“Doo-Wop Greats”–THE DUBS–“COULD THIS BE MAGIC”

Hello,  Doo-Wop music has a soul and a passion all of its own.  It can rock the house or gently glide you across the dance floor.  One of the best Doo-Wop groups were the DUBS.  The R&B vocal group was from Harlem, New York.  Members included, Richard Blandon-lead vocals, Cleveland Still, Bill Carlisle, Jake Millerand Thomas Gardner who was replaced in 1957 by Tommy Grate.  The Dubs formed from two  vocal groups in Harlem, The Five Wings and The Scale-Tones.  Together they became The Marvels and recorded “I WON’T HAVE YOU BREAKING MY HEART” on ABC-Paramount records, but the single did nothing.

After the ABC-Paramount single the group renamed themselves THE DUBS and released a song written by lead singer Richard Blandon, the song “DON’T ASK ME TO BE LONELY”.  The song was a radio hit and was picked up for national release on George Goldner’s, Gone Records label.  The record made its Billboard Top 100 debut on July 15, 1957 and climbed the chart to #72.  The record failed to make the R&B chart.

The Dubs next single made its chart debut in November of 1957.  “COULD THIS BE MAGIC”, was also written by George Blandon.  It climbed the chart to become their biggest hit, remaining on the Top 100 for 16 weeks and charting at #23.  “Could This Be Magic” has become a doo-wop classic and is listed by Gribin/Schiff in their book, “The Complete Book Of Doo-Wop” as one of the top doo-wop songs of all time.  The success of their hit record earned The Dubs a spot on an Alan Freed tour.

The Dubs would not have a chart record after “Could This Be Magic” and in November of 1958 they decided to disband. Their last charted single came in July of 1959, “CHAPEL OF DREAMS”, which was released in November of 1958 and did not chart, was reissued.  In August of ’59 it made its Billboard Hot 100 debut, charting at #74.

Various line ups of The Dubs recorded over the years but with no chart success.  Richard Blandon died in December of 1991 at the age of 57.  Their way with a ballad should have given them much more chart success than they received, but the music they left is a tribute to their “Magic”. 

Till the next time—Joe

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