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The Flamingos
The Flamingos with guest Tommy Hunt, 2004: Front: George Spann, James Faison. Back: Mike Gilbert, Tommy Hunt, J.C.Carey, Larry Jordan
The Flamingos with guest Tommy Hunt, 2004: Front: George Spann, James Faison. Back: Mike Gilbert, Tommy Hunt, J.C.Carey, Larry Jordan
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genre(s) Rhythm & Blues
Years active 1953–present
Label(s) Chance, Parrot, Decca, End, Ronze
The Flamingos
J.C. Carey
Doug McClure
Victor Brown
Sidney Hall
Flip Thomas
Terry Johnson's Flamingos
Terry "Buzzy" Johnson
Theresa Trigg
Jeff Calloway
Joseph Mirrione
Former members
Ezikial Carey
Jacob Carey
Earl Lewis
Sollie McElroy
Nate Nelson
Paul Wilson
This article is about the doo wop group. For other uses, see Flamingo (disambiguation).

The Flamingos were a doo wop group from the United States, most popular in the mid to late 1950s. Image File history File links Musical group The Flamingos in 2004. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Parrot Records was the name of at least two record labels, both are now defunct. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... End Records was acquired by Morris Levy and incorporated into Roulette Records. ... Terry Buzzy Johnson (born Isaiah Johnson in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on November 12, 1938), was an American popular music singer, songwriter and music producer. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... Flamingo can refer to The flamingo family of birds The American doo-wop group, The Flamingos, best known for I Only Have Eyes for You (1959) Plastic flamingos are a type of yard art which is apparently popular in some areas of the USA. Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ...


Early quintet

Cousins Jacob Carey (Jake) and Ezekial Carey (Zeke), bass and 2nd tenor respectively, formed the group in Chicago, Illinois, after meeting baritone Paul Wilson and first tenor John E. "Johnny" Carter at a black Messianic Jewish synagogue. Earl Lewis (not the Channels lead) soon joined, and after a series of name changes (The Swallows, El Flamingos, The Five Flamingos) wound up being known as The Flamingos. Sollie McElroy soon replaced Lewis (who joined The Five Echoes). The Flamingos' first single (for Chance Records), "If I Can't Have You", was a moderate local success, as was the follow-up "That's My Desire", but it was Johnny Carter's composition of "Golden Teardrops," with its complex vocal harmonies and Carter's soaring falsetto, that cemented their reputation as a top regional act of the day (and for all time among group harmony aficionados and record collectors).[1] Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... fkfkfkfkfkfkfkffkfkkfkfkkfkffkkfkkfkkffkfkfkkfkffkfkfkfkkffkfkfkfkfkfkkfkfkfkfkfkfkkfkfkfkkfkffkfk ... Earl Lewis is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University. ... If I Cant Have You was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees. ... Thats My Desire is a 1931 popular song with music by Helmy Kresa and lyrics [1] by Carroll Loveday. ...

The Flamingos left Chance Records sometime after their December 1953 session and signed with DJ Al Benson's Parrot Records. Sollie McElroy was on their first Parrot session, but left the group in December 1954, to be replaced by tenor Nate Nelson (who was on their second Parrot session; he's lead on "I'm Yours," released in January 1955). In early 1955, the Flamingos signed with the resource-rich Chess Records, to record for their new Checker subsidiary. At Chess/Checker, the Flamingos achieved their first national chart hit with "I'll Be Home", which went to #5 on Billboard's R&B charts (Pat Boone's cover version, complete with incorrect lyrics, was a hit on the pop charts). The group also made moderate noise for the label with other chestnuts like "A Kiss From Your Lips," "The Vow," and "Would I Be Crying", which to this day hold up as some of the finest R&B records of all time. The Flamingos also appeared in the 1956 Alan Freed movie Rock, Rock, Rock. In 1956, both Zeke Carey and Johnny Carter were drafted (Johnny in September). [1] This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...

Nate Nelson, Jake Carey, and Paul Wilson continued the group with new member Tommy Hunt (added in October of 1956). Another new member, tenor/lead, guitarist, and arranger Terry "Buzzy" Johnson, joined in late December of that year. This group (Nate Nelson, Tommy Hunt, Terry Johnson, Paul Wilson, and Jake Carey) began recording for Decca Records in April 1957. Their most notable single was Johnson's arrangement of "The Ladder of Love", but legal entanglements between Checker and Nate Nelson ruined any chance of commercial success. Zeke Carey returned to the Flamingos in 1958, making the group a sextet. (When Johnny Carter was discharged, he joined The Dells; he has been with them for almost 50 years.) [1] Tommy Comma Tommy Hunt is a notable soul/northern soul singer and member of The Flamingos. ... Terry Buzzy Johnson (born Isaiah Johnson in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on November 12, 1938), was an American popular music singer, songwriter and music producer. ... The Dells are one of the longest standing R&B groups; formed in 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, and still going as of 2005. ...

