Saturday, March 17, 2012

THE 4 UNIQUES (Adam,Deer & USA Records)

White group from the Northwest side of Chicago. consisted of Ken Riccardo, Drew Rezula, Lonnie Wiel and Mike Brando.

They Recorded on the Chicago based label Adam Records with the instrumental band  The Capitals aka The Mus-Twangs (see picture below)...



-Looking For A Love/Too Young.Adam Records-1961.

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 The 4 Uniques  did many gigs and played at various festivals in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. In November 1961, before more than 2,000 spectators,  they served as the opening act for well-know singer Bobby Rydell’ in Madison (Wisconsin) and one second recording on Adam was released...


-She's The Only Girl for Me/Twistin Around. Adam Records-1962.

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In April, 61 Jack Barthel, personal promo man, heads a newly formed record company Deer Records,  and in July, signed the Four Uniques to a recording contract.



-Good Luck Charm/Island Of Love. Deer Records-1962.

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USA Records was a Chicago based record label founded in 1960 by record distributor Jim Golden. The label's office was located across from Chess Records and Golden's Allstate Distributors was Chess' regional distributor, in this label the group recorded...


-Endlessly/Maybe The Next Summer. USA Records-1963.

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2 comments:

JohnnyDiego said...

The 4 Uniques fit perfectly into my favorite genre, what I call "white boys who can't sing."
There were a few heartthrobs who fell into this category, Fabian and Frankie Avalon are only a few, but they could never compare to the white boys who weren't discovered, took their music seriously, sang their best, and gave their everything. What makes their music classic, to me, is that although they couldn't sing rock-n-roll brought out everything that was gutsy, and yes soulful, in their styles.
Rock-n-roll is so much more than just notes on a page.
I love your site and thank you for the post.

Dr Smith said...

I have these 45"s