My True Story Performed by The Jive Five (1961)

My True Story – The Jive Five (1961)

Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes in his All Music biography of The Jive-Five:

“Formed in Brooklyn, NY [in 1959] the group originally consisted of Eugene Pitt (lead), Jerome Hanna (tenor), Richard Harris (tenor), Billy Prophet (baritone), and Norman Johnson (bass). The Jive Five’s first hit, “My True Story,” was their biggest, peaking at number one on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts in the summer of 1961. None of the band’s subsequent singles — including the minor R&B hit, 1962’s “These Golden Rings” — were as popular, but the group managed to keep performing and recording.”

I guess that’s it in a nutshell. Since I have been blogging about my favorite songs I am finding out that it was not uncommon for music artists in the fifties and sixties rock and roll explosion to have their first and only hit right out of the starting gate — only to then to fade away from the national music spotlight until this century’s marvelous PBS Doo-wop and Rock and Soul Specials of the 21st century. We thank you for that T.J. Lubinsky. Please keep those specials coming.

Here is a performance by the current Jive Five lineup on one of the recent Doo-Wop Live PBS Concerts.

I hope you enjoyed the music and I thank you for stopping by.

Won’t you please let me know how you feel about these great classic oldies. I would love to read your comments.

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