Wednesday, May 20, 2009

THE FOUR J's aka THE FABULOUS FOUR

In 1957 four fellows from the South Philadelphia area formed a vocal group they named The Four J's they took their name based on the fact that each member's first name began with the letter J. they were Jr. Pirollo, Jimmy Testa,  Joe"Judge"Milaro and Joe Paparella wining a local talent contest and signed with Buddy Greco as their manager who send the group to United Artists Records where in 1958 recorded_Rock & Roll Age/Be Nice,Don't Fight. but before the recording session Paparella was replaced by Pirollo's brother-in-law Bob Finizio. after another 1958 release in Herald records_Kissin' At The Driven-in / Dreams Are A Dime Dozen. the group back up to John Capri and  were innactive.

Jr. and Bob would eventualy become members of The Four Naturals from Red Top Records (see Four Naturals picture in this blog).


In 1959 Bob Marcucci of Chancellor Records ask to Pirollo and Finizio a group for back up to Fabian, they recruited Jimmy Testa and Ernie Spano (of The Four Dates on Chancellor) and formed The Fabulous Four, recorded and toured with Chancellor's artists as Fabian, Sonny Vito, Maureen Gray...and recorded their own recordings on Chancellor.

They recorded...

As The Four J's ...

-Rock and Roll Age / Be Nice, Don't Fight. United Artists Records-1958.
-Kissin' At The Drive-In / Dreams Are A Dime A Dozen. Herald Records-1958.

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John Capri and The Four J's (Uncredited)...

-When I'm Lonely / Look For Me. BoMarc Records-1959.


As The Fabulous Four...

-Mister Twist / In The Chapel In The Moonlight. Chancellor Records-1960.
-Let's Try Again / Precious Moments. Chancellor Records-1961.
-Sounds Of Summer / Why Do Fools Fall In Love. Chancellor Records-1961.
-Betty Ann / Prisoner Of Love. Chancellor Records-1961.
-Everybody Knows / I'm Coming Home. Chancellor Records-1961.
-Everybody Knows / Mister Twist. Chancellor Records-1961.
-Forever / It's No Sin. Chancellor Records-1962.

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Unreleased sides...

-Special Girl (Featuring Mike Dupree),Silhouettes,Story Untold,(Reach Out for The) Hand of Love,Talk to Me,Blame Your Friend,Little Girl ,Moonlight Shadows,A  Million Years,Fools Destiny,Soldier Boy's Comin' Home.




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Fabian & The Fabulous Four...

-no group/ Mighty Cold (To A Warm Warm Heart). Chancellor Records-1959
- Long Before / no group. Chancellor Records-1961.
-You Know You Belong to Someone Else / no group. Chancellor Records-1961.
-A Girl Like You / no group. Chancellor Records-1961.
-no group / Kansas City. Chancellor Records-1961.
-Wild Party / Made You. Chancellor Records-1961.

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 Below Fabian  with his mother and The Fabulous Four.





Fabian & The Fabulous Four (Uncredited)...

-I'm A Man / Hypnotized. Chancellor Records-1959.
-Got The Feeling / Come and Get Me. Chancellor Records-1959.
-This Friendly World / Hound Dog Man. Chancellor Records-1959.

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Sonny Vito & The Fabulous Four (Uncredited)...

-Put' Em Down Joe / I Remember The Night. Chancellor Records-1962.

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Maureen Gray & The Fabulous Four (Uncredited)...

-I'm so Young / There Is A Boy. Chancellor Records-1961.


The group toured the entire United States (except Alaska) and appear on Dick Clark's American banstand.



In 1964 the group back to the original name, The Four J's and incororate lead Singer of the Four dates Johnny October and recorded again...

-Here I Am Broken Hearted / She Said That She Loved Me. Jamie Records-1964.
- By Love Possessed / My Love My Love. Jamie Records-1964.

To Listen or Download the Four J's_Here I Am Broken Hearted. Please visit;http://www.box.net/shared/crk4qx6900

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Johnny Angel & The Four J's (Uncredited)...

-This Is The Night For Love / You've Been Wrong. Swan Records-1966.

The Four J's (featuring Junior Pope)...

-Dreamin' / Love My Love. Congress Records-1969.

See in this blog  FABIAN with THE FABULOUS FOUR.

1 comment:

Rockin Richard (Phillips) said...

Jimmy Testa of the Four J's just passed on.
No details as of yet.