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Shep and the Limelites was a popular American doo-wop group in the early 1960s. Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ...


James Sheppard ("Shep") and Clarence Bassett, both from Queens, New York, and Charles Baskerville, originally from Virginia, formed a group in Queens in 1960. This was initially billed as Shane Sheppard and the Limelites, but quickly became Shep and the Limelites. All three had had experience in other groups when they formed the group: Shep in The Heartbeats (notable for "A Thousand Miles Away"); Bassett in The Five Sharps and then, with Baskerville, in The Videos. Queens is geographically the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States, and the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It is coterminous with Queens County in the State of New York and is located on western Long Island. ...


Shep and the Limelites' recording sessions for Hull Records started in August 1960. They recorded the original version of "Daddy's Home" on February 1, 1961. "Daddy's Home" reached no. 2 on the Billboard pop chart in May, and was covered by Jermaine Jackson in 1972. Later songs were not as successful as "Daddy's Home", but still sold well; among these were "What Did Daddy Do" and "Our Anniversary". August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1961 (As MAD Magazine pointed out on its first cover for the year) was the first upside-down year - i. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Jermaine Jackson Jermaine Lajuane Jackson (born December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana) is the brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ...


Kahl Music, publisher of "A Thousand Miles Away", an earlier song written by James Sheppard, sued Keel Music, publisher of "Daddy's Home", for copyright violation. Keel eventually lost, and this led to the end of the Limelites and Hull Records. Bassett joined The Flamingos and Baskerville joined The Drifters. Shep reformed the Limelites in the late-1960s, but died in January 1970, apparently murdered during a robbery. The Flamingos were a doo wop group, popular in the mid to late 1950s. ... This article is about the American band. ... Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s - 1960s - 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s Years: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 Events and trends The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. ... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ...


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CMT.com : Shep & The Limelites : Biography (777 words)
Shep & the Limelites' name will forever be etched in rock & roll history for recording the endearing "Daddy's Home," a tender ballad about returning from war that soared to number two on the pop charts in May 1961.
They did their last gig in 1959 at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., and Sheppard opened a restaurant in Jamaica, Queens, singing solo on the side.
Sheppard reunited with the Limelites in 1970 to perform on the oldie revival circuit, but this quickly ended when Sheppard was found on January 24, 1970, shot to death in his car on the Long Island expressway.
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