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The Velvets

The Odessa, TX-based Velvets are best remembered for their violin-enriched 1961 Top 40 hit "Tonight (Could Be the Night)," during which the group chanted "doo-wop" behind lead singer Virgil Johnson. It was one of the first uses of the phrase in a song (the Turbans' use of the phrase on the 1955 "When You Dance" predates it by a few years). Johnson was a high school English teacher who recruited four of his students -- Clarence Rigsby (lead tenor), Robert Thursby (tenor), William Solomon (baritone), and Mark Prince (bass) -- to form the Velvets in 1960. They were soon spotted by Roy Orbison, who helped get them signed to the Nashville-based Monument label (he later cut "Lana" a song of theirs, while at the label).

The Velvets' recording career started with a catchy revival of "That Lucky Old Sun," but despite the presence of Nashville's finest session players on their releases, only the up-tempo "Tonight (Could Be the Night)," which was penned by Johnson, would score a U.S. Top 40 hit (number 26 pop, May 1961). This song tells of a guy trying to get his nerve up to ask his girl to marry him. Their next release, the spirited Roy Orbison/Joe Melson-penned "Laugh," became their last chart entry. The group released another six singles before going back to teaching and studying. ~ Bryan Thomas
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Track List: Tonight Could Be The Night

1. Tonight (Could Be The Night)

2. That Lucky Old Sun

3. Spring Fever

4. Lana

5. My Love

6. Crying In The Chapel

7. Be Ever Mine

8. Laugh

9. Let The Good Times Roll

10. Kiss Me

11. Who Has The Right

12. Time And Again

13. Here Comes That Song Again

14. If

15. I'm Trusting In You

16. Alicia

17. I Can Feel It

18. Baby The Magic Is Gone

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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE IF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOURE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREAPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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Tonight could be the night
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The lyrics you display for I by the Velets are the lyrics for The Closer You Are by the Channels come ion Pandora get your act together!!!! ! ! '
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The way music should sound/good clean lyrics easy to listen to.
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Good group
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Great Black group that had the White sound(Just like the white groups like the Skyliners, and Johnny Maestro and Crests who had the Black sound)
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always loved thier sound
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This is the best song they ever recorded. Love it madly

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