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The Paradons

The Paradons are know best for the beautiful "Diamonds and Pearls," which reached number 18 on the pop chart in 1960, nine rungs higher than it registered on the R&B chart. The quartet, comprised of friends William Powers and Bill Meyers plus Chuck Weldon and West Tyler, gigged at school dances and local clubs around Bakersfield, CA, singing what the audience requested until a chance to record came about with Milestone Records. Their first session, one night of work, yielded eight sides, including the hit "Diamonds and Pearls" and the B-side "I Want Love." "Diamonds and Pearls" became a favorite on radio stations and generated appearances on American Bandstand, the Apollo, the Howard, and other top venues for R&B artists. Money problems put a monkey wrench in the mix, however, and the group disbanded after disenchantment set in. The follow-up "Bells Ring" failed to do anything, and neither did "Take All of Me" nor "I Had a Dream." The group stayed together less than a year, but Milestone kept issuing Paradons sides until they exhausted the supply. Making rock & roll records, even good ones, didn't prove fruitful for the Bakersfield lads. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Track List: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 2

1. Memphis

3. You Belong To Me

4. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night

5. A Million To One

6. Rockin' In The Jungle

7. Wild Weekend

8. Stay

9. Down The Aisle Of Love

10. Mountain Of Love

12. Let The Little Girl Dance

13. There's A Moon Out Tonight

14. Get A Job

15. You

16. Buzz Buzz Buzz

17. I've Had It

18. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)

19. Mister Lonely

20. In The Still Of The Night

21. Church Bells May Ring

22. That's LIfe (That's Tough)

23. Rumble

24. Let's Stomp

25. Oh Julie

26. Little Darlin'

27. Teen Beat

28. Diamonds And Pearls

29. Alley Oop

30. California Sun

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Friends & myself used to sing this song.what fun.
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Had it .Then I let it get away
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Takes me back to a time in Florida Jacksonville
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It's THE PARAGONS!!!! !
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another slow, very slow dance song.
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I love them
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Awesome classic doo wop song
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I'm with Bob on that one, Dee
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thetopwrench
I think this a great song who ever sings it
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Dee you must have grown up hearing the Turbans version...so r r y to disagree but Paradons is BETTER
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Diamonds and Pears is a great song, BUT the Turbans did a better version of it In my opinion, than the Paradons. :-)
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djjp1049
BACK ON THE STREETS IN B KLYN PURE DOO WOP
DJJP
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Love these songs. Kenny Vance and the Planotones do a great job with this song
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1 of the greatest doowop classics. love it. ever hear kenny vance do it?
he will knock you out!
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Pure doo-wop beauty!!! I was digging this when I was a teen. I played background guitar and my friends covered this tune beautifully.
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I was born in 41 and I agree with newkirk, except most of us young teens would like to dance with a tall girl so we could rest our cheeks against her breast.
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I was born in'43, but I still remember the scent of a 16 year-old girl's shampoo'd hair as we danced. Seems like this song had a special meaning to both girls and guys. A girl would go over to ask a guy to dance if there was some kind of dynamic between them, real, imagined, or just wished and hoped for. This song, sadly, was near the end of the great doo wop era. I think the group was very good...
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paulafrances c h i
The ultimate slow-dance with a guy you've got a crush on when you're thirteen song! If you were born, like me, in 1947.

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