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The Charts are remembered — if at all — by their one hit, the doo-wop classic "Deserie," which charted nationally twice, some 30 years apart. The group only made five singles, and all ten sides are here on this budget collection. The subsequent follow-ups that didn't click like "Deserie" still show a group that was equally adept at both ballads and uptempo material, like "Zoop," "Dance Girl," and "All Because of Love." Vocal-group fans, here's a one-stop shopping package that fires on all cylinders.


Formed: 1956

Genre: Doo Wop

Years Active: '50s

The Charts' 1957 hit "Deserie" endures as a doo wop classic, despite the fact that it failed to chart. Formed in 1956, the Harlem-born group -- led by lead vocalist Joseph Grier and featuring Leroy Binns, Ross Buford, and Glenmore Jackson -- were managed by musician Les Cooper, a native of Norfolk, VA, who had previously been a member of the Empires and the Whirlers, and by the mid-'50s was already a longtime scenemaker on New York's doo wop scene. Cooper scored the Harlem quintet a contract with...
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