Groupe Doo Wop US formé à Brooklyn (New York). Les Jive Five originaires comprenaient : Eugene Pitt, Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Billy Prophet et Norman Johnson.  En 1964, sous la direction d'Eugene Pitt  et de Norman Johnson, le groupe devient soul avec Casey Spencer (tenor), Webster Harris (tenor) et Beatrice Best (baritone).

Best known for the number one R&B hit "My True Story," the Jive Five were one of the few Vocals groups to survive the transition from the '50s to the '60s. In the process, they helped move the music itself forward, providing a key link between doo wop and '60s soul.
Formed in Brooklyn, NY, the group originally consisted of Eugene Pitt, Jerome Hanna, Richard Harris, Billy Prophet, and Norman Johnson. the Jive Five's first hit, "My True Story," was their biggest, peaking at number one on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts in the summer of 1961. None of the band's subsequent singles -- including 1962's minor R&B hit "These Golden Rings" -- were as popular, but the group managed to keep performing and recording. Under the direction of Eugene Pitt and Norman Johnson, the Jive Five refashioned themselves as a soul band in 1964, forming a new lineup with Casey Spencer (tenor), Webster Harris (tenor), and Beatrice Best (baritone). This new incarnation of the band signed to United Artists Records. The group only had one hit on UA, 1965's "I'm a Happy Man."
In 1966, the Jive Five left United Artists and signed with Musicor, where they had the 1968 R&B hit "Sugar (Don't Take Away My Candy)." They changed labels again in 1970, signing with Decca. That same year, they changed their name to the Jive Fyve, in order to appear more contemporary. the Jyve Fyve had only one minor R&B hit, 1970's "I Want You to Be My Baby."
The group continued to perform and record for a variety of small labels during the '70s, but never had another hit. Throughout the '70s and '80s, the only constant member was Eugene Pitt. In 1975, Pitt changed the name of the group to Ebony, Ivory & Jade, but this new incarnation failed to gain much attention. In 1982 Pitt changed the name of the group back to the Jive Five and the band recorded two albums for the indie label Ambient Sound. Across the following decades the Jive Five were regulars on the oldies circuit, and in 2003 they issued a CD single (under the moniker Eugene Pitt & the Jive Five) entitled "It's Christmas" on Doesn't Matter Music.

Talents : Eugene Pitt : Lead - Jerome Hanna : First Tenor - Richard Harris : Second Tenor - Billy Prophet : Baritone - Norman Johnson : Bass / Then 1964 : Eugene Pitt : Lead - Norman Johnson : Bass - Casey Spencer : Tenor - Webster Harris : Tenor - Beatrice Best : Baritone

Style musical : Doo Wop, Rhythm 'n' Blues, Soul

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My True Story (1961)

When I Was Single (1961)

People From Another World (1961)

What Time Is It (1962)

These Golden Rings (1962)

Johnny Never Knew (1963)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

04/1961 SP BELTONE 45-1006 (US)

My True Story / When I Was Single

10/1961 SP BELTONE 45-1014 (US)

Never, Never / People From Another World

03/1962 SP BELTONE 45-2019 (US)

Hully Gully Callin' Time / No Not Again

07/1962 SP BELTONE 45-2024 (US) What Time Is It / Beggin' You Please
1962 SP BELTONE 45-2029 (US)

Do You Hear Wedding Bells / These Golden Rings

01/1963 SP BELTONE 45-2030 (US)

Johnny Never Knew / Lily Marlene

03/1963 SP BELTONE 45-2034 (US) Rain / She's My Girl
11/1964 SP SKETCH S 219 (US)

The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - United / Prove Every Word You Say

01/1965 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA 807 (US) The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - United / Prove Every Word You Say
04/1965 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA 853 (US)

The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - I'm A Happy Man / Kiss, Kiss, Kiss

09/1965 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA 936 (US) The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - A Bench In The Park / Please, Baby, Please
03/1966 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA 50004 (US) The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - Goin' Wild / Main Street
06/1966 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA 50033 (US) The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - In My Neighborhood / Then Came Heartbreak
06/1967 SP MUSICOR MU 1250 (US) The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - Crying Like A Baby / You'll Fall In Love
1967 SP MURCO 1034 (US) Eddy "G" Giles & the JIVE 5 - While I'm Away / Eddy's Go-Go Train
03/1968 SP MUSICOR MU 1305 (US) The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - Sugar (Don't Take Away My Candy) / Blues In The Ghetto
1968 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA 1672 (US) The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - I'm A Happy Man / A Bench In The Park
1969 SP ERIC 142 (US) My True Story / What Time Is It
05/1970 SP DECCA 32671 (US) The JIVE FYVE - If You Let Me Make Love To You Then Why Can't I Touch You? / You Showed Me The Light Of Love
09/1970 SP DECCA 32671 (US) The Jive (Five) Fyve featuring Eugene Pitt - I Want You To Be My Baby / If I Had A Chance To Love You
1970 SP DECCA 32736 (US) The Jive (Five) Fyve featuring Eugene Pitt - If I Had A Chance To Love You / I Want You To Be My Baby
1973 SP BRUT BR 814 (US) (promo) Jyve Fyve - All I Ever Do (Is Dream About You) [stereo] / All I Ever Do (Is Dream About You) [mono]
1973 SP UNITED ARTISTS XW100 (US) I'm A Happy Man (The JIVE FIVE) / It Will Stand (The Showmen)
1974 SP BELTONE 3001 (US) You Know What I Would Do / Hurry Back
1974 SP BELTONE 3002 (US)

