Groupe Doo Wop Jamaicain /Britannique formé en 1950 et composé de Vernon Nesbeth, Frank Mannah, Alan Wilmot et Harry Wilmot.

The Southlanders were a London-based vocal group, best known for their one and only hit single in 1957, "Alone," and the children's novelty song "I Am a Mole and I Live in a Hole." Formed in 1950 by Jamaican immigrant Vernon Nesbeth together with fellow Londoners (all of Caribbean descent) Frank Mannah and brothers Allan and Harry Wilmot (the father of comedian Gary Wilmot), they were originally called the Caribbeans. They first changed their name to the South Londoners, shortening it to the Southerners and eventually to the Southlanders when they realized their music was more Southern doo wop than Caribbean calypso. They first signed a recording deal with Parlophone, but it was with Decca that they enjoyed their one and only chart success with "Alone," although they were far from alone in the charts with this song. As was the tradition at that time, multiple versions of songs all charted simultaneously, and versions by Petula Clark, the Shepherd Sisters, and the Kaye Sisters were all in the chart at the same time in November 1957.
They began to carve out a successful career on television, appearing on the pop show Six Five Special and the children's show Crackerjack. They also performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium, and appeared as guest stars in a film with Ronnie Hilton. Their recording career, however, never quite matched their live appearances, and even their most famous recording of "I Am a Mole and I Live in a Hole" failed to chart. Harry Wilmot died in 1961, Allan retired in 1974, and the last remaining founding member, Frank Mannah, died in 1991, leaving Vernon Nesbeth to carry forward the band's name on his own. They continue to travel the world, hosting TV specials and performing in the world's most prestigious cabaret lounges and on cruise ships.

Style musical : Doo Wop

Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine?) (1955)

Ain't That A Shame (1955)

Hush-A-Bye Rock (1956)

Peanuts (1957)

Imitation Of Love (1960)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10


78 t., Singles & EP

1955 78 t. & SP PARLOPHONE R 4025 (UK) .

Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine?) / The Crazy Otto Rag

1955 SP PARLOPHONE MSP 6182 (UK) .

Ain't That A Shame / Have You Ever Been Lonely

1956 SP PARLOPHONE MSP 6236 (UK) .

Hush-A-Bye Rock / The Wedding Of The Lucky Black Cat

10/1957 78 t. DECCA F 10946 (UK) . Alone / Swedish Polka
10/1957 SP DECCA 45-F 10946 (UK) .

Alone / Swedish Polka

11/1957 78 t. DECCA F 10958 (UK) . Peanuts / Never Dreamed
11/1957 SP DECCA F45- 10958 (UK) .

Peanuts / Never Dreamed

01/1958 78 t. DECCA F 10982 (UK) . Put A Light In The Window / Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks
01/1958 SP DECCA 45-F 10982 (UK) .

Put A Light In The Window / Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks

05/1958 78 t. DECCA F 11014 (UK) . Down Deep / Wishing For Your Love
05/1958 SP DECCA 45-F 11014 (UK) .

Down Deep / Wishing For Your Love

06/1958 78 t. DECCA F 11032 (UK) . Torero / I Wanna Jive Tonight
06/1958 SP DECCA 45-F 11032 (UK) .

Torero / I Wanna Jive Tonight

10/1958 78 t. DECCA F 11067 (UK) . Choo-Choo-Choo Cha-Cha-Cha / The Mole In A Hole
10/1958 SP DECCA 45-F 11067 (UK) .

Choo-Choo-Choo Cha-Cha-Cha / The Mole In A Hole

1958 EP DECCA DFE6508 (UK)

The Southlanders Number One - Peanuts / Torero / Roma Rocka-Rolla / Down Deep

07/1960 SP TOP RANK JAR 403 (UK) .

Imitation Of Love /  Charlie

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