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Encyclopedia > J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers

The Cavaliers formed around 1955 with leader/guitarist Sid Holmes, bassist Lewis Elliott, saxophonist Rob Zeller, and drummer Ray Smith and vocalist Alton Baird. Baird was drafted shortly after the group formed and, looking for a vocalist, they brought in J. Frank Wilson in the early 1960s. Wilson left after a short time. 1955 (MCMLV in Roman) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... J. Frank Wilson was an American singer who had a major hit with Last Kiss in 1964. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...

Sonley Roush became the manager of the group. He brought to them a song originally done by Wayne Cochran named Last Kiss. Wilson was located, and they recorded it in 1964. It became an instant hit. Last Kiss is a song written by Wayne Cochran in 1962 and originally performed by Wayne Cochoran & the C.C. Riders. ...

Shortly following the hit, the group began to have problems. Holmes and Zeller were becoming irritated with Roush's management. Wilson began leading a party lifestyle. After only a few gigs, Wilson and the rest of the band parted ways. Wilson and Roush formed a new Cavaliers band. While driving in Ohio later that year, Roush fell asleep at the wheel. They collided head-on with another vehicle. Roush was killed and Wilson injured- he was on crutches for his American Bandstand performance a short time later. The second Cavaliers band split. Wilson recorded, backed by session musicians, Hey Little One the next year, to little success. Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus (largest metropolitan area is Cleveland) Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 355 km 355 km 8. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Meanwhile, the remaining original Cavaliers had continued. Holmes was out shortly after Wilson left, and Elliott took over leadership of the group. James Thomas came in as the new vocalist, and Buddy Croyle filled Holmes' vacancy. Shortly after that, Zeller and Smith were out, and were replaced by Snake Atkinson (guitar) and Mike Hodges (piano). James Thomas (born November 22, 1980) is a professional basketballer who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of NBA. A 68 forward from the University of Texas, Thomas spent the 2004-2005 season with the Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks. ... Mike Hodges (born July 29 1932, in Bristol, England) is a British screenwriter and film director. ...

Thomas remained with the Cavaliers for 33 years. He is now a realtor. Atkinson is also no longer with the group. J. Frank Wilson passed away in 1991.

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In 1964, J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers played in the Knights of Columbus Hall for the San Angelo (Texas) Central High School junior prom. The fee paid them by the class officers for a six hour performance that year was $75, plus one fifth of bourbon, the drink said to have become the sole sustenance of the drummer, Snake, an early incarnation both in stick style and appearance of the very great Ginger Baker in his Cream manifestation. "Last Kiss" was then a current hit, and in the wide-open West Texas of the day, with lots of teens regularly driving full-bore by dark on the surrounding two-lane blacktop highways, and listening after sunset to Oklahoma City mega-station KOMA, everyone at the prom thought they knew personally the crashed couple, or supposed they might be next.



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