Ronald & Ruby
The duo's members were the black Ronald Gumm and the white Beverly "Ruby" Ross; interracial pop groups were a rarity at this time, and the group did not appear in public or in major press and television outlets. They had previously worked together as songwriters; among their credits are "Young and Hungry for Love", "Frankenstein Rock", "Fat Pat", "Soul Mates", "Don't Come to My Party", and "The Ghost of Love". In 1958, they released a single together entitled "Lollipop". It became a hit in the U.S., reaching #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song would be covered by The Chordettes and The Mudlarks.
They released several further singles, including "Love Birds", none of them hits. Ross continued as a songwriter, registering nearly 200 songs with BMI, including "Candy Man" and "Judy's Turn to Cry".