Teller Of Fortune : The Dootones ©1999JCMarion


Ron Barrett was an aspiring musician from L.A.'s Fremont High School and knew of the success that many of the students of that school had met under the tutelage of record producer and entrepreneur,Dootsie Williams. Soon with his friend H.B. Barnum, they joined Charles Garner and Marvin Wilkins and formed a vocal quartet. In early May of 1955, Dootsie announced the signing of this new group which he christened The Dootones after his newly successful record label. In June Dootone #366 was released - "Teller Of Fortune" and "Ay Si Si", using the flip side perhaps in an attempt to connect with East Los Angeles growing Latino population (as he did with The Penguins "Hey Senorita"). The ballad side "Teller" did well in the West and the group made many appearances throughout Southern California in support of their record. Soon because of the breakup of The Medallions, The Dootones took their place behind Vernon Green and became the new version of The Medallions for the rest of the year. The group soon called it quits and went their separate ways. Seven years later two Dootone releases claimed to be by the group. Dootone #470 - "Strange Love Affair" and "The Day You Said Goodbye", and #471 - "Down The Road" and "Sailor Boy". These recordings are reputed to be a pairing of unreleased takes by the original group in 1955 ("Strange Love Affair" and "Down The Road") and the flip sides recorded in the early sixties by an uncredited group using the Dootones name. In the ensuing years H.B. Barnum made a name for himself as a producer and arranger on the West Coast in a modern rock format. We remember the Dootones as one more flash of light in the fifties sky, and especially for their great version of the song "Teller Of Fortune".

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