Tuesday, November 11, 2008

THE FIVE SHARKS-Pioneers of Acapella Group Harmony

Formed in the Bronx, New York, in 1963 by founding members Mark Dinep (lead), Steve Horn(bass), and background members Eddie Schwartz, Henry Levy, and Larry Rosensweig. This group put together a large body of work and recorded the classic “Stormy Weather” along with Acapella versions of “Possibilities”, “Canadien Sunset”, and “Happy Teenager” plus many other songs on Old Timer and Siamese record labels. In 1965, Kenny Bank and Henry Salas joined the group replacing Levy and Rosensweig. This group continued to record and perform until 1968 and also had a large body of work that can be heard on the Acapella recordings of “So Much In Love”, the haunting “Flames 66”, “Teardrops Follow Me” and “Stand By Me” among others on the Cat-Time and Siamese labels. The Five Sharks were part of the best Acapella albums ever put out ("I Dig Acapella" Cat Time LP Vols. 1 & 2).
In the late 60's early 70's with the dead of the acappella sound the group recorded as Dawns Early Light for Diamond Records.

Listen The Five Sharks.

1 comment:

Whitedoowopcollector said...

I receive this Email from Eddie Black...

Steve Horn was not as you state a founding member of The Five Sharks, in fact we were just four guys for our first 4 records, our harmony was very high our producer Bobby Miller suggested a bass ,we went through 2 or 3 basses before we found Steve Horn, so he is not actually a founding member, Mark Dinep, lead, Larry Rosenzweig baritone Henry Levy ,second tenor, and me Eddie Schwarts aka Black first tenor and sometime lead started this group, no one else