Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) July 18, 2008 -- Grant Williams CEO of Memory Lane Concert Cruises today announced. The prestigious Apollas will be among the twelve groups appearing on the legendary West Coast Doo Wop Cruise. âWhen Warner Bros first discovered the Apollas they created the Loma Record label on the West Coast to compete with Motown. Itâs unfortunate Warner Bros did not stuck with it instead of folding the label after only three yearsâ said Williams
The Apollas first started recording as the Love Joys consisting of Leola Jiles and Ella Jamerson. They released their first single on the Tiger record label in 1963. "He Ain't No Angelâ and Wait 'Round The Corner". Their second single also issued on Tiger was "It's Mighty Niceâ and âPayin' For The Wrong I've Done" came out in 1964.
In 1965, they became the Apollas and added Billie Barnum as their third member and immediately signed by Loma Records a soul subsidiary of Warner Bros. Their debut single was "You're Absolutely Right," was a rough-and-tumble rock 'n' soul sounding song. Which showed the trio as a strong presence and formed some top-notch material on the Loma record label? In a time when the Warner Record Company not known for its soul sounds. Attracted some attention from some serious listeners. However "You're Absolutely Right," never brushed the charts. The Apollas still tried vary hard for another few years, first at Loma and then on to the Warner Bros label. Although the group never had a monster hit, they continued to pump out high quality material producing several singles, most of which concentrated on soul and dance tunes.
The Apollas then released "Mr. Creator," which had a driving beat and unforgettable island-style intro. Which looked to be their best effort? After which they went on and covered a Don and Phil Everly who wrote a ballad entitled "Who Would Want Me Now,â without ever seeing a chart placement. By 1968, they were history, right with Warner Bros.' Infatuation with soul music Loma went out of business that year. Rather sadly, except for how we remember their prosperity. The girls, although never were the stars they truly deserved to be.
England's rabid Northern soul community later discovered The Apollas and turned them into stars in that corner of music long after they'd split up. In particular, "Mr. Creator," the Apollas prized singles were their recording of "All Sold Out," and "Lock Me in Your Heart". The girls, although never the stars they deserved to be. However their dedicated following helped them to become one of best girl groups of the mid sixties. Since than Billie Barnum has also sung backup for many artists, including Van Dyke Parks, Lionel Richie, Teddy Pendergrass, and Taj Mahal. Both Ella Jamerson and Leola Jiles have sung with various artists. The Apollas recently preformed a concert in England and rocked the house down with continuous standing ovations. If the Supremes had not already had the earlier presence in popularity, the Apollas could have surely been their top contender. Both Leola and Ella now live in Northern California and Billie remains in Los Angeles.
On April 19 2009, The Apollas will perform on Carnival cruise lines newest and most innovative ship in the world the Splendor. Sailing from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera on a 7-day cruise. There has never been a Doo Wop event this spectacular on the West Coast in over fifty years.
Memory Lane Concert Cruises is musical theme cruise operator. Offering world-class concerts of performing artists in an array of music styles aboard luxury liners. http://www.mlccruises.com