The Rivileers US 45 Discography

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The Rivileers US 45 Discography

Post by rooster » Thu May 22, 2014 11:36 pm

The Rivileers US 45 Discography

The Rivileers were originally formed in the Jamaica section of Queens NY in 1952 . They honed their skills playing neighborhood parties and small clubs in the area. The group went through numerous name changes and a number personel changes before they began recording. Through their bass singer, Milton Edwards, who had gotten to know Jack Heller (owner of the Triboro Record Store), they are put in touch with Sol Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz had been working for a record distribution company and for various reasons decided to start up a label of his own once he had found some talent. He becomes the manager of The Rivileers and takes them to Bell Sound Studios at which time the group records a number of songs.

Baton 200
A Thousand Stars/Hey Chiquita; 1953

(The label credits The Rivileers, Vocal Quintet with Orchestra. The Newly formed Baton label chooses to release this record and "A thousand Stars" initially does well in NYC and the Northeast and a little later gains popularity in Los Angeles, California and a few cities in the mid west. Like most very small labels, a lack of national distribution keeps the record from making the charts.)

Baton 201
Darling Farewell/Forever; 1954

(The Rivileers second release, like their first, did well in NYC and Los Angeles, and like their first record did not make it to the charts. Since the group didn't feel like they were as successful as they should have been, three members enlisted in the US military [Errol Lennard - Second Tenor, Gene Pearson - Lead Tenor and Herb Crosby - First Tenor])

Baton 205
Eternal Love/Carolyn; 1954

(This is the last single by the original Rivileers. With all of the Tenors [including their lead singer] jumping ship, the Baritone, Alfonso Delaney and Bass singer, Milton Edwards, found two new tenors and the group became a quartet.

Baton 207
For Sentimental Reasons/I Want To See My Baby; 1954

(Original lead singer Gene Pearson had left the group to join the US Marines. He happened to be on leave before shipping out to California and was convinced to rejoin the group for the puposes of their next session. "For Sentimental Reasons" became popular in NYC and L.A. and they played a lot of dates behind the record. In addition, around this time Alan Freed showed an interest in becoming the group's manager. According to members of the group, Freed wanted a big cut of their potential earnings and they chose to stay with Sol Rabinowitz.)

Baton 209
Don't Ever Leave Me/Little Girl; 1955

(This was the last release by The Rivileers while they were still together. Since little happened with the record, Tenor Mel Dancey joined the US Air Force and the rest of the group drifted apart. )

Baton 241
A Thousand Stars/Who Is The Girl; 1957

(In 1957, Sol Rabinowitz re-releasd "A Thousand Stars" but had it remastered and echo added to it, so while it is the same recording as appeared on their first record the echo changed the sound of it a bit. This version of the song didn't do anything and the group was broken up by this time. The flip side is a song that dates back to The Rivileers first session.)
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RE: The Rivileers US 45 Discography

Post by mackdaddyg » Fri May 23, 2014 12:40 pm

After reading this post, I went to YouTube to check out what I could find by the Rivileers.

"A Thousand Stars" is a nice tune! There is a certain charm and magic to those 50's sides that can never be repeated.

Thanks for posting the info, rooster.

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Post by rooster » Sat May 24, 2014 12:54 pm

That's a great choice, mack. The Rivileers strong suit was certainly in their ability to sing ballads. "A Thousand Stars" is the original version of the song Kathy Young mangled in 1960 (thank God for the Innocents for making the tune passable). A couple of the members wrote a good number of their own songs and their are a couple of songs they wrote that others recorded. The most notable being the aforementioned "Thousand Stars" By Kathy Young and "I" by The Velvets (a song recorded by but never released by The Rivileers).


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