December 1, 2004

SJP


Artist: Nylons, The




Marc Connors (baritone; RIP 1991)
Paul Cooper (tenor)
Claude Morrison (tenor)
Dennis Simpson (bass)
Ralph Cole (bass; replaced Simpson 1979)
Arnold Robinson (bass; replaced Cole 1981; RIP 2013)
Micah Barnes (tenor; replaced Cooper 1991)
Billy Newton-Davis (baritone; replaced Connors 1992)
Garth Mosbaugh (tenor; replaced Barnes 1994)
Gavin Hope (baritone; replaced Newton-Davis 1994)
Mark Cassius (baritone; replaced Hope 1997)
Tyrone Gabriel (baritone vocals, 2005-present)

The origins of the Nylons date back to 1978 when four experienced Toronto stage actors, Connors, Cooper, Morrison, and Simpson, used to get together in the back of a delicatessen to sing doo-wop together. They took their ensemble to parties and friend's houses and constant comments from people convinced them to take their unique a cappella act into the clubs. An acquaintance met at a party was about to open a new cabaret and invited them to debut there. They played there for six weeks, garnering rave critical and audience reviews. In 1979 Simpson retired from the group and Cole was brought on board. They very quickly established themselves as one of the area's classiest and most original ensembles and caught the attention of Attic Records.

Their first album eventually went platinum in Canada (100,000 copies), and there followed four more releases on Attic that all sold at least gold in Canada (50,000 copies). They received the equivalent of a Dutch Grammy award and a gold disc for the One Size Fits All album and the Best Singer Award at 1986's Tokyo Music Festival. In 1987 Disney used their song That Kind Of Man in their feature The Tin Man, and their version of Up The Ladder To The Roof was used in the movie Made In Heaven. They also scored a second appearance on the Taft Broadcasting television show Throb after writing the theme song and a previous appearance on the program. In February 1991 founding member Connors left the group and in March of that year died of viral pneumonia.

A new deal in 1991 with Scotti Brothers in the US and BMG in Canada saw the release of three more albums, and constant touring on either side of the border. Over the years various member changes have led to today's lineup of Morrison, Robinson, Mosbaugh, and Cassius. The group’s latest effort is ‘Skintight’ in 2011 through Linus Entertainment which was nominated for a JUNO for ‘Best Jazz Vo; Arnold Robinson passed away March 20, 2013.




Singles
1980 Some People (Song For Sheenah)/Mirage (CBS) C-323
1982 A Million Ways/Up in the Roof (Attic - UK) Nylon 1
1982 Up On The Roof/Me And The Boys (Attic) AT-259
1982 The Lion Sleeps Tonight/Somethin' Bout'cha (Attic) AT-268
1982 Silhouettes/Heavenly Bodies (Attic) AT-279
1983 Up The Ladder On The Roof/Romance (Attic) AT-283
1983 That Kind Of Man/Bop 'til You Drop (Attic) AT-290
1984 Stepping Stone/Stars Are Ours (Attic) AT-306
1984 Take Me To Your Heart/Perpetual Emotion (Attic) AT-314
1984 Combat Zone/Samba Samba (Attic) AT-324
1986 Lion Sleeps Tonight (remix)/Stars Are Ours (Attic) AT-338
1987 Kiss Him Goodbye/It's What They Call Magic (Attic) AT-348
1987 Happy Together/Face In The Crowd (Attic) AT-361
1987 Dance of Love/Grown Man Cry (Attic) AT-364
1989 Poison Ivy/The Stars Are Ours (Attic) AT-387
1989 Wild Fire/Another Night Like This (Attic) AT-388
1989 Busy Tonight/Another Night Like This (Attic - AUS) K10305
1991 Call My Name (Attic)
1991 One Fine Day (Attic)
1992 Don't Look Any Further (Scotti Brothers) 1993 Time of the Season
1993 What Is It Worth
1995 Carol of the Bells/Little Drummer Boy
1996 God Only Knows
1996 Smalltown Boy
1997 Drift Away (Windham Hill) WD-17898
1998 I Can't Go For That/Go With It
1998 Let It Be/Ai No Corrida
199? Busy Tonight/Another Night Like This

Albums
1982 The Nylons (Attic) LAT-1125
1982 One Size Fits All (Attic) LAT-1152
1984 Seamless (Attic) LAT-1190
1987 Happy Together (Attic) LAT-1233
1989 Rockapella (Attic) LAT-1254
1989 Four On The Floor (Attic) ACD-1301
1992 Live To Love (Scotti Brothers) SBDM-5255
1993 Illustrious: A Collection Of Classic Hits (Attic) ACD-1375
1993 The Best of The Nylons (Attic) ACD-1426
1994 Because... (Scotti Brothers)
1994 Another Fine Mesh [aka 'Because...'](Zomba/BMG - US) 723927543527
1994 Harmony - The Christmas Songs (Scotti Brothers) 75446
1996 Run For Cover (Scotti Brothers) 75499
1997 Hits of the 60's: A Cappella Style (Shoreline)
1997 Fabric Of Life (Shoreline) 9905700442
1997 Perfect Fit [aka 'Illustrious'] (Windham Hill)
1999 A Wish for You (Light Year) 085365441323
1999 Lost & Found (Shoreline)
2000 Musical Reflections: Christmas Harmonies (Shoreline)
2002 Play On (Sleeping Giant) SGM-101
2002 Fabric of Life: Vocal Percussion Remix (Shoreline)
2006 Sterling (Unidisc)
2013 Skintight (Linus)

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