Five Keys, The

Also known as 5 Keys, 5 Keys, The, Fantastic Five Keys, The, Five Keys
Members of Five Keys, The: Bernard West (2), Maryland Pierce, Ramon Loper, Ripley Ingram, Rudy West
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Discography of Five Keys, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Wisdom Of A Fool / Now Don't That Prove I Love You 2 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
2 The Connoisseur Collection Of The Five Keys 10 Audio Harlem Hitparade
3 Out Of Sight Out Of Mind / You're The One 2 Audio 1962 Seg-way Records
4 Rockin' And Rollin' 6 Audio 2012 El Toro Records
5 The Fantastic Five Keys 10 Audio 1977 Capitol Records
6 Four Walls 2 Audio 1957 Capitol Records
7 The Verdict / Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind 2 Audio 1972 Capitol Records
8 Hucklebuck With Jimmy / The Glory Of Love 2 Audio 1951 Aladdin Records
9 On Stage! (Part 1) 4 Audio 1957 Capitol Records
10 On Stage! 12 Audio 1957 Capitol Records
11 The Fantastic Five Keys 10 Audio Capitol Records
12 Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind / That's Right 2 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
13 Rhythm & Blues Hits - Past And Present 12 Audio
14 The Five Keys 12 Audio
15 Tiger Lily / Let There Be You 2 Audio 1957 Capitol Records
16 Close Your Eyes / Doggone It, You Did It 2 Audio 1955-01-00 Capitol Records
17 Don't You Know I Love You 2 Audio 1954 Capitol Records
18 Close Your Eyes 2 Audio 1955-01-00 Capitol Records
19 The Five Keys 2 Audio 1982 Gusto Records (2)
20 From Me To You 2 Audio 1957 Capitol Records
21 Wisdom Of A Fool / Now Don't That Prove I Love You 2 Audio 1956 Capitol Records
22 How Long / Mistakes 2 Audio Aladdin Records
23 Ling, Ting, Tong 2 Audio 1980 Capitol Records
24 Ling, Ting, Tong 2 Audio 1980 Capitol Records
25 Tiger Lily / Let There Be You 2 Audio 1957 Capitol Records
26 The Capitol Collectors Series 20 Audio 1989 Capitol Records
27 Red Sails In The Sunset 2 Audio Aladdin Records
28 14 Hits 14 Audio 1978 Rare Bid
29 Close Your Eyes 2 Audio 1955-01-00 Capitol Records
30 On Stage! 12 Audio 1957
31 It's A Cryin' Shame / You're For Me 4 Audio
32 She's The Most / It's A Groove 4 Audio


American R&B and doo-wop group popular in the late 1950's. In 1949, brothers Rudy and Bernard West joined another set of singing brothers - Ripley and Raphael Ingram - to form The Sentimental Four, a gospel quartet. Inspired by the harmonies of The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots, they soon began to shift toward R&B.

The young foursome toured briefly with Miller's Brown-Skinned Models, an all-black revue that played fairs and carnivals. And they started winning local talent contests. Those victories led to a chance to perform at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. The singers won a contest there, too. And soon after, Los Angeles-based Aladdin Records signed the group.

After a few lineup changes that included adding a fifth member, the combo renamed itself The Five Keys. "Ling, Ting, Tong," was a No. 28 pop hit in 1954. That was followed by the ballad "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," which reached No. 23 in 1956, and "Wisdom of a Fool," which hit No. 35 in 1957. But the group's influence was greater than the best-sellers would indicate.

Before black groups started crossing over onto pop charts, The Five Keys had a powerful effect on R&B music - especially among vocal harmony acts. "One of the most popular, influential and beautiful-sounding R&B singing groups of the 1950s, The Five Keys were not only a link between the gospel/pop units of the '40s and the later R&B and rock groups, they led by example, having hits in R&B, rock 'n' roll, and pop before the decade was through," wrote Jay Warner in the Billboard Book of American Singing Groups.


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