The Toys

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Not to be confused with The Toyes.
The group in 1965: June Montiero (left), Barbara Harris (center), and Barbara Parritt (right).

The Toys were an American pop girl group from Jamaica, New York, which was formed in 1961 and disbanded in 1968.[1]

Members[edit]

The trio consisted of:

Career[edit]

The Toys were discovered at a talent show by manager Vince Marc, who introduced them to songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell.[1] Linzer and Randell wrote most of the songs they recorded, including their U.S. #1 hit single "A Lover's Concerto", and also produced the group's 1965-66 recordings on Bob Crewe's DynoVoice record label.[1] Global sales of this disc exceeded two million copies, with a gold record awarded by the R.I.A.A. in 1965.[2] Their first U.S. tour was with Gene Pitney.[2] In 1967 the group changed labels and producers moving to Musicor Records, but charted only one more minor single (a cover of Brian Hyland's "Sealed with a Kiss") before breaking up.[1]

The Toys appeared on most of the major TV rock programs.[1] They had a cameo role in the 1967 beach movie It's a Bikini World.[2][3]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

(U.S. chart positions are Billboard Hot 100 except as noted.)
  • 1965: "A Lover's Concerto" (U.S. #1 (Cashbox charts), UK #5)[4]
  • 1966: "Attack!" (U.S. #18, UK #36)[4]
  • 1966: "Baby Toys" (U.S. #76)
  • 1966: "Silver Spoon" (U.S. #111)
  • 1966: "May My Heart Be Cast into Stone" (U.S. #85)
  • 1968: "Sealed with a Kiss" (U.S. #112, U.S. R&B #43)

Albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography by Andrew Hamilton". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 198. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Film details at IMDb.com
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 563. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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