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The Sevilles

Charlena

During The Sevilles' relatively brief lifetime, they scored a national hit, which placed them head and shoulders above a good many of their L.A. contemporaries.

Cousins Ernest Hamilton and Bobby Baker, both tenors, started out as a duo in Watts. Baritone James Lanier and first tenor John Blalock overheard them rehearsing in 1958, knocked on their door, and the foursome formed The Paramounts. They cut a '59 single for Jake Porter's Combo label, Take My Heart b/w Thunderbird Baby, but threw in the towel not long after.

Hamilton assembled a new crew with tenors James Spencer and Leroy Hicks and baritone Charles Smith, reportedly naming them after 'The Barber Of Seville,' not the spiffy Cadillac of the same name. Cliff Goldsmith, half of the writer/producer team behind local heroes The Olympics, dug what he heard and got the newcomers a pact with John Marascalco's J.C. Records (John's songwriting triumphs included Little Richard's smashes Rip It Up, Reddy Teddy, and Good Golly Miss Molly).

With Goldsmith at the production helm, The Sevilles exercised their pipes on the rocking Charlena, written by Manny Chavez and Herman 'Sonny' Chaney of the better-established Jaguars and originally intended for their use (Chavez played guitar on The Sevilles' version the same day he entered the military). The song was arranged in three-part harmony, Hicks laying out before emerging at the end. Hamilton fronted the sublime ballad flip Loving You (Is My Desire), which he wrote.

Issued in November of '60, Charlena made it to #84 pop in early '61 despite a cover by The Cognacs on Roulette. But The Sevilles' two J.C. followups, Salt Mine (another upbeat theme in three-part harmony) b/w Louella and Fat Sally b/w Working Hard, stiffed. Ernest was replaced by Andrew Bayone when The Sevilles waxed a two-part Don't You Know I Care for Goldsmith's Cal-Gold logo in '62. That was it for those Sevilles. But Hamilton reunited with Baker and Lanier in 1963 to cut Hey, Hey, Baby and Treat You Right (they penned both) for Bay Area-based Galaxy Records and Goldsmith as The Sevilles. Their two encores were a reissue of Charlena and a first-time '64 pairing of two old J.C. tracks, Creation and Baby.  

Various - Street Corner Symphonies 1960 Vol.12

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