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Flash back to 1957, where classmates at William Penn High school in York,  Pennsylvania,started singing together and called themselves the Quinteros. With Roberta  Hayman as lead vocalist and her supporting team of Phyllis Carr, Carolyn Holmes,Ronni  Scott, Kenneth Sexton and Jeannie Crist, they had the same group member structure as  the Hearts with just one male voice. They started playing local events around town, and  met disc jockey Paul Landesman. Landesman worked at WHGB in Harrisburg, PA at 1400   on  the AM dial. He worked with the group for a bit, and got them their first recording   with  the powerhouse Chess label out of Chicago. They changed their name to the   Quintones, and were able to get on a tour, despite the lack of success of their first   record. This took them out of school for a period of time to chase their dream. The group   got together to write their next song, "Down The Aisle Of Love", and back to the studio   they went. This time it was for the local Philadelphia label, Red Top, owned by Irv Nathan   and Marvin "Red Top" Schwartz. The unique beginning treatment of "Here Comes The   Bride" using the organ, gave it a hook. That combined with a fine ballad in it's own right,   and  the group was off to the races. The group name was now the Quin-Tones with a   hyphen, and the record eventually sold nearly a million copies. The demand was so great   for  the independent record label Red Top, that they had to get a couple agreements with   other business partners to keep up with the orders. They switched to the bigger local   label, Hunt, who was affiliated with Globe records. And their was an agreement with ABC   Paramount to distribute the disc nationwide. The engagements increased, including the   prestigious Apollo theatre and American Bandstand, and a follow up was in order. "There'll be No Sorrow" failed to make the national charts, but hit many local lists, while  remaining with the Hunt/Globe/ABC Paramount deal. One more record and still no   royalties  later, the QuinTones disbandoned. A hard line stance by the record companies   with the "What have you done lately" attitude, and they had no where to go. But, they left  the music business with some great recordings, treasured memories and a huge hit to be proud of.
 

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Ding Dong Chess
I Try So Hard Chess
 
Here is the first recording for the Quintones, released on a national label, Chess records.   "Ding Dong" is the plug side and "I Tried So Hard" is the flip. The usual white colored   promotional copy is shown.
 
 
Down The Isle Of Love Red Top 1
Please Dear Red Top 1
 
The original release of the Quintones hit was first released on the Philadelphia based Red Top label. "Down The Isle Of Love" was a huge record, supposedly selling near a million   copies. The flip is "Please Dear". The original Red Top label was actually blue, as shown in   the pictures above. The record was released in 1958.The label changed color schemes   about four releases after this disc.
 
 
Down The Isle Of Love Red Top 2
Please Dear Red Top 2
 
The second pressing of the Red Top issue was just how you would have expected it...RED!   The label was stretched past it's limit, trying to keep up with demand, as the record took   off and made it's way up the charts. As shown below, they had to have another label   distribute "Down The Isle Of Love", so it could be recognized nationally.
 
 
Down The Isle Of Love Hunt1
Please Dear Hunt 1
 
The Hunt label, also from the Philadelphia area, took over the massive distribution of the   disc. Most copies of the record that you will find, were issued on Hunt. 78's were also   pressed in limited quantity. This is the first of two common label designs. The ABC   distribution of the disc is shown towards the top.
   
Down The Isle Of Love Hunt2
Please Dear Hunt 2
The second of two Hunt label variations. It's still shows the ABC distribution, but it has   moved to the middle right. The major addition is the four middle lines with heavy block on   the outside and thin on the inside. Notice writing credits are given to the Quintones on both   sides.
   
Down The Isle Of Love Sparton 78
Please Dear Sparton 78
Here is the Sparton label 78, from Canada. There was also a 45 issued on the label. You   can see the ABC Paramount mention on the bottom, but no sign of Red Top.
   
 
Theyll Be No Sorrow Hunt
What Am I To Do Hunt
 
 
With the success of Down The Isle Of Love, the Quintones needed a follow up recording.   They chose "There'll Be No Sorrow" flipped with"What Am I To Do", and the pairing was   released in September of 1958. The sales were not as strong as "Isle", and the record   did  not chart. Oddly, they had the next record in numerical sequence for Hunt. Either   they  put so much energy into the Quintones, or they didn't have anyone else they were   ready to record.
 
 
Oh Heavenly Father Red Top
Watch The Stars Red Top
 

For their last recording, the Quintones found themselves back at Red Top. They took a   shot at Edna McGriff's "Oh Heavenly Father", but it failed to ignite the masses. The flip was   "I Watch The Stars". Released in 1959, this signaled the close of the Quintones brief recording career.

Gone Missing: A stock and 78 copy of "Ding Dong" on Chess, a 78 of Aisle on US Hunt, a   Sparton 45 of Aisle and any others. Any Red Top 78's?

 
 
 

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