Gary: “In 1955 and 1956, all I remember was the great songs and the music. Here is one group, that recorded under two different names and had several hits. One of the group members, Aaron Collins had two sisters, Betty and Rosie, and they recorded under a different name and they also had one hit. Then they all disbanded and went different ways, but some of them came together again in 1961 and had another hit. So here is My Story…
1. Why Don’t you write me (The Jacks)/ RPM/ October 1955
2. Stranded in the Jungle (The Cadets)/ Modern 994/ July 1956/ #15 (Best Seller #15, Juke Box #15 Top 100 # 18)
3. Eddie My Love (The Teen Queens)/ RPM 453/ #14 (Best Seller #14 Juke Box #16 Top 100 # 22)
4. Foot Stomping Part 1 (The Flares)/ Felsted 8624/ October 1961/ #25
The Original groups:
The Jacks: Recorded “Why Don’t You Write Me” in October of 1955.
The Cadets: The group was formed in the mid-fifties and signed with Saul Bihart’s Modern Records. Their first release was “Don’t Be Angry“, which was moderately popular. A short time later They did a version of the Jay Hawks “Stranded in the Jungle” which became a hit in 1956.
A year prior to this hit, the group had recorded under another name, The Jacks, (which included Lloyd McGraw) and had hit on RPM records (owned by Modern Records), called “Why Don’t You Write Me“.