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The Toys

Barbara Harris, Barbara Parritt (both originally from North Carolina), and June Montiero attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Jamaica, NY; they decided to form a group one day at Parritt's sister's house. The trio got together after school, sang on corners, and entered talent shows. After graduation, they were eager for more, and made trips to 1619 Broadway, more commonly known as the Brill Building, seeking work as background vocalists. Vince Marc discovered the warblers at a talent show and introduced them to Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, who signed them to their Genius Incorporated label and brought them to the attention of record producer Bob Crew. The Toys came on like gangbusters, scoring with an adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Minuet in G, a five-finger piano exercise titled "A Lover's Concerto," written and produced by Linzer and Randell. The song scorched the R&B (number four) and pop (number two) charts, and went to number five in the U.K., selling over a million copies in 1965. Sadly, it was all over by 1968; the girls had differences and went their separate ways.

They initially recorded four songs, with "Concerto" being the last of the four and the only one that was done in one take. The other three were rehearsed by the girls for weeks and labored over in the studio, while their shining star was a throw in. Little did they know the throw in would become the monster hit. The success overwhelmed the girls. Vince Marc whisked them off on a world tour, putting his wife's (Barbara Chandler) career on hold while he and the girls traveled all over Europe and were mobbed by crowds of admirers. Dyno Voice was not pleased with the events; they wanted the Toys back in New York to record more tracks. They eventually returned to the States and recorded the remaining sides for The Toys Sing a Lover's Concerto and Attack!, a truly marvelous compilation and one of the best pairings of artist and producer in rock & roll's history. Harris handled most of the leads but Parritt and Montiero were hardly slouches -- both excelled when thrust into the spotlight: Montiero on "Yesterday" and Parritt on "Hallelujah." It remains a mystery why this great album only peaked at number 92 pop in 1966.

The Toys appeared on many musical television programs, including Shindig, Hullabaloo, American Bandstand, Hy Lit, Where the Action Is, Clay Cole, and Upbeat. Dyno Voice released "Attack" as the follow-up and watched it soar to number 18 pop. They even had a cameo spot in the film It's a Bikini World, which also featured the Castaways, the Animals, and the Gentrys. Two more releases charted in 1966, they switched to Philips Records for several singles in 1967, and then moved to Musicor where they had their last chart hit in 1968 ("Sealed With a Kiss," number 112 pop); the group split shortly afterward. Parritt and Montiero joined fake Marvelettes groups (there were about five fake Marvelette groups doing gigs at the time). Harris married a musician (Kenneth Wiltshire) and sung with bands doing the N.Y. bar scene. Harris reformed the Toys in the '90s for oldies reunion gigs, and with her husband's help, cut a solo CD titled Barbara Now. Her two enterprising sons financed her CD from their computer business' profits. Parritt and Montiero live in Queens and both still perform. Sundazed Records compiled an excellent CD of the Toys' recordings that includes the gems from the first LP as well as many of their later singles. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi
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Comments

jackwoods927
Talk about reminiscing, wow memories.
truly a classic,wond e r f u l .
Beautiful voice.... classic :)
LOVER'S CONCERTO-THE CRYSTALS One of my mother's favorite songs.
theromanknow s
The Toys never got the credit and recognition they deserved, probably because as far as I know, they were one-hit wonders. Fabulous range, high-note capability, harmony, and arrangements .
Oh by the way did you know this is actually a Mozart melody. The Toys were advanced.
Hold it listeners .This is original and great for it's day. Drop all your cliches and listen to the phrasing, lovely!
sadconquors
How gentle is the rain what a high voice! Not better than the Supremes imho.
garya1284
I think the toys were a very good group and their songs were great, but the supremes were unique with their sound, also.
Yes, I do think they are better than the Supremes! Play more of the Toys, please. Thanks!!
t_heath
Don't you think it's better than Supremes?
Great Supremey song.

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