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1954 - The tune "Gee" by The Crows became the first rhythm and blues single to gain attention on pop music charts. "Gee", written by William Davis, the baritone of The Crows, peaked at # 14 on the Billboard pop charts, and was on for 6 weeks . This was also one of the first R&B songs by a black group to be played on white radio stations. The Crows came together in the late 40s in New York City, singing on street corners. Daniel Sonny Norton (lead singer), Harold Major (tenor), Gerald Hamilton (bass) and Davis entered a talent contest at the Apollo Theatre and that was the beginning of their recording career. The group split up in the 1950s.
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