Hi-Liters/Hi Liters Groups

Hi-Liters (West Coast) & Related Groups



The Hi-Liters (West Coast) began in the 40s as the Deep Tones.

Including the Coral scans provided, this post includes release information found for the Savoy/King Solomon and Musicon labels.


Deep Tones (NYC)

– My God Calls Me/ Jesus’ Love Bubbles Over, ’48 (King Solomon 1025)

– When The Storm Of Life Is Over/ Made Up My Mind, ’48 (King Solomon 1026)


as 4 Deep Tones

– Castle Rock/ Just In Case You Change Your Mind, ’51 (Coral 65061

– The Night You Said Goodbye/ When The Saints Go Marching In, ’51 (Coral 65062)


as The Deeptones – My Prayer, ’54 (Music City 736 & Musicon 736)

  • Book listed as Deeptones.
  • No scans were found.


Note:  The following releases were recorded on a Brooklyn NY label.

  • Likely before the name change from the Deeptones to the Hi-Liters, but before the group moved to Portland Oregon.


Hi-Liters (West Coast) (w Richard Meisler & His Orchestra) – Ain’t Givin’ Up Nothing/ Undecided Now, ’56 (Celeste 3005)

  • Book listed as Hi-Lighters.


Hi-Liters (West Coast) (w King Bassie & The Three Aces) – Let Me Be True To You/ In The Night, ’58 (Hico 2432)


Hi-Liters (West Coast) & The Hamiltones – Over The Rainbow/ Baby Please Be True, ’58 (Hico 2433)


Hi-Liters (West Coast) – Over The Rainbow, ’60 (Zirkon 1006)

  • The flip ‘Josephine’ is by The Mastertones.


as Johnny Hamilton & The Hiliters – Sabada, ’58 (Hico 2434)

as Al Hickey & The Hiliters – Later Baby, ’58 (Hico 2434)

  • Hico #2434 was not included in the book.
  • According to a Calvin Williams interview, the BB might contain only some/none of the Hi-Liters.


as The Hamiltones (George Vereen & The) – You Are My Lovely One, ’58 (Hico 2435)

as The Hamiltones (Wiseman Moon & The) – Rock A Billy Hop, ’58 (Hico 2435)


Note:  The group transformed from the Hi-Liters and moved to LA to record as the Stereos.

  • An obit for Calvin Williams said, after the Hi-Liters, he toured with the Four Knights before joining the Stereos.
  • Group members for the Stereos might be the same as the other groups. 


became Stereos (LA)

– My Heart/ You Left Me Forsaken, ’62 (Robin Nest 101)

– Don’t Cry Darling/ Run Sinner Run, ’62 (Robin Nest 1588)


Hi-Liters/ Hi Liters (The Other Groups)


Hi-Liters (Chicago) – Bobby Sox Baby/ Hello Dear, ’56 (Vee Jay 184)

  • Book listed as High Liters.

also as:

Hi Lighters (Chicago) – Feeling Alright, ’84 (Charly LP 1115 (1-5))

  • As/ liner notes on 45cat, this is the Hi-Liters group on Vee-Jay.


Hi-Liters (NY Pop Group) – You Must Come In At The Door/ Dance Everyone, Dance, ’58 (Hanover 4506)

  • Book listed as Hi-Lighters.


Hi-Liters (North Carolina) (Lead Vocal by Joe Franklin) – Dance Me To Death, ’58 (Mercury (Chicago Ill.) 71342)

Hi-Liters (North Carolina) (Lead Vocal by Daryl Petty) – Cha Cha Rock, ’58 (Mercury (Chicago Ill.) 71342)

  • Book listed as Hi-Lighters.


Hi-Liters (North Carolina) – Big Bad Wolf (Mercury-Unissued)


as Joe Franklin (w The Hi-Liters)

– Who Put The Pep In The Punch/ True Blue, ’59 (Renown 113)

– Swanee River Rock/ The Belle Of Tennessee, ’60 (Renown 114)


Hi-Liters (Unknown Grp) – Dunkin’ Boy, ’75 (Monogram 101)

  • Flip is ‘Come Back My Love’ by a group credited as ‘Monograms’.


Hi Liters (Buddy Roberts & The) – Ding Dong/ Black And Blue, ’60 (Bonanza 689-690)