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The Jive Five


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Best known for the number one R&B hit “My True Story,” the Jive Five were one of the few vocal groups to survive the transition from the ’50s to the ’60s. In the process, they helped move the music itself forward, providing a key link between doo wop and ’60s soul.

Formed in Brooklyn, NY, the group originally consisted of Eugene Pitt (lead), Jerome Hanna (tenor), Richard Harris (tenor), Billy Prophet (baritone), and Norman Johnson (bass). The Jive Five’s first hit, “My True Story,” was their biggest, peaking at number one on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts in the summer of 1961. None of the band’s subsequent singles — including 1962’s minor R&B hit “These Golden Rings” — were as popular, but the group managed to keep performing and recording. Under the direction of Eugene Pitt and Norman Johnson, the Jive Five refashioned themselves as a soul band in 1964, forming a new lineup with Casey Spencer (tenor), Webster Harris (tenor), and Beatrice Best (baritone). This new incarnation of the band signed to United Artists Records. The group only had one hit on UA, 1965’s “I’m a Happy Man.”

In 1966, the Jive Five left United Artists and signed with Musicor, where they had the 1968 R&B hit “Sugar (Don’t Take Away My Candy).” They changed labels again in 1970, signing with Decca. That same year, they changed their name to the Jyve Fyve, in order to appear more contemporary. The Jyve Fyve had only one minor R&B hit, 1970’s “I Want You to Be My Baby.”


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  • casadili5

    New album, Still Jivin Along is absolutely terrific!!

    4 Fev 7h25 Responder
  • Rapture5212011

    Not superstars but some good oldies from the 'baby boomers' generation. God bless~!

    29 Ago 2010 Responder
  • beniejiveass

    Pooch me skippin', slap me on the arse and call me Judy. Then kick me back to last Tuesday. That's when I fell in love.

    2 Mar 2010 Responder
  • adriano777

    hey what about .....the five notes... show me the way......

    18 Fev 2010 Responder

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