|THIS PAGE UPDATED: 5-27-2012|
The Dreamers & The Blossoms
|The Dreamers was a group of girls from Fremont High School who first recorded in 1954 with Richard Berry. Members of the group later sang with The Pharaohs on several of Berry's later records, including the original "Louie Louie." After singing under various other names, including The Rollettes, the group evolved into The Blossoms, featuring a new singer named Darlene Love. The Blossoms recorded under their own name, recorded for Phil Spector, and performed as backup singers for such artists as Tom Jones, Dick Dale and Elvis Presley.||
The Blossoms during their Capitol period. Clockwise from lower left: Nanette, Fanita, Gloria and Annette.
Gloria Jones (left), Darlene Love (right) and Nanette Williams (second from right) party with Bobby "Rockin' Robin" Day (behind Nanette) and his wife Jackie.
The Dreamers visit Johnny Otis in 1954.
Left to right: Annette Williams, Nanette Williams, Fanita Barrett, Gloria Jones, Pat Howard and Jewel Cobbs. Cobbs and Howard sang only on the "Bye Bye" and "Daddy Daddy" sessions.
In 1954 Richard Berry, who recorded for Modern/Flair as a solo artist and as the bass singer for The Flairs and The Crowns, brought a new girl group to Joe Bihari, who ran Flair Records. "There were about seven girls, they wanted to sing as a group," Berry told Jim Dawson, "but they didn't really have a lead singer. So I started working with them, writing some songs, and I took them in to record with me. We did 'At Last' and 'Bye Bye,' which sold a lot of records.
"When we went back into the studio later, there were only four of them: Gloria Jones, Fanita Barrett, the twins Nannette and Annette [Williams], and Johnny Coleman from The Crowns was there too. That's him singing bass on those Dreamers records. That's when we did 'Daddy Daddy,' 'Baby Darling' and maybe 'Together.' Flair put out 'Jelly Roll' as a Dreamers record, but that was The Cadets, before they were The Cadets."
"Bye Bye"/"At Last" was released in August 1954 under The Dreamers' name without Richard Berry's name on the label even though he sang lead. Subsequent Flair releases were as by Richard Berry & The Dreamers.
|Randy Jones with The Blossoms|
|As by The Dreamers*|
|Flair 1052||Bye Bye/At Last||1954|
|As by Richard Berry & The Dreamers|
|Flair 1058||Daddy Daddy/Baby Darling||1955|
|RPM 477||Good Love/Wait For Me||1956|
|As by The Dreamers/Later reissued as by Jennell Hawkins & The Dreamers|
|Flip 319||Do Not Forget/Since You've Been Gone||1956|
|As by The Rollettes|
|Class 201||Sad Fool/ (instrumental B-side)||1956|
|Class 203||More Than You Realize/Kiss Me, Benny||1956|
|As by The Echoes+
(Darlene Love, Marzetta Freeman, Ed DeVold, Harold Grayson and Elmo Jones)
|Combo 128||Aye Senorita/My Little Honey||1957|
|As by The Blossoms|
|Capitol 3822||He Promised Me/Move On||1957|
|Capitol 3878||Little Louie/Have Faith in Me||1958|
|Capitol 4072||Baby Daddy-O/No Other Love||1958|
|As by The Playgirls|
|RCA 7546||Hey Sport/Young Love Swings the World||1959|
|RCA 7719||Gee, But Iím Lonesome/Sugar Beat||1960|
|As by The Coeds|
|Challenge 9109||Son-In-Law/I'll Wait||1961|
|As by The Blossoms|
|Challenge 9122||Write Me A Letter/Hard To Get||1961|
|Challenge 9138||The Search Is Over/Big Talking Jim||1962|
|Challenge unreleased||I Gotta Tell It/The Gospel Truth||1962|
|Ode ZS7-101 (promo)||Wonderful/Stoney End||19__|
|Ode ZS7-125||Stoney End/Wonderful||19__|
|Okeh 7162||What Makes Love/I'm in Love||1963|
|Reprise 436||That's When the Tears Start/Good Good Lovin||19__|
|Reprise 522||Deep Into My Heart/Let Your Love Shine on Me||19__|
