The Tymes

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The Tymes
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The Tymes in 1969
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres R&B, soul
Years active 1956–present
Labels Cameo-Parkway, Columbia, RCA, MGM
Members Albert Berry
Norman Burnett
Past members Donald Banks (deceased)
George Hilliard (deceased)
George Williams (deceased)

The Tymes are an American soul vocal group, who enjoyed equal success in the United Kingdom and in their homeland. They share the distinction of being one of the few acts to have one and only one chart-topper in both the US and UK with different titles.[1]

Early career[edit]

The group was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1956 as the Latineers, by Donald Banks, Albert Berry, Norman Burnett, and George Hilliard.[2] After a four year stint on Philadelphia's club circuit, they recruited a new lead vocalist, George Williams in 1960, and changed their name to The Tymes.[2]

The Tymes had hits in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s with songs such as "So Much in Love", a US chart topper and million-seller in 1963,[3] "Wonderful Wonderful", a remake of the Johnny Mathis classic hit from 1957, "Somewhere", "You Little Trustmaker" and "Ms Grace". The last of these became the group's biggest UK hit, reaching Number One in the UK Singles Chart in 1975,[3] but barely dented the Billboard Hot 100 after the success of "So Much in Love". "Ms Grace", while only charting modestly in the US, was and remains a regional hit with the Carolina Beach Music scene.

The Tymes were also The Jewels, as in Billy Abbott and The Jewels, whose only Hot 100 and Cashbox Top 100 entry was "Groovy Baby" in July 1963.[4][5]

Later career[edit]

Their song "So Much in Love" was elected to the Songs of the Century in 2001. In 2005 The Tymes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. As of 2006, they were still performing, with three of the original five group members; they appeared on the PBS special My Music: Love Songs of the 50s and 60s.

Deceased members[edit]

  • George Williams - born George Reginald Williams Jr, December 6, 1935, Philadelphia — died July 28, 2004, Maple Shade, New Jersey - Lead vocalist[2]
  • Donald Banks - died October 7, 2011, aged 72 - bass[6][7]
  • George Hilliard - died September 24, 2014, age 73

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release date Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart Positions Album
US UK
1963 "So Much In Love"
b/w "Roscoe James McClain" (Non-album track)
1 21 So Much In Love
"Wonderful! Wonderful!"
b/w "Come With Me To The Sea" (from Somewhere)
7
"Somewhere"
b/w "View From My Window" (from Tymes Biggest Hits)
19 Somewhere
"Isle Of Love"
b/w "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"
1964 "To Each His Own"
b/w "Wonderland Of Love"
78 Non-album tracks
"The Magic Of Our Summer Love"
b/w "With All My Heart"
99
"Here She Comes"
b/w "Malibu"
92
"The Twelfth Of Never"
b/w "Here She Comes" (Non-album track)
So Much In Love
1966 "Pretend"
b/w "Street Talk"
Non-album tracks
"A Touch Of Baby"
b/w "What Would I Do"
1967 "This Time It's Love"
b/w "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)"
1968 "People"
b/w "For Love Of Ivy"
39 16 People
1969 "God Bless The Child"
b/w "The Love That You're Looking For"
(Ain't Gonna Find It Here)"
"If You Love Me Baby"
b/w "Find My Way"
Non-album tracks
1970 "Most Beautiful Married Lady"
b/w "Love Child"
1971 "She's Gone"
b/w "Someone To Watch Over Me"
1974 "You Little Trustmaker"
b/w "The North Hills"
12 18 Trustmaker
"Ms. Grace"
b/w "The Crutch"
91 1
1975 "Someway, Somehow I'm Keepin' You"
b/w "Interloop!"
"God's Gonna Punish You"
b/w "If I Can't Make You Smile"
41[3] Tymes Up
1976 "It's Cool"
b/w "Good Morning Dear Lord"
68[8]
"Only Your Love"
b/w "Goin' Through The Motions"
"Savannah Sunny Sunday"
b/w "Love's Illusion"
Turning Point
1977 "How Am I To Know (The Things A Girl In Love Should Know)"
b/w "I'll Take You There"
Diggin' Their Roots

Billboard 200 albums chart[edit]

  • So Much in Love (1963) - #15
  • Somewhere (1964) - #122
  • The Sound of The Wonderful Tymes (1964) - #117[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 164. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ a b c Ron Wynn. "The Tymes | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 572. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955 - 2002. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Records Research. pp. vii, 4. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  5. ^ Downey, Pat; Albert, George; Hoffmann, Frank W (1994). Cash Box pop singles charts, 1950–1993. Libraries Unlimited. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-56308-316-7. 
  6. ^ "The Dead Rock Stars Club - 2011 July To December". Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Donald Banks, 72, vocalist with the Tymes - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  8. ^ a b "The Tymes | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 

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