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The Rays

This R&B group consisted of Harold Miller (b. 17 January 1931), tenor Walter Ford (b. 5 September 1931), second tenor Davey Jones (b. 1931) and baritone Harry James (b. 1932). It was formed in New York in 1955, when two refugees from the Four Fellows (of ‘Soldier Boy’ fame), Miller and Jones, teamed up with James and Ford. They first recorded for Chess with no success, then moved to the Philadelphia-based Cameo label in 1957 and achieved lasting fame, albeit as one-hit-wonders, with ‘Silhouettes.’ The song went to number 3 both R&B and pop in late 1957. The flip-side, the rousing jump led by Ford, ‘Daddy Cool’, received solid play and briefly charted. These songs are much better known than the Rays, having been remade innumerable times. Herman’s Hermits in 1965 and Cliff Richard in 1990 both took ‘Silhouettes’ up the charts, while British revivalist band Darts, in 1977, and Boney M in 1976, each took ‘Daddy Cool’ into the UK Top 10.


The Rays was an American group formed in New York in 1955, and active in the 1950s. They first recorded for Chess Records. Their biggest hit single was "Silhouettes," a moderately-slow doo wop piece of pop music that reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957, released on XYZ Records (and picked up by Cameo Records for national distribution). The song was written by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay, Jr. Also on XYZ, they had a minor hit with "Magic Moon".
This song was later released in a slightly faster cover version by Herman's Hermits in the mid 1960s. "Silhouettes" was also covered by Bob Dylan, but still unreleased, from his Basement Tapes sessions in the late 1960s.

 

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