Ting Tong

88. Could This Be Magic

90. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

91. You're The One

92. Smokey Joe's Café

93. Wiggle Wiggle

94. The Door Is Still Open

95. Summertime, Summertime

96. It's Too Soon To Know

97. That's What You're Doing To Me

98. Who's That Knocking On My Door

99. I Do

100. No, No, No

101. Ting A Ling

102. Chop Chop Boom

103. Lovers Never Say Goodbye

104. Most Of All

105. Devil Or Angel

107. Baby Don't Do It

108. Is It A Dream

109. Moonlight Serenade

111. Maybe

112. I Met Him On A Sunday

113. There's A Moon Out Tonight

114. If It's So Baby

115. Little Darlin'

116. Clementine

118. Have Mercy Baby

120. Jenny Lee

121. Rollin' Stone

122. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

123. I Wanna Know

124. Darling Dear

125. Hearts Of Stone

126. I'll Be Home

127. Tonite, Tonite

129. In The Still Of The Night

130. Been So Long

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Track List: Doo Wop To The Top

1. Dottie

2. There's A Girl

3. Bacon Fat

4. Speedo

5. Do Something For Me

6. Whispering Bells

7. Forget Me Not

8. Church Bells May Ring

9. At My Front Door

10. I Want You To Be My Girl

12. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

13. This Is The Nite

14. The Way You Dog Me Around

15. Ka-Ding Dong

16. Long Lonely Nights

17. Baby Oh Baby

18. I'm Slippin' In

20. Get A Job

21. Up On The Mountain

22. Beside You

23. Once Upon A Time

24. One Mint Julep

25. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

26. Rock Me All Night Long

27. The Wheel Of Fortune

28. Rockin' In The Jungle

29. Till Then

30. Alley Oop

31. Stranded In The Jungle

32. Bad Boy

33. Good Lovin'

34. I've Been A Fool

35. Witchcraft

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

38. Baby Talk

39. A Casual Look

40. So Strange

41. I Am With You

42. Oop Shoop

43. Little Star

45. Sh-Boom

46. Angels Listened In

47. Rang Tang Ding Dong

48. Baby, Please Don't Go

49. The Book Of Love

50. Nadine

51. Don't You Know I Love You

52. Dedicated To The One I Love

53. Angel Baby

54. I'm So Young

55. We Go Together

56. Just To Be With You

57. Shouldn't I Know

59. See Saw

60. Lovey Dovey

61. Ol' Man River

62. The Glory Of Love

63. Adorable

64. The Teacher

65. Can I Come Over Night

66. Marie

67. Will You Be Mine

69. Work With Me Annie

70. Gee

71. Silhouettes

72. Sixty Minute Man

73. Too Much Love (Much Too Much)

74. In Paradise

75. Sixteen Candles

76. Close Your Eyes

77. Since I Don't Have You

79. You're Mine

81. Gee

83. Everyone Is Laughing

84. Fool Fool Fool

85. You Were Mine

86. Burn That Candle

88. This I Swear

89. Hushabye

91. Teardrops On Your Letter

92. To Be Loved

93. Ling Ting Tong

94. Could This Be Magic

96. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

97. You're The One

98. Smokey Joe's Cafe

99. Wiggle Wiggle

100. The Door Is Still Open

101. Summertime, Summertime

102. It's Too Soon To Know

103. That's What You're Doing To Me

104. Who's That Knocking On My Door

105. I Do

106. No, No, No

107. Ting-A-Ling

108. Chop Chop Boom

109. Lovers Never Say Goodbye

110. Most Of All

111. Devil Or Angel

113. Baby Don't Do It

114. Is It A Dream

115. Moonlight Serenade

117. Maybe

118. I Met Him On A Sunday

119. There's A Moon Out Tonight

120. If It's So, Baby

121. Little Darlin'

122. Clementine

124. Have Mercy Baby

126. Jenny Lee

127. Rollin' Stone

128. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

129. I Wanna Know

130. Darling Dear

131. Hearts Of Stone

132. I'll Be Home

133. Tonite, Tonite

135. In The Still Of The Night

136. Been So Long

137. Peanuts

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:))))))))))) )
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Too bad they couldn't keep on knockin .
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Great group they had a young Eugene Pitt
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Listen better than workin!
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The Genies were a GREAT group.
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optimo7
How can you not like whos that knocking...g o t mysellf in an awful fix when i got involved with those two chicks
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I love The Genies
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When rock was rollin. West Philly 52 st.
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Whos that knocking 1 of my favorites.
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Love this song....knoc k i n g on my door who could it be....
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1 of the all time greats
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THIS IS A GREAT SONG

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