Bell Tones/Bell-Tones & Belltones/Beltones Groups


Bell Tones/ Bell-Tones & Varied Credits


Bell Tones (Rama) (Freddy Elton & His Orch) – The Wedding/ Heart To Heart, ’55 (Rama 170)

  • Scan found for ‘The Wedding’.


Bell Tones (TEK Label) (Kirk Taylor & The) – My Rosemarie/ Been So Long, ’58 (Tek 2634)

  • Audio for both sides available on youtube.


Bell-Tones (Bronx-NY) – The Merengue/ I Love You, Darling, ’56 (Scatt 1609-1610)


Bell-Tones (Bronx-NY) as Belltones – Merengue/ I Love You, ’58 (J&S 1609-1610)


Five Bells (Chicago) as Bell-Tones (Chicago) – My Pledge To You/ There She Goes, ’61 (Clock 71889)

  • Book also listed as Mercury (US 71889) which is issued for Del Wood ‘Creole Fandango/ My Adobe Hacienda.’


Belltones & Related Groups


Belltones (North Philly) (Accompanied by the Three Rockets)

– Estelle/ Promise Love, ’53 (Grand 102)

– Carol/ Crying Blues, ’53 (Grand-unreleased)


Belltones (NY) (Lacille Watkins & The) – Maybe You’ll Be There/ His Hand In Mine, ’56 (Kapp 145)


Belltones (Unknown Origin) (J Brothers With The) – The Girl I Used To Know, ’58 (Mermaid 3360)

  • No scans found.
  • Scans found for a reissued release on Tirino #101 in 1973, credited as John And Jim.
    • Sources with the Tirino label mention J Brothers but not the Belltones or the Mermaid label.


Belltones (Philadelphia Label) as Tony Morra (Frankie Gray and his Orchestra) (Vocal Chorus by Belltones) – My Baby Scares Me/ Claire, ’58 (Arcade 152)


Belltones (Ohio) – (Please Try) To Understand Me/ Swingin’ Little Chicky, ’63 (Olimpic 241 & Itzy 1, ‘65)


Belltones error – Ev’ry Day (It’s The Same)/ My Little Baby, ’57 (Cecil 5050)

  • This is credited as The Johnny Bell Tones.


Beltones Groups


Beltones (NY) – I Talk To My Echo/ Oof Goof, ’57 (Hull 721)


as The Symbols

– Country Boy, ’58 (Old Town-unreleased)

– Crying My Heart Out, ’58 (Old Town-unreleased)

– Last Rose Of Summer, ’58 (Old Town-unreleased)

– Lover Lover Lover, ’58 (Old Town-unreleased)

As/ Old Town article by Marv Goldberg, the group recorded as the Symbols while still under contract with Hull.


as Masters

– A Man Is Not Supposed To Cry/ Look Out, ’61 (End 1100)

– I’m Searching/ Crying My Heart Out, ’62 (Le Sage 713-714)


as Ronnie Dove & The Bell-Tones – I’ll Be Around/ Lover Boy, ’59 (Dove 1021)

There is a acetate scan for Lover Boy credited as ‘Ronnie Dove & The Beltones.’


Beltones (Baltimore) (Ronnie Dove & The)

– Yes Darling, I’ll Be Around/ Party Doll, ’61 (Decca 31288)

– No Greater Love/ Sadest [sic] Song (Of The Year), ’62 (Jalo 1406)


as Ronnie Baker & The Deltones – My Story/ I Want To Be Loved, ’62 (Laurie 3128)


Beltones (Newark NJ) – I Want To Be Loved/ You’ve Got What It Takes, ’62 (Jell 188)

  • The Delltones (Australia) (ref Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson) ‘You’ve Got What It Takes, ’95 (Sunshine Club Album)’ is a different cover than the Beltones version.


as Ronnie Baker – Glory Be/ This Big Wide World, ’63 (Jell 200)


Beltones (Louisiana) (Lance Farr & The) – Mary Lisa/ Too Much Ain’t Enough, ’64 (N-Joy 1001)


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