Tuesday, March 31, 2020

THE CASINOS...Name, Terry and Fraternity records

In 1958 The Casinos of_Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye. fame were know as The Legends (top and bottom photos) consisted of J. T. Sears (Lead), Ray White (Vocal and Guitar), Roger West (Tenor) and Jack Kenneddy. They started in the Woodward high school in Cincinnati, Ohio and played in local nightclubs, record hops and street corners Soon after, Gene Hughes was invited to join the group.

They signed Carl Dopkins Jr. as their manager he changed his name to The Casinos and in the summer of 1958 recorded for an independet label, Name Records, the sides_Do You Recall  / Teacher. with J.T. Sears on lead the record was reissued in 1960 on Olympic and in 1964 on Itzy Records with different versions of the Name's songs.

To Listen or Download "Do You Recall" please visit; http://www.box.net/shared/91svrzc9rb

Or go to YouTube...

The A side have a ocal airplay and the group perfomed on Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars" when this celebrate his show in Cincinnati.

After this recording, the group underwent several changes (which would be a constant from now on). Jack Kennedy left  and was replaced by Joe Patterson, shortly after Roger West left for military service and the group was innactive until 1964 when recorded two singles for Terry Records...

 -Gee Whiz / Lovely One.

 -Too Good To Be True / That's The Way. (Later reissued on Airtown records)


In this time only two original members are present in the group Hughes and White.

In  1965 the group signed with Fraternity records where in late 1966 recorded the national hit (#6) "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye". In this recording the members were Gene Hughes, Ray White, Bobby Amstrong and Mickey Denton with a five man band.

In the doo wop guides only two Fraternity's recordings are mentioned...

-Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye / I Still Love You.

-Please Love Me / When I Stop dreaming.

Watch a performance on television in 1967...

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