Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Charts - Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
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I AM JOE GRIER THE LEAD SINGER OF THE CHARTS
Joe Grier | RIVERVIEW FL. | 06/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For your infomation All of the the songs on this album are the works of Joe Grier the Lead singer of The Charts. The songs were written by me ( JOE GRIER )as a minor (UNDER 18) and I have never been able to get my songs legally from those who put thier names where my name was suppose to be I have never
obtain the rights or any payment for any of the songs on the album even though I am listed as the writer on some of them.
Neither LES COOPER nor BOBBY ROBINSON had anything to do with
the writing of any of the songs on this album period. THANK YOU
JOE GRIER ( LEAD SINGER OF THE CHARTS)"
Nyc doowop rules!
COMPUTERJAZZMAN | Cliffside Park, New Jersey United States | 06/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"the charts are a great doowop group from NYC. This CD has all their hits. I would also recommend getting the
Everlast Records greatest hits CD if you enojoy this kind of music..."
A R&B Vocal Quintet With NO Success On The R&B Charts
COMPUTERJAZZMAN | 07/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Charts are but one of a number of black R&B/Doo Wop groups who had absolutely NO success on the the R&B charts, while scoring some success on the Billvoard Pop Hot 100. Something that remains an enduring mystery. especially when you hear the quality of some, like The Charts.
In 1957, lead Joe Grier, tenors Leroy Binns and Steven Brown, baritone Glenmore Jackson, and bass Ross Buford, all from New York City, recorded Deserie for the Everlast label. With Zoop on the flipside it went to # 88 Billboard Top 100 that summer, and after dropping out after just three weeks, it re-entered in October for one more week. In 1962 the Wand label re-released it and this time it "bubbled under" at # 132.
Clearly the song, ostensibly written by Bobby Robinson who later formed the Red Bird label (but really by Joe Greer if you read his review of the CD), had appeal, and you have to think that, had it been pushed by one of the major labels it likely would have reached the upper rungs of the charts. That much is evident from a 1977 listener's poll conducted by WCBS-FM which named Deserie their number nine all-time favourite.
Nothing else ever charted for the group, although Grier would later resurface with Les Cooper & The Soul Rockers doing the tenor sax solo on Wiggle Wobble which DID make the R&B charts, going to # 12 as well as # 22 Billboard Hot 100 in late 1962.
This CD stands as a glowing example of the difference between having a top label push your efforts [as an example, Mercury had a bland rendition of Young Love by The Crew Cuts reach # 17], and one that simply did not have the necessary promotional funds. The Charts were very good and deserved much better.
The sound quality on this Collectables effort is first rate."