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The G Clefs consisted of 4 Scott brothers - Teddy, Chris, Tim and Arnold - and next door neighbor Ray Gibson. Not pictured is Joe Jordan who was with them a short time before entering the service. 2 Madison street in Roxbury Massachusetts was home, and they   were  all part of a street gang called "The Band Of Angels" ruling over Scotty's alley.   The   first musical shows were done in the early 50's while the group were mostly in their early   and  mid teens. Early on they were called the Bobolinks, and were listening to the great   groups of the 50's like the Dominoes, Drifters, and Five Keys. Like many other groups at   the time, they sang in the church choir singing gospel music, and they took off from there.   In 1956 they were contacted by Cecil Steen of Pilgrim records, and they started making  records. The G Clefs also appeared on Bandstand, the Apollo and many other big name  venues. They had several hit records, several record labels, recorded through the late  1960's and continue to be active singing and contributing to the charitable organization they  founded in 1958 called "Band Of Angels".
 

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Ka Ding Dong Purple 78
Darla My Darling purple Pilgrim 78
 
The first released recording by the G Clefs was "Ka Ding Dong" from 1956. The record   was reportedly written by local DJ Jack McDermott and Robert Joseph Jordan (Joe Jordan), and became a huge   seller for the group. Joe Jordan was an original member of the G Clefs and left to go to the service, and Arnold Scott replaced him. This record was reviewed by Cashbox and hit the Billboard charts, reaching   #24 on the best seller list. The flip was "Darla My Darling". Above is a first pressing of the original purple Pilgrim label 78.
   
Ka Ding Dong Purple 45
Darla My Darling purple Pilgrim 45
Here is the 45 on the same purple label. The Velvets and the Rainbows were two of the vocal groups that Pilgrim released records by, previously to the G Clefts. As a note, those groups had been previously issued on Red Robin.
   
 
<empty>Ka Ding Dong red 78
Darla My Darling Red Pilgrim 78
 
 
The second press of the 78 on the now redesigned Pilgrim label, complete with pilgrims!   It looks like the changeover to the new style may have been with this issue.
   
Ka Ding Dong red 45
Darla My Darling Red Pilgrim 45
This is the second press of the 45. This record was on the charts for an impressive 13   weeks. Due to their popularity, the G Clefs were booked into the Apollo, Brooklyn   Paramount, and the 1956 Alan Freed Christmas show.
   
Ka Ding Dong ditto
Ill Remember Ditto
A odd release from around 1962 on the Ditto label. This was the hit "Ka Ding Dong" backed with the original flipside "Darla My Darling". It appears to have only been issued on blue wax. The C Quins also had a release on the label with black wax, and Carol jarvis had one with red wax. I'm sure their were others, but I don't have the whole story on the label.
   
 
Cause Youre Mine 78
Please Write While Im Away 78
 
 
The follow-up to the G Clefts smash hit was another up tempo tune called "Cause Your   Mine" It was flipped with a ballad "Please Write While I'm Away". Teddy Scott was on   lead vocals on side "A", but the record didn't ride nearly as high as their initial effort.
 
 
Cause Youre Mine 45
Please Write While Im Away 45
 
Here is the 45 RPM version. While the G Clefs were at Pilgrim records, Jack Gold was   their "Producer" on the their sides. This was released in November of 1956. After two   records on Pilgrim, the G clefs followed Jack Gold to the Paris label.
   
Symbol Of Love Paris 78
Love Her In The Morning Paris 78
"Symbol Of Love" was a departure in the fact it was an "A" side ballad. Great song by the   boys, for the newly formed paris label. It parked in the top 10 in Boston, had several   markets that it "Picked to click", but no huge national recognition. "Love Her In The   Morning" was the up tempo flip side, and was a nice effort. Paris had two other prolific groups   -  the Four Esquires and the Three D's. The label was trying to bring the group into the   pop  market. The 78 RPM is shown above. There are a few 78's on Paris, and I should make it my mission to find them all!
   
Symbol Of Love Paris 45 Promo
Love Her In The Morning Paris 45 Promo
Here is the 45 RPM promo. I have always liked the Paris label. Maybe it's the Eiffel Tower? This record was released in 1957.
   
 
Symbol Of Love Paris 45 stock
Love Her In The Morning Paris 45 Stock
 
 
The first release for the Paris record label is shown with the stock light blue paris label.   The G Clefs may not have had a smash hit on Paris, but they would be back on the charts   eventually.
 
   
Zing Zang Zoo Paris 78
Is This The Way Paris 78
"Zing Zang Zoo" was their second of two records for the Paris label. Another great   up tempo doo wopish record for the G Clefs. Jack Gold has his name on this one, and he continued with Paris for several years after the G Clefs moved on. "Is This The Way" is a "B" side rocker, and made a great two sider.
   
 
Zing Zang Zoo Paris 45
Is This The Way Paris 45
 
Here is the 45 RPM release. The label information is much the same as the 78 shown above, and was issued in 1957.
   
