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The Lamplighters

The L.A.-based Lamplighters are best known as the group who later evolved into the Sharps, the backup group for Thurston Harris ("Little Bitty Pretty One," number two R&B and number six pop in 1957 for Aladdin). Former Hollywood Flame second tenor Willie Ray Rockwell, Matt Nelson, Al Frazier, and Harris formed the Lamplighters in the spring of 1952 and began appearing in a number of neighborhood nightspots, including Club Alabam on Central Ave., and the Barrelhouse Club in Watts, a nightclub owned by musician Johnny Otis and his partner Bardu Ali.

Otis introduced the group to Ralph Bass at Federal-King Records, which was actually headquartered in Cincinnati at the time. Bass signed the group to Federal, and in the late summer of 1953, began issuing the group's first singles, of which "BeBop Wino" b/w "Give Me" scored some much-needed airplay on the West Coast. They also backed up blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon and appeared with Linda Hayes and the Flairs, and performed at the Tenth Anniversary Cavalcade of R&B at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles with headliners Ruth Brown, Count Basie, and Louis Jordan.

Subsequent Federal singles failed to score much airplay for the group, who were virtually unknown outside of their home base in South Central Los Angeles. In mid-August 1954, the Lamplighters were on the bill for another huge R&B extravaganza at the Savoy Ballroom, hosted by DJ Hunter Hancock. During the fall months, because of the lack of support from Federal, the group's personnel was changing often. By year's end, they were an entirely different group: Eddie Jones, Harold Lewis, Carl White, and Sonny Harris.

In early 1955, Federal released a few more singles which failed to sell and soon ended their association with the group.

Later in the year, the Lamplighters signed with Decca for only one single, then returned to Federal, who tried something new: they decided to re-name them "The Tenderfoots," hoping to start anew and get off on the good (tender) foot. Four recordings were released by the group under this name, but were quickly forgotten.

Three more Federal singles were during the next sixth months; these came from the band's first recording sessions and so they were credited to the original Lamplighters name. The Lamplighters/Tenderfoots then evolved into a group called the Sharps, who were known most for being the backup group for Thurston Harris, who by 1954 was on a off-and-on relationship with the Lamplighters, occasionally appearing with them as a fill-in as needed. Harris' cover version of Bobby Day's "Little Bitty Pretty One," a classic novelty number featuring the Sharps doing backgrounds, provided him with his one and only Top Ten R&B and pop hit, which made it to number two R&B and number six pop in 1957 for Aladdin. He also had another Top 20 R&B hit, "Do What You Did," in 1958.

The Sharps recorded for Vogue Records: "Lock My Heart" and "Shufflin'," which is an extremely rare and valuable single. They also provided backing vocals on many of Duane Eddy's hit songs. Some of the Lamplighters/Tenderfoots/Sharps eventually joined up with Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton and appeared as the Rivingtons in the early '60s, scoring with "The Bird's the Word" and the immortal "Papa Ooh Mow Mow" hit (both songs provided the cornerstone for the Trashmen's wacky hit "Surfin' Bird"). ~ Bryan Thomas
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Selected Discography

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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

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

18. Hey Now

19. Angel Child

20. At My Front Door

21. I

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

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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