The headlining group for the Doo-Wop Society's Show #36 on May 5, 2001, was The Dreamlovers, a Philadelphia group that first got together in high school in the 1950s as The Romancers. After changing their name in 1959 to The Dreamlovers--taken from the title of Bobby Darin's hit single--the quintet came to the attention of a local entrepreneur, Len "Buddy" Caldwell, who recorded them for his tiny Len and V-Tone labels. The group members were Morris Gardner (lead), Tommy Ricks (tenor), Cleveland Hammock Jr (second tenor), and brothers James Ray Dunn (bass) and Cliff Dunn (baritone). A sixth member, Donald Hogan, joined the group after their first single.
The Dreamlovers are perhaps best known today as the Cameo/Parkway house vocal group in the early 1960s, singing anonymously behind Chubby Checker on several of his big sellers (including the #1 hits "The Twist" and "Pony Time"), Dee Dee Sharp, The Dovells and others. Unfortunately, they had to go elsewhere to establish themselves under their own name.
The Dreamlovers' first single on the new Heritage label was a Donald Hogan song called "When We Get Married," which promptly shot to #10 on the national charts. Though there would never be a hit follow-up (though "If I Should Lose You" did chart as high as #62), their one big burst of fame and their unerring harmonies kept them working and recording steadily for several years, including a stint on three major labels.
Over the years The Dreamlovers kept working, and only within the last few years did the majority of the originals break up. These days (2001) the group is led by the Dunn brothers, with Charlie Brown and ex-Turban Earl Wortham rounding out the quartet.
|Len 1006||For the First Time/Take It From a Fool||1960|
|V-Tone 211||Home Is Where the Heart Is/Annabelle Lee||1960|
|V-Tone 229||Time/May I Kiss the Bride||1961|
|Heritage 102||When We Get Married/Just Because||1961|
|Heritage 104||Welcome Home/Let Them Love||1961|
|Heritage 107||Zoom Zoom Zoom/While We Were Dancing||1962|
|End 1114||If I Should Lose You/I Miss You||1962|
|Casino 1308||Together/Amazons and Coyotees||1963|
|Swan 4167||Together/Amazons and Coyotees||1963|
|Columbia 42698||Sad Sad Boy/If I Were a Magician||1963|
|Columbia 42752||Black Bottom/Sad Sad Boy||1963|
|Columbia 42842||Pretty Little Girl/I'm Through With You||1963|
|Cameo 326||Oh Baby Mine/These Will Be the Good Old Days||1964|
|Warner Brothers 5619||You Gave Me Somebody to Love/Doin' Things Together With You||1965|
|Mercury 72595||The Bad Times Make the Good Times/Bless Your Soul||1966|
|Mercury 72630||Calling Jo-Ann/You Gave Me Somebody to Love||1966|
|Columbia 8820||The Bird (& Other Golden Dancing Grooves)||1963|
|Collectables 5004||The Best of the Dreamlovers, Vol. 1||1980s|
|Collectables 5005||The Best of the Dreamlovers, Vol. 2||1980s|
|Collectables 5004||The Best of the Dreamlovers, Vol. 1||1990|
|Collectables 5005||The Best of the Dreamlovers, Vol. 1||1990|
The "Best of" albums contain a total of 24 songs from all their labels. Omitted are the three cuts from the first two
Columbia singles, plus "May I Kiss the Bride" from V-Tone, and "The Bad Times Make the Good Times Good" and
"Bless Your Soul" from Mercury. Non-singles include "Let's Twist Again" f rom the Columbia album and "Mother."
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