|Reprise ____||My Love/Come Home Lover Boy||19__|
|MGM 1435 (UK)||You Got Me Hummin/Tweedle Dee||19__|
|Pama 814 (UK)||Stand By/Soul and Inspiration||19__|
|Mojo ___ (UK)||Touchdown/It's All Up to You||19__|
|Epic 8-50434||Walkin On Air (stereo)/Walkin On Air (mono)||1977|
|As by The Crystals
(Darlene Love, Fanita Barrett, Jean King)
|Philles 106||He's a Rebel/(instrumental flipside)||1962|
|Philles 106||He's a Rebel/I Love You Eddie***||19__|
|Philles 109||He's Sure the Boy I Love/(instrumental)||1962|
|As by Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans
(Bobby Sheen, Darlene Love, Fanita Barrett)
|Philles 110||Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts/(instrumental)||1963|
|Philles 113||Not Too Young to Get Married++/(instrumental)||1963|
|As by Darlene Love|
|Columbia 07984||He's Sure The Man I Love/ ?||1988|
|Philles 111||Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry/(instrumental)||1963|
|Philles 111||Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry/Playing For Keeps+++||19__|
|Philles 111||Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry/My Heart Beat A Little Bit Faster+++||19__|
|Philles 114||Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home/(instrumental)||1963|
|Philles 117||A Fine, Fine Boy/(instrumental)||1963|
|Philles 119||Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)/(not on B-side)||1963|
|Philles 123||Stumble And Fall/He's A Quiet Guy++++||19__|
|Philles 125||Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)/(not on B-side)||1964|
|Philles 125X||Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)/Winter Wonderland||1965|
|Warner Spector SPS 0410||Lord If You're A Woman/Stumble And Fall||1977|
|Warner Spector SPS 0410 (deejay)||Lord If You're A Woman/Lord If You're A Woman||19__|
|Duane Eddy With The Rebeletts
(The Blossoms singing background)
|RCA 8087||(Dance With the) Guitar Man/Stretchin' Out||1962|
|RCA 8131||Boss Guitar/Desert Rat||1963|
|RCA 8335||Guitar Child/Jerky Jalopy||1964|
|As by The Wildcats|
|Reprise 02531||What Are We Gonna Do in '64 / 3625 Groovy Street||1964|
*Though not listed, Richard Berry sang lead on both sides.
**The Dreamers were not on this side; the vocal group was The Cadets.
***B-side is by the regular Crystals, not The Blossoms.
+Darlene Love did not sing lead with The Echoes.
++Darlene Love sang solo lead on this side.
+++Of the two different vocal flip sides, "Playing For Keeps" is the more common one that shows up.
++++Released as a DJ copy and a regular stock copy. It was later withdrawn and the number re-assigned to The Ronettes "Walking In The Rain."
|Philles X||Christmas EP
1. Sleigh Ride - Ronettes
2. The Bells Of St. Mary - Bob B. Soxx & Blue Jeans
3. White Christmas - Darlene Love
4. Santa Claus Is Comming To Town - The Crystals
|Ace CDCHD 258||R&B Confidential: The Flair Label
(Contains "Bye Bye.")
|PS Records 7118-2||Back to Mono (Phil Spector box set)
(This 4-CD set contains released and unreleased cuts by Darlene Love,
as well as her Crystals and Bobby Soxx & the Blues Jeans cuts.)
|Ace CDCH 355||Get Out of the Car
(This Richard Berry CD contains the Flair and RPM tracks plus
a Crown album track, "Please Tell Me.")
|Ace 829||The Dreamers: They Sing Like Angels
(Contains all their Flair, Flip, RPM and Class sides.)
Thanks to John Grecco and Danny Feeney for their help with this discography.
These are only a few of the recordings the girls sang on. If you have any corrections or additions to this discography, let us know.
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