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The Turbans

The Turbans were among the first Philadelphia-based R&B outfits to achieve national recognition. They emerged in 1955 out of a local R&B scene that had previously been dominated by such tenor-led groups as the Castelles, the Capris, and the Dreams. The Turbans' distinctive trait (apart from their headgear) was the soaring falsetto lead singing of 17-year-old Al Banks (born July 26, 1937), supported by the backup harmony of Matthew Platt, baritone Charlie Williams, and bass Andrew Jones; all four were schoolmates when stardom beckoned.

They headed to New York and signed to Al Silver's Herald Records, where they cut their first record late in 1955. It was the B-side, the up-tempo "When You Dance," that caught on with DJs and ended up charting nationally, thus giving the Turbans the opportunity to tour the East Coast. Their second single had a similar fate, the B-side, "Sister Sookie," supplanting the more mellow A-side, "I'll Always Watch Over You," on radio station turntables and play lists and becoming a regional hit. This proved to be the high point for the group -- their next four records never matched the first two, and their Herald contract ended after the release of "Congratulations" in 1957. The group moved to Imperial and then to Roulette Records, undergoing numerous personnel changes in the process, with Banks remaining the lead singer throughout. Before his death in the late '70s, Banks became a member of one of the lineups of Drifters playing the oldies and club circuits, and "When You Dance" remained a part of his repertory. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Doo Wop Pops (Volume One)

1. Sixty Minute Man

2. Money Honey

3. How Do You Kiss An Angel

4. The Glory Of Love

6. When You Dance

7. Lily Maebelle

8. Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)

9. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

10. Gee

11. Count Every Star

12. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite

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Track List: Encyclopedia Of Doo Wop: Volume 5

Disc 1

2. They Say

3. Is There A Love For Me

5. Cruise To The Moon

6. Lamplight

7. Alphabet Of Love

8. Cry Like I Cried

9. Stormy Weather

10. Runaround

11. I'll Pray For You

12. Wedding Bells

17. Angel Face

18. Crazy For You

19. Ding Dong

21. Heaven Above Me

23. Darling Can't You Tell

24. Rip Van Winkle

25. Let It Please Be You

Disc 2

1. Zoom

2. Little Girl Of Mine

3. Im Not A Know It All

4. Your Way

5. Rendezvous With You

6. I Cried My Heart Out

7. Sympathy

8. Too Young

9. Two People In The World

10. I Talk To My Echo

11. Goodbye To Love

12. I Found

13. Dont Ask Me To Be Lonely

14. Angel In Disguise

15. Shining Star

16. Everybodys Somebodys Fool

17. Natures Creation

19. Baby Baby

20. Ive Got To Have You Baby

21. Rubber Biscuit

24. Thats The Way It Goes

25. He's Gone

Disc 3

1. Gee

2. I Won't Be The Fool Anymore

3. Baby

4. Traveling Stranger

5. Sugar Sugar

6. Goodbye To Love

7. Our Love Will Never End

9. Dream

10. On Sunday Afternoon

11. Every Night

12. Woo Woo Train

13. You Are So Beautiful

15. That's My Desire

16. I Found Out Why

17. Be Sure My Love

18. Paper Castles

19. You Can Come If You Want To

21. You Baby You

23. China Doll

24. Don't Say Goodnight

25. Forever

Disc 4

1. A Thousand Miles Away

2. Little Boy Blue

3. String Around My Heart

4. The Shrine Of St. Cecelia

5. Beside My Love

6. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

7. I Love You Darling

8. In My Lonely Room

9. Altar Of Love

10. Summertime

12. You Are

14. Share

15. I Love You So

18. Whisper (Softly)

19. Diamonds & Pearls

20. Snow White

22. Teenage Rock

24. Teenage Love

25. Your Last Chance

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Track List: Remember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups Vol. 1

1. Let It Please Be You

2. Three Coins In The Fountain

3. The Mountains

4. There Goes The Boy

5. I Don't Want Your Love

6. Short On Bread

7. I Laughed So Hard

8. Sandra Baby

9. Golden Rings

11. Tears In My Heart

12. Remember Me Baby

13. Did You Ever Get My Letter?

14. When You Dance

15. Raining Teardrops

16. You Must Be An Angel

17. Turn Out The Lights

19. Everyone But You

20. Triangle

22. Flame Of Love

23. To Cry

24. Down By The Ocean

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Track List: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 3

