Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 3/31/01 - 4/6/01)

"Just Like A Fool"
by The Robins
on Spark 122
released in 1955

Left: Photo of The Robins, who, at the time of this recording, were Carl Gardner (lead), Bobby Nunn (bass), Ty Terrell, Billy Richard, and Roy Richard. Gardner and Nunn were soon to become members of a new group called The Coasters.

Above: The Robins' sixth (and last) release on the Spark label (1954-55). Gil Bernal plays tenor sax on this one.

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Above: Label images for "Framed" on Spark 107 (1954) and "The Hatchet Man" on Spark 116 (1955), both by The Robins.

Above: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, (L)1950's and (R)1990's. They wrote most of the songs issued on the Spark label, which was located in Hollywood, CA. From Billboard, 3/6/54, "Spark Records, headed by A. L. Stoller, bowed recently with two releases in the rhythm and blues market. Label has set Gil Bernal, vet tenor man, and Willie & Ruth on their first sides. Lester Sill has been named national sales manager, with Jack Levy repping the firm in the East. Songscribes Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who penned the click 'Hound Dog' of last year, will handle the A&R work...".

To listen to Alan Freed play Gil Bernal's "The Whip" (Spark 102) on Cleveland's WJW Moondog Show from 1954, click on [Streaming] or [Download].

To learn more about 'Hound Dog', click HERE.


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