NORMAN FOX & THE ROB ROYS–“TELL ME WHY”

Norman Fox & The Rob Roys never charted a national hit record, but their 1957 recording of  TELL ME WHY  on Back Beat Records is considered a classic by doo-wop music fans of the era.  The Rob Roys single on Back Beat Records (501) was a hit on the East coast, especially, New York and Philadelphia.  The group was originally called The Velvetones.  Back Beat records was a Gospel Music label and not equiped for the rock and roll market.  This in itself led to poor promotion of Norman Fox & The Rob Roys recordings…in a market that was flooded with new material.

The group would record other great material on Back Beat…DANCE, GIRL, DANCE,  LOVER DOLL and  DREAM GIRL / PIZZA PIE  in 1958 on Capitol Records.  The group that formed in the Bronx, New York in 1956 was one of the few interracial groups recording at this time.  The group took their name from the “Rob Roy” cocktail.  Members included: Norman Fox-lead, Bob Trotman, Andre Lilly, Robert Thierer and Marshall “Buzzy” Helfand.  Back Beat Records was a subsidiary of the Duke/Peacock Records in 1957.  The group without a national hit split in 1963.  They reunited briefly in 1971 and 1986.

The Belmonts, without Dion, recorded their version of  TELL ME WHY  in 1961.  The single on Sabrina Records became a hit for them when it made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on May 22, 1961.  TELL MY WHY  climbed the Hot 100 to #18, becomming The Belmonts first Hot 100 hit, after their split with Dion.

The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” BRINGS THE ORIGINAL HIT BY…NORMAN FOX & THE ROB ROYS…AND…THE BELMONTS…1961 HIT. Great music, from the earl days of rock and roll.

Norman Fox & The Rob Roys – Tell Me Why – 1957

The Belmonts – Tell Me Why – 1961

Till the next time—Joe

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5 thoughts on “NORMAN FOX & THE ROB ROYS–“TELL ME WHY”

  1. I just love your post,and I am so very happy your helping to keep this great music alive..from me and many others “Thank you”””Keep the oldies coming””

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