The Kingpins (English vocal group)

The Kingpins was an English pop vocal group, founded in the 1950s in Dewsbury.

The Kingpins
OriginDewsbury, England
Genrespop
Years active1955–1962
LabelsParlophone
Associated actsBrad Newman
Past membersBrian Adams
John Putnam
Frank Slavin[1] (deceased)
Melvyn Thomas (aka Brad Newman (deceased)

CareerEdit

The group made three appearances supported by Tito Burns' 6-5ers on the BBC television series Six-Five Special between 13 December 1958 and 27 December 1958,[2] and nine appearances supported by Bob Miller and the Millermen on the BBC television series Drumbeat between 4 April 1959 and 20 June 1959,[3][4] and they contributed two tracks to the LP record entitled Drumbeat that accompanied the television series, the tracks were; a cover of Bobby Freeman's "Shame On You Miss Johnson" (written by Bobby Freeman), and Bobby Tempest's Don't Leave Me (Like This) (written by Brian Bushby aka Bobby Tempest). The Kingpins were managed by Tito Burns,[5] and in 1959 toured on The Dickie Valentine Show, with The Fraser Hayes Four, and Billie Anthony.[6]

Brian Adams and John Putnam later left The Kingpins, and replaced Vince Hill and Johnny Worth as members of The Raindrops alongside Len Beadle and Jackie Lee.[7]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Drumbeat Parlophone PMC1101 [mono only], 1959[8]
    • Reissued twenty years later as part of Colin Miles' NUT series on EMI NUTM20
    • Reissued on Audio CD Label: Silva Screen ASIN: B003M4DKQM (28 Jun 2010)
    • Reissued with additional tracks as "Drumbeat/Saturday Club And British Hits of the Late '50s" on Audio CD Label: Jasmine Records ASIN: B003TL8MLG (23 Aug 2010)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Frank Slavin Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "TV Pop Diaries - 1958". tvpopdiaries.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. ^ "TV Pop Diaries - 1958". tvpopdiaries.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Filmography by TV series for The Kingpins". imdb.com. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Obituary - Tito Burns". telegraph.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  6. ^ The Dickie Valentine Show - Tuesday, April 28th (1959), Pioneer, Dewsbury ISBN n/a
  7. ^ "Introducing… Miss Jackie Lee". jackielee.org. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Jackie Lee Discography - part four". jackielee.org. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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