SEVEN LONELY DAYS * VIOLA WATKINS & THE CROWS * RAMA 3 * USA
Formed in 1951 neighborhood friends Daniel Norton, William Davis, Harold Major, Jerry Wittick and Gerald Hamilton all from Harlem, New York, won the Wednesday night talent contest at The Appolo Theater, in 1952, singing their own composition Your Mine. Their Appolo success led to the quintet's first recording backing Frank 'Fat Man' Humphries on I Can't Get Started With You on Jubilee, but not as The Crows but as The Top Notes!
A little later in the spring of 1953 after Jerry Wittick left he group to join the army and was replaced by Mark Jackson. Released in the second week of May 1953 The Crows, sharing the vocals with Viola Watkins, recorded the solid mid-tempo Jiver (with bags of heartache) Seven Lonely Days for George Goldner's newly formed Rama label; seen above on a late 20th C. repressed issue.
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