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Pamela Lee Gray

singer, was born Frank Joseph Lymon in Washington Heights, New York City, to Jeannette and Howard Lymon. His father was a truck driver and part-time vocalist with a group called the Harlemaires. At twelve Lymon joined his brothers Lewis and Howie in a group they had formed called the Harlemaires Jr. While working as a grocery clerk in Harlem in 1954 and practicing drums with his brother at Stitt Junior High School, Lymon joined another group that called itself either the Ermines or the Premiers, or sometimes the Coupe de Villes. Lymon sang backup and duets with the group, which included Jimmy Merchant, Sherman Garnes, Herman Santiago, and Joe Negroni.

Exactly how the group was “discovered” is the subject of some conjecture. According to the most romantic version, the Premiers practiced under the apartment window of Richard Barrett lead singer of a group ...

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Bruce Sylvester

rhythm and blues singer, was born in Durham, North Carolina, to George McPhatter, a preacher, and Beulah Newton McPhatter, an organist and choir director. While his birth date has also been given as 15 November 1932, 1933, and 1934, Social Security records indicate 1931. At age five, Clyde Lensey McPhatter began singing with his siblings in the choir of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, where his father preached and his mother was organist and choir director.

In the 1940s, his family moved to New York, where his father preached at Mount Lebanon Church in Harlem. McPhatter attended Chelsea Vocational School, worked in a food market, and toured in a gospel sextet, the Mount Lebanon Singers, whose members included author James Baldwin's brothers David and Wilmer Baldwin.

Despite his conservative parents objections McPhatter competed in the Apollo Theater s Amateur Night One of ...

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María de Lourdes Ghidoli

was born on 18 October 1841. His mother was named Juana Torres, but the name of his father is unknown. There are some doubts regarding the second name of Manuel Posadas, as he was known to sign his name as both Manuel T. Posadas and Manuel G. Posadas. Some researchers assert that the G stands for Gervasio. However, contemporary descendants of the family affirm that his second name was Tadeo. On 13 May 1861 he married Emilia Smith also an Afro Argentine in the parish of Saint Michael in the city of Buenos Aires According to the parish registry he had at least nine children with Emilia The names of only some of them are known Manuel Lucio Carlos Antonio Marcelina Mercedes Petrona Antonio Luis Juan Carlos and Luis María At least two of them became musicians Carlos Posadas excelled as a composer of tangos while Manuel L ...