"I Had A Love"/"She Wants To Rock"
by The Flairs
on Flair 1012
released in 1953
Above: 1953 photo of The Flairs, who were from Los Angeles, consisting of (L-R Back) Richard Berry (bass), Cornell Gunter (tenor), Thomas "Pete" Fox (tenor), (L-R Front) Obie Jessie (baritone), and Beverly Thompson (tenor).
16 Year-Olds Produce Disk Click For Flair
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 1, 1953 — Latest phenomenon in these parts is the growing popularity of a quintet of youngsters known as "The Flairs." The group's members, all 16 years of age, attend Jefferson High School here. They have no professional voice training and are still in their third year of high school.
Group was picked up and put on THE FLAIRS wax by young Joe Bihari, of the well known Bihari recording family. He soon realized the possibilities of the group and signed them to a two-year contract. Their first two sides, "I Had A Love" and "She Wants To Rock," were recently released on the Flair label.
The Flairs will make their first professional appearance at the upcoming Gene Norman jazz concert at the Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood. The lads, Obie Jessie, Cornelius Gunter, Thomas Fox, Beverly Thomson and Richard Berry, write their own material.
Click HERE to view an article about The Flairs by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: 1953 photo of The Flairs, (L-R) Cornell Gunter, Obie Jessie, Pete Fox, Beverly Thompson, and Richard Berry.
Above: Label image for Flair 1012 released in July 1953. Cornell Gunter sings lead on "I Had A Love," while Richard Berry does same on the flip song, which he composed. The Flairs had more than several records on the Flair label (1953-55), including releases as The Hunters and The Chimes (the latter with some changes in personnel).
Listen to this week's selections by The Flairs on Flair 1012 from 1953:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
(Above: August 1953 Clipping)
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I Had A Love
She Wants To Rock
BOTH SONGS played in sequence
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Label simulation for this week's selection graphically reproduced by Tony Fournier.
The Flair Records clipping near the bottom of this page is courtesy of Galen Gart.