Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 11/15/03 - 11/21/03)


IN MEMORY OF ALPHONSO HOWELL, JR., WHO LEFT US ON MAY 7, 1998

"Sympathy"
by The Sensations
on Atco 6056
released in 1955


The Sensations
[The above photo courtesy of Todd Baptista, who had obtained it from Alphonso Howell.]

Above: Photo of The Sensations while they were still with Atco. (L-R) Richard Curtain, Alphonso Howell Jr., Yvonne Mills, and Sam Armstrong.

From R.&B. Beat column (August 1955): "...Atco, Atlantic's new label, has signed and recorded the Cavaliers, new group from Philadelphia. Yvonne Mills is the lead vocal and Tommy Wicks the leader..."



Trade Magazine Clipping Atco Label-Sympathy-The Sensations-1955

Above Left: Trade magazine clipping from March 1956. The Sensations at the time "Sympathy" was recorded consisted of Yvonne Mills (lead), Tommy Wicks (tenor), Alphonso Howell, Jr. (bass), and an unknown baritone.

Above Right: Atco 6056 label image of "Sympathy" recorded on 7/29/55. Tommy Wicks wrote this song and sings the impassioned lead. It was the first record for The Sensations, who had five releases on Atco (1955-1958).

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