Wednesday, April 24, 2013
GROUP HISTORY (2)....
EDDIE FRIEND & THE EMPIRES (Colpix Records).
The Empires consisted of a black lead singer,Eddie Friend from Richmond,VA with three hispanic guys from Puerto Rico, Frank Nieves(2nd Tenor,Writer and Pianist),Miguel Ayala(1st Tenor) and Victor Rios(Bass and Baritone).
Eddie have a vocal group in Richmond,The Pelicans who have a demo record_Red Hot Mama/Johnnie-Mae. written by Eddie. When the group broke up Eddie moved to New York and with Frankie,Miguel and Victor Formed The Empires.
They signed writer-producer-arranger Phil Medley as their manager who send the group to Milt Scnap owner of a small recording studio where they recorded two Eddie-Frank original compòsitions_Tears In My Eyes/Single And Free.
Medley present the demo to Colpix Records who liked the songs and released in late 1959 as a 45 rpm single under the group name of EDDIE FRIEND & THE EMPIRES.
To Listen or Download B Side,please visit; https://www.box.com/s/tolxmjbmqkejak4exdpb
2 Sides on Youtube...
Without success the group work with a second original release_It Must Be Love/There’s No One In The World As Lovely As You. But the they broke up before the sides were released.
Frank Nieves written tunes as_Lydia. By The Sunsets. _Night After Night. By The Young Lads. or_It’s Better To Cry. By The Appreciations and recorded his own records on the Speed label.
Listen at; http://reynaldo82.blogspot.com.es/2009/08/terrible-frankie-nieves-true-love-amor.html