The Angels and the Starlets: selected recordings, 1960 to 1962

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The Angels biography:

From the Wikipedia article:

Angels 1The group originated in New Jersey as The Starlets which consisted of sisters, Barbara “Bibs”[1] and Phyllis “Jiggs”[1] Allbut, Bernadette Carroll, and Linda Malzone.[1] They had some minor local hits and wound up doing back-up work in the studio.[1] When Linda Malzone left, Linda Jankowski (later Jansen) became the new lead singer. Their manager, Tom DeCillis, turned his focus to Bernadette Carroll and dropped the rest of the group. Carroll would find solo success in 1963 with her Laurie single “Party Girl.”[1] After a failed attempt at record deal with producer Gerry Granahan, the Allbut sisters turned their focus to education.[1] Phyllis Allbut was in teacher’s college at the time and Barbara Allbut was accepted into the Juilliard School for her abilities as a musical arranger.[1] Soon Granahan, who had previously rejected the group, suddenly saw hit potential in the song they had performed for him in Starlets 1atheir audition, a version of “Till,” and wanted them to record it in the studio.[1]Til” became their first single under their new name, The Angels, and also their first hit (#14 US) released by Granahan’s Caprice label in 1961.[1] The song was followed up with a less-successful single, “Cry Baby Cry.” The Angels had one album on Caprice, titled …And The Angels Sing in 1962.

Jansen left the group in late 1962 to go solo and was replaced by Peggy Santiglia, formerly of The Delicates (with Denise Ferri and Arleen Lanzotti).

1934-P.S. I Love You-Jenkins-Mercer-Rudy ValleeStarlets-Astro Records promo-Kriegsmann-1

And, let me see,
I guess that’s all
Nothing left for me to say
And so I’ll close…but by the way
Everybody’s thinking of you
P.S. I love you

P. S. I Love You (m. Gordon Jenkins, w. Johnny Mercer) – Rudy Vallée’s popular recording, released in December 1934, introduced the song. A recording by the Hilltoppers peaked at #4 in June 1953 (charting for 21 weeks), and the Vogues charted with their version in 1960. Others to record the song include Billy Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Kay Starr, the Starlets (#106), and Diana Krall.

The Starlets — issued in April 1960 on Astro Records AS202 / AS203*, b/w “Where is My Love Tonight?” (Barbara Allbut)

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Till (m. Charles Danvers, w. Carl Sigman)

The Angels — issued in August 1961 on the single Caprice C-107, under the title “‘Til,” b/w “A Moment Ago”– peak chart position: #14 Billboard Hot 100 (pop); both sides were produced by Hutch Davie

From Wikipedia:

Till is a popular song with music by Charles Danvers and English lyrics by Carl Sigman,[1] released in January 1957 by Percy Faith.[2] It was derived from the French song “Prière Sans Espoir”,[1] released in 1956 by Lucien Lupi on the EP L’Amour Viendra[3] with original French lyrics written by Pierre Benoit Buisson.[3][4] Italian singer Caterina Valente released a version in 1960 with lyrics by Gaiano [Carla Boni].[5]

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A Moment Ago (Barbara Allbut)

The Angels — issued in August 1961 on Caprice C-107, as the B-side of their 1961 #14 hit “‘Til,” (see above)The Starlets had used a similar, but more eerie (sounding like a theremin voicing), “whoo” back vocal in 1960 at the very end of “P.S. I Love You.”

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Cry Baby Cry (Morris Bailey, Jr.)

The Angels, with the Hutch Davie Orchestra — issued in January 1962 on the single Caprice 112, b/w “That’s All I Ask Of You” (Harmon, Granahan, Farrel); #38 Hot 100 — Caprice 112 labels at 45cat.com and Discogs.com do not identify an arranger or a producer. According to the Caprice label history introducing the Caprice Albums Discography published at the Both Sides Now Publications website (bsnpubs.com), co-founder Gerry Granahan was the main producer for the Caprice label, while Hutch Davie was the musical director for both Caprice and the subsidiary label Congress.

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(below) stereo version

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Morris Bailey, Jr. interview:

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It’s Gonna Take a Miracle (Randazzo, Weinstein, Stallman)

The Royalettes — issued on the MGM label as the single K13366, b/w “Out of Sight Out of Mind” (Weinstein, Randazzo)

The rhythm track(s), the melody, and the harmonizing “whoo” back vocals all contain striking similarities to those of “Cry Baby Cry” by the Angels, which had been issued almost 3 1/2 years earlier.

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* Or, more accurately, Astro Records AS202-1 / AS203-2. The two sides not only have different catalog numbers in a series, in itself an oddity, but they also have numbers appended to indicate the sides, 1 and 2, instead of the more common A and B.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Esther Joseph
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 00:55:24

    Just watched the movie ‘The Jersey Boys’ and wanted to know more about ‘The Angels’. I did not realize until tonight how talented the girls truly were.

    Thank you

    Reply

    • doc
      Jul 31, 2016 @ 07:59:25

      Hi Esther,

      You’re welcome. I intentionally omitted the song that they are most known for, partly to draw attention to the fact that they were not a mere “one-hit wonder.”

      Regards,
      doc

      Reply

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