The Jive Five

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The Jive Five were one of the few Vocals groups to survive the transition from the '50s to the '60s. In the process, they helped move the music itself forward, providing a key link between doo wop and '60s soul.
Formed in Brooklyn, NY, the group originally consisted of Eugene Pitt, Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Billy Prophet, and Norman Johnson. the Jive Five's first hit, "My True Story," was their biggest, peaking at number one on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts in the summer of 1961. None of the band's subsequent singles -- including 1962's minor R&B hit "These Golden Rings" -- were as popular, but the group managed to keep performing and recording. Under the direction of Eugene Pitt and Norman Johnson, the Jive Five refashioned themselves as a soul band in 1964, forming a new lineup with Casey Spencer (tenor), Webster Harris (tenor), and Beatrice Best (baritone). This new incarnation of the band signed to United Artists Records. The group only had one hit on UA, 1965's "I'm a Happy Man."
In 1966, the Jive Five left United Artists and signed with Musicor, where they had the 1968 R&B hit "Sugar (Don't Take Away My Candy)." They changed labels again in 1970, signing with Decca. That same year, they changed their name to the Jive Fyve, in order to appear more contemporary. the Jyve Fyve had only one minor R&B hit, 1970's "I Want You to Be My Baby."
The group continued to perform and record for a variety of small labels during the '70s, but never had another hit. Throughout the '70s and '80s, the only constant member was Eugene Pitt. In 1975, Pitt changed the name of the group to Ebony, Ivory & Jade, but this new incarnation failed to gain much attention. In 1982 Pitt changed the name of the group back to the Jive Five and the band recorded two albums for the indie label Ambient Sound.

From 1998-2006The Jive Five consisted of: Eugene Pitt, Artie Loria, Bea Best, Danny Loria, Maurice Unthank and Harold Gil. They recorded "It's Christmas" for Dazzle Records. They continued to perform to audiences worldwide. They also recorded tracks for an album "Still Jiving" that was shelved bur will be repackaged in 2020 in tribute and in memorium to Eugene Pitt who passed in 1999.

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UAS 6455 The Jive Five - I'm A Happy Man album art The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt - I'm A Happy Man (Album) United Artists Records UAS 6455 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
FZ 37717 The Jive Five - Here We Are! album art The Jive 5* Featuring Eugene Pitt The Jive 5* Featuring Eugene Pitt - Here We Are!(LP, Album) Ambient Sound FZ 37717 US 1982 Sell This Version
ASR-801 The Jive Five - Way Back album art The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt - Way Back(LP, Album) Ambient Sound, Rounder Records ASR-801 US 1984 Sell This Version
Relic 7109 The Jive Five - The Jive 5 Live On Stage album art The Jive Five The Jive 5 Live On Stage(CD, Album) Relic (2) Relic 7109 US 1995 Sell This Version
545 450 805-2 The Jive Five - Colectors Gold Series album art The Jive Five Colectors Gold Series(CD, Album, Promo, RM) Empire Musicwerks 545 450 805-2 US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

R-889 The Jive Five - Never, Never album art Jive Five* With Joe Rene Orchestra* Jive Five* With Joe Rene Orchestra* - Never, Never (Single) Beltone (2) R-889 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
45-1006 The Jive Five - My True Story / When I Was Single album art The Jive Five My True Story / When I Was Single (Single) Beltone (2) 45-1006 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-2024 The Jive Five - What Time Is It? / Beggin' You Please album art Jive Five* What Time Is It? / Beggin' You Please (Single) Beltone (2) 45-2024 US 1962 Sell This Version
1502X The Jive Five - These Golden Rings / Do You Hear Wedding Bells album art Jive Five* With Eugene Pitt Jive Five* With Eugene Pitt - These Golden Rings / Do You Hear Wedding Bells (Single) Beltone (2) 1502X Canada 1962 Sell This Version
1397X The Jive Five - Hully Gully Callin' Time / No Not Again album art Jive Five* With Eugene Pitt Jive Five* With Eugene Pitt - Hully Gully Callin' Time / No Not Again (Single) Beltone (2) 1397X Canada 1962 Sell This Version
45-2034 The Jive Five - She's My Girl album art Jive Five* She's My Girl (Single) Beltone (2) 45-2034 US 1963 Sell This Version
45-2030 The Jive Five - Lily Marlane album art Jive Five* with Eugene Pitt Jive Five* with Eugene Pitt - Lily Marlane (Single) Beltone (2) 45-2030 US 1963 Sell This Version
3002 The Jive Five - The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair album art The Jive Five The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair(7", Single) Beltone (2) 3002 US 1963 Sell This Version
3001 The Jive Five - Hurry Back album art The Jive Five Hurry Back(7") Beltone (2) 3001 US 1963 Sell This Version
UA 807 The Jive Five - United / Prove Every Word You Say album art The Jive Five United / Prove Every Word You Say (Single) United Artists Records UA 807 US 1964 Sell This Version
UA 936 The Jive Five - A Bench In The Park / Please Baby Please (Come On Back To Me) album art The Jive Five A Bench In The Park / Please Baby Please (Come On Back To Me) (Single) United Artists Records UA 936 US 1965 Sell This Version
UA 3099 The Jive Five - I'm A Happy Man album art The Jive Five I'm A Happy Man (Single) United Artists Records UA 3099 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
UA 50069 The Jive Five - Ha! Ha! / You're A Puzzle album art The Jive Five Ha! Ha! / You're A Puzzle United Artists Records UA 50069 US 1966 Sell This Version
50107 The Jive Five - You Promised Me Great Things  album art The Jive Five You Promised Me Great Things (Single) United Artists Records 50107 US 1966 Sell This Version
UA 50004 The Jive Five - Goin' Wild  album art The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt - Goin' Wild (Single) United Artists Records UA 50004 US 1966 Sell This Version
UA 50033 The Jive Five - Then Came Heart Break / In My Neighborhood album art The Jive Five Then Came Heart Break / In My Neighborhood (Single) United Artists Records UA 50033 US 1966 Sell This Version
MU 1250 The Jive Five - Crying Like A Baby / You'll Fall In Love album art The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt - Crying Like A Baby / You'll Fall In Love (Single) Musicor Records MU 1250 US 1967 Sell This Version
MU 1270 The Jive Five - No More Tears / You'll Fall In Love album art The Jive Five No More Tears / You'll Fall In Love (Single) Musicor Records MU 1270 US 1967 Sell This Version
1034 The Jive Five - While I'm Away / Eddy's Go-Go Train album art Eddy "G" Giles* And The Jive 5* Eddy "G" Giles* And The Jive 5* - While I'm Away / Eddy's Go-Go Train (Single) Murco 1034 US 1967 Sell This Version
MU 1305 The Jive Five - Blues In The Ghetto album art The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt The Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt - Blues In The Ghetto (Single) Musicor Records MU 1305 US 1968 Sell This Version

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grass42

grass42

August 12, 2010
edited over 10 years ago
7" These Golden Rings/Do You Hear Wedding Bells.
Beltone 2029 ?
7" Never never/People from another world.
Beltone 1014 ?

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