Tonettes, The

Also known as Tonettes
Members of Tonettes, The: Dixiebelles, The, Mary Hunt

Discography of Tonettes, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 You Make Me Cry / Invisible Ska 2 Audio 1965 Ska Beat
2 No Tears / Please Don't Go 2 Audio 1962 Volt
3 Teardrop Sea / Stolen Angel 2 Audio 1962 Volt
4 I Gotta Know 4 Audio Dynamic Records (3)

Ska group including Shirley Thomas, [a=Mary Hunt] and Mildred Pratchett. They originally recorded on Sound Stage Seven as the Dixiebells.

As The Tonettes, theirs were the first voices to be heard on the Volt label when 'No Tears' became Volt 101 in early 1962. The Tonettes had a second single released a few months later, and recorded enough material to fill four more 45s ,but, then they caught an unexpected break.

Nashville label Sound Stage 7 needed a "black female group" to go out as The Dixiebelles to promote a studio-created Hot 100 hit called 'Down At Papa Joe's',the original song having been sung by members of the, very white, Anita Kerr Singers.The Tonettes masqueraded as the Dixiebelles until that concept had run its course.

The girls decided to go there separate ways, Shirley Thomas left the group whilst Hunt and Pratcher with new members Eula Jean Rivers and Barbara McCoy they began recording as The Charmels.

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