Holiday Harmony Sides

It's that time again when Classic Urban Harmony turns the spotlight on a legendary harmony "Sound of the Season".

 

The Cameos - "Merry Christmas"

From Philadelphia, this group only made one record in November 1957 as "The Cameos," but the group members were no strangers to the Philly R&B group harmony recording scene.  Named after the Cameo label for this one release, the Cameos personnel included Oscar "Cisco" Williams, John "Pancho" Christian, Reggie Price, Rufus Hunter and Tony Lewis.

Cisco Williams, Pancho Christian and Reggie Price were from North Philadelphia and had previously sung with the Quadrells (Whirlin' Disc label).  Rufus had been with the Magnificents out of Chicago.  Later, Cisco, Reggie and Pancho (along with Kent Peeler of the Dreamers on Grand and Roosevelt Simmons of the Sensations) would form the core of the Universals ("Again").  Cisco, Pancho and Reggie would also sing with the later Turbans.

Cisco did the lead on this up tempo Christmas classic.  Scroll down and click on the YouTube to hear the song.

(From the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


Cameos' Reggie Price (upper left) and Pancho Christian (upper right)
appear in this 1957 Universals photo.


Top row: Reggie Price, Kent Peeler, Charlie Horner, Pancho Christian.
Bottom row: Gene Morris, Pat Griffin.
The Universals visit Charlie Horner's radio show in the early 1980's.
(Photo property of the Classic Urban Harmony Archives)


 

To see prior Sounds of the season click Drifters or Orioles.

Again, happy holidays. - Charlie & Pam


 

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