Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
#569 (Week of 5/24/08 - 5/30/08)


"Sixty-Minute Man"/"I Can't Escape From You"
by The Dominoes
on Federal 12022-AA/A
released in 1951

[Above clipping courtesy of Galen Gart.]

Above: December 1951 clipping giving thanks for "Sixty Minute Man" by The Dominoes voted as best record of 1951.

Trade Magazine Article (July 1951):
The Dominoes, currently hot via their disking of "Sixty Minute Man," rounded-off a one-nighter tour to work the Midwestern one-and-two-day theater route beginning July 7 at the State Theater, Cincinnati. Tour winds up at the W.C. Handy Theater, Memphis, July 29. Group will be packaged with Freddy Mitchell's band for the tour....

Trade Magazine Article (August 1951):
King Adds Extra Shift
CINCINNATI, Aug. 11 Usual summer disk biz slowdown reported by many indie diskeries has not affected King Records, which Thursday (9) added a second shift to its press room. Firm reported it was taking the step because of a 300,000 backlog of orders for its current r.&b. and hillbilly toppers.

While King's three-year-old policy of coming up with strong releases during the slack summer to hold sales has been successful, according to label execs, this is the first time in years that a second shift has been added to push the platter output.

Being pressed on the double-time are three top sellers, "Sixty Minute Man" by the Dominoes on the Federal label; "I'm Waiting Just for You" by Lucky Millinder, and "Cherokee Boogie" by Moon Mullican.

Trade Magazine Article (September 1951):
The Dominoes were presented with an award of achievement on stage at the Apollo Theater, New York, Wednesday (29) by the Independent Press Service, which services 160 Negro newspapers. The unit displayed vastly improved showmanship since their first appearance there some months ago. Group's "Sixty Minute Man" is still topping the charts around the country....

Trade Magazine Article (December 1951):
Dominoes Ankle Bart, Ink With Gale
NEW YORK, Dec. 22 The Dominoes this week obtained their release from Ben Bart's Universal Attractions and inked a new pact with Tim Gale of the Gale Agency here. Rose Marks, who with Billy Ward, owns the unit, agreed to pay Bart five percent of the group's earnings on personal appearances for the next year, plus $200 cash to win the release.

The group, whose "Sixty Minute Man" on Federal Records (King subsidiary) zoomed them into the front ranks of rhythm and blues attractions, has just signed a new contract with Federal. The Federal pact runs for two-and-a-half years, with an option for another 18 months. It calls for the group to get a substantial, non-returnable annual money guarantee.

Click HERE to view an article about The Dominoes by Marv Goldberg.
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Click HERE for Spotlight On The Dominoes - Part One.
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Above Left: Label image for Federal 12022-AA released in March 1951. This side was recorded on 12/30/50, the flip on 1/27/51. "Sixty-Minute Man" was a huge hit, staying on the RnB chart for 30 weeks, 14 of those at #1! Even though it was extremely sexually oriented for the time, it crossed over to the pop charts peaking at #17. The Dominoes at the time of this record were Billy Ward, Bill Brown, Joe Lamont, Clyde McPhatter and Charlie White.

Above Right: Label image for Federal 12022 released in the late 1950's. This is an alternate take (F108-X1) from the original session with Clyde humming the intro!

Listen to this week's selections by The Dominoes on Federal 12022:
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

[Above: The Dominoes (Top) Billy Ward, Bill Brown,
(Bot) Joe Lamont, Clyde McPhatter, Charlie White]
       Sixty-Minute Man - 1951
       I Can't Escape From You - 1951
       Sixty Minute Man - Late 1950's [alternate take]
       ALL THREE SONGS played in sequence

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       Sixty-Minute Man - 1951
       I Can't Escape From You - 1951
       Sixty Minute Man - Late 1950's [alternate take]
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       Sixty-Minute Man - 1951
       I Can't Escape From You - 1951
       Sixty Minute Man - Late 1950's [alternate take]

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[This clipping provided by Richard Koloda.]
LONDON BOUND (April 9, 1960) Singer Clyde McPhatter and his wife, Nora, wave farewell just before they took off from New York International Airport for London where he's smashing box-office records in nite clubs and theatre dates. The MGM record artist rated high praise from British newsmen who said he was "the freshest vocal sound to invade the island in two decades." Also listed among his fans is Princess Margaret, who has his albums in her vast collection.


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