Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#749 (Week of 3/17/12- 3/23/12)

"Mr. Moon"/"Let It Rain"
by The Five Pennies
on Savoy 1182-A/B
released in 1955


Above: 1956 photo of The Five Pennies (Top Left) Clifford Curry (baritone), (Top Inset) Benjamin Washington (tenor), (Middle Left-Right) James Myers (tenor), Charles Holloway (bass), John Myers (baritone), (Bottom) Herbert Myers (tenor). The "FIVE" Pennies on Savoy 1182 and 1190 are these SIX singers.

From The Billboard: Savoy Expands Artist Roster NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 1955—Herman Lubinsky, colorful rhythm and blues potentate, has signed a bevy of artists to the Savoy label.... New artists include Hal (Cornbread) Singer, Brownie McGee, the Five Pennies, Big Miller, Billy Nelson and the Five Wings, Mar-Lene and Johnny Mehegan....

Click HERE for an article about The Five Pennies by Marv Goldberg.
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Above Left: Clipping from The Billboard dated 12/24/55.

Above Right: Label image of Savoy 1182 recorded on November 10, 1955 and released in December 1955. The Five Pennies had three releases on Savoy (1955-56), the first backing up blues singer Big Miller. Clifford Curry wrote and sings lead on "Mr. Moon." Benjamin Washington sings lead on "Let It Rain," composed by Paul Winley.

From Trade Magazine: Savoy Records To Move NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 18, 1956— ....The label is reporting steadily building action on its "Mr. Moon" disking by the Five Pennies, with latest favorable reaction coming in from Chicago.

From Trade Magazine: Feb. 1956— ....Lots of activity at Savoy these days. Herman Lubinsky tried to take a vacation in Florida, but had to fly back to Newark to lend a hand in the office. Nappy Brown flew into town to record, and also the Five Pennies, who started kickng up some fuss with their "Mr. Moon." Then Herman signed a new group called, conveniently, the Savoys....

Listen to this week's selections by The Five Pennies on Savoy 1182-A/B from 1955:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

          1. Mr. Moon
          2. Let It Rain
          BOTH played in sequence

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          1. Mr. Moon
          2. Let It Rain

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          1. Mr. Moon
          2. Let It Rain

(Review - The Billboard 12/17/55)

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