The Edsels!

This is just a coincidence, but I was talking to some people in Youngstown, Ohio today and the group that I will take a look at tonight where from Youngstown.  They recorded a song (One Hit Group) and released it in 1958, but it really did not sell nationally until 1961, interesting.

The Edsels
  • George ‘Wydell’ Jones – lead vocals (died September 27, 2008)
  • Larry Green – first tenor
  • James Reynolds – second tenor
  • Harry Green – baritone
  • Marshall Sewell – bass

They used the name of Ford’s brand new car, the Edsel 

Video:  Rocky Sharpe and the Replays 1978 (Cover Group)

1.  Lama Rama Ding Dong/ Dub/ June 1958

3. Rama Lama Ding Dong (cover)/ Rocky Sharpe and the Replays reached #17 in the UK in 1978

The Edsels were an American doo-wop group active during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name of the group was originally The Essos, after the oil company, but was changed to match the then-new Ford automobile, the Edsel.

Rama Lama Ding Dong.” was recorded in 1957 and originally released, under the errant title “Lama Rama Ding Dong,” in 1958, but the song did not become popular until 1961, after a disc jockey in New York City began to play it as a segue from The Marcels doo-wop version of “Blue Moon.”  The song eventually became popular throughout the USA, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Edsels recorded over 25 songs and had multiple performances on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand . They were one of the few doo-wop groups to sign with a major record label, as most groups of that era found success with small independent labels.

Before their national hit “Rama Lama Ding Dong,” songs like “What Brought Us Together,” “Bone Shaker Joe,” and “Do You Love Me” helped the group land a major recording contract with Capitol Records in 1961.

The Edsels are best known for their song, “Rama Lama Ding Dong.”  They continue to perform today.

In addition, James Reynolds performs with his five sons Jeff, Baron, Patrick, Chris and Carlise (as The Reynolds Brothers). That group released an album, The Reynolds Brothers, featuring songs written by James and fellow Edsels member George Jones, Jr.



5 responses to “The Edsels!

  1. Excellent information on that recording. Did The Edsels record under another name when the car flopped?

  2. Connie, as of 2008, the Edsels were carrying on with that name. It seems the car flop didn’t make them flip… if you know what I mean. 😉

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  4. Jimmy Reynolds the last remaining original Edsels is still performing along side with his son Christopher Reynolds who have been actively singing with the group over 30 years. The group recently performed at The Beacon Theater in New York city (June 2015). I hope to see this group get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!! They really deserve it! DOO WOP NEVER DIES!

  5. Will always have a fond memories of the Edsels. Porky Chedwick played the Edsels music on WAMO in the late 50’s and early 60’s when I was a kid. In 1997 I was doing industrial sound and setup a stage when the original Edsels came to the Yukon Solvenian Hall in SW Pennsylvania. They did all of their music and thrilled all of the middle aged teenagers that attended the event. Too bad that life goes on and we lost George Jones the original lead in 2008. Marshall Sewell, original base man has passed on too. Was very much disappointed a couple of weeks ago when a group calling themselves the Edsels came to the State Theater in Uniontown, PA . They opened with Rockin Robin-Bobby Days song. OPM !!!! “Other Peoples Music” that’s what I call it. The second song they performed was the Temptations!! The third selection was Eddie Holman’s “Hey There Lonley Girl”. Then finally this Edsel group sang Rama Lama Ding Dong!!! Was too bad they didn’t sing the songs they were famous for here in Pittsburgh: Rink A Dink A Do, Bone Shaker Joe, and beautiful ballads: Do You Love Me, Three Precious Words, and What Brought Us Together!!! What is wrong with these replacement vocal groups??? Are they naive and ignorant that they think people will not notice that they are not singing the original groups music but singing OPM !!!!! Ahhhhh!!! Maybe I know too much! Maybe Eddie Holman from Philly will sing all the beautiful Edsel ballads when he comes to Pittsburgh!!

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