Tuesday, November 26, 2013
CHECK-MATES (Regency Records)
Interracial group/band ( 3 black and 2 white members) from Fort Wayne, Indiana formed in 1957 as The Continentals by Sonny Charles, Robert Stevens,Marwin"Sweet Louie"Smiht,Harvey Trees and Bill Van Buskir with ocassional members Calvin Thomas and Jimmy Milton.
In 1959 backed to Cliff Ayers on his Emerald's sides_I Wonder Why/Dance With The Dolly. (see in this blog).
The groups members joined the army together and got assigned to the entertainment division in 1960.When they got out of the service in 1962 they signed with Regency Records where recorded one single as the CHECK-MATES with the sides_What Do You Do/Shoo-Bee Shoo-Bee Do.
To Listen or Download A Side,please visit;https://app.box.com/s/x23dmj1peegh6qy15ppo
Or go to Youtube...
The group continue recording for Ikon,Capitol or A & M Records (not present in the doo wop guides) and singing in Las Vegas shows.
Complete bio of the group at;