The G-Clefs

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The G-Clefs were an American doo-wop/rhythm and blues vocal group, from Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States.

The G-Clefs consisted of four brothers and a fifth member who was a childhood friend. They first sang together in church, in their hometown of Roxbury. They were subsequently discovered by a talent scout named Jack Gold, who encouraged them to perform professionally.[1] They began performing in greater Boston in the early 1950s.[2] They scored two Top 40 hits in the United States: their 1956 single "Ka-Ding-Dong", featuring Freddy Cannon on guitar, peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100; it was the first national hit for their Boston-based label, Pilgrim Records.[3] Their other hit song was 1961's "I Understand (Just How You Feel)", which used the melody from "Auld Lang Syne", reached No. 9.[4] The latter track reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1961.[5]

They continued to play locally in greater Boston, at the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner (Dorchester, Massachusetts), and throughout the area into the 2000s.


  • Teddy Scott (born 1936)
  • Chris Scott (born 1937)
  • Tim Scott (born 1938)
  • Ilanga Scott (born 1940)
  • Ray Gipson (September 24, 1937 – January 4, 2015)[6]


  1. ^ "Artists Biographies." Billboard, November 20, 1961, p. 20.
  2. ^ Joe Viglione. "The G-Clefs - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hit Record for Pilgrim." Cashbox, August 11, 1956, p. 24.
  4. ^ Joe Viglione. "The G-Clefs - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 218. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "The Dead Rock Stars Club - January to June 2015". Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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