The Mello-Harps U.S. 45 Discography

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The Mello-Harps U.S. 45 Discography

Post by rooster » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:15 am

The Mello-Harps U.S. 45 Discography

NOT to be confused with the Mellokings, The Mellows, Mello-Tones on Decca and Sampson, Mellotones on Herald, Mello-Moods, Mellow Drops or any other Mellow groups.

The Mello-Harps were from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NYC. As was not unusual, the group went through a fair number of personnel changes between their first and last records. The group formed in 1955 and had gigs locally around Brooklyn. At one such gig, they met Larry Luce (or Lucy, or Lucie depending on the source)and he agreed to manage the group and it was he who took them to the Do-Re-Mi label owned by Morty Craft.



Do-Re-Mi 203
Love Is A Vow/Valerie; 1955
The Mello-Harps
(Craft agreed to record the group and they turned out a now classsic and much loved group harmony side in "Love Is A Vow")


Tin Pan Alley 145/146
I Love Only You/Ain't Got The Money; 1955
The Melloharps
(After the Do-Re-Mi release went nowhere chart wise, the Mello-Harps meet Teacho Wiltshire and he takes the group to Jack Covais, owner of the Tin Pan Alley label. The Tin Pan Alley label removed the hyphen from their name on this and all 45's produced for the label. The Melloharps recorded two sessions for the label. The first session produced this record. Note that the Tin Pan Alley label split the catalog numbers between the "A" and "B" sides. The "A" side is "TPA-145" and the "B" side is "TPA-146".)


Tin Pan Alley 157/158
What Good Are My Dreams/Gone?; 1956
The Melloharps
(The Melloharps second session produced this and the following record. The "A" side is TPA-157; The "B" side is "TPA-158"


Tin Pan Alley 159/160
My Bleeding Heart/I Couldn't Believe; 1956
Teacho Wiltshire And The Melloharps
(The Melloharps Backed up their then current mentor Teacho Wiltshire on his own release. The "A" side is "TPA-159" The "B" side is "TPA-160").


Rego 1004
Love Is A Vow/Walkie Talkie Baby; 1956
The Teen-Tones
(Nothing had happened for The Melloharps with any of their Tin Pan Alley releases, so the group moves on to the Rego label for one release. They [or their label]changed the group name to The Teen-Tones. "Love Is A Vow" is a re-recording NOT a re-issue of the song on Do-Re-Mi 203. Again, there's no action with their record).


Casino 104
Gumma Gumma/No Good; 1958
The Mello-Harps
(In 1957, The Melloharps [now back to "The Mello-Harps", with the hyphen] met Doles Dickens, who had most famously been known as a member of The 5 Red Caps. He had some connection to the management of the Casino label, owned by William Borelli and Nick Basillo. He took the group to Casino and they recorded this disc. Incidentally, the Tenor Saxophone on "Gumma, Gumma" is by King Curtis).


Karen 1004
Our Love Is A Vow/Walkie Talkie Baby; 1959
Levee Songsters
(This record is a straight re-issue of the Rego release, but issued under a new group name, "The Levee Songsters" and with an altered title on The "A" side. The group broke up in the early 1960's after recording some unreleased tracks for the Sue label.)
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RE: The Mello-Harps U.S. 45 Discography

Post by mackdaddyg » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:39 pm

Pulled up the Do-Re-Mi version of Love Is A Vow on YouTube.....great song and sound!!!

I wonder if these guys ever got to perform live. It must've been a weird experience wondering if the next record was going to be the one that broke out nationally. I reckon none of these did, which is a shame.

Thanks for sharing the info, Rooster. Always a pleasure to learn something here.

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Post by rooster » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:16 am

I'm sure the Mello-Harps got to perform, but I'm equally sure that it was only locally in small clubs, at sock hops and so on. I agree that they had a great sound. None of these songs went national at the time. "Love Is A Vow" can be found on Damn CD comps these days. At least these guys left some kind of legacy in the songs they recorded. There were so many groups who never even got to record one 45.


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