The Playmates were a late 50s vocal group lead by pianist Carl Cicchetti and drummer Donny Conn (Donald Claps) of Waterbury, Connecticut. Signed to Morris Levy's Roulette Records in 1958, they released two notable singles- "Joanne" and "Don't Go Home"- before having a surprise #4 hit with the tempo-changing novelty record "Beep Beep," which became a regular spin for Dr. Demento. Waterbury is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Hartford on the Naugatuck River. ... Morris Levy was an American music industry executive, who ran Roulette Records. ... Roulette Records is a record label which was started late 1956 by George Goldner, Joe Kolsky, Morris Levy and Phil Khals, but the label was soon sold to Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore. ... Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941 in Minneapolis, MN) is the stage name of Barret Hansen , who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ...
After four albums for Roulette, the group -- which was as known for its between-song comedy and banter as it was for its repertoire -- broke up in 1964. Conn moved to California where he wrote and performed comedy for years before becoming a successful corporate and event speaker-for-hire.
We have recruited the new venture of Mr Neil (aka Henri Les Flames) and Geoff Pushkin (aka Jean Claude Van Flames), now under the moniker of THE PLAYMATES alongside bassist George Riley and Guitarist Ali Valium.
You might have already seen their utterly cheeky and downright filthy live show at the Moor Music Festival or many last-minute big gig supports around Leeds.
Hi The Playmates R.I.P., Just to let you know that we've now moved from the last Thursday of every month to the last Friday.
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