The Quintones/Quin-Tones U. S. 45 Discography
This group has NO connection to The Quintones who sang with Jimmy Witherspoon on Atco (who later became The Quinns), The Quintones on Gee, The Quintones on Park or any other Quinns or Quintones group.
The group formed in York, Pennsylvania in 1957. They were originally named "The Quinteros", but never recorded under that name. In 1957, they performed at a dance at which they met a man who introduced them to a DJ from a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania radio station (WHGB), named Paul Landersman. He was impressed by the group and agreed to become their manager.
Ding Dong/I Try So Hard; 1958
(The Quintones manager took them to Reco-Art studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group recorded four sides of which these two were leased to the Chess label through the efforts of David Rosen [regional sales manager of the Chess label]. The record didn't make much impact, but the group were able tour behind it.)
Red Top 108
Down The Isle Of Love/Please Dear; 1958
(With this release the group name was written with a Hyphen. Since nothing had happened with their Chess release, The Quin-Tones went back to the studio and recorded some more songs. "Down The Isle Of Love" was composed while they were touring behind the Chess release. It became a very big hit, reaching #5 on the R&B charts and #18 on the Pop charts. The record reportedly sold a million copies [but, keep in mind, that those kinds of numbers were usually inflated]. The original release was on the Red Top label of Philadelphia, owned by Marvin "Red Top" Schwartz and Irv Nathan. First pressings were on a dark blue on light blue label. The second pressing was on a silver on red label with a spinning top graphic at the top of the label. Due to the size of the hit, Red Top couldn't keep up with the demand. A deal was struck with another Philadelphia label, Hunt, to distribute record in larger quantities. [Dick Clark had a financial interest in The Hunt label and through his efforts at pushing the record on his TV show American Bandstand, the record went from a local Phenomenom to a national one. The Quin-Tones later appeared on the show.] The Hunt label had Nat'l distribution through ABC-Paramount. The Hunt label also had two distinct label variations. The first is a plain white label with block letter print. The second had the label name in different typeface [though the rest of the print stayed the same] and the addition of lines across the middle of the label. The record was also released on Sparton in Canada.)
There'll Be No Sorrow/What Am I To Do; 1958
(The next release was only released on the Hunt label. The record sold well in philadelphia, but didn't chart.)
Red Top 116
Oh, Heavenly Father/I Watch The Stars; 1959
(The Quin-Tones were back on the Red Top label for their final release. "Oh, Heavenly Father" had been a 1952 #5 R&B hit for Edna McGriff with Buddy Lucas And His Band Of Tomorrow [under the slightly different title "Heavenly Father"]. Unfortuately this record failed to ignite much interest and although the group remained together for a while [in fact, they recorded for Cameo-Parkway but nothing was ever released], they broke up in 1961 with the marriage of their lead Roberta Haymon. Additionally, their baritone/bass singer, Kenny Sexton and their arranger/Pianist, Ronnie Scott enlisted in the armed services).
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