Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#774 (11/10/12 - 11/23/12)

"So Wrong"/"How Soon"
by The Jacks
on RPM 454
released in 1956

[The above photo provided by Hans-Joachim Krohberger.]

Above: 1955 photo of The Jacks (RPM Records), who were the same group as The Cadets (Modern Records), consisting of (Top L-R) Willie Davis, lead tenor; Will "Dub" Jones, bass; Aaron Collins, lead tenor; (Center) Ted Taylor, tenor; and (Bottom) Lloyd McCraw, baritone.

Click HERE for an article about The Jacks/Cadets by Marv Goldberg.
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Above: Clipping from The Billboard dated 5/7/55. "Why Don't You Write Me" was a cover of The Feathers' record. And, as The Cadets, they covered The Jayhawks' "Stranded In The Jungle," having the bigger hits in both cases. But they also made excellent records of their own material, especially as The Jacks.

Above: (Left) Advertisement from The Billboard dated 1/14/56 and (Right) 45-rpm label image of "How Soon."

Above: Label image of RPM 454 released in January 1956. Willie Davis sings lead on both sides. This is the seventh record by The Jacks, including two backing Donna Hightower (without label credit), of nine on RPM (1955-56). The Cadets had fifteen records, including one backing Young Jessie, on the Modern label (1955-57).

Co-composer Joe Josea was a pen name used by Modern/RPM Records' Bihari brothers when, as Marv Goldberg puts it, they decided to give themselves writer credit for other artist's songs (in this case Willie Davis).

Trade Magazine Article (December 1955): ....The Jacks fly into town (Los Angeles) this week for a recording session with Maxwell Davis at Modern Records....

Trade Magazine Article (January 1956): ....The Jacks did the Gene Norman TV show here before starting on tour. Their new one for RPM, "So Wrong," looks like it could be big....

The Billboard Review (2/4/56):

So Wrong (80) First-class job by the lead singer here on a ballad that could easily go pop, in this version, too.
How Soon? (80) Brighter tempo here, and another poppish side. Infectious stuff for a wide market.

(NOTE: Ratings had a range of 0-100 with 80-89 as "excellent.")

Listen to this week's selections by The Jacks on RPM 454 from 1956:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

          1. So Wrong
          2. How Soon
          BOTH played in sequence

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          1. So Wrong
          2. How Soon

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          1. So Wrong
          2. How Soon

(Clipping From The Billboard dated 2/4/56)

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