The Harptones

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The Harptones are an American doo-wop group, which formed in Manhattan in 1953.

The group never had a top forty pop hit, or even a record on the national R&B charts, yet they are still considered one of the most influential doo-wop groups, both for their lead singer, Willie Winfield and their pianist/arranger, Raoul Cita. The Harptones recorded for various labels, including Coed Records. The Harptones may have been the first doo-wop group to number a full-time arranger among their members, and Cita knew how to work to Winfield's strengths. Their best-known recordings include "Sunday Kind of Love" (1953), "Why Should I Love You?" (1954), "Life is But a Dream" (1955), and "The Shrine of St. Cecilia" (1956).

In 1956, they recorded some songs for the film Rockin' the Blues: "Mambo Boogie", "Ou Wee Baby",[1] and "High Flying Baby".[2]

The song "Life is But a Dream" was featured in the 1990 film GoodFellas, and can be found on the film's soundtrack.

Members[edit]

1951-1954[edit]

Early 1955[edit]

Dicey Galloway was drafted in November 1954.

Late 1955[edit]

Early 1956[edit]

1956 movie Rockin' The Blues[edit]

Early 1957[edit]

Billy Brown died of a drug overdose in spring 1957.

Late 1958[edit]

Dicey Galloway left in October and was replaced for Milton Love of The Solitares for a short time, before splitting.

1959-1963[edit]

Nicky Clark left after a few months, to be replaced by Wilbur "Yonkie" Paul, who was in turn replaced by Hank "Pompi" Jernigan.

Early 1964[edit]

Late 1964[edit]

1970-1972[edit]

1972–mid-1990s[edit]

Mid 1990s-1999[edit]

This lineup appeared on Doo Wop 50. Linda Champion left due to health problems around 2000.[3]

2000-2008[edit]

2008-present[edit]

Marlowe Murray died of cancer in 2008

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Harptones were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002. Marlowe Murray died from cancer in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harptones--OO Wee Baby, YouTube.
  2. ^ "The Harptones", Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks.
  3. ^ Harptones Group Biography

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