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The Five Keys

The Five Keys were a U.S. R & B vocal group.

The group comprised, at various times, of:

Rudy West (b. 25th July 1932, Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A. d. 14 May 1998, U.S.A.)

Bernie West (b. 4th February 1930, Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)

Ripley Ingram (b. 1929, d. 23rd March 1995, Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)

James Dickie Smith (b. 1933, U.S.A.)

Maryland Pierce

Charles ‘Bobby’ Crawley

Thomas 'Dickie' Threatt (b. 7th February 1938, U.S.A., d. 9th October 2007, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.)


Raphael Ingram

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on the town - 1957 / the five keys - 1961 / rhythm and blues hits - 1961 / the fantastic five keys - 1977

The Five Keys

l to r: dickie smith, ripley ingram, maryland pierce, thomas threatt and bernie west

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The Fantastic Five Keys (Capitol Records 1962)

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