The Five Keys

The Five Keys

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American R&B and doo-wop group popular in the late 1950's. In 1949, brothers Rudy and Bernard West joined another set of singing brothers - Ripley and Raphael Ingram - to form The Sentimental Four, a gospel quartet. Inspired by the harmonies of The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots, they soon began to shift toward R&B.

The young foursome toured briefly with Miller's Brown-Skinned Models, an all-black revue that played fairs and carnivals. And they started winning local talent contests. Those victories led to a chance to perform at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. The singers won a contest there, too. And soon after, Los Angeles-based Aladdin Records signed the group.

After a few lineup changes that included adding a fifth member, the combo renamed itself The Five Keys. "Ling, Ting, Tong," was a No. 28 pop hit in 1954. That was followed by the ballad "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," which reached No. 23 in 1956, and "Wisdom of a Fool," which hit No. 35 in 1957. But the group's influence was greater than the best-sellers would indicate.

Before black groups started crossing over onto pop charts, The Five Keys had a powerful effect on R&B music - especially among vocal harmony acts. "One of the most popular, influential and beautiful-sounding R&B singing groups of the 1950s, The Five Keys were not only a link between the gospel/pop units of the '40s and the later R&B and rock groups, they led by example, having hits in R&B, rock 'n' roll, and pop before the decade was through," wrote Jay Warner in the Billboard Book of American Singing Groups.
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The Five Keys Discography Tracks

Albums

SLP-4003 The Five Keys On The Town(LP, Album) Score (3) SLP-4003 US 1957 Sell This Version
The Five Keys On Stage! (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1957 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Rhythm & Blues Hits - Past And Present (Album) King Records (3) US 1960 Sell This Version
The Five Keys The Fantastic Five Keys (Album) Capitol Records US 1962 Sell This Version
688, K 688 The Five Keys The Five Keys(LP, Album, Mono, RE) King Records (3), King Records (3) 688, K 688 US 1977 Sell This Version
CAP-1006 The Five Keys The Best Of The Five Keys Featuring Rudy West Vol. 6(LP) Not On Label CAP-1006 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Five Keys Hucklebuck With Jimmy / The Glory Of Love Aladdin Records US 1951 Sell This Version
3113 The Five Keys It's Christmas Time / Old Macdonald(Shellac, 10", Single) Aladdin Records 3113 US 1951 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Red Sails In The Sunset (Single) Aladdin Records US 1952 Sell This Version
45-3131 The Five Keys How Long / Mistakes(7", Single) Aladdin Records 45-3131 US 1952 Sell This Version
45-3136 The Five Keys I Hadn't Anyone Til You / Hold Me(7", Single) Aladdin Records 45-3136 US 1952 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Can't Keep From Crying / Come Go My Bail, Louise (Single) Aladdin Records US 1953 Sell This Version
The Five Keys My Saddest Hour / Oh Babe! Aladdin Records US 1953 Sell This Version
45-3158 The Five Keys I Cried For You / Serve Another Round(7") Aladdin Records 45-3158 US 1953 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Ling, Ting, Tong / I'm Alone (Single) Capitol Records US 1954 Sell This Version
F3185 The Five Keys Don't You Know I Love You(7", Single) Capitol Records F3185 US 1954 Sell This Version
45-3263 The Five Keys My Love / Why, Oh Why(7") Aladdin Records 45-3263 US 1954 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Me Make Um Pow Wow / The Verdict (Single) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Close Your Eyes (Single) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
F3267 The Five Keys Gee Whittakers!(7") Capitol Records F3267 US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Wisdom Of A Fool / Now Don't That Prove I Love You (Single) Capitol Records Australia 1956 Sell This Version
The Five Keys I Dreamt I Dwelt In Heaven (Single) Capitol Records US 1956 Sell This Version
The Five Keys That's Right / Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (Single) Capitol Records US 1956 Sell This Version
F3318 The Five Keys What Goes On / You Broke The Rules Of Love(7") Capitol Records F3318 US 1956 Sell This Version
61, 62 The Five Keys Close Your Eyes / Wisdom Of A Fool(7") Key Records, Key Records 61, 62 US 1956 Sell This Version

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grass42

grass42

August 12, 2010
7" Don't you know I love you/I wish I'd never learned to read.
Capitol F3185 ?
7" One great love/Really-o truly-o.
Capitol F4092 ?

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