The Viscounts

Genre 60s, rock n roll, jazz, Rock and Roll, Surf

Their are two bands The Viscounts, both performing half sixties. One of them British (Mercybeat) and one of them American (Surf)
The Viscounts were a British pop group from London. Its members had formerly been part of a TV ensemble called Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang. They quit the group and formed The Viscounts in Late April 1958, playing local shows and eventually attracting the attention of manager Larry Parnes. He got them billed to better venues and signed them to Pye Records in 1960.

Their cover version of Ray Smith's hit single "Rockin' Little Angel" became a hit in Australia, and their cover of "Shortnin' Bread" hit number 16 in November that year in the UK Singles Chart. In addition to recording rock/pop numbers, they also did some trad jazz, covering Paul Whiteman for a compilation album. In 1961 their single cover version of "Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" reached number 21 in the UK chart, spending ten weeks in the listings. The group toured with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, as well as sharing a stage with The Beatles in 1963 opening for Chris Montez. In 1964, they moved to Columbia Records, but none of their three following singles charted.

Bandmember Gordon Mills' success as a songwriter soon convinced him to move on, and the group broke up in 1965; soon after, Mills wrote "It's Not Unusual" for Tom Jones. Don Paul became a record producer, and Ronnie Wells went into the restaurant business. Wells died in 2013. Their complete recorded output on Pye Records was reissued on CD in 2001 on Castle Records.

Don Paul (born Donald Paul, January 2, 1937, Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Ronnie Wells (born Ronald Cresswell, August 25, 1939, Farnborough, Hampshire, England - died 22 September 2013)
Gordon Mills

The Viscounts were an American pop group from New Jersey, formed in 1958. They had one hit single, with Earle Hagen's instrumental classic "Harlem Nocturne" in 1959, which peaked at #52 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1960; it was re-released in 1965 and hit #39 the second time around. The single and album of the same title were originally recorded for the Madison record label, then both were reissued in 1965 on the Amy label, the Lp having a slightly different track listing than the Madison release.

Harry Haller - saxophone
Bobby Spievak - guitar
Joe Spievak - bass guitar
Larry Vecchio - electronic organ
Clark Smith - drums

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Top Tracks

Harlem Nocturne 1

Harlem Nocturne

Harlem Nocturne - Single Version 2

Harlem Nocturne - Single Version

Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) 3

Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

Who Put the Bomp 4

Who Put the Bomp

Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp Bomp Bomp) 5

Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp Bomp Bomp)

Shortnin' Bread 6

Shortnin' Bread

Harlem Nocturn 7

Harlem Nocturn

Rockin' Little Angel 8

Rockin' Little Angel

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Viscount Rock 10

Viscount Rock

Top Albums

Harlem Nocturne
Harlem Nocturne
Who Put The Bomp - The Pye Anthology
Who Put The Bomp - The Pye Anthology
The Greatest '50s Rock N' Roll Collection Ever
The Greatest '50s Rock N' Roll Collection Ever