The String-A-Longs

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The String-A-Longs were an instrumental group from Plainview, Texas, produced by Norman Petty on Warwick Records. They consisted of Richard Stephens, lead guitar, Keith McCormack and Jimmy Torres, rhythm guitars, Aubrey de Cordova, bass guitar and Don Allen, drums.[1]

Their biggest hit single was their first, "Wheels", in 1961 (released in 1960). The tune peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the number 8 single of 1961 according to Billboard.[2] The track reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[4] There were several cover versions, including by Joe Loss ("Wheels Cha-Cha") and Billy Vaughn.

The String-A-Longs followed up "Wheels" with "Brass Buttons" (U.S. #35), "Should I", and "Replica". In 1961 they moved to Dot Records; they released Wide World Hits on Atco in 1968.


  1. ^ "Up Close with Keith McCormack and Aubrey deCordova of the Legendary String-A-Longs". 2004-01-06. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1961". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 536. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 140. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  • Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000

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