Red Top Records

Ivy Tones, The - Oo Wee Baby - 1958

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From RED TOP Promotion Notes – CD

Founded in 1957, Red Top Records and its related labels gave Philadelphia another outlet for RnB and Vocal Group recordings. Philadelphia in 1957 was the hotbed city for music. With recordings on Red Top, Hunt and later Jalynne and other labels for National and local releases, Red Top became a haven for local talent to cut wax and seek the National Hit.

As you will hear on the nearly 60 tracks on these two volumes. The Students, Quin-Tones, Sharmeers, local Pennsylvania groups that got their chance to shine. Established artists as the Turbans and Donnie Elbert were also recorded by Red Top.

Many of the songs recorded never went beyond the local Philadelphia area. Now we will get the chance to hear them all on one package.

Groups and Artists of RED TOP RECORDS

Volume #1

1. Down The Aisle Of Love – Quin-Tones ’58 Red Top (Ballad that is a standard now of Vocal Group Harmony)

2. The Key To My Heart – Tony & Twilighters ’60 Red Top $200 (Rocker by Tony Maresco and the guys!)

3. My Heart Is An Open Door – Students outtake (Ballad)

4. I Promise You Love – Turbans ’59 Red Top (Great ballad! Too bad Al Banks didn’t record on this session!)

5. Mommies Gone – Donnie Elbert ’61 Jalynne (Ballad)

6. Oo Wee Baby – Ivytones ’58 Red Top (Super Rocker!)

7. Did You Make Up Your Mind – Tony & Twilighters outtake (Ballad)

8. Blue Star – Blue Notes ’61 20th Century Fox (Great Ballad)

9. Please Dear – Quin-Tones outake (Uptempo)

10. Someday – Donnie Elbert ’61 Jalynne (Ballad as only Donnie could sing)

11. Peter Pumpkin Eater – Troupers ’59 Red Top (Rocks)

12. You Must Be An Angel – Gainors ’58 Cameo $500 ’58 Red Top (Ballad so sweet!)

13. When I’m In Your Arms – Naturals ’59 Red Top (POP!!!)

14. Curfew Time – Turbans flipside of #4 (Rocker)

15. What Am I To Do – Quin-Tones ’58 Hunt (Ballad from this York, Pa group)

16. My Heart Is An Open Door – Students ’57 Red Top (Ballad. Raw!!)

17. For Sentimental Reasons – Donnie Elbert ’61 Jalynne (Latin Beat on this Standard)

18. Goodbye My Love – Joe Tex unknown (Blues Ballad)

19. I Promise To Remember – Tony & Twilighters unreleased (Lymon he ain’t)

20. Follow Me – Gainors flip of #13 (Ballad)

21. Oh My Love – Quin-Tones ’58 Red Top (Latin Beat! Movin’)

22. The Thought Of You Darling – Four Naturals ’60 Red Top $200 (Rocks)

23. How Strange – Four Naturals ’58 Red Top (Pop again)

24. Bye Bye Truly – Stundents unreleased ’57 Red Top (Really rough Rocker)

25. Blue Star – Blue Notes outtake

26. The Key To My Heart – Tony & Twilighters outtake

27. Please Dear – Quin-Tones ’58 Red Top (Released version Rocks)

28. Long Long Ago – Four Naturals flipside of #22 (Good ballad)

29. Did You Make Up Your Mind – Tony & Twilighters ’60 Red Top (Very good ballad)

30. What Am I To Do – Quin-Tones outtake

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Volume #2

1. Mommy & Daddy – Students ’57 Red Top (Rockin’ Hit)

2. My Hero – Blue Notes ’59 Val-ue ’63 Red Top (Killer Ballad)

3. School Girl In Love – Sharmeers ’58 Red Top $300 (Nice ballad from this female group. Lead reminds me of Ruth McFadden)

4. Oh Heavenly Father – Quin-Tones ’59 Red Top (Very nice ballad)

5. Be My Girl – Tony & Twilighters ’60 Jalynne (Foot Stomper for sure!)

6. Each Time – Ivy Tones ’58 Red Top (Ballad side of Oo Wee baby)

7. Armpit #5 – Sreaming Jay Hawkins unknown (What can I say? The title says if all)

8. I Hear A Rhapsody – Four Naturals ’59 Red Top (Pop!! Can you tell I frown on Pop groups?)

9. Devoted To You – Blue Notes unknown (Uptempo)

10. There’ll Be No Sorrow – Quin-Tones ’58 Hunt (Ballad)

11. Yes Or No – Tony & Twilighters ’60 Red Top $200 (Mover!!)

12. Non Support – Troupers ’59 Red Top (Still movin’)

13. Blue Moon – Four Naturals (Latin version)

14. Pucker Your Lips – Blue Notes ’61 20th Century Fox (Uptempo)

15. You’re My Lover – Sharmeers flipside of #3 (Latin again!)

16. Gee, But I’d Give The World – Tony & Twilighters (Best Ballad of the series)

17. I Watch The Stars – Quin-Tones ’59 Red Top (Pretty ballad too)

18. Mommy & Daddy – Students outtake

19. Hey Doc – Blue Notes unknown (Jumpin’ & Jivin’)

20. Yes Or No – Tony & Twilighters outtake

21. The Past – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins flipside of #7 (Ballad)

22. Wicked Woman – Joe Tex flipside from vol#1 (Country)

23. A Good Woman – Blue Notes ’59 Val-ue ’63 Red Top (Good Rockin’ here)

24. There’ll Be No Sorrow – Quin-Tines outtake

25. Mary – Students unreleased ’57 Red Top (Uptempo)

26. Pucker Your Lips – Blue Notes outtake

27. Gonna Rock Tonight – Gainors ’58 Red Top (Just what they say! Gonna Rock)

28. Be My Girl – Tony & Twilighters outtake

29. Oh Heavenly Father – Quin-Tones outtake