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Raymond H. "Buddy" Wooten
Birth: Aug. 31, 1935
Death: Apr. 12, 2006

R&B Musician. A native of Manhattan, New York, he was the lead singer and a member of the early rhythm and blues music group, "The Mello-Moods". The group which formed in New York in the early 1950s, was one of the first black teen vocal kiddie groups, coming on the scene four years before "Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers". The group was made up of 13 and 14 year old students from the Resurrection Grammar School in Manhattan, New York, that included besides Wooten, singer and piano player Bobby 'Scubie' Williams, tenor and guitarist Monteith 'Monte' Owens, bass player Jimmy Albert 'Bip' Bethea, and Alvin Bobby Baylor as second tenor and baritone. The group practiced at the Macombs Dam Park in The Bronx, New York, near Yankee Stadium, and in about 1951, they were heard by an up and coming record producer named Red Robins. The gentleman who owned the local record store was looking to start his own label and he decided to invest his own money into the group. In December of 1951, the group were signed and quickly released there first single entitled, 'Where Are You.' The recording soon ended up on the R&B Charts on February 23, 1952, where it reached number seven. A short time later, Jimmy Keyes (a member of the group, 'The Chords), a friend of the group soon became there manager and helped further there career by getting them a gig at the famous Apollo Theater, and adult themed nightclubs. This followed with an appearance on a Harlem area television program, and the release of the group's next single, 'I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night.' The single gave the group some airplay but it never chartered as a success. They soon changed managers and signed with Joel Turnero of the Prestige Records Label, and released a set of singles, 'Call On Me,' and 'I'm Lost.' These songs failed to do anything for the group and by 1952 the group had parted ways. The groups members went onto form other groups or doing other jobs including working for the United States Postal Service and the New York City subway system. After the breakup of 'The Mello-Moods,' Baylor formed the musical group, 'The Solitaires,' with Bobby Williams, Monte Owens, Pat Gaston, Buzz Willis, Milton Love, and Herman Curtis in 1953. The group signed with the Old Town Record Label and released several recordings between 1953 and 1961 including, 'The Angels Sang,' 'Wonder Why,' 'Blue Valentine,' 'Walking Along,' 'The Wedding,' and a cover of Bing Crosby's hit, 'I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You.' In 1955, Curtis left the group and Milton Love became the group's lead singer. The group brokeup for good in 1961 after a few more successes, with Willis ending up working for RcA and MGM. Over the years several 'Soiltaires' groups also came together to play the oldies circuits. Other recording by the group include, 'Please Kiss This Letter,' 'You've Sinned,' 'At Night,' 'The Honeymoon,' 'I Really Love So (Honey Babe), 'Fine Little Girl,' 'Round Goes My Heart,' Embraceable You,' 'Magic Rose,' 'Later For You Baby,' 'Thrill Of Love,' 'and 'Don't Fall In Love,' among others. Wooten, who also served in the United States Army, passed away at the age of 70. (bio by: K) 
 
Burial:
Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Millsboro
Sussex County
Delaware, USA
Plot: Section C, Row G, Site 9
 
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Originally Created by: K
Record added: Jun 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14569246
Raymond H. Buddy Wooten
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