Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#715 (Week of 6/18/11 - 6/24/11)


"I"/"Nite Owl"
by Tony Allen And The Champs
on Specialty 560
released in 1955

"Especially"/"Check Yourself, Baby"
by Tony Allen And The Chimes
on Specialty 570
released in 1956


Above: Tony Allen.
Check out Doo Wop Society Of Southern California for Tony's own story (Will open in a separate window).


   

Above Left: Label image of Specialty 560 recorded on 9/1/55 and released in September 1955. The Champs were actually The Chimes, Specialty's "house" group, consisting of Charles Jackson, David Cobb, Pookie Whooten, and John Talbert (per Tony Allen) or possibly Jackson, Cobb, Horace Whooten, and Booker Jones (per Disc-File). The Chimes had two releases of their own on Specialty in the 1955-56 time frame.

Tony Allen is composer on both sides.

Above Right: Review from 10/15/55 edition of The Billboard.



Above: (Top) Another review from The Billboard 12/10/55 after "Nite Owl" started selling bigger.
(Bottom) Review of the reissued record from The Billboard 7/20/59, listed under "Moderate Sales Potential."





Above Left: Label image of Specialty 570 recorded on 9/1/55 and released in January 1956. Tony Allen is composer on the flip side.

Above Right: Review from 2/16/56 edition of The Billboard.

Listen to this week's selections: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
 
          1. - Tony Allen And The Champs - Specialty 560 - 1955
          2. Nite Owl - Tony Allen And The Champs - Specialty 560 - 1955
          3. Especially - Tony Allen And The Chimes - Specialty 570 - 1956
          4. Check Yourself, Baby - Tony Allen And The Chimes - Specialty 570 - 1956
 
          ALL FOUR played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
 
          1. - Tony Allen And The Champs - Specialty 560 - 1955
          2. Nite Owl - Tony Allen And The Champs - Specialty 560 - 1955
          3. Especially - Tony Allen And The Chimes - Specialty 570 - 1956
          4. Check Yourself, Baby - Tony Allen And The Chimes - Specialty 570 - 1956

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          1. - Tony Allen And The Champs - Specialty 560 - 1955
          2. Nite Owl - Tony Allen And The Champs - Specialty 560 - 1955
          3. Especially - Tony Allen And The Chimes - Specialty 570 - 1956
          4. Check Yourself, Baby - Tony Allen And The Chimes - Specialty 570 - 1956


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