The Wanderers (8)

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The Wanderers were a popular East Coast doo wop group who went through numerous name changes during their decade-long career, and despite various label-related shuffling and stylistic changes, national success eluded them at each turn. They are best known for their cover material, and had minor East Coast hits with "For Your Love" and "Thinking of You." They began their career in 1952 as the Barons. The original group members -- Ray Pollard (lead), Frank Joyner (tenor), Robert Yarbrough (baritone), and Sheppard "Shep" Grant (bass).
By 1957, the group -- now simply called the Wanderers -- began releasing singles on the Onyx label. They tried broadening their material, even recording a pop single called "Thinking of You," which was already familiar to New Yorkers as the Honeydreamers had recorded it as the theme song to Brad Phillips' radio show Battle Royal. The audience response to the Wanderers' version provided them with some hope and began to clearly define the outlines of a smooth pop vocal career. Unfortunately, Onyx was then absorbed by the larger major MGM, and so they moved over to Orbit Records, a label run by Onyx's Jerry Winston. That label changed names a month later (in April of 1958) because of the proliferation of small labels using the name Orbit, becoming Cub Records.

The first release on Cub was "Teenaged Quarrel" (it had been issued on Orbit, then withdrawn, making it a rare 45 today). Unfortunately, the single failed to connect, as did further efforts from the group throughout the rest of the '50s. By 1961, the group had been performing for nearly a decade without much success outside the East Coast. They went through another stylistic change to keep with the times, focusing on a more commercial R&B sound for their cover of Ed Townsend's 1957 classic ballad "For Your Love." The single rose up the national pop charts in the summer of 1961 and was a favorite of East Coast vocal group fans.
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The Wanderers (8) Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

The Wanderers'* Thinking Of You / Great Jumpin' Catfish Onyx (4) US 1957 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) A Teenage Quarrel / My Shining Hour Cub US 1958 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) Two Hearts On A Window Pane / Collecting Hearts Cub US 1958 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) I'm Not Ashamed / Only When Your Lonely Cub US 1959 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) Please / Shadrach Meshack And Abednego (Single) Cub US 1959 Sell This Version
K9075 The Wanderers (8) I Need You More(7") Cub K9075 US 1960 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) Somebody Else's Sweetheart / She Wears My Ring (Single) Cub US 1961 Sell This Version
45x356 Tony Allen (5) And The Wanderers (8) Tony Allen (5) And The Wanderers (8) - If Love Was Money(7", Single) Kent 45x356 US 1961 Sell This Version
K9089 The Wanderers (8) For Your Love / Sally Goodheart(7") Cub K9089 US 1961 Sell This Version
K9094 The Wanderers (8) A Little Too Long / I'll Never Smile Again(7") Cub K9094 US 1961 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) There Is No Greater Love (Single) MGM Records US 1962 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) As Time Goes By / There Is No Greater Love (Single) Cub Japan 1962 Sell This Version
The Wanderers (8) Run-Run Senorita United Artists Records UK 1963 Sell This Version
UA 648 The Wanderers (8) You Can't Run Away From Me / I'll Know(7") United Artists Records UA 648 US 1963 Sell This Version
POPC-135 The Wanderers (8), Ruth Price The Wanderers (8), Ruth Price - Shadrach Meshack and Abednego / Shadrach(7", RE) Popcorn (4) POPC-135 UK 2015 Sell This Version
URS 008 Kenny & The Impacts* / The Wanderers (8) Kenny & The Impacts* / The Wanderers (8) - Wishing Well / You Can't Run Away From Love(7", RE) Stardust Records URS 008 US Unknown Sell This Version
URS 084 The Wanderers (8) For Your Love / I Need You More(7", RE) Stardust Records URS 084 US Unknown Sell This Version
BW-5000 The Galahads*, The Wanderers (8) The Galahads*, The Wanderers (8) - Once I Had A Love / A Teenage Quarrel(7", Promo, Dis) Beechwood Records BW-5000 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

202 The Wanderers (8) The Best Of The Wanderers(LP, Comp) Onyx (4) 202 US 1961 Sell This Version
2002 The Wanderers (8) The Best Of(CD, Comp, Mono) Onyx (4) 2002 US 1997 Sell This Version
#1008 Ray Pollard, The Wanderers (8) Ray Pollard, The Wanderers (8) - Ray Pollard And The Wanderers Vol. 2(CD, Comp) Cat King Cole #1008 US 2001 Sell This Version

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