JOE T'S SODA SHOP (JOE TROIANO'S BLOG)

The Genies are an R&B vocal group from Brooklyn, New York.  Members included:  Roy Hammond lead vocal, Claude Johnson, Bill Gains, Alexander Faison and Fred Jones.  Claude (Juan) Johnson and Roland (Don) Trone would later become the duo of  Don & Juan and record the classic…WHAT’S YOUR NAME  in 1962 on Big Top Records.

The Genies originated in 1956 on Long Beach, Long Island, New York.  In 1958 while they were singing, a man gave them his card…the man was Bob Shad, President of Shad Records in New York.  The meeting led to an audition and a recording contract.  The result of that was their classic hit recording of…WHO’S THAT KNOCKING  on Shad Records.  Almost a year later the record was released.  The single made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on March 30, 1959 (Shad Records 5002).  The Genies recording charted at #71 on the Hot 100 and remained on the…

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