The girl with the wind in her hair / I dont want to be with you baby

1978 SP Goldisc G 3036 (US) My True Story / Rain (Makes My Baby Cry)
1978 SP Goldisc G 3037 (US) What Time Is It / Never Never
03/1982 SP Ambient sound ZS5 02742 (US)

The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - magic make music maker / Oh Baby

07/1982 SP Ambient sound ZS5 03053 (US)

The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugne PITT - Don't believe him donna / Hey Sam

1985 SP Original Sound Oldies But Goodies OBG 4537 (US) My True Story (JIVE FIVE) / I Remember Linda (Lil Julian Herrera)
1993 78 t. RHINO RNJB 78000 7 (US)

My True Story (JIVE FIVE) / Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (SPANIELS)















Unissued Track

196? BELTONE unissued

I Don't want to be with you

Albums

1965 LP 12" UNITED ARTISTS UAS 6455 (US) I'm A Happy Man - The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - I'm A Happy Man / A Bench In The Park / Ha! Ha! / Please, Baby, Please (Come On Back To Me) / Main Street / Prove Every Word You Say / I Remember When / Hang On The Corner / United / Never Met A Girl (I Didn't Like) / Kiss, Kiss, Kiss / Falling Tears
1982 LP 12" Ambient sound FZ 37717 (US) Here We Are - The JIVE 5 featuring Eugene PITT - Here I Am / Never, Never Lie / Don't Believe Him Donna / Hey Nineteen / Hey Sam / Never, Never Change / Chains / Magic Maker, Music Maker / Oh Baby / Say You'll Be There / He's Just A Lucky Man / Baby You're My Only Love
1983 LP 12" Ace CH 76 (UK) Our True Story - The JIVE 5 - My True Story / Do You Hear Wedding Bells / Beggin' You Please / Rain / Johnny Never Knew / People From Another World / What Time Is It / When I Was Single / These Golden Rings / The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair / I Don't Wanna Be Without You Baby / No Not Again / Hurry Back / You Know What I Would Do / Never, Never / Hully Gully Callin' Time
1984 LP 12" Ambient sound ASR-801 (US) Way Back - The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - You Know I Love You Honey / Fellas We Better Change / A Little Bit Of Your Love (Knock Me Out) / Tore Up / Callin' Cades / Where Do We Go From Here / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Now That I Found You / The Time / Happier Than Before / It's All In You / Let Us All Go Back
198? LP 12" RELIC 5020 (US) THE JIVE 5 Featuring Their Greatest Hits - My True Story / When I Was Single / Rain / Johnny Never Knew / Hurry Back / The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair / I Don't Wanna Be Without You Baby / These Golden Rings / Do You Hear Wedding Bells / What Time Is It / Lily Marlane / Begging You Please / Hully Gully Callin' Time / Never, Never / People From Another World / No Not Again
198? LP 12" COLLECTABLES 5022 (US) Their Greatest Hits - My True Story / Do You Hear Wedding Bells / Begging You Please / Rain / Johnny Never Knew / People From Another World / These Golden Rings / What Time Is It / Hurry Back / No Not Again / Hully Gully Callin' Time / The Girl With Wind In Her Hair / When I Was Single / Never, Never
07/1991 CD RELIC 7007 (US) My True Story - The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - My True Story / When I Was Single / Rain / Johnny Never Knew / Hurry Back / The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair / I Don't Want To Be Without You Baby / These Golden Rings / Do You Hear Wedding Bells? / What Time Is It? / Lily Marlene / Beggin' You Please / Hully Gully Callin' Time (stereo) / Never Never / People From Another World / No No Again / You Know What I Would Do / She's My Girl / My True Story (stereo underdub) / Never Never Never (stereo alternate)
08/1991 CD Ace ‎CDCH 76 (UK) Our True Story - The JIVE 5 - My True Story / Do You Hear Wedding Bells / Beggin' You Please / Rain / Johnny Never Knew / People From Another World / What Time Is It / When I Was Single / These Golden Rings / The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair / I Don't Wanna Be Without You Baby / No Not Again / Hurry Back / You Know What I Would Do / Never, Never / Hully Gully Callin' Time / Lily Marlene / She's My Girl
