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J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers

This US outfit was formed in the mid-50s in San Angelo, Texas, by Sid Holmes (guitar), Lewis Elliott (bass), Ray Smith (drums), Rob Zeller (saxophone) and Alton Baird (vocals). After years of little success, the group teamed up with new vocalist Frank Wilson (b. 11 December 1941, Lufkin, Texas, USA, d. 4 October 1991). Wilson was serving in the Air Force in San Angelo, Texas, and upon his discharge in 1962 the band stayed together to play in the area. Their lone US hit, ‘Last Kiss’ was one of the last of the particular genre known as ‘death rock’, in which teenagers sang about teenage lovers who meet horrifying deaths from accident, suicide, and fatal disease. (Others in this area included the Shangri-Las’ ‘Leader Of The Pack’, Mark Dinning’s ‘Teen Angel’ and Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’.) ‘Last Kiss’ first charted in 1964, when it zoomed to number 2, and briefly charted again in 1973. The song was written and originally recorded without success by Wayne Cochran who, during the 60s had built up a career as a Caucasian version of James Brown. Shortly afterwards the line-up sundered, with Wilson forming his own version of the Cavaliers and recording ‘Hey Little One’, but the song had none of the inspiration of its predecessor and charted at only number 85. Wilson’s former bandmates, minus the ousted Holmes, continued playing as the Cavaliers with new members James Thomas (vocals) and Gene ‘Buddy’ Croyle (guitar). Further line-up changes ensued but these Cavaliers enjoyed as little success as the outfit led by Wilson. The latter embarked on a solo career in the mid-60s, but his progress was blighted by the alcoholism that took his life in 1991.
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Cool classic from the days of hot rods and teen tragedies.
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Like this classic from the days of hot rod and teen tragedy songs.
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Love This Song
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alnavarijo
I happen 2 have an LP w all t sad songs of that time. T back of t LP cover has a slit & is shaped like a kleenex box , how cool is that ! Iam old & so r those songs. Ha ! Yes good music.
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Love this first version of Last Kiss!
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Una de las canciones más famosas del mundo, en América Látina la popularizó el mexicano Polo, hizo muy buena versión al español.
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Follow me for music you might like. I like the song.
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But he made people around the world happy and was loved.
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I mean love last kiss it's so sad if you listen to what he says.
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Follow me for music you might like. I like the song.
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I'm surprised that this made it to publishing.
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8 marriages and he's asking where can my baby be?
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Oh were oh were can my baby be the lord took her away from she's gone in heaven so I got to be good So I can see my babh when I leave this wolrd
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Whith this song i remember mexico df when i was very jung, i lisent songs on english but i dont know what they said, i live on america rigth now and i like this lisent doo woop song its amazing...
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Where oh where can my baby be? This song, wow. I'm not a big fan, but I love this song
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El ultimo beso ,.
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amaliaquiroz 1
Oh where oh where can my baby be, the lord took her away from me, shes gone in heaven so I got to be good, so I can see my baby when I leave, this world.......
I love this song its so aad thought
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I sure do love these bio's!
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I never knew who sang this song!
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So happy that contemporary groups like Pearl Jam are covering old songs.
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Pearl jams cover of this song is one of my favorites! It's slower than this. Other than that nice song!
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I was a little kid in the early '60's when the so called teen-death melodrama songs were popular and they always disturbed me. I liked Rock and Roll much better and of course the Girl Groups were great.
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I had a drill sergeant (Sgt. Hartley) who claimed to have been the drummer for the band. Everything I had read did not list the drummer's name as Hartley. Now, after reading this, I wonder if he wasn't with one of J. Frank Wilson's bands after the original band broke up.
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I like this song very much
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Yall can keep your weak beets from your corny producers, there's a new king in da streets. . Your gonna get youse to- NAS
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Love Love Love this song! Pearl Jam's cover is pretty cool too.
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Try the Spanish version . Its actually very good and sounds exactly the same except for the language of course. If there are racists out there then dont take this sugestion. But yeah look it up...
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Great song
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Not in your heart just believe that's all there is no confessing no feeling sorry just faith alone and Christ alone
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7householder s
This is a great song but you don't get to Heaven by being good. You go by accepting Jesus into you heart and realizing you are a sinner.
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man! if only they made more albums these guys were great!
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did u know that it is true? i saw him back in the 60s on one of the shows back then... he had his leg in a cast when he preformed.
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junedebra
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will b
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Last Kiss. Sort of sounds like John Lennon's voice, eh?
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err my a** u wld see himm VVV
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Used to see him around town in the late 70's and 80's, sad. But this is one of the best one hit wonders.
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Good song. I was on the cusp between this genre and the Beatles. Fell full into the new Beatles era but I like this tune. Kind of fun to sing. Pear Jam's sounds like a fun one off run through.
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Sad but nice song..try hearing it in Spanish
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pixilated1
The saxophonist is BOB Zeller. Please fix this. Thanks!
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jeepxgirl20
Its a great song...I have it on 45 as well :)
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I got last kiss on 45 rpm great sound, yet sad. : (
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This is such a depressing song.
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elnewton
what a bummer song.
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i heard it in spanish years ago!
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I have Last kiss on record, very sad when you listen to it :(
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i think this is pretty up beat for a song about a tragedy, lol....on the other hand Teen Angel is sad
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Aweful, maudlin song. Hey, ever listen to the back ground singer? On her last riff, she chokes. It's hilarious! Sounds like she swallowed a fish bone.
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Last Kiss brings me to tears every time I hear it..
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lan.nguyen80
Hey caldwellz this song was actually a sound check at a show PJ gave; the sound guy just so happened to be recording... then they released it. I am a huge fan of everything 50's and 60's (BTW- rock and roll hasnt been the same since Buddy Holly), but do have to admit PJ did their version WAY better; tighter band, vocals, etc. all from a sound check, no doubt... Peace All.
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