1. The All American Boy

2. Kansas City

3. My True Love

4. Jennie Lee

6. The Beat

7. To Know Him, Is To Love Him

8. When You Dance

9. Love Letters

10. So Tough

11. To the Aisle

12. La Dee Dah

13. Endless Sleep

14. Chicken, Baby, Chicken

15. Lover's Island

16. No Chemise, Please

17. It Was I

18. Tonight I Fell In Love

19. Happy Birthday Blues

20. Rockin' Little Angel

21. Tonite, Tonite

22. Cha Hua Hua

23. Western Movies

24. The Girl In My Dreams

25. Sugar Shack

26. There Is Something On Your Mind

27. Woman Is A Man's Best Friend

28. Sacred

29. The Freeze

30. Click Clack

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Track List: Vocal Groups: Classic Doo Wop

Disc 1

2. Sweet Georgia Brown

3. Sweet And Slow

4. Swing Is The Thing

5. My Walking Stick

6. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water

7. If I Didn't Care

9. Whispering Grass

11. That's The Rhythm

12. I Like Pie, I Like Cake

13. Milk Shake Stand

15. The Blues Can Jump

17. Hoe Cake, Hominy And Sassafras Tea

19. Wig Blues

20. Write Me A Letter

21. Around About Midnite

22. Ever Lovin' Slick

23. It's Too Soon To Know

24. Five O'Clock Blues

25. Jumping Jack

26. Rival Blues

Disc 2

1. Too Much Of A Little Bit

2. What's The Matter With You

3. Lemon Squeezing Daddy

4. Please Don't Leave Me

5. My Baby's Gone

6. How Could You

7. One More Time

8. Will You Be Mine

9. Sixty Minute Man

10. Make Me Thrill Again

11. Mary Jo

12. Ting-A-Ling

13. Stormy Weather

14. Eyesight To The Blind

15. The Glory Of Love

17. Good Googa Mooga

18. Just Walking In The Rain

19. I Wasn't Thinkin', I Was Drinkin'

20. Money Honey

21. Gee

22. I Found Out

23. A Sunday Kind Of Love

24. Get With It

Disc 3

1. Be Bop Wino

2. Feel So Good

3. Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite

5. Tell Me

6. Big Leg Mama

8. Is It A Dream

11. Hearts Of Stone

12. Baby Let Me Bang Your Box

13. The Stars Are Out Tonight

15. Gloria

16. Riot In Cell Block No.9

17. Oop Shoop

18. Grief By Day, Grief By Night

19. What Do You Do

20. Mary Lee

23. Buick '59

24. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

25. Newly Wed

Disc 4

1. Smokey Joe's Cafe

2. You Didn't Learn It At Home

3. Witchcraft

4. Chop Chop Boom

5. Rollin' Stone

6. No No Cherry

7. My Angel

8. I'm Leavin' (Clickity Clack)

9. The Door Is Still Open

10. That's Your Mistake

11. Baby Let's Play House

12. Be Bop Baby

14. Hug A Little, Kiss A Little

15. I Need You So

16. When You Dance

17. At My Front Door

18. Lonely Nights

19. Red Hots And Chili Mac

20. Bye Bye

21. A Story Untold

22. Don't Play No Mambo

23. Peace And Contentment

24. Nobody Knows

26. The Great Pretender

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riskcontrol1 r b
Sister Sookie rules - agreed
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Diamonds and Pearls by the Turbans is better than the original by the Paradons in my opinion !!! 8-)
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The Turbans were one of best groups of the 50's. But a song you never is Sister Sooky--pleas e add it to your play list-thanks.
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Wow- I grew up in Phila. This reminds me of rushing home from 1st grade to watch the big kids dance on Bandstand.

Pure and beautiful harmony, this is truely art.
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jncaracciolo
The Turbans were so good. Just listen to the range of his voice on this song. Such harmony and the ever present Sax. I long for those days and wish all the young could have experience it.
Great memories of the 50's.
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The Turbans (from Philly) - (Chet Jones - Bass and wrote most of their songs),
Had another really great song called "It Was A Night Like This" - VERY COOL! Check it out if you can.
Doo Wop David - Woodstock GA
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There is nothing like DOO WOP and the harmony help relieve the pressures of the day.

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