The Cleftones

Heart and Soul
#18 in 1961


The Cleftones emerged from Jamaica High School in Queens, New York according to legend, via a political campaign for positions on the student council of the school. The singing politicos decided to stay together as budding entertainers after the elections were held (a successful one we are told) and were known as The Clefs. The members were Herb Cox, Berman Patterson, and Warren Corbin. Soon there was a unification of sorts with another local group and Charlie James and Buzzy McClain were added. This group was now called the Silvertones, soon the vocalists changed their name to The Cleftones and the stage was set for some musical history.
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