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The Kodaks

The Kodaks

The Kodaks


There are two groups called "The Kodaks" 1. One is a R&B vocal group from Newark, New Jersey, USA, the original members were lead Pearl McKinnon, first tenor James Patrick, second tenor William Franklin, baritone Larry Davis and bass William Miller. The Kodaks were representative of the pre-teen lead sound, featuring a girlish and innocent, pre-pubescent male voice. When the pre-teen leads first became popular, it was assumed that they were all male Read more on Last.fm
There are two groups called "The Kodaks" 1. One is a R&B vocal group from Newark, New Jersey, USA, the original members were lead Pearl McKinnon, first tenor James Patrick, second tenor William Franklin, baritone Larry Davis and bass William Miller. The Kodaks were representative of the pre-teen lead sound, featuring a girlish and innocent, pre-pubescent male voice. When the pre-teen leads first became popular, it was assumed that they were all male, but research conducted in the 70s into the history of many such groups discovered that some were led by females, notably Pearl McKinnon of the Kodaks and Faith Taylor of the Sweet Teens.

The Kodaks came together in 1957 and signed with Bobby Robinson’s Fury label. The first release paired a terrific jump, ‘Little Boy And Girl’, with the touching ballad ‘Teenager’s Dream’, and received significant local airplay. The second release, in the spring of 1958, the exhilarating ‘Oh Gee, Oh Gosh’, was their most sizeable hit, winning air time on the entire east coast and some in the Midwest. The b-side, ‘Make Believe World’, was especially appealing, with creatively harmonized choruses.

At this time, Davis and Franklin left to form the Sonics, who would later record ‘This Broken Heart’. They were replaced with Richard Dixon and Harold Jenkins. Two more singles followed, the last one being the excellent jump ‘Runaround Baby’ (1958), but it did not attract the public who were evidently tiring of the Frankie Lymon sound. McKinnon left the group around 1959 and a reorganized Kodaks recorded some more singles for first J&S and then Wink before finally disbanding in 1961.

Meanwhile, McKinnon became lead of a new group, Pearl And The Deltars, who released a fine single on Fury in 1961 that met with little success. McKinnon in the 70s was the amazing ‘Frankie Lymon’ lead in the reunited Teenagers group, and those who heard her Kodaks tracks in the 50s could easily understand how she managed the deception. 2. The other is a post punk indie rock band from Detroit, Michigan. (http://myspace.com/thekodaksband) The rock band The Kodaks was formed by Adam Fitzgerald Smith in late 2008 and has had a revolving cast of members, always with Smith heading the outfit.

All songs are written and put together by Smith, who then assembles whatever musicians he can to play the songs live. The latest full band version of The Kodaks featured Adam Smith (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Jeff "Geoffree" Yateman (drums), Adam "Bobby" Laidlaw (guitars, backing vocals) and Kevin Cleveland (bass). Adam recorded the debut Kodaks EP at Battle Tapes studios in East Nashville, Tennessee with the help of several musicians from the Nashville band called Bad Cop (http://myspace.com/badcopnashville) including Adam Anyone and Alex Hartness. The EP was recorded, mixed, mastered and engineered by Jeremy Ferguson of Battle Tapes studios who has worked with the likes of Be Your Own Pet, Turbo Fruits, Bad Cop and JEFF the Brotherhood. A second Kodaks EP is in the works to be recorded by Jeff Yateman with Adam Smith and Adam Laidlaw, featuring a new group of songs and to be released in early-mid 2011.

The new EP is set to be called the "Dark EP". The Kodaks are primarily influenced by post-punk music of 80's, including New Order and The Cure, as well as modern indie rock such as Interpol, The Strokes, and The Stills. The Kodaks play shows in Detroit with such bands as Phantasmagoria, Illy Mack, Rough House, The Satin Peaches, The Handgrenades, Illy Mack, Friendly Foes, Millions of Brazilians, Lettercamp, Lightning Love, Zoos of Berlin, The Silent Years and Deastro. A free download for one of the newest Kodaks songs, called "Rough Sleeper", is available here: http://www.mediafire.com/?gdz0zzmditz Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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