The Exciters and the Fiestas

Two Great Groups from the late fifties and early sixties, and they had two great songs…

The Exciters


Video: Tell Him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah-tui1ubnU

1.  Tell Him/ United Artist 544/ December 1962/ #4

The Exciters were originally a quartet of seventeen year olds who were high school classmates in Queens, New York. Then called the Masterettes, the group consisted of Brenda Reid on lead, Sylvia Williams, Lillian Walker, and Carol Johnson.

The group signed with United Artists Records in 1962 and by December 1st had entered the Billboard charts with “Tell Him,” which made it all the way to #4 Pop on January 26, 1963, and #5 R&B.

Reid’s no-nonsense, tough girl vocal, the group’s vocal blend, and a sure fire Bert Burns composition made “Tell Him” a whole new dimension in girl group rock and roll.


Other Singles:

  • He’s Got the Power
  • Get Him
  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy
  • Havin’ My Fun
  • A Little Bit of Soap
  • Blowin’ up my mind

Tell Him” is also a soundtrack from the movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding


The Fiestas

1.  So Fine/ Old Town 1062/ April 1959/ #11

The Fiestas were an American R&B group from Newark, New Jersey. Formed in 1958, they signed to Old Town Records in 1959 after the label’s owner, Hy Weiss, overheard the group singing in a bathroom adjacent to his office in Harlem. Their debut single was 1959’s “So Fine”; the tune was a hit in the U.S., hitting #3 on the Black Singles chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A series of soul singles followed from the group, among them “Last Night I Dreamed”, “You Could Be My Girlfriend”, “Anna”, and “Think Smart”, but only 1962’s “Broken Heart” managed to chart, hitting #18 on the Black Singles chart.

Leaving Old Town, the group later recorded for Strand and Vigor, releasing music into the mid-1970s.

Members:

  • Tommy Bullock
  • Eddie Morris
  • Sam Ingalls
  • Preston Lane
  • George Bullock

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