The Charts may refer to: 1. a Brazilian mod band from S?o Paulo; 2. an American doo-wop group of the 1950s. 1. With the fragmentation of S?o Paulo's independent music scene in the 80's and 90's brazilian scenario, underground bands turned their attention to a revivalist wave similar to Brazil's South cities, ready to rescue the values ??of sixties sound to result into a contemporary, modern fresh sound between top notch mainstream radio and total anonymity.
1. a Brazilian mod band from S?o Paulo;
2. an American doo-wop group of the 1950s.
1. With the fragmentation of S?o Paulo's independent music scene in the 80's and 90's brazilian scenario, underground bands turned their attention to a revivalist wave similar to Brazil's South cities, ready to rescue the values ??of sixties sound to result into a contemporary, modern fresh sound between top notch mainstream radio and total anonymity.
The Charts - name inspired from a Atlantic Records LP compilation - influenced by the mod groups from the 60's, tons of Motown/Stax-oriented R&B, Soul Music and 60's Garage bands, turned feedbacks into breaths of fresh air, metropolis-esque poetry walking side by side with rhythm beats in synch with dancerfloors and young souls along S?o Paulo - through the hands of guitarist and singer Flavio Telles, bassist Sandro Garcia and drummer Roberto Tom?.
The band released "Carb?nicos" (Carbonic), their first record, on Suck My Discs records, owned by journalists Alex Pucci and Celso Antunes. From 1990 to 1999 the band released two demo tapes (re-released later on compilation "Pappon Studio Sessions" recorded in Thomas? Pappon studio) and a second album, "S?o Paulo em PB" (S?o Paulo in B/W).
Their first album is still, after almost 20 years, acclaimed and remembered with enthusiasm among fans and newcomers, as well as the solo careers of the band members.
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2. The Charts were an American doo-wop group of the 1950s, most famous for their recording "Deserie".
The group formed as The Thrilltones in Harlem, New York in 1956, and comprised teenagers Joe Grier (lead), Stephen Brown (first tenor), Glenmore Jackson (second tenor), Leroy Binns (baritone), and Ross Buford (bass). They acquired a manager, Les Cooper, who had previously been a member of various R&B groups, and who changed their name to The Charts.
They were signed to the Everlast label, owned by Bobby Robinson's brother Danny, who released their first single "Deserie" in May 1957. The song's authorship was credited to Cooper and Johnson, although singer Joe Grier later claimed that he had written the song along with the group's other material. The record was a local hit, although it failed to make the national R&B charts, and was later featured on many compilations of doo-wop classics.
After a few more singles for Everlast, the original Charts disbanded in 1958 when Grier went into the service. On his return, he took up the saxophone, and featured on the 1962 instrumental hit by Les Cooper and his group the Soul Rockers, "Wiggle Wobble" (# 22 pop, # 12 R&B).
Brown and Binns kept the group's name going for several years with new members. They released an updated version of "Deserie" in 1967, retitled "Desiree", and continued touring and appearing at doowop revival concerts with various versions of The Charts until around 1983. Binns continued to perform with later versions of The Coasters and The Del Vikings.
"Deserie" was later recorded, as "Desiree", by Laura Nyro on her 1971 album Gonna Take a Miracle.