Vibrations, The

Also known as Marathons, The, Vibrating Vibrations, The, Vibrations
Members of Vibrations, The: Carl Fisher (2), Dave Govan, Don Bradley, James Johnson (8), Ricky Owens
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vibrations, http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Vibrations.html, http://www.soulfulkindamusic.net/vibrations.htm

Discography of Vibrations, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Wind Up Toy / Ain't No Greens In Harlem 2 Audio 1972 Mandala Records (2)
2 The Watusi / Wallflower 2 Audio 1961 Checker
3 The Vibrations 11 Audio 1973 Finger
4 Shake It Up / Make It Last 2 Audio 1974 Chess
5 Cause Your Mine / Surprise Party For Baby 2 Audio
6 Expressway To Your Heart 2 Audio 1969 Neptune Records (5)
7 'Cause You're Mine / I Took An Overdose 2 Audio 1977 Columbia Special Products
8 The Okeh And Epic Singles 1963-1968 26 Audio 2008 Kent Records
9 Who's Gonna Help Me Now? / Expressway To Your Heart 2 Audio 1969 Neptune Records (5)
10 Over The Rainbow / Oh, Cindy 2 Audio Checker
11 Cause Your Mine / Surprise Party For Baby 2 Audio Neptune Records (5)
12 Trying To Get Next To You / Shake It Up 4 Audio Soul Shots
13 Gonna Get Along Without You Now / Forgive And Forget 2 Audio 1966 Okeh
14 Soul A Go-Go 2 Audio 1966 Okeh
15 Right On Brother-Right On / Surprise Party For Baby 2 Audio 1970 Neptune Records (5)
16 Misty / Finding Out The Hard Way 2 Audio 1965 Okeh
17 Keep On Keeping On 2 Audio 1965 Okeh
18 Ain't Love That Way / End Up Crying 2 Audio 1965 Okeh
19 Watusi Time 2 Audio 1965 Okeh
20 Love Me Like You Should / So Blue 2 Audio 1960 Quality
21 If You Only Knew / Talkin' Bout Love 2 Audio Epic
22 Since I Fell For You / May The Best Man Win 2 Audio 1963 Checker
23 My Girl Sloopy / Daddy Woo-Woo 2 Audio 1964 Atlantic
24 Wind Up Toy / Ain't No Greens In Harlem 2 Audio 1972 Mandala Records (2)
25 Continental With Me, Baby / The Junkernoo 2 Audio 1961 Checker
26 Watusi / Hi-Heel Sneakers 2 Audio Chess
27 Dancing Danny / Dancing Danny (Instrumental) 2 Audio 1963 Checker
28 Taking A New Step 11 Audio 2002 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
29 Misty 10 Audio 1966 Okeh
30 If You Only Knew 2 Audio 1965 Okeh
31 Canadian Sunset / The Story Of A Starry Night 2 Audio 1966 Okeh
32 The Watusi / Wallflower 2 Audio 1961 Quality
33 Cause Your Mine 4 Audio Sound Of Soul
34 Shout! 13 Audio 1965
35 So Blue / Love Me Like You Should 2 Audio 1960 Checker
36 Taking A New Step 11 Audio 1972
37 Greatest Hits 11 Audio Okeh
38 Misty 10 Audio
39 Pick Me / You'd Better Beware 2 Audio 1966 Okeh
40 Good Vibrations 11 Audio 1977 Guinness Records
41 Misty 2 Audio Epic
42 Cave Man / Feel So Bad 2 Audio 1960 Checker
43 Misty 10 Audio 1966 Okeh
44 So Blue / Love Me Like You Should 2 Audio 1960 Checker
45 New Vibrations 10 Audio 1967 Okeh
46 Pick Me / You'd Better Beware 2 Audio 1967 Columbia
47 The Vibrations' Greatest Hits 13 Audio 1969
48 Taking A New Step 11 Audio 1972 A&M Records
49 Dancing Danny / Dancing Danny (Instrumental) 2 Audio 1963 Checker
50 The New Hully Gully 2 Audio 1961 Checker


The Vibrations were an African-American soul vocal group from Los Angeles, California, active from the mid-1950s to 1976. Most notable among the group's hit singles were "My Girl Sloopy" (1964) and "Love in Them Thar Hills" (1968). The quintet's members included Don Bradley, Carl Fisher, Dave Govan, James Johnson and Ricky Owens.

The group initially began recording as The Jay Hawks, and had a hit in 1956 with "Stranded in the Jungle" (US #18). After a few lineup changes, the group hit again in 1961 with the song "The Watusi" (US #25); concurrently, they had a hit under the name The Marathons with "Peanut Butter" (#20).

The group recorded a couple of Northern Soul classics since their initial hit on Atlantic Records in 1963. A cover version of "My Girl Sloopy", retitled "Hang On, Sloopy", was a hit for the McCoys in 1965.

The Vibrations briefly broke up in 1971. At this time, Owens became a member of The Temptations, although he was let go after his first few engagements. Owens and the other Vibrations regrouped and continued, eventually become a nightclub act in the mid 1970s, before officially dissolving the group in 1976.

Ricky Owens died in 1996.

Carl Fisher resides in Los Angeles, today, and is still singing and songwriting.


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