Ex-Robin writer and producer H. B. Barnum acted as the liaison for their initial studio sessions. At the time, Barnum was busy arranging for Lou Rawls, Holland-Dozier-Holland, and others, producing the O'Jays on Imperial Records, and running Little Star Records, among other things.
Barnum later managed the Honey Cone, the Sweet Inspirations, a later-day edition of the Toys, with original June Montero and two new members. The Toys' project ended faster than the original Toys from New York, NY (who couldn't get along). Bobby Sanders took over from Barnum and played a major role in the production of their recordings and subsequent deal with Challenge, a label that initially (1957-1958) was owned in part by TV cowboy Gene Autry; Autry sold his interest in 1958. Berry Gordy was also interested and had Frank Wilson and Hal Davis cut a demo on them entitled "Crying," written by Davis and Vincente Love, but Motown only wanted Poole and the deal never materialized.
They debuted on Challenge late in 1964 as the Delicates with "I've Been Hurt" (written by Love) b/w "C'mon Everybody." 1965 saw two final releases on Challenge: "I Want to Get Married," a Bobby Sanders/Darlene Walton song, and "Stop Shovin' My Heart Around" b/w "Comin' Down With Love." Nothing sold outside of Watts, so they left to kick off Sanders' Soultown label with a reworking of "Stop Shovin' My Heart Around" as "Stop Shovin' Me Around." A final single on Pulsar Records, Sanders and Jerry Flanagan's "I've Got a Crush on You" undersided by "You Said You Love Me," ended the Delicates career as front-line recording artists, but opened the door for lucrative careers as session singers, particularly, Brenda Joyce and Billie Rae Calvin, who sang on the Four Tops', Diana Ross', and Edwin Starr's recordings. (THE MORE SUCCESSFUL GROUP) The Delicates, from Belleville New jersey, were formed in 1959. Three girls..Denise Ferri,Arleen Lanzotti and Peggy Santiglia met in grammar school. They recorded for Tender, Unart,United Atrists and Roulette Labels. With a big East Coast hit, "BLACK AND WHITE THUNDERBIRD"...The girls soon became legendary dj Murray the K's "dancing girls"...and wrote and recorded his opening and closing themes for his 1010 WINS Radio Show.. "SWINGIN SOIREE". AND "THE SUBMARINE RACE WATCHER'S THEME'...They appeared on many stage and tv shows,including...American Bandstand,Connecticut Bandstand..the Alan Freed and Clay Cole's TV shows..they later joined with Bernadette Carroll(Party Girl)and did back-up work for many hits..for stars such as Frankie Valli, Connie Francis,Patty Duke,Al Martino to name a few...and are mostly noted for their work with Lou Christie'MGM hits...such as "LIGHTNING STRIKES.
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