Hello, The Shells are a R&B group from Brooklyn, New York. Members included Nathaniel “Little Nate” Bouknight-lead, Gus Geter, Bobby Nurse, Shade Alston and Danny Small. The group released their one national hit BABY OH BABY on Johnson Records in 1957 with ANGEL EYES as the flip side. The single had some success in 1957 but other single record releases failed to have any chart success…some of those singles were: SIPPIN’ SODA in 1958, BE SURE MY LOVE 1960 and SO FINE in 1960 to name a few.
The producers of BABY OH BABY, Don Fileti and Wayne Stierle re-issued the single in late 1960. On December 19, 1960 BABY OH BABY made its Billboard Hot 100 debut. The single climbed up the chart to #21 and remained on the Hot 100 for 8 weeks. The flip side of the re-issued single was changed to WHAT’S IN AN ANGEL’S EYES, it failed to chart.
The Shells failed to chart any other single records, but their one chart hit BABY OH BABY, is very popular with doo-wop fans and has been selected as one of the Top 1000 Doo-Wop songs of all-time, along with WHAT’S IN AN ANGEL’S EYES and SIPPIN’ SODA by Gribin/Schiff in their book, “The Complete Book of Doo-Wop”.
Till the next time—Joe