End Records

That year, the Flamingos began recording for George Goldner's End Records in New York City, where they had several national hits and achieved a more sophisticated sound. Almost immediately, the group had their first pop chart hit with "Lovers Never Say Goodbye", written by Terry Johnson, who shared lead chores on the song with Paul Wilson. The formula was a winner as Terry and Paul also led 3 of the 12 songs selected for their first album "Flamingo Serenade" - George Gershwin's "Love Walked In", "But Not For Me" and "Time Was." The Flamingos would have their biggest seller with another old standard from that LP, on which Nate Nelson handled lead chores. "I Only Have Eyes for You" (1959, originally recorded by Dick Powell in 1934) became their biggest seller and to date has been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows. A long series of hits followed, including the Johnson-penned "Mio Amore", Doc Pomus' composition "Your Other Love", "Nobody Loves Me Like You" (written for the group by Sam Cooke), and "I Was Such a Fool". LP cuts "Love Walked In" and "Time Was" were also issued as singles and made a good showing. In 1959, they appeared in the Alan Freed movie Go, Johnny, Go, singing a frenetic version of "Jump Children" (originally recorded for Chance in the early days). The group became known almost as much for their stage show and choreography as for their magnificent harmonies. Groups including The Temptations and Tavares would later credit the group as major influences. I Only Have Eyes For You was a UK #1 single in October 1975 for two weeks by Art Garfunkel. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Ewing Dick Powell (November 14, 1904 – January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, producer, and director. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Album cover showing the Flamingos, mid to late 1960s. Top: Jake Carey, Julien Vaught. Bottom: Zeke Carey, Doug McClure, Alan Fontaine.
Album cover showing the Flamingos, mid to late 1960s. Top: Jake Carey, Julien Vaught. Bottom: Zeke Carey, Doug McClure, Alan Fontaine.

The group began to come apart at the turn of the decade. Tommy Hunt left, for a solo career, in 1960. Nate Nelson and Terry Johnson split to form the Modern Flamingos in 1961, and also went on to record as The Starglows on Atco in 1963 (the Modern Flamingos name was used later; the group would include members of the defunct Del-Knights in the late 1960s). New members were brought in, making the group Zeke Carey (tenor), Jake Carey (bass), Paul Wilson (baritone), Billy Clarke (tenor), Eddie Williams (tenor), Alan Fontaine (guitar), and Julien Vaught (saxophone). Clarke and Williams took duties on most new lead vocals. Image File history File linksMetadata Flamingos60s. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Flamingos60s. ... Billy Clarke (born December 13, 1987 in Cork) is a professional Irish footballer. ... Edward Laquan Williams (born November 1, 1964, in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States) was a Major League Baseball first baseman and third baseman. ...

A sixth vocalist, Doug McClure, was added in 1962. Shortly thereafter, Clarke and Williams left the group. Founding member Paul Wilson left in 1964, and new member Sidney Hall joined in 1966.[2] They recorded several uptempo songs through the 1960s, getting their first #1 single on the U.K. charts, "Ain't Nothing But A Party (Boogaloo Party)". Around this time, the Flamingos formed their own label, Ronze, and produced many of their own recordings. Douglas Osborne McClure (May 11, 1935-February 5, 1995) was an American actor whose career in film and television extended from the 1950s to the 1990s. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... “UK” redirects here. ...

The group continued recording into the 1970s. A new album was released in 1972 on Ronze, entitled "The Flamingos Today". By this time, the group was the Careys, McClure, Fontaine, the returning Billy Clarke, and former Limelite Clarence Basset. [3][4] New member Frank "Mingo" Ayers entered soon after.[5] More mildly successful recordings came in this decade, including the uptempo "Heavy Hips", and a slower song, "Buffalo Soldier". Shep and the Limelites was a popular American doo-wop group in the early 1960s. ... Saddle and accessories of the Buffalo Soldier. ...

By 1980 the group was Jake Carey, Zeke Carey, Frank Ayers, and Jerome Wilson.[6]. Ayers left around this time, joining the Del Vikings. In 1984, two new members joined: Bennie Cherry and Archie Satterfield[7]. In 1988, the group was featured at the 1988 Grammy Awards.

