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JIVE 5 Way Back

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JIVE 5: Way Back

Eugene Pitt had walked down those same stairs hundreds of times before, maybe thousands. But this had never happened before. When it did, Eugene smiled and began to think back . . . way back.

He had worn that same jacket for years, the one with the words “Jive Five" on the back. He thought nothing of it as he came to the corner of Nostrand Avenue and DeKalb in Brooklyn 's Bedford-Stuyvesant section, and no one gave him a second look.

Eugene passed the triangle where the four exits from the subway station converged. Reaching for his subway token, he remembered the days when the original Jive Five gathered on that spot and sang for the subway riders returning home from a long day of work. Another smile came to Eugene 's face as he recalled how the group's vocal harmonies brought happiness to the passers-by . . . way back, way back, twenty years ago.

A Although Eugene had moved uptown a long time ago, leaving behind the housing projects and the street corners, the candy stores and the school- yards where the .live Five were born, he still loved to visit the old neighborhood. if only someone would recognize blended into the night air at every cor- ner and echoed in every hallway.

Eugene gave out a little laugh to him- self just thinking about the fun they used to have. Girls would gather around the group straining for a better * look, sometimes even daring to sing along. There 'd be battles of the groups, which .the .live Five always won, of course, because they were on their own turf and rival groups didn't stand a chance. But that was way back. Maybe no one else remembered. Eugene stepped closer to the plat- form as he saw the GG train approaching. Suddenly, a guy who 'd been giving him curious looks stepped up to him. Eugene, checking the fellow out, noticed that they were probably about the same age. Maybe he was supposed to know the guy? Did they go to school together? Was he from one of the other groups? No, the face didn't look familiar.

  “Say, man," said the onlooker, “I couldn't help but notice that your jacket says Jive Five on it. That wouldn't happen to be the Jive Five, would lt? You know, the group that sang 'My True Story' and 'What Time is It?' and 'I'm A Happy Man'? Do you know them or something ?'...

(1984/Rounder/Ambient) 20 tracks



Jive Five - Way Back LP 1
1: You Know I Love You Honey
2: Fellas We Better Change
3: A Little Bit Of Your Love (Knock Me Out)
4: Tore Up
5: Callin' Cades
6: Where Do We Go From Here
7: Are You Lonesome Tonight
8: Now That I Found You
9: The Time
10: Happier Than Before
11: It's All In You
12: Let Us All Go Back


Artikeleigenschaften von JIVE 5: Way Back

  • Interpret: JIVE 5

  • Albumtitel: Way Back

  • Format LP
  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Music Genre R&B / Soul
  • Music Style Vinyl - Doo Wop / Vocal Groups
  • Music Sub-Genre 554 Vinyl - Doo Wop/Vocal Groups
  • Title Way Back
  • Vinyl size LP (12 Inch)
  • Speed / RPM 33 U/min
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Release date 1984
  • Label ROUNDER

  • SubGenre Doo-Wop

  • EAN: 4000127785831

  • weight in Kg 0.230

Artist description "Jive Five"

The Jive Five

My True Story

The Jive Five slipped a soul edge into their doo-wop approach. Emerging from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn in New York, they featured Eugene Pitt (born November 6, 1937 in Brooklyn) as their lead singer, joined by tenors Jerome Hanna and Richard Harris, baritone Billy Prophet, and bass Norman Johnson. Eugene had graduated from his dad's sanctified outfit, The Pitt Gospel Singers, to a series of street corner groups before forming The Jive Five in 1958. Eugene also spent time with The Genies before they hit in '59 with Who's That Knocking.

Of all places, Pitt was discovered singing to himself in the aisle of a grocery store where he worked. Mrs. Oscar Waltzer overheard him and told her songwriting husband about the group. He brought them to audition for Beltone Records at 1650 Broadway. Les Cahan started the label in the fall of 1960 as an outgrowth of his Beltone Recording Studios, located in Manhattan, hiring Joe Rene as his A&R man and in-house bandleader. Their second offering, Bobby Lewis' Tossin' And Turnin', was a pop chart-topper during the summer of '61, launching the label in style.

After singing several numbers at the audition, Cahan asked the group if they had any other material. Pitt replied that they had a tune called My True Story, but he didn't care much for it because it was indeed a real-life tale. Cahan loved the doo-wop ballad, slating a session for February 17, 1961 at Beltone. Pitt shared compositional credit with Waltzer on My True Story, opening in falsetto before dropping down to his normal range to deliver a tear-soaked tale of doomed love that perfectly fit the doo-wop movement then underway.

Slotting another Pitt/Waltzer copyright, the rocking When I Was Single, on the other side, Beltone pressed My True Story up in May and had its second huge seller of 1961. The ballad maxed out at #3 pop but made it to the very peak of the R&B hit parade that September, dislodging labelmate Lewis from that pinnacle.

Various Street Corner Symphonies 1961 Vol.13
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