Escorts Groups

Many groups recorded as the Escorts.  The book mixes one group with another and sources vary on what is correct.

Groups posted here provide some separation and additional information found.


Escorts (Pennsylvania) (With Kay) – You Won’t Be Satisfied (Till You Break My Heart)/ Oh Honey!, ’54 (Essex 372)


Escorts (Pennsylvania) – Bluebird Of Happiness, ’54 (Essex 383)

  • See comment for scans.

Escorts (Pennsylvania) (With Kay) – Paradise Hill, ’54 (Essex 383)

  • See comment for scans.


Escorts (Pennsylvania) (w Music by Joe Kuhn) – I’ve Been Thinkin’, ’55 (Essex 389)

  • A-side scan found.
  • Book does not list B-side.
    • Some sources list as ‘This Is No Laughing Matter’ but it is not confirmed.


Escorts (Roselle NJ) – Sorry/ It’s Love To Me, ’56 (Premium 407)

  • See comment for A-side scan.
  • B-side scan is on youtube.


Escorts (Memphis) – Misty Eyes/ Arrow Two Hearts, ’57 (OJ 1010)


Escorts (Memphis) (Bobby Chandler & The) – Winter Time/ Junior Prom, ’58 (OJ 1012)


Escorts (NJ)

– Bad Boy/ Tore Up Over You, ’57 (RCA EP 6834-A1)

– So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry/ Lonely Man, ’57 (RCA 6963)


Debs & The Escorts (Josie Label) – Crew Cuts (We Like), ’58 (Josie 833)

  • Neither the Debs (Juvenile) or the Escorts (young male) match other groups of the same names.
  • Flip is ‘Swingin’ Sam’ by the Pastels.


Escorts (New York) (Don Crawford & The) – Ugly Duckling/ Why Why Why, ’58 (Scepter 1201)

  • Scans found.


Escorts (Wells Label) – Oo-Ba-Ba-Do/ One More Kiss Good Night, ’59 (Wells 102)


Escorts (Subsidiary of NRC in Atlanta) (ft Wade Cagle, Piano) – Clap Happy {I}, ’59 (Judd 1014) 

Escorts (Subsidiary of NRC in Atlanta) (Vocal Eddie Seymour) – My First Year, ’59 (Judd 1014)


Escorts (Scarlet-Nashville) – Leaky Hart & His Red Go-Kart/ I Will Be Home Again, ’60 (Scarlet 4005)

Escorts (Scarlet-Nashville) – Leaky Heart & His Red Go-Kart/ I Will Be Home Again, ’60 (Scarlet 4005)


As/45cat, “Label owned by WSIX deejay Noel Ball, Nashville, Tennessee.  See Billboard 19 Sep 1960.” 

  • The New York address on the label is for the distributor.


Escorts (Dell & The) (Male Lead) – You Don’t Love Me/ Skokian, ’60 (Symbol 913)

  • See comment for A-side scan link.
  • No scan for B-side.


Escorts (NY) (Del & The) (Male Backing Group) – Baby Doll/ Someone To Watch Over Me, ’61 (Rome 103)

  • Female lead.


Escorts (Cedar Rapids Iowa) – Judy Or Jo Ann/ Main Drag {I}, ’61 (Soma 1144)

  • No A-side scan found.


Escorts (Cedar Rapids Iowa) (Roger Booth-Vocal)

– I Found Love/ I Wanna Do It, ’63 (Fredlo 6311)

– The Wobble Drum/ On Top Of Old Smokey, ’64 (Fredlo 6403)

– Heart Of Mine/ Twelfth Of Never, ’64 (Fredlo 6416)


Escorts (Cedar Rapids Iowa) (Roger Booth & The) – Space Walk/ You’re The One (Zorch 101)


became The Do’s And The Don’ts (Cedar Rapids Iowa)

– Woman/ No One To Talk My Troubles To (Zorch 106)

– Let The Sun Shine Free/ She’s Walking Out of [sic] Life (Zorch 107)

– I Wonder If She Loves Me/ Our Love May Not Live Again, ’66 (Red Bird 10-072)

For info on the group(s) see’s_&_The_Don’ts_….


Escorts (Male Group-Brooklyn) (ref Phil Tanno) – Happy/ You’re For Me (And I’m For You), ’61 (Taurus 350-1)


Comments on list gms as:  Dennis DeVita, Dan DeVita, Doug Scannel, Phil Giratano (Lead), Dave Kelly (bass).


Escorts (Syracuse NY) (Felix & The) – The Syracuse/ Save, ’62 (Jag 685)

  • Gm: Felix Cavaliere.
  • No scan for B-side.



Escorts (Brooklyn) (Lead Rodney Garrison)

– Gloria/ Seven Wonders Of The World, ’62 (Coral 62302)

– As I Love You/ Gaudeamus, ’62 (Coral 62317)



Escorts (Brooklyn) (Lead Goldie Zelkowitz) – Somewhere/ Submarine Race Watching, ’62 (Coral 62336)


Escorts (Brooklyn) (ft ‘Goldie’) – One Hand, One Heart/ I Can’t Be Free, ’63 (Coral 62349)


Escorts (Brooklyn) (Goldie & The) – Back Home Again/ Something Has Changed Him, ’63 (Coral 62372)



Escorts (Brooklyn) (Lead Bobby Lance) – My Heart Cries For You/ Give Me Tomorrow, ’63 (Coral 62385


For all three configurations of the Brooklyn Escorts, gms include: Rodney Garrison (Lead), Richard Beg, Richard Perry & Richard Rosenberg; Goldie Zelkowitz (Genya Ravan) replaces Rodney Garrison; and Bobby Lance.

  • Jim Picardi’s association was with the original members when they recorded (Zoom Zoom Zoom) as Legends.


A bio of the group is at


Escorts (Arranged by Jack Nitzsche) – You Can’t Even Be My Friend/ Itchy Coo, ’63 (RCA 8228)

  • As/label gms: Robert Jones, Eugene Proctor, Herman Robinson and Leonard Hogains.


Escorts (Nashville) (Charlie McCoy & The) – Will You Love Me Tomorrow/ My Babe, ’64 (Monument 842)


A group bio and discography is @


Escorts (Old Time-unreleased?)

There’s Something Awful Nice About You” plays on many youtube sites.

I know nothing about this group and searching the net results in a lot of misinformation.  They do not appear to be connected to any other Escorts group in this post and the book did not list them.

Albeit in his style, they are not Frankie Lymon-connected, and for certain they are not the Alitha group of the 70s.  The Escorts’ sound was successful in the late 50s with many groups and artists capitalizing on it.


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