Hello, Shep And The Limelites were a doo-wop group from Queens, New York. Members included former Heartbeats lead vocalist James “Shep” Sheppard, Clarence Bassett formerly a member of The Five Sharps and Charles Baskerville, a past member of The Videos. The began recording sessions for Hull Records in August of 1960. They recorded their doo-wop classic, DADDY’S HOME in February of 1961.
On March 23, 1961 DADDY’S HOME made its Billboard Hot 100 debut. The single record is actually a sequel to A THOUSAND MILES AWAY, by The Heartbeats, Sheppard’s former group. The record was a huge hit peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for 14 weeks. On April 3, 1961 DADDY’S HOME became a Billboard R&B hit, the single remained on the chart for 12 weeks and reached #4. The single sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”.
The group would chart two more hits in 1961 on the Hot 100, they are, READY FOR YOUR LOVE-#42 and THREE STEPS FROM THE ALTAR-#58. They would not cross-over to the Billboard R&B chart. On February 17, 1962 the group would chart, OUR ANNIVERSARY on the Hot 100, the single would reach #59, but would become a huge R&B hit when it crossed over on February 24, 1962. It would become a Top 10 R&B hit, charting at #7. The record would also be Shep And The Limelites last R&B hit.
They would chart two more Hot 100 records, WHAT DID DADDY DO-#94 in 1962 and REMEMBER BABY-#91 in 1963. The group would dis-band in 1966. Clarence Bassett sang with The Flamingos and Charles Baskerville later joined The Drifters. Sheppard re-formed The Limelites in the late 1960s, he was murdered in January of 1970 at the age of 34. Charles Baskerville died in January of 1995 and Clarence Bassett died in 2005.