The Olympics

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The Olympics are an American doo-wop group, formed in 1957 by lead singer Walter Ward (August 28, 1940 – December 11, 2006). The group also included Eddie Lewis (tenor, Ward's cousin), Charles Fizer (tenor), Walter Hammond (baritone), and Melvin King (bass) and except for Lewis were friends in a Los Angeles, California, high school
Their first record was credited to Walter Ward and the Challengers ("I Can Tell" on Melatone Records). After the name change, they recorded "Western Movies" (Demon Records) in the summer of 1958. Co-written by Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith, "Western Movies" made it to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song reflected the nation's preoccupation with western themed movies and television programs. It told the story of a man who lost his girl to TV westerns, and it included doo-wop harmonies as well as background gunshots and ricochet sound effects.

In 1959, the group recorded "(Baby) Hully Gully," which initiated the Hully Gully dance craze. "Big Boy Pete," which the group released in 1960,[1] served as inspiration for The Kingsmen's "The Jolly Green Giant". Over the next ten years The Olympics recorded upbeat R&B songs, often about dances popular at the time.

In 1965, The Olympics were one of the first to record "Good Lovin'", penned by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick. In 1966, The Young Rascals version rose to No. 1 on the US Hot 100. Since then, many recorded versions have been made by prominent artists, including Mary Wells, The Ventures, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Bobby McFerrin and The Bobs.

Fizer was shot and killed during the Watts riots in 1965.Shortly thereafter, King left the group after his sister died in an accidental shooting.[citation needed] A revamped group continued to record into the early 1970s but were unable to attain popular chart success after the mid 1960s. The Olympics continued to perform on the oldies circuit in the United States and other countries.

Eddie Lewis, tenor singer and last original member of the Olympics, died on May 31, 2017.
Current and remaining members of The Olympics are Vel Omarr, Alphonso Boyd, and Samuel E. Caesar
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Albums

A 423 The Olympics - Doin' The Hully Gully album art The Olympics Doin' The Hully Gully (Album) Arvee A 423 Canada 1960 Sell This Version
A 424 The Olympics - Dance By The Light Of The Moon album art The Olympics, The Marathons, The Robins The Olympics, The Marathons, The Robins - Dance By The Light Of The Moon (Album) Arvee A 424 US 1961 Sell This Version
A 429 The Olympics - Party Time album art The Olympics Party Time(LP, Album) Arvee A 429 US 1961 Sell This Version
1001, Tri-Disc 1001 The Olympics - Do The Bounce album art The Olympics Do The Bounce (Album) Tri-Disc, Tri-Disc 1001, Tri-Disc 1001 US 1963 Sell This Version
MW 7003 The Olympics - Something Old, Something New album art The Olympics Something Old, Something New (Album) Mirwood MW 7003 US 1966 Sell This Version
none The Olympics - Living The American Dream album art The Olympics Living The American Dream (Album) Bouvier Records none US 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

025 The Olympics - Western Movies / Dancing Holidays album art The Olympics Western Movies / Dancing Holidays (Single) ERA Records 025 US 1958 Sell This Version
FF-1512 The Olympics - (I Wanna) Dance With The Teacher / Ev'rybody Needs Love album art The Olympics (I Wanna) Dance With The Teacher / Ev'rybody Needs Love (Single) Demon (2) FF-1512 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-POP-528 The Olympics - Western Movies album art The Olympics Western Movies (Single) Demon (2) 45-POP-528 Norway 1958 Sell This Version
C 21 319 The Olympics - Kriminal Rock (Private Eye) / (Baby) Hully Gully album art The Olympics Kriminal Rock (Private Eye) / (Baby) Hully Gully (Single) Columbia, Columbia C 21 319 Germany 1959 Sell This Version
45-DB 4346 The Olympics - Private Eye / (Baby) Hully Gully album art The Olympics Private Eye / (Baby) Hully Gully (Single) Arvee 45-DB 4346 UK 1959 Sell This Version
7EPL 13.278 The Olympics - Western Movies album art The Olympics Western Movies (EP) La Voix De Son Maître 7EPL 13.278 Spain 1959 Sell This Version
FF-1514 The Olympics - Your Love / Chicken album art The Olympics Your Love / Chicken Demon (2) FF-1514 US 1959 Sell This Version
A 5020 The Olympics - Dance By The Light Of The Moon / Dodge City album art The Olympics Dance By The Light Of The Moon / Dodge City (Single) Arvee A 5020 US 1960 Sell This Version
EPA 423 The Olympics - Doin' The Hully Gully album art The Olympics Doin' The Hully Gully (EP) Arvee EPA 423 US 1960 Sell This Version
45-V 9174 The Olympics - Shimmy Like Kate / Workin' Hard album art The Olympics Shimmy Like Kate / Workin' Hard (Single) Arvee 45-V 9174 UK 1960 Sell This Version
A 595 The Olympics - Big Boy Pete album art The Olympics Big Boy Pete (Single) Arvee A 595 US 1960 Sell This Version
A 5023 The Olympics - Little Pedro / Bull Fight album art The Olympics / Cappy Lewis The Olympics / Cappy Lewis - Little Pedro / Bull Fight (Single) Arvee A 5023 US 1961 Sell This Version
A 5031 The Olympics - Dooley / Stay Where You Are album art The Olympics Dooley / Stay Where You Are (Single) Arvee A 5031 US 1961 Sell This Version
A 5044 The Olympics - Mash Them 'Taters' / The Stomp album art The Olympics Mash Them 'Taters' / The Stomp (Single) Arvee A 5044 US 1961 Sell This Version
FF-1718 The Olympics - Cool Short / The Chicken album art The Olympics Cool Short / The Chicken(7", Single) Titan (2) FF-1718 US 1961 Sell This Version
A 5056 The Olympics - The Scotch album art The Olympics The Scotch Arvee A 5056 US 1962 Sell This Version
A 5051 The Olympics - Twist album art The Olympics Twist (Single) Arvee A 5051 US 1962 Sell This Version
105 The Olympics - Return Of The Watusi / Return Of Big Boy Pete album art The Olympics Return Of The Watusi / Return Of Big Boy Pete(7", Single, Styrene) Duo Disc 105 US 1962 Sell This Version
110 The Olympics - Bounce Again / A New Dancin' Partner album art The Olympics Bounce Again / A New Dancin' Partner (Single) Tri-Disc 110 US 1963 Sell This Version