The Paradons

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The Paradons
Origin Kern County, Bakersfield, California, United States
Genres R&B, doo-wop, soul, rock-n-roll
Years active 1959-1960
Labels Milestone Records

The Paradons were an American doo wop group from Bakersfield, California.

The group began by singing locally at school dances and clubs. Within a few months they secured a recording session with Milestone Records, and recorded eight songs. Their first release with the label, "Diamonds and Pearls" / "I Want Love", became a hit in the US, peaking at number 27 on the R&B Singles chart and number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960.[1]

The group appeared on American Bandstand and at the Apollo Theatre in the wake of its success.

The group soon broke up over monetary disputes, having been together less than a year.[2]

Despite the group's demise, Milestone continued releasing singles from their initial recording sessions, but these releases - "Bells Ring", "Take All of Me", and I Had a Dream" - did not chart.[2][3]


  • William Powers
  • Bill Meyers
  • Chuck Weldon
  • West Tyler
  • Edward Scott (songwriter)
  • Walter Gibson (co-founder)


  1. ^ Billboard singles,
  2. ^ a b Biography,
  3. ^ "The Paradons" Discography 26-05-2015 May 25, 2015

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