The Schoolboys sound almost uncannily similar to Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, but they predate them by close to a year in terms of recording and success. Formed in Harlem's Cooper Junior High School in 1954 or early 1955, with Harold Atley as leader, James Edwards (first tenor), Roger Hayes (second tenor), James "Charlie" McKay (baritone), and Renaldo Gamble (bass), they performed in school talent shows and became popular locally, only to see Atley exit after a few months. He was replaced by Leslie Martin, a boy soprano who had an almost operatic intensity to his singing and intonation. They appeared on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour and won first prize, which brought them the chance to record soon after, under the aegis of disc jockey Tommy Smalls, who had the popular Dr. Jive Show on WWRL in New York -- he gave them the name the Schoolboys and got them their recording. Their debut single, "Please Say You Want Me," a slow, moon/June-rhymed ballad featuring Martin's astonishingly powerful boy soprano voice, became a hit in the fall of 1955 and led to a series of releases, notable for the pleading nature of their lyrics, especially the ballads, which were usually backed by songs titled with girls' names. The group was never able to match the success of its debut release, however, and by 1956, the Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon, also organized in upper Manhattan, had supplanted them in the minds of the listening public.

The Schoolboys' original lineup disintegrated not too long after their one hit -- Renaldo Gamble joined Pearl McKinnon (herself a Frankie Lymon sound-alike) and the Kodaks. By 1957, the Schoolboys were history, their moment having passed to Lymon and company. It is alleged that some of the work credited to the group was really Martin and members of the Cadillacs, rather than his own group.



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Comment by Edie2k2 on January 9, 2008 at 8:31pm
roflmbooooooooo The Leaning Cone..LOLOLOL!!!!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on January 9, 2008 at 8:16pm
BWAAAAA HAHAHA....Look at the dude sitting up front, he got a tilted cone....That must be Edward...ROFLMBOOOO
Comment by Edie2k2 on January 9, 2008 at 8:14pm
They almost sound as good as this group!

ROFLMBOOOOO *you started it*
Comment by Edie2k2 on January 9, 2008 at 8:06pm
Please Say You Want Me is EXCELLENTLY recorded!!!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on January 9, 2008 at 8:05pm
He had a great voice, but the link you sent me said this..."The most famous group to come out of the Cooper talent shows, The Schoolboys, also met the most tragedy" i wonder what happened to them? they were only together like 4 years
Comment by Edie2k2 on January 9, 2008 at 7:59pm
Cute Lil Boys!!!!
Comment by Edie2k2 on January 9, 2008 at 7:57pm
This is superb.
Comment by Edie2k2 on January 9, 2008 at 7:57pm
Oh My Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the STUFF of my dreams!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is FANTASTIC!!

They sound so good!!!!!!!!!

SOLE...you are tearing me UP with this heavenly blogging baby---*don't stop* This baby has a beautifully angelic voice!!!! They sound so adorable!!!

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