Hello,  The Cleftones were a doo-wop group from Queens, New York.  Members included, Herbie Cox-lead vocals, Charlie James, Berman Patterson, William McClain and Warren Corbin.  They were originally called “The Silvertones”.

In February of 1956 The Cleftones charted their first Billboard Top  100 record, “YOU BABY YOU” on Gee Records.  It was a modest hit only charting at #78.  In April of ’56 they were back on the Top 100 with “LITTLE GIRL OF MINE”.  This time they charted at #57 and had a solid 12 week run on the Billboard chart.  “Little Girl Of Mine” did even better on the Billboard R&B chart, where it peaked at #8.

In 1961 a new line up of “The Cleftones” recorded their biggest hit ever.  The group now consisting of Herb Cox-lead, Charlie James, Warren Corbin, Gene Pearson and their first and only female to sing with the group, Pat Spann charted “HEART AND SOUL”.  On May 22, 1961 “Heart And Soul” entered the Billboard Hot 100.  Receiving much air play “The Cleftones” hit record made a steady climb up the chart, to #18.  They did even better on the R&B chart, where they had a #10 hit record.  They would follow in September with another Hot 100 hit, “FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS”.  It would be modest hit, charting at #60.  Their last Hot 100 record would come in December of 1962.  “LOVER COME BACK TO ME” would chart at #95.  The group split in 1964.

“The Cleftones” didn’t have the volume of hits that some of the other groups of their era had, but the quality of their recordings equalled any group from their era.  “The Cleftones” hits have been featured in some very big movies including:  “Little Girl Of Mine” in the movie “A Bronx Tale”, “Heart And Soul” in the block buster “American Graffiti” and “Can’t We Be Sweethearts” in the movie “Goodfellas.

“The Cleftones” are a very special group, with that great doo-wop sound and that’s what the “Golden Era of Rock and Roll” is all about.  Turn on your favorite oldies station and you’ll most likely be listening to “Heart And Soul” or any one of their many great recordings.

Till the next time—Joe


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