BARONS, The [I]

Homebase: Tacoma, WA.
Stats: 1954-'57
Misc Notes:
William Gold - Vocals (lead)
Sterling "Stokey" Wilford - Vocals (tenor)
Carl Charles  - Vocals (baritone)
Malcolm Parks - Vocals (bass)

Later members:
Sal Charley
Roy Siban

"THE BARONS: THE NORTHWEST'S FIRST HIT-MAKING '50's TEEN ROCK 'N' ROLL GROUP"
by Peter Blecha

[Courtesy & copyright, 2009, HistoryLink.org]

"A half-decade prior to the Pacific Northwest's great rock 'n' roll eruption of 1959-1960  -- a period that saw a series of teenage groups (including the Fleetwoods, Frantics, Shades, Gallahads, Wailers, Ron Holden and the Thunderbirds, and Little Bill and the Bluenotes) all suddenly burst onto the national scene with hit records -- yet another local group blazed that same trail. Tacoma's talented doo-wop singers, the Barons, were signed to one of America's most esteemed independent labels, the Los Angeles-based Imperial Records, and scored a series of promising hits. Unfortunately, the group was a bit ahead of its time -- the Northwest didn't even have an organized teen-dance scene yet -- and the Barons disbanded before they were able to make the most of their remarkable success. As a result, the group's legacy nearly slipped through the cracks of history. They are absent from all rock encyclopedias, they remain unheralded even in their home region, and the Barons' story has never been told until now." [READ MORE...]

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Recorded 1955.02.09

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Recorded 1955 - 02 - 09

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SIZE: 7" / 10"
SPEED: 45rpm / 78 rpm*
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Disc # as printed on label: X5359

[HEAR IT HERE] "I Know......."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNcimSApxFU

[HEAR IT HERE]  "My Dream........."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNcimSApxFU

Known 45 rpm Label Designs: 
1.) A - B retail label. Red background

2.) A - B retail label. Blue background

A-SIDE MATRIX:
1.) IM - 884
2.) IM - 884
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1.)  45- IM - 884      5359 (etched)
2.) 45 - IM - 884      5359 (etched)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: W. Gold - E. Roy
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commodore Music Corp.

B-SIDE MATRIX:
1.) IM - 885
2.) IM - 885
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1.) 45 - IM - 885    5359        (etched)
2.) 45 - IM - 885   5359         (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: W. Gold - E. Roy
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commodore Music Corp.

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Recorded 1955.02.09

LOCATION: LA
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FORMAT:  disc
SIZE: 7" / 10"
SPEED: 45rpm / 78rpm
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Vocal / Vocal

A-SIDE MATRIX: IM - 930
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: 45 - IM - 930     5370 (etched)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: W. Gold & E. Ray
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commodore Music Corp.

B-SIDE MATRIX: IM - 931
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:45 - IM - 931    5370 (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: Gold, Ray & Evans
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commodore Music Corp.

MISC NOTES: Recorded 1956.01.06

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[HEAR IT HERE] "So Long....."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D-N70hNqAA

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A-SIDE COMPOSER: R.H. Seymour
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B-SIDE COMPOSER: W. Gold & E. Ray
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Recorded 1956.01.06

LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
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Disc # as printed on label: X5397

Known Label Designs:
1.) A - B retail label. Maroon background. Silver  numerals and lettering.

A-SIDE MATRIX:
1.) IM - 999
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1.) 45 - IM - 999 - 1    5397 (etched)
A-SIDE COMPOSER: W. Gold & E. Ray
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commodore Music Corp. (BMI)

B-SIDE MATRIX:
1.) IM - 1000
B-SIDE STAMPER CODE:
1.) 45 - IM - 1000 - 1    5397  (etched)
B-SIDE COMPOSER: W. Gold & E. Ray
B-SIDE PUBLISHER: Commodore Music Corp. (BMI)

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Owl produced bootleg discs for collectors. "My Secret " is rumored to be a previously unreleased Imperial Records master from 1955/'56 recording sessions.

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SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
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A-SIDE MATRIX: 325 - A (etched wax); 325 - A (label)
A-SIDE STAMPER CODE: None
A-SIDE COMPOSER: Ray - Gold
A-SIDE PUBLISHER: (BMI)

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