By the early 1990s, the group was the Careys, Satterfield, Ron Reace, and Kenny Davis. Later it was the Careys, Reace, and George Spann. Jake Carey died in 1997. The group recorded a new album, Unspoken Emotions, in 1999 under the Ronze label. It featuring re-recordings of "Ain't Nothing But A Party" and "I'll Be Home", led by Zeke Carey. The group appeared on the PBS television special Doo Wop 50 that same year. The lineup was Zeke Carey, Jake's son J.C. Carey, Ron Reace, George Spann, and Larry Jordan. Zeke Carey died in 2001. Reace left around that time and was replaced by Earnest "Just Mike" Gilbert. James Faison entered shortly thereafter. Tommy Hunt has flown in from England (where he has lived since 1970) to perform with this group twice since 2001. Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Doo Wop 50 was a PBS special created by T.J. Lubinsky, grandson of Herman Lubinsky. ... Larry Jordan is a music video director who is known for directing many music videos and television specials/DVDS of Mariah Carey. ...

The group split up in late 2005 due to money disputes. [8] Spann, Jordan, Gilbert, and Faison grouped together to reform Spann's old group, The Dynamic Superiors.[9] Carey brought in new members, and toured with Tommy Hunt starting in April 2007. The current lineup is Carey, Victor Brown, Philip "Flip" Thomas, and the returning Sidney Hall and Doug McClure.[2] The Dynamic Superiors are a motown group from Washington, D.C.. The group formed in 1963 with members Tony Washington (lead), George Spann (1st tenor), George Peterback, Jr. ...

Other Flamingos groups

Terry Johnson leads a separate Flamingos group, which has appeared on two PBS specials: "Doo Wop at Fifty" (in which they were the only group to have more than 2 songs featured) and "Doo Wop Cavalcade: The Definitive Anthology". By the early 2000s the group was Johnson, Theresa Trigg (member since 1976), Ulysses Jackson, Jeff Calloway (member since 2002), and Willie Bell. J.J. Hankerson replaced Jackson in the early 2000s, and Hankerson and Bell left in 2006, replaced by Joseph Mirrione. Terry's group maintains a full schedule of doo wop revival concerts and private functions. They are working on a 50th Anniversary album and Terry is working on a solo album, entitled Still in the Pink. William John Willie Bell (born September 3, 1937 in Johnstone, Scotland) is a Scottish former footballer and manager. ...

Ron Reace also leads a Flamingos group.

Pepsi lawsuit

In recent times, the group has seen time in the courtroom. Current Flamingos member J.C. Carey, along with Terry Johnson, Tommy Hunt, and descendants of Nate Nelson and Paul Wilson, sued PepsiCo for allegedly using "I Only Have Eyes For You" in a 1998 television commercial without consulting the group. The group was awarded $250,000.[10] PepsiCo, Incorporated (NYSE: PEP) is the largest global American beverage and snack company. ...


The Flamingos received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award in 1996 (where Terry Johnson, Jake Carey, Zeke Carey, Tommy Hunt and Johnny Carter performed) and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame in 2004. The group that performed at the Rock Hall ceremony included Terry Johnson on lead, Tommy Hunt and Johnny Carter. In 2003, The Flamingos recording of "I Only Have Eyes For You" was inducted into the Grammy Award Hall of Fame. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



  1. ^ a b c Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks - FLAMINGOS
  2. ^ a b http://www.worcestermagazine.com/content/view/2063/30/
  3. ^ Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks - 5 SHARPS
  4. ^ Bassett Family Association Newsletter May 2006
  5. ^ Flamingos
  6. ^ Edward N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc
  7. ^ About Touch of Silk
  8. ^ Message
  9. ^ http://www.jsoundsproductions.com/home.html
  10. ^ The Flamingos wins settlement from Pepsi for unauthorized use of song

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Flamingo - MSN Encarta (456 words)
The greater flamingo breeds in standing water or on low islands in shallow ponds, salt pans, and lagoons, building a conical mound of mud topped by a slight depression in which the one egg (rarely two) is laid.
The greater flamingo is classified as Phoenicopterus ruber, its vivid red subspecies as Phoenicopterus ruber ruber, and its paler subspecies as Phoenicopterus ruber roseus.
The Chilean flamingo is classified as Phoenicopterus chilensis, the Andean flamingo as Phoenicopterus andinus, James's flamingo as Phoenicopterus jamesi, and the lesser flamingo as Phoenicopterus minor.
Flamingo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1237 words)
Flamingos are gregarious wading birds in the genus Phoenicopterus and family Phoenicopteridae.
An extinct family of peculiar "swimming flamingos", the Palaelodidae, was initially believed to be the ancestors of the Phoenicopteridae.
Notable exceptions are the flamingos in captivity, many of which turned a pale pink as they are not fed foods containing sufficient amounts of carotene.
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