1955: The Turbans

 Oct, 20 - 2013   no comments   1950s Music

The Turbans were an African American doo-wop group, who formed in Philadelphia in 1953. 


The original members were: Al Banks (lead tenor), Matthew Platt (second tenor), Charlie Williams (baritone), and Andrew “Chet” Jones (bass).

They came from Downtown Philadelphia (around Bainbridge and South Street).

Around Christmas of 1954, they won first prize in a talent contest singing their rendition of “White Christmas“.  

This created interest among the local record companies, and in the late spring of 1955, they cut a demo record.

Herman Gillespie, the group’s first manager, took the demo record to Al Silver at Herald Records in New York.

They signed a contract in July 1955, and gained a new manager, Allen Best.

Best worked for Shaw Artists Corporation.

 January 14, 1956

  • 1955 – 1963


  • Al Banks (lead tenor) – July 26, 1937 – late 70’s
  • Matthew Platt (second tenor)
  • Charlie Williams (baritone)
  • Andrew “Chet” Jones (bass)
  •  1981       The Turbans        Lost Nite

turban-78Year /Song Title /Highest US Chart Position

  • All of My Love – Leroy Kirkland
  • B.I.N.G.O.
  • Bingo
  • Bye and Bye – Eddie Beal
  • Congratulations – Ernie Banks / Mick Jagger / Keith Richards
  • Diamonds & Pearls
  • Diamonds and Pearls – William Powers
  • Farewell to Arms
  • I’ll Always Watch Over You
  • I’m Nobody’s – Leroy Kirkland
  • I’m Not Your Fool Anymore
  • It Was a Night Like This – Donald Jones
  • Let Me Show You Around My Heart – Leroy Kirkland
  • Miss Thing – Donald Jones
  • No No Cherry
  • Seven Days feat. Clyde McPhatter
  • Sister Sookey – Haven Gillespie
  • Six Questions
  • Sockee Soo
  • The Wadda-Do
  • Three Friends (Two Lovers)
  • Tick Tock a Woo
  • Valley of Love
  • When You Dance – Andrew Jones / Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones / Leroy Kirkland

  •  Imperial Records

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