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Jive Five

Best known for the number one R&B hit "My True Story," the Jive Five were one of the few vocal groups to survive the transition from the '50s to the '60s. In the process, they helped move the music itself forward, providing a key link between doo wop and '60s soul.

Formed in Brooklyn, NY, the group originally consisted of Eugene Pitt (lead), Jerome Hanna (tenor), Richard Harris (tenor), Billy Prophet (baritone), and Norman Johnson (bass). The Jive Five's first hit, "My True Story," was their biggest, peaking at number one on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts in the summer of 1961. None of the band's subsequent singles -- including 1962's minor R&B hit "These Golden Rings" -- were as popular, but the group managed to keep performing and recording. Under the direction of Eugene Pitt and Norman Johnson, the Jive Five refashioned themselves as a soul band in 1964, forming a new lineup with Casey Spencer (tenor), Webster Harris (tenor), and Beatrice Best (baritone). This new incarnation of the band signed to United Artists Records. The group only had one hit on UA, 1965's "I'm a Happy Man."

In 1966, the Jive Five left United Artists and signed with Musicor, where they had the 1968 R&B hit "Sugar (Don't Take Away My Candy)." They changed labels again in 1970, signing with Decca. That same year, they changed their name to the Jyve Fyve, in order to appear more contemporary. The Jyve Fyve had only one minor R&B hit, 1970's "I Want You to Be My Baby."

The group continued to perform and record for a variety of small labels during the '70s, but never had another hit. Throughout the '70s and '80s, the only constant member was Eugene Pitt. In 1975, Pitt changed the name of the group to Ebony, Ivory & Jade, but this new incarnation failed to gain much attention. In 1982 Pitt changed the name of the group back to the Jive Five and the band recorded two albums for the indie label Ambient Sound. Across the following decades the Jive Five were regulars on the oldies circuit, and in 2003 they issued a CD single (under the moniker Eugene Pitt & the Jive Five) entitled "It's Christmas" on Doesn't Matter Music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rediscovered Masters From The 60's

1. Way Back (Accapella)

2. Change

3. What Goes Around

4. Wine Wine Wine

5. On The Corner (Take 1)

6. On The Corner (Take 2)

7. Where Do We Go From Here

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Track List: What Time Is It? (Digital 45) - Single

1. What Time Is It?

2. Do You Hear Wedding Bells?

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Track List: Here We Are!

1. Here I Am

2. Never, Never Lie

3. Don't Believe Him Donna

4. Hey Nineteen

5. Hey Sam

6. Never, Never Change

7. Chains

8. Magic Maker, Music Maker

9. Oh Baby

10. Say You'll Be There

11. He's Just A Lucky Man

12. Baby, You're My Only Love

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Track List: Collectors Gold Series

1. My True Story

2. What Time Is It?

3. Do You Hear Wedding Bells?

4. Begging You Please

5. Never Never

6. Johnny Never Knew

7. These Golden Rings

8. I Don't Want To Be Without You Baby

9. Hully Gully Callin' Time

10. No Not Again

11. The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair

12. Rain Makes My Baby Cry

13. You Know What I Would Do

14. Lily Marlane

15. People From Another World

16. Hurry Back

17. She's My Girl

18. When I Was Single

19. Never Never

20. My True Story

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Track List: My True Story

1. My True Story

2. Never, Never

3. No More Tears

4. No Not Again

5. Rain

6. Sugar (Dont Take Away My Candy)

7. What Time Is It?

8. Donna

9. These Golden Rings

10. The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair

11. Hey Nineteen

12. Hully Gully Callin' Time

13. I'm A Happy Man

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Track List: My True Story (Single)

1. My True Story

2. Never Never

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Track List: Their Greatest Hits

1. My True Story

2. Do You Hear Wedding Bells?

3. Begging You Please

4. Rain

5. Johnny Never Knew

6. People From Another World

7. These Golden Rings

8. What Time Is It?

9. Hurry Back

10. No Not Again

11. Hully Gully Callin' Time

12. The Girl With Wind In Her Hair

13. When I Was Single

14. Never Never

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