Matthew (Mac) West, baritone singer for the New Orleans vocal group "The Spiders" was born on this day in 1926. The group included Hayward "Chuck" Carbo (second tenor and lead), Joe Maxon (first tenor), Matthew "Mac" West (baritone), Oliver Howard (bass), and Leonard "Chick" Carbo (bass and alternate lead). They were known for the songs "I Didn't Want To Do It" and "You're The One". Mac passed away in July of 2009 at the age of 83. http://nola.tw/1
The Jaguars are primarily known for a superlative rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight." They had several other fine records and were highly regarded by other vocal groups on the West Coast. The Jaguars came from the halls of Fremont High in Los Angeles. Originally known as the Shadows, the members were: Herman "Sonny" Chaney (lead), Valerio "Val" Poliuto (tenor), Manuel Chavez (baritone), and Charles Middleton (bass). The Shadows were thus a true mixed group, being Black, White, and…
The Debonairs from Long Beach, California, evolved through numerous line-up changes into an accomplished amateur vocal group in the early 50s. They finally made it onto record in 1957-58, recording two singles for a small R & B indie, Combo Records, but when these failed to sell, they split up. Reforming in 1959 with different personnel.
The Drapers & The Duvals. As the Drapers, they recorded "Best Love"/"One More Time" for Vest. Note that the Drapers on Gee ["(I Know) Your Love Has Gone Away"/"You Got To Look Up"] from 1963 was a different group made up of past members of the Drifters. As the Duvals in 1956 - Ooh Wee Baby / You Came To Me (Rainbow 335) 1956 - Guide Me / Happiness (Gee 1003).