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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Albums

The Five Keys - On The Town album art The Five Keys On The Town (Album) Score (3) US 1957 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - On Stage! album art 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 art 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 art The Five Keys The Fantastic Five Keys (Album) Capitol Records US 1962 Sell This Version
688, K 688 The Five Keys - The Five Keys album art The Five Keys The Five Keys(LP, Album, Mono, RE) King Records (3), King Records (3) 688, K 688 US 1977 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Five Keys - Hucklebuck With Jimmy / The Glory Of Love album art The Five Keys Hucklebuck With Jimmy / The Glory Of Love Aladdin (6) US 1951 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - It's Christmas Time / Old Macdonald album art The Five Keys It's Christmas Time / Old Macdonald (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1951 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Red Sails In The Sunset album art The Five Keys Red Sails In The Sunset (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1952 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - How Long / Mistakes album art The Five Keys How Long / Mistakes (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1952 Sell This Version
3118 The Five Keys - Old Macdonald / Yes Sir, That's My Baby album art The Five Keys Old Macdonald / Yes Sir, That's My Baby(Shellac, 10") Aladdin (6) 3118 US 1952 Sell This Version
45-3136 The Five Keys I Hadn't Anyone Til You / Hold Me(7", Single) Aladdin (6) 45-3136 US 1952 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Can't Keep From Crying / Come Go My Bail, Louise album art The Five Keys Can't Keep From Crying / Come Go My Bail, Louise Aladdin (6) US 1953 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - My Saddest Hour / Oh Babe! album art The Five Keys My Saddest Hour / Oh Babe! Aladdin (6) US 1953 Sell This Version
45-3158 The Five Keys - I Cried For You / Serve Another Round album art The Five Keys I Cried For You / Serve Another Round(7") Aladdin (6) 45-3158 US 1953 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Ling, Ting, Tong / I'm Alone album art The Five Keys Ling, Ting, Tong / I'm Alone (Single) Capitol Records US 1954 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Me Make Um Pow Wow / The Verdict album art The Five Keys Me Make Um Pow Wow / The Verdict (Single) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Don't You Know I Love You / I Wish I'd Never Learned To Read album art The Five Keys Don't You Know I Love You / I Wish I'd Never Learned To Read (Single) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Ling Ting Tong   album art The Five Keys Ling Ting Tong (EP) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Close Your Eyes album art The Five Keys Close Your Eyes (Single) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Gee Whittakers! album art The Five Keys Gee Whittakers! Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version
45-3263 The Five Keys - My Love / Why, Oh Why album art The Five Keys My Love / Why, Oh Why(7") Aladdin (6) 45-3263 US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - Wisdom Of A Fool / Now Don't That Prove I Love You album art 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 - What Goes On / You Broke The Rules Of Love album art The Five Keys What Goes On / You Broke The Rules Of Love (Single) Capitol Records US 1956 Sell This Version
The Five Keys - I Dreamt I Dwelt In Heaven album art 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 album art The Five Keys That's Right / Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (Single) Capitol Records US 1956 Sell This Version

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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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