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Ethereal Balladeers

THE FLAMINGOS

In retrospect, the Flamingos have
been called
"the best vocal group in history"
but, b
ecause of the poor promotion and distribution
of their recordings, they never enjoyed the
success they deserved


The Flamingos

The Flamingos formed in 1950 soon after cousins Jake and Zeke Carey joined a black Jewish church in Chicago and met Paul Wilson and Johnny Carter. They first sang together in the choir, then ventured out into the streets as a foursome. They were subsequently joined by lead singer, Sollie McElroy.
At first they called themselves the Swallows, then the El Flamingos which was modified to the Five Flamingos.
From the beginning their sound was unique because of their use of minor keys, prevalent in Jewish hymns. This imparted a feeling of sadness to their songs. Further, many of their songs were hurtin' songs, like Blues — songs of leaving and being apart.
Their first two releases, in 1953, If I Can't Have You and That's My Desire were regional hits.on the Chance label. The artists credit read, The Flamingos.
Their third release, Golden Teardrops, another regional hit, has been called "the most perfect-sounding single of all time."


The simplest and most direct accolade
would be that they were the best vocal group in history.
Not the most successful, not having the most outstanding lead or deepest bass, but for breathtakingly beautiful harmonies enveloping and supporting a lead there were none better.”
— Jay Warner, Vocal Group Hall of Fame tribute

Through the mid 1950s the Flamingos continued to release wonderful songs that went unheralded because of poor promotion and distribution.
Receiving no royalties, they managed to stay afloat by becoming consumate stage performers. The were pioneers in choreographed music and were the first R&B vocal group to play their own instruments.
The group split up in 1956 because of draft commitments, but reformed in 1957 as a quartet and signed with Decca Records. Zeke Carey returned in 1958 and the group signed with End Records in late 1958.
The Flamingos hit their stride in 1958 with Lovers Never Say Goodbye, a beautiful Doo Wop love ballad that found success on both the R&B and Pop charts, followed by I Only Have Eyes For You, in 1959, their biggest chart success.
Their sound was now fully realized. The inspired use of echo, wandering falsettos and dissonance imparted an ethereal quality to their music.
A retrospective consideration of their work has prompted many music historians to call the Flamingos "the best vocal group in history."
The Flamingos were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000, the Doo Wop Hall of Fame and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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.Featured Sites .

Wanda Jackson Official Website
Wanda Jackson Official Website
Wanda Jackson Official Website
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Wikipedia
Vocal Group Hall of Fame

Other Recommended Sites
I Only Have Eyes For You
bio / related info
The Flamingos
discography
Flamingos' History
Terry Johnson's detailed bio



Click on any link below for more information, or to order online

The Flamingos
For Collectors Only
The Best Of
The Flamingos
The Flamingos
Flamingo Serenade
Doo Wop - The Flamingos - For Collectors Only
Doo Wop - The Flamingos - The Best Of
Doo Wop - The Flamingos - Flamingo Serenade
Collectables
2 CDs / 42 tracks
1992
Rhino / Wea
1 CD / 18 tracks
1990
Collectables
1 CD / 12 tracks
1991

The Flamingos
Complete Chess Masters
Only The Best Of
The Flamingos
The Flamingos
I Only Have Eyes For You
Doo Wop - The Flamingos - Complete Chess Masters
The Orioles - 20 Doo Wop Classics
Doo Wop - The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You
MCA
1 CD / 20 tracks
1997
Collectables (Box Set)
4 CDs / 48 tracks
2008
Remember (Import)
1 CD / 18 tracks
2006


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Rock, Rock, Rock!
Go, Johnny Go!
Doo Wop 50
Rock, Rock, Rock - 1956 film - The Flamingos
Go, Johnny Go - 1959 film - The Flamingos
Doo Wop 50 - dvd
Passport Video
2003
If you can get by the thin storyline, bad acting and often-inappropriate music in this 1956 "rock exploitation" film starring Alan Freed, you'll be rewarded with rare cameo performances by Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, LaVern Baker, the Johnny Burnette Trio, the Moonglows — and the Flamingos singing, Would I Be Crying.
Bonus Feature:
Alan Freed Story
VHS | DVD
Anchor Bay
1989
If you can get by the thin storyline, bad acting and often-inappropriate music in this 1959 "rock exploitation" film starring Alan Freed and Jimmy Clanton, you'll be rewarded with rare cameo performances by Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Jackie Wilson, the Cadillacs — and the Flamingos singing, Jump Children.
VHS | DVD
Rhino / Wea
2002
Taped at 1999
tribute concert with the
Flamingos singing
I Only Have Eyes For You and Lovers Never Say Goodbye.
VHS | DVD


.YouTube Videos .
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posted on YouTube


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1934 Sheet Music
From film, "Dames"
Eddie Cochran - British Headlines, April 18, 1960


Rock, Rock, Rock!
1956 Film Poster
The Flamingos.
1959 Promo
Go, Johnny Go!
1959 Film Poster
Eddie Cochran - Go, Johnny, Go poster, 1959
Eddie Cochran - British Headlines, April 18, 1960
Eddie Cochran - British Headlines, April 18, 1960




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