The members of this Queens,New York group came from other gropus as The Valroys(See in this blog) or The Corvais but in 1960 Dennis Gray,James Pace,Artie Ross,Ronnie Pomerantz and Stan Novack are The Newports and associated with Alan Lee as manager and he gave them the name after the cigarette becuse he currently had a favorite tune out by a group also named after a cigarette The Chesterfields.
They auditioned for Jack Gold owner of Paris Records some demos and back up vocals were recorded but when nothing became of this sessions their affiliation with Gold came to an abrupt end.
Jimmy Pace's father had introduced The Newports to new manager Dave McRae.This had some connections with Jamie/Guyden Records in Philadelphia and got the group a recording contract.the group recorded five tunes and two_A Fellow Need A Girl/If I Could Tonight.finallly were released on Dave McRae's own label Ken Records.In 1962 Guyden Records via Cross Fire Records released one side of the group under the group name of The Exzels(see in this blog).
In the mid 1961 the group again went into the studio and cut new sides but some reason there was a delay in Guyden releasing the discs,finally in 1964 the label release_Tears/Disillusioned Love. with Joel Reinlieb in the lead voice but in this time the Beatle era was completely engulfing the music industry and the group are inactive as a Doowop group.
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