Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#772 (10/13/12 - 10/19/12)

"I Wish I'd Never Learned To Read"
by The Five Keys
on Capitol 3185
released in 1955

Above: Advertisement, from The Billboard dated 7/23/55, for Capitol 3185 sung by The Five Keys, consisting of Maryland Pierce (tenor), Rudy West (tenor), Bernie West (bass), Ripley Ingram (tenor) and Ramon Loper (baritone).

Click HERE for an article about The Five Keys by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: Record review from The Billboard dated 7/16/55.

Above: RELATED 1955 ITEMS: (Left) Column from The Billboard dated 2/12/55 and (Right) review, of an Aladdin release, from The Billboard dated 6/4/55.

Above Left: Advertisement from The Billboard dated 8/13/55.

Above Right: Label image of Capitol 3185 recorded on April 25, 1955 and released in July 1955. This is the fourth of many by The Five Keys on Capitol (1954-58). Maryland Pierce sings the lead and Rudy West does the echo, in the same manner as "Close Your Eyes."

Co-composer Leroy Kirkland was a guitar player and orchestra leader, backing up songstress Mamie Thomas on at least a few occasions. A "Leroy Kirkland" also shows up in writer's credits on two of The Five Bills' sides on the Brunswick label. Was this the one and same person?

Listen to this week's selections by The Five Keys on Capitol 3185 from 1955:
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