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#8 in 1955
|The Penguins were a doo wop group consisting of Curtis Williams
(December 11, 1934 - August 10, 1979) (baritone / bass) Cleveland Duncan
(b July 23, 1935) (tenor) Dexter Tisby (b March 10, 1935) (tenor) Bruce
Tate (January 27, 1937 - June 20, 1973) (baritone) Duncan and Williams
were classmates at Freemont High School in Los Angles, California. The
Penguins were one of a number of doo-wop groups of the period named
after birds such as The Orioles, The Flamingos, and The Crows. One of
the members smoked Kool cigarettes, which, at the time, had "Willie
the Penguin" as its cartoon advertising character. Therefore,
because they considered themselves "cool", they decided to
call themselves "The Penguins"
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