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Five Dutones

The Five Dutones were formed in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A, around 1957.

The group comprised:

Robert Hopkins (group founder)

Leroy Joyce

Willie Guest

Andrew Butler

Oscar Watson


James West (d. 1963)

The Five Du-Tones were an R&B vocal group who hailed from Missouri.

Willie Guest, Robert Hopkins, LeRoy Joyce, Oscar Watson and James West were all friends, who attended the Patrick Henry High School in St. Louis, Missouri, during 1957.

The Five Du-Tones all relocated to Chicago at the start of the Sixties.

Oscar Watson and Robert Hopkins remained in St. Louis, so the rest of the group recruited Andrew Butler and Frank McCurrey to their line-up in the city.

Beginning in 1963, the group signed to the One-derful Records imprint, and released several 45’s up until 1966.

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shake a tail feather b/w divorce court - 1963 / the gouster b/w monkey see, monkey do - 1964 / sweet lips b/w let me love you - 1965 / mountain of love b/w outside the record hop - 1966

These early 45’s included ‘Please Change Your Mind’, and ‘Come Back Baby’.

Their 1963 single, ‘Shake a Tail Feather’ received a great deal of airplay, reaching number 28 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, and number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Five Du-Tones schedule proved to be hugely demanding, as a result.

James West died from heart failure in 1963, and was replaced by David Scott (once of the group The Exciters).

The group released the singles ‘The Gouster’ b/w ‘Monkey See Monkey Do’, which was followed by ‘Nobody But (My Baby)’ and ‘The Cool Bird’.

In 1965 they released the singles ‘Sweet Lips’ and ‘The Woodbine Twine’, finally releasing ‘Mountain of Love’ in 1966.

The Five Du-Tones disbanded in 1967.

Their song ‘Shake a Tail Feather’ was featured on the soundtrack of the 1988 film ‘Hairspray’.

Frank McCurrey went on to become part of the Seventies group, South Shore Commission.

Five Dutones

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One-Derful 4811 - Please Change Your Mind / The Flea - 1963 

One-Derful 4814 - Come Back Baby / Dry Your Eyes – 1963

One-Derful 4815 - Shake A Tail Feather / Divorce Court - 1963

One-Derful 4818 - The Gouster / Monkey See - Monkey Do – 1964

One-Derful 4821 - Nobody But (My Baby) / Thats How I Love You – 1964

One-Derful 4824 - The Cool Bird / The Chicken Astronaut – 1964

One-Derful 4828 - Sweet Lips / Let Me Love You – 1965

One-Derful 4831 - We Want More / The Woodbine Twine – 1965

One-Derful 4836 - Mountain Of Love / Outside The Record Hop – 1966

Lost Nite Ln-196 - Shake A Tail Feather / Divorce Court


The Five Du-Tones (Ring Of Stars Records 1996)

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