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.
Till the next time—Joe