Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#583 (Week of 9/20/08 - 9/26/08)


"Please Let Me Know"/"Real Humdinger"
by The Five Pearls
on Aladdin 3265
released in 1954

[Above image courtesy of Marv Goldberg.]

Above: The Five Pearls, from Detroit, consisted of Howard Guyton (lead), David Clowney (tenor), Derek Martin (tenor), George Torrence (baritone), and Coley Washington (bass).
[Thank you to Marv Goldberg for assistance in identifying personnel in The Five Pearls and The Pearls.]

Trade Magazine Article (October 1954):
The Five Pearls, Detroit singing group managed by Don Angelo, have inked a disk pact with Aladdin Records. Group was discovered at an Apollo Theatre talent contest by Eddie Mesner....

Trade Magazine Article (November 1954):
Aladdin's Leo Mesner real high on the Five Pearls' "Please Let Me Know." Leo says it's already showing more promise than any other number he has had this year....

Trade Magazine Article (January 1955):
Aladdin's Leo Mesner hoping that his Five Pearls disking of "Please Let Me Know" has what it takes to break pop. Meanwhile the Aladdin group will appear at the Madison Ballroom, Detroit, from Jan. 14 to 16. While in Detroit the Pearls will make a guest TV appearance on Ed McKenzie's show....

Above: Label image for Aladdin 3265. This is The Five Pearls' only release on Aladdin. The same line up, with their name shortened to The Pearls, followed with releases on Atco (1955-56). The Pearls, with possible personnel change(s), continued on to record for Onyx (1956-57). At some point, David Clowney left them for the Valentines.

Listen to this week's selections by The Five Pearls on Aladdin 3265 from 1954:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]
(Above: November 1954 Clipping)

       Please Let Me Know
       Real Humdinger
       BOTH SONGS played in sequence

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       Please Let Me Know
       Real Humdinger
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       Please Let Me Know
       Real Humdinger

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