10/1992 CD EMI / CAPITOL 99669 (US) The Complete United Artists Recordings - I'm a Happy Man - The JIVE FIVE featuring Eugene PITT - United / Prove Every Word You Say / Ha! Ha! / I'm A Happy Man / Kiss, Kiss, Kiss / Never Met A Girl (I Didn't Like) / Hang On The Corner / A Bench In The Park / Please, Baby, Please (Come On Back To Me) / Main Street (Anywhere USA) / I Remember When / Falling Tears / Then Came Heart Break / Goin' Wild / In My Neighborhood / Another Rainy Day / Why Why Why / You're A Puzzle / You Gotta Feel It / You Promised Me Great Things / You
12/1995 CD RELIC 7109 (US) THE JIVE FIVE Live on Stage  - Johnny Never Knew / Kiss, Kiss, Kiss / These Golden Rings / I'm A Happy Man / Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Never, Never / Hey Sam / What Time Is It? / United / A Bench In The Park / Now That I Have You / Hey Nineteen / My True Story
01/2004 CD Hot Productions 8525 (US) THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS - My True Story / What Time Is It? / Do You Hear Wedding Bells? / Begging You Please / Never Never Never / Johnny Never Knew / These Golden Rings / I Don't Want To Be Without You Baby / Hully Gully Callin' Time / No Not Again / The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair / Rain / You Know What I Would Do / Lily Marlane / People From Another World / Hurry Back / She's My Girl / When I Was Single / Never Never Never / My True Story
05/2005 CD COLLECTABLES 8037 (US) The Best of the Jive Five - What Time Is It / Never Never / When I Was Single / No Not Again / Beggin' You Please / These Golden Rings / Rain / Hurry Back / The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair / She's My Girl
01/2006 CD E2 Music / Empire Music Group 450805 (US) Collectors Gold Series - My True Story / What Time Is It? / Do You Hear Wedding Bells? / Begging You Please / Never Never / Johnny Never Knew / These Golden Rings / I Don't Want To Be Without You Baby / Hully Gully Callin' Time / No Not Again / The Girl With The Wind In Her Hair / Rain Makes My Baby Cry / You Know What I Would Do / Lily Marlane / People From Another World / Hurry Back / She's My Girl / When I Was Single / Never Never / My True Story
11/2006 CD COLLECTABLES 7846 (US) Love Needs / Here We Go  - The HARPTONES - THE JIVE FIVE - My One And Only Love (The HARPTONES) / Those Wonderful Moments (The HARPTONES) / Love Needs A Heart (The HARPTONES) / It's You (The HARPTONES) / When Your Love Has Said Goodbye (The HARPTONES) / I'm So In Love With You (The HARPTONES) / Gee Whiz (The HARPTONES) / If I Give Me Heart To You (The HARPTONES) / I've Never Been In Love (The HARPTONES) / That's What I Need (The HARPTONES) / Our Love (I Am Yours, You Are Mine) (The HARPTONES) / We Are In Love (The HARPTONES) / Here I Am (The JIVE FIVE) / Never, Never Lie (The JIVE FIVE) / Don't Believe Him Donna (The JIVE FIVE) / Hey Nineteen (The JIVE FIVE) / Hey Sam (The JIVE FIVE) / Never, Never Change (The JIVE FIVE) / Chains (The JIVE FIVE) / Magic Maker, Music Maker (The JIVE FIVE) / Oh Baby (The JIVE FIVE) / Say You'll Be There (The JIVE FIVE) / He's Just A Lucky Man (The JIVE FIVE) / Baby, You're My Only Love (The JIVE FIVE)
04/2009 CD Hourihan 11 (US) Eugene Pitt's Steppin' out in Front - "I Love Beach Music" - I Love Beach Music / Too Much Foolin' Around / Jazzy Lady / Gonna Move Across The River / The Wheel Of Fortune / Carolina Girls / Soothe You / Lover Please / When We Met / China Gate / Sweet Soul Music / There Ain't Nothing Like Shagging / Before The Night Is Over / Sure Shot / There's A Hero / Trapped by This Thing Called Love / Just Don't Care / Silly Little Girl / Jazzy Lady / Daisy, Daisy
08/2009 CD COLLECTABLES COLCD 1414 (US) The Jive 5 Meet Bobby Lewis - My True Story (JIVE 5) / Do You Hear Wedding Bells (JIVE 5) / What Time Is It (JIVE 5) / Never Never (JIVE 5) / These Golden Rings (JIVE 5) / Tossin' And Turnin' (Bobby LEWIS) / I'm Tossin' And Turnin' Again (Bobby LEWIS) / Lonely Teardrops (Bobby LEWIS) / One Track Mind (Bobby LEWIS) / Head Over Heels (Bobby LEWIS)
04/2011 CD EMI / Shout SHOUT-73 (UK) I'm a Happy Man - THE UA ALBUM PLUS BONUS SINGLES - I’m A Happy Man / A Bench In The Park / Ha Ha / Please Baby Please(Come On Back To Me) / Main Street / Prove Every Word You Say / I Remember When / Hang On The Corner / United / Nevermet A Girl (I Didn T Like) / Kiss Kiss Kiss / Falling Tears / Bonus Singles Tracks : In My Neighborhood / Then Came Heart Break / You Promised Me Great Things / You / Why Why Why (Eugene Pitt) / Another Rainy Day (Eugene Pitt)

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