The Viscounts (American band)

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The Viscounts were an American pop group from New Jersey, formed in 1958. They had one hit single, with Earle Hagen's instrumental classic "Harlem Nocturne" in 1959, which peaked at #52 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1960; it was re-released in 1965 and hit #39 the second time around.[1] The single and album of the same title were originally recorded for the Madison label, then both were reissued in 1965 on the Amy label, the Amy LP having a slightly different track listing than the Madison release.[2][3][4]




Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Label & Catalogue # Chart positions Album
1959 "Harlem Nocturne"
b/w "Dig"
Madison 123 52 17 The Viscounts
1960 "The Touch"
b/w "Chug-A-Lug"
Madison 129
"Night Train"
b/w "Summertime"
Madison 133 82
"Wabash Blues"
b/w "So Slow"
Madison 140 77 Non-album tracks
1961 "Shadrach"
b/w "This Place"
Madison 152
"Little Brown Jug"
b/w "Opus 1" (from Harlem Nocturne)
Madison 159
"Sophisticated Lady"
b/w "Drag Race"
Madison 165 Harlem Nocturne
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
b/w "Mark's Mood"
Mr. Peacock 101 Non-album tracks
1962 "Hully Gully"
b/w "Continental Walk"
Mr. Peacock 107
"Night Fight"
b/w "A Girl Like You"
Mr. Peacock 112
1963 "Night For Love"
b/w "Ballin' The Jack"
Mr. Peeke 125
1966 "Harlem Nocturne"
b/w "Dig"
Amy 940 39 Harlem Nocturne
"Night Train"
b/w "When The Saints Come Marching In"
Amy 949 122
"Off Shore"
b/w "Come, Come On Back"
Coral 62490 Non-album tracks
1967 "Sweet Georgia Brown"
b/w "Moonlight In Vermont"
Coral 62520


  • The Viscounts -- Madison 1001 -- 1960
  • Harlem Nocturne -- Amy 8008 -- 1965


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  2. ^ "45 discography for Amy Records".
  3. ^ "45 Discography for Madison Records".
  4. ^ "Madison Album Discography".