"The Blossoms" To Perform On A West Coast Doo Wop Cruise
Grant Williams CEO of Memory Lane Concert Cruises today announced. The prestigious Blossoms will be among the twelve groups appearing on the legendary West Coast Doo Wop Cruise. "Phil Spector used the Blossoms on two occasions to record songs for the Crystals. First it was "He's A Rebel" and than "He's Sure the Boy I Love" both these recordings gained billboards first and eleventh rankings respectively without any deserved Blossom credits. "said Williams
The Blossoms career began in1954 in Los Angeles California as the Dreamers, while still in high school. Originally, the group was a sextet of young girls singing for fun. Calling themselves The Dreamers, the group originally sang spirituals, since two of the members had parents who were against their daughters singing the secular rhythm and blues music popular on the radio during the early 1950s.
Fanita Barrett, Gloria Jones, Jewel Cobbs, Pat Howard and twin sisters Annette and Nanette Williams all came from musical backgrounds. The twins had taken vocal and dancing lessons as youngsters. Fanita's older brother Ronald was already a success with his vocal group the Meadowlarks. The Dreamers introduced to local musicians through Dexter Tisby, then successful with his own group, The Penguins, hit it big time with Earth Angel. The Dreamers joined Richard Berry in the studio after much rehearsal. During 1955 and 1956, the unit made several recordings for Flair and RPM Records. Among them was a version of Harry Warren and Mac Gordon's At Last and several of Richard Berry's compositions, Together, Wait For Me, and Daddy, Daddy. The Dreamers gained notoriety as versatile singers and began getting studio work singing backup for other artists. As well as recording a few singles of their own, as The Dreamers and The Rollettes. Only Fanita, Gloria and Annette involved themselves in The Rollettes projects.
The Dreamers then signed with Capitol Records. One of the executives, noticing their different skin tones, said they looked like a bouquet; which is how they became The Blossoms. Even though signing to Capitol considered a step-up, the group's stay at Capitol was short, yielding only three singles, none of which made the charts. The Blossoms also underwent other significant changes in 1958, Nanette now married, pregnant, and planning a leave of absence from the group. Darlene Wright (later known as Darlene Love) replaced Nanette and selected to be the lead, which the ensemble-based Blossoms had not previously had. Wright changed the style of the group but despite her unique presence as lead on songs like "No Other Love" for Capitol. In 1958 and "Sugarbeat" for RCA (as The Playgirls) in 1960 and "Write Me A Letter" for Challenge in 1961, her chart success was still elusive.
During the summer of 1962, The Blossoms would finally emerge successful on the charts, but under an alias. Then-unknown producer Phil Spector used them on a song he had gotten from singer Gene Pitney. Spector was having some success on the East Coast with a quintet of young Brooklyn girls named the Crystals. However problems between them and Spector prompted him to record this new song without them. Instead, he used The Blossoms, who received a meager session fee. The song, "He's a Rebel, " turned out to be a monster hit, firmly showing Spector as a strong force in the music industry. But this single with The Blossoms' voices on the label as The Crystals received credits much to the dismay of the real Crystals. Over the next three years, The Blossoms, with Darlene as lead, would be the favored singers on all of Spector's sessions recorded in California. They were The Crystals once again on "He's Sure" the "Boy I Love". Darlene and Fanita sang with Bobby Sheen as Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans. This combo achieved hit singles for Spector, including a version of the Disney classic, "Zip A Dee Do Dah".
The Blossoms more than likely recorded all the backgrounds on many sessions by The Crystals, The Ronettes and Darlene's solo efforts under the new stage name Phil had given her was now Darlene Love. However, this association would prevent the group from proving themselves as primary artists. At an important time in the industry, when new sounds were striking the listening public at full speed. But The Blossoms were floundering as recording artists. In 1964, the trio, now Darlene, Fanita, and newcomer Jean King, were a featured part of a successful weekly Rock & Roll television program called Shindig! The Blossoms used their vocal versatility to their advantage, singing in various styles behind various artists like Patty Duke, Shelley Fabares and Marvin Gaye. They were also the backup group for Fabares on her recording of "Johhny Angel". Fabares stated in an interview quoted in The Billboard Book of number one hits that her strongest memory of that recording session was the "beautiful voices of the backup singers". They also had their own spots, covering popular songs of the day. This ability would see them through the 60s, amid many production and record label changes.
The Blossoms resumed recording under their own name up later in the 1960s for labels such as Reprise, Ode and MGM. They recorded their first and only album, Shock wave in 1972. Darlene eventually left The Blossoms in 1974 involving a controversy over business decisions and Jean's alleged drug abuse. Jean King died of a heart attack in Las Vegas in 1983. Fanita kept the Blossoms going with varying personnel backing Tom Jones and on the Vegas circuit until 1990, when she became a backup singer for Doris of the Shirelles. Darlene stayed out of the music business for about five years after a brief and unpleasant reunion with Phil Spector in late 1974 and has made her comeback on Broadway since then. Following Doris' death in 2000, Fanita revived The Blossoms with original member Gloria Jones and a new third member
On April 19 2009, The Apollas will perform on Carnival cruise lines newest and most innovative ship in the world the Splendor. Sailing from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on a 7-day cruise. There has never been a Doo Wop event this spectacular on the West Coast in over fifty years.
Memory Lane Concert Cruises is musical theme cruise operator. Offering world-class concerts of performing artists in an array of music styles aboard luxury liners.
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