The Five Dollars

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The group came together in the early 1950s in Detroit and initially called themselves the Del-Torros. The members were Charles Evans (bass), James Drayton (baritone), Lonnie Heard (tenor), and Eddie Hurt (lead tenor) also known as "Little Eddie". By the time the group came to Fortune studios to audition in 1955, they had added a fifth member, Richard Lawrence, and had also changed their name to the Five Dollars. The name change had come about at the suggestion of one of the Spaniels, whom the group had met on a trip to Chicago. The raw gutsy sound of the Five Dollars was probably well-matched with Fortune Studios. With Fortune's primitive recording environment, the group didn't have to worry for a moment about being over-produced. On August 20 of 1955, Devora Brown of Fortune Records announced the signing of the Five Dollars. In the same press release, she also said that Andre Williams had been signed by Fortune, both as a singles artist and also as part of the Five Dollars. This last part came as shock to the Five Dollars. Andre Williams and Eddie Hurt were in-laws, being married to two sisters. How Williams became married to the Five Dollars remains a mystery. It certainly wasn't a match made in heaven, but appears to have been orchestrated behind closed doors at Fortune. Williams did not record as part of the Five Dollars, although they did back him up on several recordings under their Don Juans' alter ego.
The groups' last release for Fortune was in 1960, "My Baby-O" paired with "That's the Way It Goes." The group continued to perform for some time in the '60s, but eventually decided to end their run at show business success. As of 2002, Eddie Hurt and Richard Lawrence are deceased. Charles Evans, Lonnie Heard, and James Drayton still reside in the Detroit area. Although never a national success, the Five Dollars/Don Juans made their mark as one of the most important of Detroit's pre-Motown vocal groups.
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Singles & EPs

821 The Five Dollars - Doctor Baby  album art The Five Dollars Doctor Baby Fortune Records (2) 821 US 1955 Sell This Version
826 The Five Dollars - So Strange album art The Five Dollars So Strange (Single) Fortune Records (2) 826 US 1956 Sell This Version
830 The Five Dollars - Hard Working Mama / I Will Wait album art The Five Dollars Hard Working Mama / I Will Wait(7") Fortune Records (2) 830 US 1956 Sell This Version
833 The Five Dollars - How To Do The Bacon Fat  / You Fool album art The Five Dollars How To Do The Bacon Fat / You Fool(7", Single) Fortune Records (2) 833 US 1957 Sell This Version
845 The Five Dollars - My Mama Said / Yellow Moon album art Little Eddie* And The Dollars* Little Eddie* And The Dollars* - My Mama Said / Yellow Moon(7", Single) Fortune Records (2) 845 US 1958 Sell This Version
854 The Five Dollars - My Baby - O  album art The Five Dollars My Baby - O Fortune Records (2) 854 US 1960 Sell This Version
511 The Five Dollars - The Wind / So Strange album art The Diablos Featuring Nolan Strong / The Five Dollars The Diablos Featuring Nolan Strong / The Five Dollars - The Wind / So Strange(7", Single, Promo, Red) Fortune Records (2) 511 US Unknown Sell This Version
561 The Five Dollars - The Bells / Weekend man album art The Five Dollars The Bells / Weekend man(7") Skylark Records (7) 561 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

RR. 114 The Five Dollars - Motor-City Detroit Doo-Wops album art The Five Dollars Motor-City Detroit Doo-Wops(CD, Comp) Regency (2) RR. 114 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
8016 The Five Dollars - From The Beginning To Now ! album art Nolan Strong and The Diablos, The Five Dollars Nolan Strong and The Diablos, The Five Dollars - From The Beginning To Now !(LP, Comp) Fortune Records (2) 8016 US Unknown Sell This Version