Marvelows, The

Also known as Marvelows, The Mighty, Mighty Marvellows, The, Mighty Marvelows, The
Members of Marvelows, The: Frank Paden, Jesse Smith (6), Johnny Paden, Melvin Mason, Willie Stephenson

Discography of Marvelows, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Wait, Be Cool 2 Audio 1968 ABC Records
2 Wait, Be Cool 2 Audio 1968 ABC Records
3 Talkin' Bout Ya, Baby 2 Audio 1967 ABC Records
4 I'm Without A Girl 2 Audio 1968 ABC Records
5 This Town's Too Much 2 Audio 1969 ABC Records
6 I Wanna Get Next To You / I Do 2 Audio 1991 American Pie
7 The Mighty Marvelows 11 Audio 1968 ABC Records
8 I'm Without A Girl 2 Audio 1968 ABC Records
9 I Wanna Get Next To You / I Do 2 Audio Collectables
10 I Do / In The Morning 2 Audio 1973-07-20 Probe
11 This Town's Too Much 2 Audio 1969 ABC Records
12 Talkin' Bout Ya, Baby 2 Audio 1967 ABC Records
13 I'm Without A Girl 2 Audio 1968 ABC Records
14 She Told Me Lies / Salty Sam 4 Audio 1962 Reprise Records


Members: Andrew Thomas, [a912756], Jesse Smith, [a912755], [a912758], [a912757]

The Marvelows were a Chicago soul group who scored just once, with the upbeat "I Do," a pop Top 40 hit in 1965. The group was formed in Chicago Heights, IL, when Melvin Mason met the recently relocated Paden brothers (Frank who sang bass, and Johnny who sang tenor) in the late '50s. Joined by tenor Willie (Sonny) Stephenson and Mason's wife's cousin Jesse Smith, the quintet became the Marvelows.

Smith's mother suggested that he look up a former schoolmate of hers, Johnny Pate. Pate, who had just been given the position of Midwest A&R for ABC/Paramount, secured a deal with the label and recorded four tunes for the group, the doo-wop ballad "A Friend," "My Heart," the solid mid-tempo "Hey Hey Baby," and "I Do." The latter song was only written as a warm-up song, something to sing to prepare their voices, but it hit number seven R&B and number 37 pop in the spring of 1965. Around 1966, Jesse Smith left and was replaced by Andrew Thomas. The Marvelows (now the Mighty Marvelows to avoid confusion with the West Coast group the Marvellos) had their second single (and the only other one to chart) with the ballad "In the Morning" in the spring of 1968. Other Marvelows (or the Mighty Marvelows) singles are "I'm Without a Girl," "Fade Away," "Your Little Sister" "You're Breaking My Heart," and "Wait Be Cool." ABC/Paramount issued The Mighty Marvelows LP in 1968, but the group broke up one year later. A brief reunion in 1974 was their only other time together.


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