Chanteur Rock 'n' Roll US, né le 11 Décembre 1941 à Lufkin (Texas). J. Frank Wilson est décédé le 4 Octobre 1991 à Lufkin (Texas).

This US outfit was formed in the mid-50s in San Angelo, Texas, by Sid Holmes (guitar), Lewis Elliott (bass), Ray Smith (drums), Rob Zeller (saxophone) and Alton Baird (vocals). After years of little success, the group teamed up with new vocalist Frank Wilson (b. 11 December 1941, Lufkin, Texas, USA, d. 4 October 1991). Wilson was serving in the Air Force in San Angelo, Texas, and upon his discharge in 1962 the band stayed together to play in the area. Their lone US hit, ‘Last Kiss’ was one of the last of the particular genre known as ‘death rock’, in which teenagers sang about teenage lovers who meet horrifying deaths from accident, suicide, and fatal disease. (Others in this area included the Shangri-Las’ ‘Leader Of The Pack’, Mark Dinning’s ‘Teen Angel’ and Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’.) ‘Last Kiss’ first charted in 1964, when it zoomed to number 2, and briefly charted again in 1973. The song was written and originally recorded without success by Wayne Cochran who, during the 60s had built up a career as a Caucasian version of James Brown. Shortly afterwards the line-up sundered, with Wilson forming his own version of the Cavaliers and recording ‘Hey Little One’, but the song had none of the inspiration of its predecessor and charted at only number 85. Wilson’s former bandmates, minus the ousted Holmes, continued playing as the Cavaliers with new members James Thomas (vocals) and Gene ‘Buddy’ Croyle (guitar). Further line-up changes ensued but these Cavaliers enjoyed as little success as the outfit led by Wilson. The latter embarked on a solo career in the mid-60s, but his progress was blighted by the alcoholism that took his life in 1991.

Talents : Vocals

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll

Last Kiss (1964)

That's How Much I Love You (1964)

SPEAK TO ME (1964)

Six Boys (1965)

Dreams Of A Fool (1965)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1961 SP LE CAM LC-722 (US) . Last Kiss / Carla
08/1964 SP TAMARA 761 (US) .

J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / That's How Much I Love You

1964 SP JOSIE 45-923 (US) . J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / That's How Much I Love You
11/1964 SP JOSIE 45-926 (US) . J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Speak To Me / Hey Little One
01/1965 SP JOSIE 45-929 (US) .

Six Boys / Say It Now

1965 SP Jubilee ‎45-STU 42220 (DK) Six Boys / Say It Now
03/1965 SP JOSIE 45-931 (US) .

Dreams Of A Fool / Open Your Eyes

05/1965 SP JOSIE 45-938 (US) .

A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation / Forget Me Not

1965 SP CHARAY C-13 (US) .

Unmarked And Covered With Sand / Black Car X

01/1966 SP SULLY 927 (US) .

Unmarked And Uncovered With Sand / Me And My Teardrops

1968 SP ERIC 130 (US) . J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / Hey Little One
1969 SP CHARAY C-13 (US) .

Black Car X / Last Kiss '69

1969 SP COLUMN CN-100 (US) (promo) .

Say It's Not Over / Say It's Not Over

1969 SP CHARAY C-13 (US) .

Last Kiss '69 / Kiss And Run

1970 ? SP MASTER 1005 (US) .

Give Me Tomorrow / She's Winning

1972 SP VIRGO VO 6001 (US) .

Something I Want To Tell You (JOHNNY & The EXPRESSIONS) / Last Kiss (J. Frank WILSON & The CAVALIERS)

1973 SP GOLDIES 45 D-2553 (US) .

J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / That's How Much I Love You

1973 SP VIRGO V-506 (US) . J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / That's How Much I Love You
1974 SP APRIL AP-1 (US) .

Tell Laura I Love Her / Kiss And Run

1975 SP LE CAM LC-349 (US) .

Kiss And Run / Tell Laura I Love Her

197? SP Era Back To Back Hits 0057 (US) .

Last Kiss (J. Frank WILSON) / Something's Wrong With Me (Austin ROBERTS)

197? SP TRIP TR-114 (US) .

J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / That's How Much I Love You

1980 SP JAMIE JAMIE 1438 (US) .

He'll Only Hurt You / Red Satin Lady

1989 ? SP RIPETE R45-260 (US) .

Last Kiss (J. Frank WILSON & The CAVALIERS) / Hey ! Baby ! (Bruce CHANNEL)

19?? SP GOLD 11 (US) .

J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / Hey Little One

19?? SP CHARAY C-13 (US) .

Teardrops In My Heart / Black Car X

19?? SP CHARAY C-13 (US) .

Boy Lonely / Black Car X

19?? SP COLLECTABLES COL.1296 (US) .

Last Kiss / Kiss And Run

19?? SP LE CAM LC-12981 (US) .

Black Car / Buck's Junction

19?? SP LE CAM LC - 303 A (US) .

Hey! Paula (PAUL & PAULA) / Last Kiss (J. Frank WILSON)

19?? SP LE CAM LC-349 (US) .

Tell Laura I Love Her / Last Kiss















Album

1964 LP 12" JOSIE 4006 (mono) / JS-4006 (stereo) (US)

LAST KISS- J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers -  Last Kiss / Only The Lonely / Over The Mountain / School Days / Day Before Our Wedding / Speak To Me / Sea Of Love / Tell Laura I Love Her / That'll Be The Day / Ding Go The Chimes / Kiss And Run / Young Love

04/1998 CD COLLECTABLES 712 (US) THE LAST KISS SESSIONS - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / Hey Little One / If You Knew Me / Speak To Me / Bound To Happen / Not This Time / Eenie Meanie Minie Moe / Wine, Wine, Wine / Summertime / Run / I Saw Her Standing There / He'll Learn About It / Too Many Girls / A Teenager In Love / A Kiss / Hopeless Love / Day Before Our Wedding / Speak To Me / Over The Mountain, Across The Sea / A Kiss
2004 CD TEENAGER 615 (GER) LAST KISS- J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers - Last Kiss / Only The Lonely / Over The Mountain / School Days / The Day Before Our Wedding / Speak To Me / Sea Of Love / Tell Laura I Love Her / That'll Be The Day / Ding Go The Chimes / Kiss And Run / Young Love / Too Many Girls / Hey Little One / That's How Much I Love You / Say It Now / Open Your Eyes / Teardrops In My Heart / Six Boys / Forget Me Not / Dreams Of A Fool / A White Sport Coat / Black Car X
10/2005 CD COLLECTABLES 9949 (US) LAST KISS- J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers -  Last Kiss / Hey Little One / Too Many Girls / Eenie Meanie Minie Moe / If You Knew Me / Wine Wine Wine / Summertime / Run / Speak To Me / Not This Time
2008 CD Cicadelic 1964 (US) LAST KISS- J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers -  Last Kiss / Tell Laura I Love Her / Sea Of Love / Young Love / A Teenager In Love / Day Before Our Wedding / Over The Mountain / Kiss And Run / Hey Little One / Summertime / Too Many Girls / He'll Learn About Her / Tears Of Happiness / A Kiss / Hopeless Love / Wine Wine Wine / Funky Mama / I Saw Her Standing There / Not This Time / If You Knew Me / Bound To Happen / Speak To Me / Speak To Me [outtake] / Day Before Our Wedding [alternate version] / Last Kiss [alternate version -Tamara single] 

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