The Sensations

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The Sensations were an American doo-wop group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The group formed in 1954 under the name the Cavaliers, soon after changing to the Sensations. The group scored two hits on the US R&B chart in 1956 with the Atco Records singles "Yes Sir That's My Baby" (#15) and "Please Mr. Disc Jockey" (#13).[1][2] By 1957 they were managed by Kae Williams.[3] The group disbanded soon afterwards, and lead singer Yvonne Mills married and started a family.[4]

In 1961, bass singer Alphonso Howell persuaded Yvonne Mills Baker that the group should re-form, and they won a contract with Chess Records subsidiary label Argo. They soon had a hit with a version of "Music, Music, Music", which reached #12 on the R&B chart and #54 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] A few months later, they released the tune "Let Me In".[3] It was their biggest success, peaking at #2 R&B and #4 on the Hot 100.[5] However, later releases were less successful and the group broke up.[4]

Yvonne Baker later started a solo career, recording a number of tracks that achieved cult status among Northern Soul fans, most notably "You Didn’t Say a Word" on Parkway Records in 1966.[4]

Members[edit]

Early members
  • Yvonne Mills Baker
  • Tommy Wicks
  • Alphonso Howell
  • Hosea Haralson
Later members
  • Yvonne Mills Baker
  • Alphonso Howell (died on May 7, 1998)
  • Richard Curtain
  • Sam Armstrong

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 393.
  2. ^ Biography, Allmusic.com
  3. ^ a b Jay Warner, American Singing Groups: A History from 1940 to Today (Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006):287.
  4. ^ a b c SuperSoul Sisters: Yvonne Baker and The Sensations
  5. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com