I Understand Terrace
Little Girl I Love You Terrace
Fast Forward to 1961. The group had not recorded in 4 years. Teddy Scott contacted   their  old friend Jack Gold with an idea. They took the Four Tunes version of "I   Understand", and with Chris Scott's suggestion, overdubbed Auld Lang Syne. The record   was a monster, and a kickoff for Jack Gold's Terrace record label. It parked on the pop   charts for 16 weeks, was on charts over the world, and was by far the biggest hit in the G   Clefs career. The flip was "Little Girl I Love You", and is popish with a twang of a little country.   This label version has the large Terrace letters. It also just credits the songwriting as Auld Lang Syne.
   
I Understand Terrace 2
Little Girl I Love You Terrace 2
The Terrace label variation shown has the more familiar smaller block letters and has Pat Best as the song writer. Also, it is now showing Distributed By London on the label, and apparently to avoid confusion, it says "Made In The USA".
   
 
A Girl Has To Know Terrace
There Never Was A Dog Like Lad Terrace
 
 
The second release on Terrace "A Girl Has To Know" also made it's way to the billboard   top 100, but just barely. It lasted five weeks, peaking at 81. Billy Mure has his credits on   this one. The flipside "There Never Was A Dog Like Lad", was taken from the movie "Lad" produced by Warner Brothers. Both sides are pure pop ballads.
 
   
They'll Call Me Away Terrace Promo
Make Up Your Mind Terrace promo
Release three for Terrace was "They'll Call Me Away". They tried to recreate the magic of I Understand, by using the song This Is My Country in the background. "Make Up Your Mind"  was a mid tempo effort. A very reasonable two sided record. Shown is the promo.
   
 
They'll Call Me Away Terrace
Make Up Your Mind Terrace
 
 
 
 
This is the stock copy of the record. Distribution by London has been added to the label/disc. Also of note is that it was arranged and conducted by Billy Mure.
   
A Lovers Prayer Terrace Promo
Sitting In The Moonlight Terrace Promo
Release number four on the Terrace label, the G Clefs had "A Lover's Prayer" backed   with  "Sitting In The Moonlight". Moonlight is an up tempo effort with good vocal harmony and an orchestra during the break. It's a really cool song that showcased their talent. A Lover's   Prayer is a slower almost folksy tune. The Promotional issue is shown.
   
A Lovers Prayer Terrace
Sitting In The Moonlight Terrace
The stock issue of the G Clefs recording on Terrace 7510. Released in 1962, as were all of the G Clefs Terrace discs, with the exception of their first Terrace record.
   
All My Trials Terrace Promo
Big Rain Terrace Promo
The last release for Terrace was "All My Trials", another mid tempo record.  Billy Mure is   still involved, as well as Jack Gold with the writing credit. "The Big Rain" was  the up tempo side. It was a bit "Folkish" to my ears. The G Clefs were keeping up with the times.
   
 
All My Trials Terrace
Big Rain Terrace
 
 
Some stock releases showed the new label design, which is different then the promo copy   shown above. It's possible that some stock copies had the old design. This was their last for Terrace.
 
 
I Believe In All I Feel Regina Promo
To The Winner Goes The Prixze Regina Promo
 
A label change to Regina Records came next. New players included Horace Ott with the Arraigning   and conducting duties. Arnold Scott has the writing credit on "I Believe In All I Feel", released in 1964. "To The Winner Goes The Prize" was the flip. This is the promo copy.
 
 
I Believe In All I Feel Regina
To The Winner Goes The Prixze Regina
 
This is the gold colored stock issue of the first Regina label recording. Regina hosted groups like Vito And The Salutations, the Faces, and the Pacers.
   
Angel Listen To Me Regina Promo
Nobody But Betty Regina Promo
Here is the promo of the the G Clefts second and last release on the Regina label. "Angel, Listen To Me" was the "A" side and the disc was backed by "Nobody But Betty". This is the hardest of the two Regina records to find.
   
On The Other Side Of Town Veep Promo
I Have Veep Promo
From 1965, this is the G Clefs with their first of two issues on Veep. They sound much different then when they started, but they kept with the style of music of the mid 60's for this release from 1965. "On The Other Side Of Town" is backed with "I Have". The promotional copy is shown.
   
 
Album Cover
Album Label
 
 
A G Clefs Album? Yep, recorded live at the "Beachball" in 1968. Ka Ding Dong is on side two, the rest of the material is soul based recordings that fit well in 1968. This album cover has autographs and short novels by the group members.
 
 

The G Clefs had a sudden shot to fame in 1956, and rode it for over a year. They got back   together in the studio in 1961 and had their biggest hit ever with "I Understand". They   made great records, and had an exceptional following. They toured in the late 60's and   had  a great audience overseas. Since then, they have really been based near their   hometown of Roxbury, and have performed on numerous occasions.

Gone Missing: The Loma and Veep issues will eventually make their way to this page.

 
 
 

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